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Charles M. Deber
Charles M. Deber

DON'T CON ME!

New York Times, Sunday, April 7, 1985

Author: Charles M. Deber
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 74, Avg Word Len: 5.24, Missing: { J Z }, Scrabble score: 520 (avg 1.42)
Open Squares: 131, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 12, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
Charles M. Deber has 18 pre-Shortz puzzles and 19 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 12,934
Across Down
1. Bench warmer : SCRUB
6. Big birds : EMUS
10. Bar seat : STOOL
15. Carriage in Kensington : PRAM
19. Russian skater Rodnina : IRINA
20. Josip Broz : TITO
21. Nerve: Comb. form : NEURO
22. Alter : REDO
23. FARMED OUT WORK : SUBTRACTED
25. FREE : UNSTRAINED
27. Pool's black ball : EIGHT
28. Jargon : ARGOT
30. Scribble : DOODLE
31. Beard of grass : ARISTA
34. Of bees : APIAN
35. BOULEVARDS : COURSES
36. Googly-eyed comedian : CANTOR
37. Malayan boats : PROAS
38. Officer's civvies : MUFTI
39. Gone up : RISEN
40. PONDERS : TEMPLATES
42. Famed N.Y. bldg. : RCA
45. Slur over : ELIDE
46. Ear: Comb. form : OTO
47. Annoy : IRK
48. Fiddler Isaac : STERN
50. Draft-board letters : SSS
51. AT THE SAME TIME : CURRENTLY
55. Wasp : HORNET
56. Sauce staple : TOMATO
59. This gets wetter as it dries : TOWEL
60. ___ of lead : OLEATE
61. Rise of opera : STEVENS
63. Tear up, as paper : SHRED
64. Intimates : CRONIES
65. Truthful : HONEST
66. "___ to be born . . . ": Eccles. 3:2 : ATIME
67. Fermenting agents : YEASTS
68. Part of a cast of thousands : EXTRAS
69. ACADEMIC ASSEMBLIES : VOCATIONS
71. Bribe : SOP
74. Eliot's Marner : SILAS
75. Miss Piggy to herself : MOI
76. Mus followers : NUS
77. Bart or Brenda : STARR
79. "___ port in a storm" : ANY
80. NOT SETTLED : INCLUSIVE
84. Palmer, to pals : ARNIE
85. What funambulists take : RISKS
88. Take the stump : ORATE
89. "___ Restaurant" : ALICES
90. SUPEREGO : SCIENCE
93. Heads and shoulders : BUSTS
94. Defames : LIBELS
95. Home of the Gewürztraminer grape : ALSACE
96. Biblical mount : SINAI
97. Farewell, in Fontainebleau : ADIEU
99. PATRONIZING : DESCENDING
101. IMPORTANT : SEQUENTIAL
106. Leap, in Lyon : SAUT
107. Trace : TINGE
108. Long-standing quarrel : FEUD
109. Hundred: Comb. form : CENTI
110. Dollar bills : ONES
111. Velocity : SPEED
112. Affirmative votes : YEAS
113. English county : ESSEX
1. Girl, to her brother : SIS
2. Vineyard : CRU
3. Tease : RIB
4. LIKE SOME ELECTIONS : UNTESTED
5. Choir member : BARITONE
6. Engrave : ETCH
7. Glove for Fisk : MITT
8. Southwestern Indian : UTE
9. Soft drink : SODAPOP
10. ___ bug in a rug : SNUGASA
11. This goes jointly with a mortise : TENON
12. Dispossess : OUST
13. Food scrap : ORT
14. Golding's "___ the Flies" : LORDOF
15. A ___ (deductively) : PRIORI
16. Pulls apart : RENDS
17. An Astaire : ADELE
18. Ways : MODES
24. Type of gel : AGAR
26. August, in Arles : AOUT
29. Iranian coin : RIAL
31. Land units : ACRES
32. Wekas, e.g. : RAILS
33. ERRATICALLY : INSISTENTLY
34. Galahad's garb : ARMOR
35. Cod's cousin : CUSK
37. Word with chemical or dollar : PETRO
38. She played Sophie : MERYL
40. Turf mavens : TOUTS
41. Like shower walls : TILED
42. SCOUTING OUT : RENAISSANCE
43. Minotaur's land : CRETE
44. Some bets : ANTES
48. Individual efforts : SOLOS
49. Council site: 1545–63 : TRENT
51. Whines : CANTS
52. Moral standard : ETHIC
53. Actress Talmadge : NORMA
54. Canary's comment : TWEET
55. Israeli dances : HORAS
57. ___ barrel (in trouble) : OVERA
58. Tablelands : MESAS
61. "___ Woman," Beatles song : SHESA
62. Poison : TOXIN
63. Uncomplaining : STOIC
64. Perfume a room : CENSE
66. Three English rivers : AVONS
67. James Taylor's "___ Got a Friend" : YOUVE
70. J.F.K. and L.B.J., e.g. : INITS
72. Mirador : ORIEL
73. Iron : PRESS
75. Hammer found in whodunits : MIKE
77. Highlight : SALIENCE
78. DONATES : TRIBUTES
81. Took it easy : LOUNGED
82. Sky Bear : URSA
83. Please : SATISFY
85. Becomes innervated : REACTS
86. Movie pioneer : INCE
87. Gets wind of : SCENTS
89. "It's a Sin to Tell ___" : ALIE
90. "So ___ strange . . . ": Tennyson : SADSO
91. Spotless : CLEAN
92. Offspring : ISSUE
93. Spree : BINGE
96. Trigonometry term : SINE
97. Kind of tint : AQUA
98. Lemons : DUDS
100. Immerse : DIP
102. Big Foot's shoe width? : EEE
103. Electees : INS
104. Spenser character : ATE
105. A year in Nero's reign : LIX

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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