SILLY QUESTIONS

New York Times, Sunday, May 25, 1980

Author:Jean Reed
Editor:Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 69, Avg Word Len: 5.39, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 528 (avg 1.42)
Open Squares: 120, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 22, XRef: 0
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© 1980, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Questions : ASKS
5. Arith. process : ADDN
9. Fills a truck : LOADS
14. L–Q connection : MNOP
18. Elegance : CHIC
19. Andretti of auto racing : MARIO
20. ___ all (do oneself in) : ENDIT
21. Air: Comb. form : AERI
22. During Lent, does ___? : HOWARDFAST
24. What drove ___? : OSCARWILDE
26. Plant of the rose family : SPIREA
27. Net resembling tulle : MALINE
29. Gatherings of geese : GAGGLES
30. Coral reefs : CAYS
32. Lat. case : GENIT
33. River at Frankfurt : ODER
34. Loathed : HATED
37. In one ___ out the other : EARAND
39. Singing sisters : ANDREWS
42. Tree or residue : ASH
43. Maxims : ADAGES
45. Of cranial cavities : SINAL
47. British cans : TINS
49. Fashion name : DIOR
51. Whereness : UBIETY
53. Melchizedek's city : SALEM
55. ___ the Lip : LEO
56. What interest does a ___ pay? : JAMESBOND
58. Incites : ABETS
60. Court ___ : OFLAW
62. Murphy's ___ bed : INADOOR
63. Alamogordo's county : OTERO
64. Pigtails : BRAIDS
65. Jacob, to Laban : SONINLAW
68. Switzerland : HELVETIA
70. Quivering trees : ASPENS
72. Name for a movie house : ODEON
74. Frightened : ALARMED
77. Rent : LEASE
78. Pernod ingredient : ANISE
79. Moving stairs : ESCALATOR
81. Cuckoo : ANI
82. Color slightly : TINGE
84. Start growing : SPROUT
86. He wrote "An Exchange of Eagles": 1977 : SELA
87. Compos mentis : SANE
89. Show sudden interest : SITUP
91. Removes a sheepshank : UNTIES
93. Permit: Abbr. : LIC
94. Looks after : TENDSTO
96. O'Keeffe, e.g. : ARTIST
98. Roger's last name? : WILCO
100. Picnic ham : CALA
101. Operating : INUSE
102. Some votes : YEAS
104. Gas stretcher : ALCOHOL
107. Competition : STRIFE
109. Disturbed the peace : RIOTED
113. What are a candidate's ___? : WORDSWORTH
115. At whom did ___? : NORMANLEAR
117. Cyma recta : OGEE
118. County in Mont. : TOOLE
119. Error's mate : TRIAL
120. Computer fodder : DATA
121. Sordor : LEES
122. Rod used in basketry : OSIER
123. Parabases : ODES
124. Once, once : ERST
1. German exclamations : ACHS
2. Tour the stores : SHOP
3. Earthbound bird : KIWI
4. Like hens' teeth : SCARCE
5. W.W. II fliers : AAF
6. Metric weight : DRAM
7. Fell out : DISAGREED
8. "Last but ___" : NOTLEAST
9. Brezhnev and some shooting stars : LEONIDS
10. Start : ONSET
11. Mil. man : ADC
12. Virgules or twills : DIAGONALS
13. Take both sides : STRADDLE
14. Simenon's inspector : MAIGRET
15. "Salvation ___" : NELL
16. Gen. Wingate: 1903–44 : ORDE
17. Jays' cousins : PIES
19. War planning date : MDAY
23. "How to ___ Book": Adler : READA
25. Bonn is its cap. : WGER
28. Auberge : INN
31. Like Aphrodite or Nereids : SEABORN
34. Post-Mecca Moslem : HADJI
35. Man from Manchuria : ASIAN
36. Did George III give ___? : THOMASPAINE
38. Opposed, Dogpatch style : AGIN
39. Schnitzler's idle worldling : ANATOL
40. What secrets did ___? : WILLIAMTELL
41. Golf great : SNEAD
44. Civil-rights writer : DUBOIS
46. Grenoble's river : ISERE
48. Plants seed : SOWS
50. Fixes over : REDOES
52. Sun ___-sen : YAT
54. What we all are : MORTAL
57. Shakespearean gem : SONNET
59. Aphra of writing fame : BEHN
61. "___ a star . . . " : FAIRAS
63. Has creditors : OWES
64. Delay, old style : BELATE
66. " . . . there I ___ be": H. Van Dyke : LONGTO
67. Balzac book: 1832 : ADIEU
69. Emptiness : VACUITY
70. Wellaway! : ALAS
71. French lawmakers : SENAT
73. Latin diphthongs : OES
75. Borne by the wind : EOLIC
76. Harsh lawmaker : DRACO
78. Who turned ___? : ANITALOOS
79. What streams did ___? : ERNIEFORD
80. Barflies : SOTS
83. "He that ___ anger . . . ": Prov. 16:32 : ISSLOWTO
85. ___ words (verbalizes) : PUTSINTO
88. Makes a cryptogram : ENCODES
90. Big cat : PANTHER
92. Young lover : SWAIN
95. Morse man's long ones : DAHS
97. Capek play : RUR
99. Tristram's beloved : ISOLDE
101. Rope fiber : ISTLE
103. Epochal : ERAL
104. Over the hill : AWOL
105. Theater box : LOGE
106. Indian of Manitoba : CREE
108. Clinton's waterway : ERIE
110. Snag : TEAR
111. Highway sign : EATS
112. Mild cussword : DRAT
114. Any of 18 named Louis : ROI
116. Mates of pas : MAS

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