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Frances Hansen
Frances Hansen

BETTER DERBY BETTORS

New York Times, Sunday, May 5, 1985

Author: Frances Hansen
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 68, Avg Word Len: 5.33, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 561 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 131, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 7, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
Frances Hansen has 81 pre-Shortz puzzles and 40 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 12,962
Across Down
1. Shot to the green : CHIP
5. Garden bloomer : ASTER
10. Boot tie : LACET
15. Stagehand : GRIP
19. A Turner : LANA
20. Crept in on little cat feet : STOLE
21. Came up : AROSE
22. Tops : AONE
23. Florist's bet: 1914 : OLDROSEBUD
25. Wall St. bet: 1933 : BROKERSTIP
27. Sparkling : GLITTERY
28. Disguise : CLOAK
30. Shade of red : TOMATO
31. " . . . the ___ scooped in vain": Channing : SEASARE
32. Arctic explorer : PEARY
33. Last Supper depiction : CENA
34. Group sponsoring vocational ed. : ORT
35. ___ siècle (decadent) : FINDE
36. Made plans : ARRANGED
40. Golden brown : TAWNY
43. Weatherman's bet: 1909 : WINTERGREEN
45. Fearful reverence : AWE
46. First of a Kipling trio : ARAG
47. Meets a poker bet : SEES
48. Toward the mouth : ORAD
49. Campbells, e.g. : CLAN
50. Elevator cage : CAR
51. Poet's bet: 1917 : OMARKHAYYAM
55. H. G. or Carolyn : WELLS
56. Certain greenhouse : ORANGERY
58. " . . . ___ and hungry look": Shak. : ALEAN
59. Shrew's harangue : TIRADE
60. Tarry a while : DALLY
61. Double this for a sweet : BON
62. "The Age of Anxiety" poet : AUDEN
63. Saddle part : POMMEL
65. Tenor : DRIFT
67. Religiously neutral : AGNOSTIC
70. Like Old Nassau's walls : IVIED
71. Bet by scads of people in Washington: 1977 : SEATTLESLEW
73. Polly Holliday's TV role : FLO
74. Twerp : NERD
75. Sneak a gander : PEEK
76. Told a whopper : LIED
77. Painted metalware : TOLE
78. One of the Hagens : UTA
79. U.N. bet: 1973 : SECRETARIAT
83. Went a round : BOXED
84. Gravelly-voiced actor Eugene : PALLETTE
86. City on the Allegheny : OLEAN
87. Swale : BOG
88. Refinery fodder : ORES
89. Ardent fans : BUFFS
90. "La Bohème" waltz girl : MUSETTA
94. Amorous hanky-panky : AFFAIR
97. Chilean pianist Claudio : ARRAU
98. Permit : SANCTION
99. Publisher's bet: 1976 : BOLDFORBES
101. Saint's bet: 1983 : SUNNYSHALO
103. Assiniboin's ally : CREE
104. Slammin' Sam : SNEAD
105. Yoga position : ASANA
106. "___ Tu," 1932 song : ERES
107. Kind of heat : DEAD
108. Words on a Wonderland cake : EATME
109. Producer-director Josh : LOGAN
110. Pace a racing horse : RATE
1. Chokes up : CLOGS
2. Handel's birthplace : HALLE
3. Ashley Wilkes's sister : INDIA
4. Choral composition : PARTSONG
5. State : ASSERT
6. 35.315 cubic feet : STERE
7. Fat little jug : TOBY
8. Chosen, in Chartres : ELU
9. Symbol of worthlessness : REDCENT
10. Hercules on 12 occasions : LABORER
11. Deck out : ARRAY
12. Rival of 32 Across : COOK
13. Greenland native: Abbr. : ESK
14. Walked in a wobbly way : TEETERED
15. Door-to-door meter reader : GASMAN
16. Church court : ROTA
17. Pt. of a monogram : INIT
18. Gourd or melon : PEPO
24. Eared seal : OTARY
26. Legendary Irish king : RONAN
29. Do a dock job : LADE
32. Oblast in the Pripet Marshes : PINSK
33. Lambaste : CREAM
35. Hot-tempered : FIERY
36. Island in the Firth of Clyde : ARRAN
37. Huntsman's bet: 1930 : GALLANTFOX
38. "Balder's Death" poet-dramatist : EWALD
39. Crowded : DENSE
40. Taxco treat : TACO
41. The Saône, once : ARAR
42. Ensign's bet: 1937 : WARADMIRAL
43. Spent : WEARY
44. "Los Caprichos" painter : GOYA
47. Sniff : SMELL
49. Homophone for series : CERES
51. Gave the eye : OGLED
52. Powerful force : HABIT
53. Up in the rigging : ALOFT
54. Streisand vehicle: 1983 : YENTL
55. Golfer's wife, perhaps : WIDOW
57. Put a handle on : NAMED
59. Pitched a piano : TUNED
62. Shoelace appendage : AGLET
63. Artwork in a G.I.'s locker : PINUP
64. Mrs. Culp Hobby : OVETA
65. He built a better plow : DEERE
66. Croupier's implement : RAKE
67. Kind of flu : ASIAN
68. "Winnie ___ Pu": Lenard : ILLE
69. Betty of songdom : COED
71. Conventicle conveners : SECTS
72. Disney's middle name : ELIAS
75. N.L. Rookie of the Year: 1963 : PETEROSE
77. In unison : TOGETHER
79. Printing stroke : SERIF
80. ___ force (strokes of genius) : TOURSDE
81. First letter in communications : ALFA
82. Turndown : REFUSAL
83. Russet pears : BOSCS
85. Squiffed : LOADED
87. Owner of the Blue Ox : BUNYAN
89. Freshwater fish : BREAM
90. Biblical food : MANNA
91. Bride's headgear, often : TIARA
92. Galsworthy book : TOLET
93. By ___ (photo-finish phrase) : ANOSE
94. Start of a kindergarten chorus : ABCD
95. Links cry : FORE
96. Small circus performer : FLEA
97. Aid's partner : ABET
98. Fly in the ointment : SNAG
100. Spinoff of DNA : RNA
102. Bob Hope's "baby" : USO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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