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Frances Hansen
Frances Hansen

CENTER STAGE

New York Times, Sunday, May 7, 1972

Author: Frances Hansen
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 93, Avg Word Len: 5.25, Missing: { Q X }, Scrabble score: 696 (avg 1.60)
Open Squares: 160, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 12, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 30 Grid has repeated answers.
Frances Hansen has 81 pre-Shortz puzzles and 40 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,303
Across Down
1. Emulated a flag : WAVED
6. Chessmen : PAWNS
11. Anklebone : TALUS
16. Tendency : HABIT
21. Wind: Prefix : ANEMO
22. "Darling, Where ___?" : ISYOURHEART
24. Baffle : ELUDE
25. Scatter : STREW
26. Start of a McCullers title : THEHEARTISA
27. He shrugged, said Miss Rand : ATLAS
28. Ralph of U.N., politely : MRBUNCHE
30. "E'en ___ it be a cross . . . " : THO
31. Cousin of okay : ALLRIGHT
33. See 31 Across : YES
34. Seed or wire : HAY
35. Porker's home : STY
37. Journalist's degree : BSJ
40. Province of Iraq : KUT
41. Dawn goddess : EOS
42. Outdoor area: Abbr. : TER
43. Kind of deal : RAW
44. Court : WOO
46. Between phi and psi : CHI
48. Lament : BEMOAN
51. Running wild : AMOK
53. Prague poet : CECH
54. Village on Hudson : ESOPUS
58. Start of French toast : AVOTRE
59. Hancock or Doe : JOHN
60. Cries caused by a mouse : EEKS
61. "He who ___ tiger . . . " : RIDESA
62. Hoboken export : SINATRA
64. Gives the appearance of : SEEMSTO
66. Scribe : INDITER
67. Crew's plea to Columbus : SAILEAST
69. God of Islam : ALLAH
70. Certain dwarf's weakness : SNEEZING
71. "___ a drink!" : INEED
72. Shaw's "House" et al. : HEARTBREAKS
75. Fracas : SETTO
76. Relative of ain't : AMNT
77. Italian town : ATRI
78. Vichy name : LAVAL
83. "The way to a ___ through . . . " : MANSHEARTIS
87. Duvalier land : HAITI
92. Dirges : EPICEDES
94. Burdened one : BEAST
95. G. Washington slept here : MTVERNON
97. Like a fat cat : WELLFED
98. Gang weapons : HEATERS
100. Beach material : SEASAND
101. Aits : ISLETS
102. Cook quickly : SEAR
103. Miss Lane of "Superman" : LOIS
105. Sandpiper genus : TRINGA
106. Prepares clams : STEAMS
107. Dillon : MATT
108. Old slave : ESNE
109. Of a certain volcano : ETNEAN
110. Grass or whisky : RYE
111. "Exodus" hero : ARI
112. Smorgasbord item : EEL
113. Fish eggs : ROE
114. Collection : ANA
117. Relatives of mins. : HRS
119. Explosive : TNT
121. Compass point : WSW
122. U.S. flying branch: Abbr. : TAF
123. Cleopatra's nemesis : ASP
126. Vied : COMPETED
129. Louis XIV, e.g. : ROI
131. Palpably : TANGIBLY
133. Beetle family : AMARA
134. Certain chat, with "heart" : TOHEARTTALK
139. Happen : OCCUR
140. Kind of clam : RAZOR
141. "There ___" (song) : GOESMYHEART
142. Shelf : LEDGE
143. That is: Lat. : IDEST
144. Ship deck : ORLOP
145. Pile up : AMASS
146. Rebuke, with "down" : DRESS
1. "___ face red!" : WASMY
2. Cave: Fr. : ANTRE
3. Some words : VERBS
4. Flightless bird : EMEU
5. Blue : DOWNHEARTED
6. Concise : PITHY
7. Tennis ace : ASHE
8. Letter : WYE
9. Japanese drama: Var. : NOH
10. Full of fat : SUETY
11. What hearts do : THROB
12. Of age: Abbr. : AET
13. Medieval poem : LAI
14. Major or Minor : URSA
15. Stairway for Jack : STALK
16. Homey places : HEARTHSIDES
17. Height: Prefix : ALTI
18. Potbelly : BULGE
19. State : IDAHO
20. Student's bugaboos : TESTS
23. Cheer : RAH
29. Primo : CARNERA
32. William Tell's lake : LUCERNE
35. Temple of Hera site : SAMOS
36. Start of a waltz song : TWOHEARTSBEATIN
38. Two flowers going steady : SWEETHEARTROSES
39. Monkey : JOCKO
42. Entire: It. : TOTALE
43. Reign, in India : RAJ
45. Exclamations : OHS
47. Treat, as salt : IODIZE
48. Met men : BASSI
49. Spa on Lake Geneva : EVIAN
50. Many, to Burns : MONIE
52. Prepared to propose : KNELT
53. Romero : CESAR
55. Kind of point : PETIT
56. Didn't, in olden days : USENT
57. Silvery grunt : SARGO
63. Fearing disgrace : ASHAMED
65. Sea-union agency: Abbr. : MLB
66. Stands firm on : INSISTS
68. Short melodies : TEMAS
70. Skirmish: Scot. : SKRIM
73. Miss Rutledge : ANN
74. Law man: Abbr. : ATT
78. Sinclair : LEWIS
79. Make ___ of oneself : APEST
80. Town: Fr. : VILLE
81. "On ___ Day" : ACLEAR
82. What I did in S.F. : LEFTMYHEART
84. Kind of burn : HEART
85. Warmth, in Soho : EAT
86. Village in Sweden : ASELE
87. Transplant for Midas : HEARTOFGOLD
88. Poisonous gas : ARSINE
89. Silly : INANE
90. Pacific islands : TONGA
91. Hydrindene : INDAN
93. Napoleon, e.g. : DESSERT
96. Old-timer : VETERAN
98. "Cross my ___" : HEART
99. Strength : SINEW
102. Wee, in Glasgow : SMA
104. Musical piece: Abbr. : SEL
114. Mites : ACARI
115. Wanderer : NOMAD
116. Confound : AMAZE
118. Starting words, after "Ready" : SETGO
120. Marching boys' step : TRAMP
121. "___ Song In My Heart" : WITHA
122. Musical beats : TAKTS
123. Start of learning songs : ABCDE
124. Hits hard : SLUGS
125. Burning heaps : PYRES
127. Arnie and Sam : PROS
128. A jar, sometimes? : DOOR
130. Suffix for reformat : ORY
131. Bank workers: Abbr. : TLRS
132. Bakery worker : ICER
135. Loki's daughter : HEL
136. Inner: Prefix : ESO
137. Pro ___ : TEM
138. Motorist's org. : AAA

Answer summary: 21 unique to this puzzle, 9 debuted here and reused later, 16 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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