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9 Results for CLOSEBUTNOCIGAR

5 Shortz Era entries found. Click any date for context.

DateGridClueAuthor
Monday, June 23, 200858AWords to a first runner-upAndrea Carla Michaels and Patrick Blindauer
Friday, June 16, 200634AA bit off, sadlyAlan Olschwang
Friday, May 27, 200530A"A winner … almost"Manny Nosowsky
Thursday, May 6, 200461A“Not quite”Kevan Choset
Friday, January 2, 200411D"Almost!"Sherry O. Blackard

4 results for CLOSEBUTNOCIGAR from older pre-Shortz puzzles.

DateGridClueAuthorEditor
Friday, September 11, 199256ATitle for Zeppo Marx's memoirs?Norma SteinbergMaleska
Monday, September 4, 198937APhrase for a narrow missReginald L. JohnsonMaleska
Friday, April 27, 19793DOff-the-target phraseA. J. SantoraMaleska
Thursday, January 13, 197734AComment on a near-missDaniel GirardiWeng