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Frances Hansen
Frances Hansen

DICKENS TAKE 'EM!

New York Times, Sunday, January 27, 1985

Author:
Frances Hansen
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 70, Avg Word Len: 5.38, Missing: { none — this is a pangram }, Scrabble score: 630 (avg 1.70)
Open Squares: 129, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 16, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 20
Frances Hansen has 81 pre-Shortz puzzles and 40 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 12,864
Across
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Doesn't give ___ (is heedless) : ARAP
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Twist's "twister" : FAGIN
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One grand : THOU
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He has made it to Mecca : HAJI
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Bit of biblical graffiti : MENE
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Cremona name : AMATI
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Put to flight : ROUT
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Bathe the stage with bathos : EMOTE
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Seasonal sourpuss : EBENEZERSCROOGE
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___ around (snoops) : NOSES
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Square-sail rope : BUNTLINE
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Pizazz : OOMPH
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Economize : SCRIMP
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Reaches : ATTAINS
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Mopes about, Dogpatch style : GLUMS
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___ line (conform) : TOEA
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One-liner : GAG
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Nursery porridge base : PEASE
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With suavity : SMOOTHLY
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Where René cuts the mustard : DIJON
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Evil dwarf feared by Little Nell : DANIELQUILP
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Sheepish comment : BAA
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N.C. college : ELON
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Caron film: 1958 : GIGI
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City once called Edessa : URFA
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Cricket sides : ONS
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Crib : BIN
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Servile, selfish hypocrite : MRPECKSNIFF
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Sans ___ (carefree) : SOUCI
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Littoral area : SEACOAST
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Poirot's explanatory word : ALORS
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Faulkner's Eula ___ : VARNER
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Piquant : SALTY
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"___ You Glad You're You?" : ARENT
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Felt poorly : AILED
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Grow, as interest on money : ACCRUE
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Traveller or Grani : STEED
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Sluggish : INDOLENT
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Silver salmon : COHOS
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Georgiana's pompous, Philistine father : JOHNPODSNAP
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Early auto : REO
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Old French coin : ECU
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River to the Ouse : AIRE
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Get under one's skin : ROIL
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Letter-shaped beam : LBAR
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Miss Russell, informally : ROZ
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Copperfield's horrid stepfather : MRMURDSTONE
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Stendhal's real name : BEYLE
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Arms for a musical army? : BAZOOKAS
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River of Wagner's "Ring" : RHINE
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Quagmire : BOG
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Napoleonic victory site: 1796 : LODI
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One of the Keatons : DIANE
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Practice play at 4 Down? : WARGAME
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Strindberg's land : SWEDEN
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Upright adjuster : TUNER
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Anthropophagite : CANNIBAL
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Rachet bars : PAWLS
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Smike's beastly tormentor : WACKFORDSQUEERS
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On ___ (fasting) : ADIET
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Quiz : EXAM
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Athens seat of higher educ. : OHIOU
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Hindu's bad-luck day : SANI
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___-bitsy : ITSY
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Incisiveness : BITE
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Savoir-___ : FAIRE
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Deodar or baobab : TREE
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One-celled animal : AMEBA
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Confute : REBUT
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Concerning : ANENT
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World's largest office building : PENTAGON
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Daunting : FAZING
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Congregational echoes : AMENS
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Parisian station : GARE
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Possessive pronoun : ITS
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Tenor Gedda : NICOLAI
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Ore-sizing screen : TROMMEL
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Targets for Dr. J : HOOPS
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Cry of distaste : OUGH
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Peak in Colo. : UTE
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A target for Reynard : HENCOOP
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Old-style love song : AMORET
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Louisa Gradgrind's vulgar husband : JOSIAHBOUNDERBY
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Shopping-list entry : ITEM
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Precognition, for short : ESP
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Like a famed essayist : ELIAN
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Stir to action : ROUSE
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Calpurnia's robe : STOLA
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Of inherited factors : GENIC
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One of the Bermudas : PAGET
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Rides the waves : SURFS
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Fit of the sulks : MIFF
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Uhlan's weapon : LANCE
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Arafat : YASIR
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Socialist labor leader: 1855–1926 : DEBS
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Netman Nastase : ILIE
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Old Martin's murderous nephew : JONASCHUZZLEWIT
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"The ___ Doodle," 1937 song : DIPSY
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Riding whip : QUIRT
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Rub the wrong way : GRATE
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Father of Meriones : MOLUS
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Dramatic Valentine : KAREN
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Insomniac's quest : SLEEP
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U.S. perennial herb : NONDO
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Shropshire : SALOP
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Turgenev's birthplace : OREL
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"___ nome," Verdi aria : CARO
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Literary Gore : VIDAL
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"There's my wife; look well ___": Spring-Rice : ATHER
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An Oakley : ANNIE
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Vinegary : ACERB
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Warming bedtime drink : COCOA
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Fern-frond formation : SORUS
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"God is Three, and God ___": Newman : ISONE
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Actress Patricia : NEAL
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Made tracks : TORE
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Iwo ___ : JIMA
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Stingless, feckless bee : DRONE
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Alan of "Wait Until Dark" : ARKIN
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Most long-limbed : LEGGIEST
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Flower-of-an-hour : MODESTY
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Words on a Wonderland bottle : DRINKME
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W.W. II acronym : SHAEF
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Hot surface from Tennessee : TINROOF
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Nigerian province : BORNU
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Scads : OODLES
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French financial house : BANQUE
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Coin stolen by Jessica : DUCAT
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"He is, or ___ has to be": Voltaire : WASOR
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Cross as ___ (irritable) : ABEAR
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Château-Thierry's river : MARNE
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A Dinsmore : ELSIE
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Bath, e.g. : SPA
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African gully : WADI
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Hack : TAXI
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402, to Fabius : CDII
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Network : WEB
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The Volga, in ancient days : RHA

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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