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Sidney L. Robbins
Sidney L. Robbins

New York Times, Monday, January 8, 1990

40-Across : Letters to stars

Author:
Sidney L. Robbins
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 39, Avg Word Len: 4.77, Missing: { Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 287 (avg 1.54)
Open Squares: 76, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
Sidney L. Robbins has 153 pre-Shortz puzzles and 50 Shortz Era crosswords in our database.
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W
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R
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L
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R
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L
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© 1990, The New York TimesNo. 14,671
Across
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Actress Prentiss : PAULA
6
Hemingway's sobriquet : PAPA
10
G-men : FEDS
14
Hair styles : AFROS
15
Novelist Kingsley ___ : AMIS
16
Soviet stream : URAL
17
Sitcom add-on : LAUGHTRACK
19
Supreme Court number : NINE
20
Gaelic : ERSE
21
Speed : HASTE
22
Want : NEED
23
Things with springs : BEDS
24
Route : WAY
26
Enchantress : CIRCE
30
Slippery one : EEL
32
Metal beam : IBAR
35
Negatively charged atoms : ANIONS
37
Ambassador or envoy : DIPLOMAT
40
Letters to stars : FANMAIL
42
'Twixt 12 and 20 : TEENAGE
43
Surrounded : ENGIRDED
45
Surpassing: Comb. form : PRETER
46
Suffix with inchoative verbs : ESCE
47
Period : ERA
49
Willow : OSIER
50
Soviet div. : SSR
52
Press : IRON
54
Tear : RENT
57
Golfer Palmer : ARNIE
59
In the center : AMID
63
Jewish month : ADAR
64
Card-game phrase : JOKERSWILD
66
"La Bohème" heroine : MIMI
67
First victim : ABEL
68
Dance of Bohemian origin : POLKA
69
Kind of mother or son : STEP
70
Word on a towel : HERS
71
Appease : ALLAY
Down
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Wan : PALE
2
Way off : AFAR
3
Wild ox : URUS
4
Theater section : LOGE
5
Wood for skis : ASH
6
"I Love a ___," 1931 song : PARADE
7
Gathered : AMASSED
8
Early inhabitant of Britain : PICT
9
Awry : ASKEW
10
These often get tickled : FUNNYBONES
11
City in the Keystone State : ERIE
12
Hamlet, e.g. : DANE
13
Snow vehicle : SLED
18
"___ Best of Carson" : THE
23
Former name of Varanasi, India : BENARES
25
Wing part : AILERON
26
Bistro : CAFE
27
Silly : INANE
28
Collar woes? : RINGS
29
"Peanuts," e.g. : COMICSTRIP
31
Kindled : LIT
33
Strad competitor : AMATI
34
E. Indian cereal grass : RAGEE
36
Caesar from Yonkers : SID
38
Vim : PEP
39
Haw. before 1959 : TERR
41
Novelist Harper ___ : LEE
44
A.A. candidate : DRINKER
48
Gazelles of Arabia : ARIELS
51
Rani's spouse : RAJAH
53
Finished, to Keats : OER
54
Bellwethers : RAMS
55
Redact : EDIT
56
Appoint : NAME
58
Gown : ROBE
59
G.I. truant : AWOL
60
Factory : MILL
61
Actress-writer Chase : ILKA
62
June 6, 1944 : DDAY
65
Baden-Baden is one : SPA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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