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Alex F. Black
Alex F. Black

EIGHT EASY PIECES

New York Times, Sunday, October 2, 1977

Author:
Alex F. Black
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 81, Avg Word Len: 5.14, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 527 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 90, Cheaters: 14, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 13
Alex F. Black has 12 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,277
Across
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Rushed : TORE
5
Discourage : DETER
10
Mama or Timberlane : CASS
14
She-bear: Sp. : OSA
17
Leon or Flynn : ERROL
18
Love, Italian style : AMORE
19
Styptic : ALUM
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Vietcong org. : NLF
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Seekers of the lost, strayed or stolen : MISSINGPERSONSBUREAU
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Sylvan : BOSKY
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Ripens : AGES
27
Antecedent : PRIOR
28
Aunties' mates : UNKS
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Shoshonean : UTE
30
Mimic : APER
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Inlets : RIAS
32
Potential farmers : AGGIES
34
Quilled flier : SECRETARYBIRD
38
Scrawny one : SCRAG
39
Shorthand expert : STENO
40
Caviar, e.g. : ROE
41
Scottish bloomer : HEATHER
44
Senator from R.I. : PELL
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Depressed : SAD
47
Female rabbit : DOE
49
Having meshes : NETTY
50
Mexican sandwich : TACO
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Gigolo or fop : LOUNGELIZARD
57
Haggard novel : SHE
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Duck genus : ANAS
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Obstacle : SNAG
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U.N. agency : ILO
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Stradivari's teacher : AMATI
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Esteem : ADMIRE
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Snow runner : SKI
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Sister : NUN
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Vaudevillians' mecca : PALACE
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Chose : OPTED
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Poet's word : EEN
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Summers, in Vichy : ETES
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Snarl : GNAR
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Southern constellation : ARA
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State Dept. divisions : FOREIGNDESKS
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Lallygag : IDLE
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Tuck, e.g. : FRIAR
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Motel predecessor : INN
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California fort : ORD
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Auld lang syne : YORE
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Straggler : LAGGARD
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Mail ctr. : GPO
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Exposed : AIRED
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Appoints : NAMES
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Beau Brummell : SNAPPYDRESSER
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Covenants, to Clemenceau : PACTES
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Milky gem : OPAL
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Little and Gehrig : LOUS
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Power-project initials : TVA
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Molar malady : ACHE
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Acquired relative : INLAW
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" . . . Oz" author : BAUM
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Stand by : AWAIT
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Washington advisers : PRESIDENTIALCABINETS
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Loser to D.D.E. : AES
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Dry : SERE
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Zenith antonym : NADIR
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Recipient : DONEE
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Concorde, e.g. : SST
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Home, to Paris : TROY
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Bastille warder : GARDE
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Picnic pests : ANTS
Down
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Make thirds : TRISECT
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Russian city : ORSK
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Cheerful : ROSY
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Wallach : ELI
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Dirk : DAGGER
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Dominion : EMPERY
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Digits : TOES
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Go wrong : ERR
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Breathe : RESPIRE
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Fido's genus : CANIS
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"They ___ serve . . . " : ALSO
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Minor division of mankind : SUBRACE
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Rival of T.C.U. : SMU
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Single performance : ONENIGHTSTAND
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Relieve : SLAKE
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Make ___ (complain) : AFUSS
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Declaims : EMOTES
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California valley : NAPA
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Toward the mouth : ORAD
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Wrinkled : RUGATE
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"The Wayward ___" : BUS
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Bikini, e.g. : ATOLL
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___ Janeiro : RIODE
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Moses, for one : GRANDMA
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Store : REPOSIT
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Wind dir. : ENE
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Gascon's activity : BRAGGING
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Mets' home : SHEA
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Upright : ETHICAL
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Cover crop : RYE
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___ Alamos : LOS
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___ the grass : SNAKEIN
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Watered down : DILUTED
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Forms of oxygen : OZONES
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Chinese pagoda : TAA
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European country : ANDORRA
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Politico's bankroll : CAMPAIGNCHEST
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Invisible : UNSEEN
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Voltage decrease : LINEDROP
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Medium's signal : RAP
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City near Oran : ALGIERS
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Get back into focus : REFRAME
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Ancient Tokyo : EDO
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Before, to poets : ERE
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Henny Penny's phobia : SKY
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Labor org. : AFL
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Frees (of) : RIDS
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Prickly pear : NOPAL
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Glides aloft : SOARS
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Marbles : AGATES
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Meadow barley : RIE
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Dweller : RESIDER
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Beaver's activity : GNAWING
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Heirs' concerns : ESTATES
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Invent : DEVISE
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Tiff : SPAT
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Adirondack lake : PLACID
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"___ My Sunshine" : YOUARE
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Waiter or bell : DUMB
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Hair pad : RAT
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Greek actress Irene : PAPAS
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Units of area : ACRES
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Illinois town : OLNEY
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Opera by Handel : NERO
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Constr. man : BLDR
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Soon : ANON
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Left : WENT
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Adherent : IST
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Shoe size : AAA
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Cantor's wife : IDA

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 10 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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