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Alex Black
Alex 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 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 Down
1. 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
20. Vietcong org. : NLF
21. Seekers of the lost, strayed or stolen : MISSINGPERSONSBUREAU
25. Sylvan : BOSKY
26. Ripens : AGES
27. Antecedent : PRIOR
28. Aunties' mates : UNKS
29. Shoshonean : UTE
30. Mimic : APER
31. 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
46. Depressed : SAD
47. Female rabbit : DOE
49. Having meshes : NETTY
50. Mexican sandwich : TACO
53. Gigolo or fop : LOUNGELIZARD
57. Haggard novel : SHE
58. Duck genus : ANAS
59. Obstacle : SNAG
60. U.N. agency : ILO
61. Stradivari's teacher : AMATI
63. Esteem : ADMIRE
66. Snow runner : SKI
67. Sister : NUN
68. Vaudevillians' mecca : PALACE
70. Chose : OPTED
71. Poet's word : EEN
72. Summers, in Vichy : ETES
74. Snarl : GNAR
75. Southern constellation : ARA
76. State Dept. divisions : FOREIGNDESKS
80. Lallygag : IDLE
81. Tuck, e.g. : FRIAR
83. Motel predecessor : INN
84. California fort : ORD
85. Auld lang syne : YORE
87. Straggler : LAGGARD
89. Mail ctr. : GPO
90. Exposed : AIRED
93. Appoints : NAMES
94. Beau Brummell : SNAPPYDRESSER
99. Covenants, to Clemenceau : PACTES
101. Milky gem : OPAL
102. Little and Gehrig : LOUS
103. Power-project initials : TVA
104. Molar malady : ACHE
105. Acquired relative : INLAW
107. " . . . Oz" author : BAUM
108. Stand by : AWAIT
110. Washington advisers : PRESIDENTIALCABINETS
114. Loser to D.D.E. : AES
115. Dry : SERE
116. Zenith antonym : NADIR
117. Recipient : DONEE
118. Concorde, e.g. : SST
119. Home, to Paris : TROY
120. Bastille warder : GARDE
121. Picnic pests : ANTS
1. Make thirds : TRISECT
2. Russian city : ORSK
3. Cheerful : ROSY
4. Wallach : ELI
5. Dirk : DAGGER
6. Dominion : EMPERY
7. Digits : TOES
8. Go wrong : ERR
9. Breathe : RESPIRE
10. Fido's genus : CANIS
11. "They ___ serve . . . " : ALSO
12. Minor division of mankind : SUBRACE
13. Rival of T.C.U. : SMU
14. Single performance : ONENIGHTSTAND
15. Relieve : SLAKE
16. Make ___ (complain) : AFUSS
17. Declaims : EMOTES
22. California valley : NAPA
23. Toward the mouth : ORAD
24. Wrinkled : RUGATE
25. "The Wayward ___" : BUS
30. Bikini, e.g. : ATOLL
31. ___ Janeiro : RIODE
33. Moses, for one : GRANDMA
35. Store : REPOSIT
36. Wind dir. : ENE
37. Gascon's activity : BRAGGING
38. Mets' home : SHEA
42. Upright : ETHICAL
43. Cover crop : RYE
45. ___ Alamos : LOS
46. ___ the grass : SNAKEIN
47. Watered down : DILUTED
48. Forms of oxygen : OZONES
50. Chinese pagoda : TAA
51. European country : ANDORRA
52. Politico's bankroll : CAMPAIGNCHEST
54. Invisible : UNSEEN
55. Voltage decrease : LINEDROP
56. Medium's signal : RAP
62. City near Oran : ALGIERS
64. Get back into focus : REFRAME
65. Ancient Tokyo : EDO
69. Before, to poets : ERE
73. Henny Penny's phobia : SKY
75. Labor org. : AFL
77. Frees (of) : RIDS
78. Prickly pear : NOPAL
79. Glides aloft : SOARS
82. Marbles : AGATES
86. Meadow barley : RIE
88. Dweller : RESIDER
89. Beaver's activity : GNAWING
91. Heirs' concerns : ESTATES
92. Invent : DEVISE
94. Tiff : SPAT
95. Adirondack lake : PLACID
96. "___ My Sunshine" : YOUARE
97. Waiter or bell : DUMB
98. Hair pad : RAT
99. Greek actress Irene : PAPAS
100. Units of area : ACRES
101. Illinois town : OLNEY
106. Opera by Handel : NERO
107. Constr. man : BLDR
108. Soon : ANON
109. Left : WENT
111. Adherent : IST
112. Shoe size : AAA
113. Cantor's wife : IDA

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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