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FANCY FOOTWORK

New York Times, Sunday, October 22, 1972

Author:
Frank Nosoff
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 85, Avg Word Len: 5.35, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 663 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 128, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 9, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 22
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,471
Across
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Defensive device : ABATIS
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Snake : ASP
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Russian dancer Serge : LIFAR
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Asian hardwood : ACLE
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Did housework : CLEANED
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Mauna ___ : LOA
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P. I. spirit : ANITO
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Biblical treasure port : OPHIR
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Dancers from an exotic island : CORPSDEBALI
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Royal Russian ballerina : VERATSARINA
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Foxtrot on a Russian plain : TWOSTEPPE
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Closes : SEALS
31
Lawyer: Abbr. : ATT
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“___ Girls” : LES
33
Small pies : TARTS
34
Dance enthusiast’s ailment : BALLETPTOMAINE
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Shoelace tips : AGLETS
40
Gaunt : LANK
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Entrance protectors : GATEMEN
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Horn sound : BLARE
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Agnew : SPIRO
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Platform : DAIS
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Hat : PANAMA
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“The ___ of Summer” : BOYS
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Boss in Africa : BWANA
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Species : KIND
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Makes coat repairs : RELINES
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Not present: Abbr. : ABS
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Trolley sound : CLANG
56
Candy drop : MINT
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Road covers : TARS
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Annoy : IRK
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Sauce source : SOYBEAN
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Pass over : ELIDE
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Pronoun : THIS
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Sessions: Abbr. : MTGS
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English naturalist : SLOANE
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___ de jambe : ROND
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Wail : KEEN
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Telegram : WIRE
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Father of French twins : PASDEDEUX
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Theater offering : MELODRAMA
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German river : OHRE
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Parliament man : LORD
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Withered : SERE
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Indefinite tense : AORIST
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Black cuckoos : ANIS
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Exhausts : FAGS
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Becky : SHARP
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Kind of flight : NONSTOP
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Mood, in Scotland : TID
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Fuel : COKE
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Decree : FIAT
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Second-raters : HACKS
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Greek letter : ETA
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Ballet footwear : TOESHOE
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Mild cussword : DANG
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Opera locations : BOXES
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Detailed study: Abbr. : ANAL
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Overthrow : UNSEAT
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Store event : SALE
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Whetstones : HONES
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Hosiery material : LISLE
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Prepares for burial : EMBALMS
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Morse or zip : CODE
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Most singular : RAREST
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Ballet for a clumsy girl : SLIPPINGBEAUTY
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Pitiless : CRUEL
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One: Scot. : AIN
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Japanese statesman : ITO
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Unique people : ONERS
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Prado items : PAINTINGS
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Saloon stance : BARPOSITION
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Hot-sofa ballet, in a way : PILLOWAFIRE
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Tie ___ (carouse) : ONEON
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Homecoming: Prefix : NOSTO
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Egg: Prefix : OVI
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Heraldic bird : MARTLET
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Vapid : TAME
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Relative of twixt : TWEEN
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Pipe joint : TEE
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Certain votes : YESSES
Down
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Audit man: Abbr. : ACCT
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Play a tuba : BLOW
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Atmosphere: Prefix : AERO
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Bartenders : TAPSTERS
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Put in office : INSTATE
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Passover events : SEDERS
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Wings : ALAE
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Hurok : SOL
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Native, in Southwest : PAISANO
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Vichy premier : LAVAL
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Graceless : INELEGANT
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Red Cross program : FIRSTAID
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___ standstill : ATA
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Take turns : ROTATE
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Month: Abbr. : APR
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___ con carne : CHILI
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Bridal gift : LINEN
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Rub out : ERASE
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Bureau: Abbr. : DEPT
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Breakfast cereals : OATMEALS
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Chess pieces: Abbr. : BPS
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Jazz dancers : STOMPERS
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Large deer : ELK
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Siren of silents : BARA
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Parts of qts. : PTS
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Years: Lat. : ANNI
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Eban et al. : ABBAS
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Spheres: Sp. : GLOBOS
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Nonclergy dancers in a ballet : LAYSYLPHIDES
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Those who wait : LINGERERS
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Ballet of the Old South : SWANEELAKE
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Forest god : PAN
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Sup : DINE
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Grieg heroine is nervous : ANITRASTENSE
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Unite : MERGE
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Requests : ASKS
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Insipid : BLAND
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Big name in piracy : KIDD
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Ballets on the reservation : RAINDANCES
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___-fire : CEASE
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Flirtatious girl : MINX
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Variant of Ted : THEO
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Wild hogs : BOARS
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Garish : LOUD
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Menotti opera, with “The” : TELEPHONE
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Singer’s warmup notes : MIMIS
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Writer Jean : KERR
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Admonishes : WARNS
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Venetian V.I.P. : DOGE
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Dinner course : MEAT
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Chess pieces : ROOKS
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Bermuda, for one : ONION
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Chase, as fly balls : SHAG
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Adds up : TOTALS
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Aleutian island : ATTU
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Show-biz dance routines : FOOTBITS
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Trig word : SINE
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Quoit: Fr. : PALET
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Marge or Gower : CHAMPION
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Singer’s boo-boo : FALSENOTE
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Tool for Paul Bunyan : AXE
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Flow through : SEEP
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Jacques of N.Y.C. Ballet : DAMBOISE
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Soul’s partner : BODY
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Relief operations : AIRLIFTS
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On the seas: Abbr. : SLG
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Nightclub : HOTSPOT
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Fourth Sunday in Lent : LAETARE
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Consecrate : ANOINT
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Mongrel : CUR
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Burlesque promenade : RUNWAY
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Wooden shoe : SABOT
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Climbing vine : LIANA
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Legal term : INREM
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Locale of John the Baptist : AENON
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Neighbor of Ore. : CAL
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French trial scene : RIOM
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Ballet movement : PLIE
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Actor Asther : NILS
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Prize: Scot. : GREE
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Places : SETS
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“Raven” man : POE
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Haul : TOW
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“___ got you ... ” : IVE

Answer summary: 17 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 13 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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