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A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

New York Times, Sunday, November 10, 1946

Author:
Louis Jenkins
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 174, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 646 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 141, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 16, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 56 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Louis Jenkins has 23 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original 38-Across clue had "1860"; corrected to "1859." In 139-Down clue, SYR is clued as "Beirut is its capital: Abbr.," but Lebanon was a separate nation by 1946 (gaining its independence in 1943), so Beirut was no longer in Syria.

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© 1946, The New York TimesNo. 248
Across
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Biblical river. : ABANA
6
American diva born in Shanghai. : EAMES
11
Polish diva, Chicago Opera, 1914. : RAISA
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Composer of Land of Hope and Glory. : ELGAR
21
Wall painting. : MURAL
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Bruennhilde's horse. : GRANE
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The famous Hammerstein (1847–1910). : OSCAR
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Opera by Bellini. : NORMA
25
What Samson wears in Act 3. : IRONS
26
Composer of Fingal's Cave. : MENDELSSOHN
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High-hats. : SNOBS
29
Box-office sign. : SRO
30
Matchless. : ALONE
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Political party: Abbr. : DEM
33
"Like ___, all tears."—Hamlet. : NIOBE
35
Fixed charge. : FEE
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Short piano composition. : SONATINA
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Shakespearean star (1859–1916). : REHAN
40
Educators of Paul Dombey. : BLIMBERS
42
Fluff. : LINT
43
Headdress worn in Le Prophete. : CIDARIS
45
Mexican dwelling. : DOBE
46
Senta's ___ in Flying Dutchman. : BALLAD
49
Stuff. : PAD
50
Made into grains. : RICED
52
What Dvorak's music is. : SLAVIC
56
Large music hall in St. Louis. : ODEON
57
Song of the ___ Boatmen. : VOLGA
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Composer of The Rosary. : NEVIN
61
___ Morini, Austrian violinist. : ERICA
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Noisy disturbance. : RIOT
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Shine On, ___ Moon. : HARVEST
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Fasten securely. : RIVET
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Trifle. : DOIT
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___ Giovanni.—Mozart. : DON
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___ Rachmaninoff. : SERGE
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Low-priced concert. : POP
72
Language used in singing masses. : LATIN
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___ Shubert. : LEE
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Vermont mountain, 3,320 ft. : ASCUTNEY
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Bach composed many of these. : CHORALS
79
What Florestan and Jaquino are in Fidelio. : TENORS
81
Archaic dogs. : ALANS
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Confection. : PRALINE
83
Amusing character in Rosenkavalier. : BARON
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Noted horseman, 1775. : REVERE
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How the Flying Dutchman spent his time. : SAILING
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What a theatrical "angel" supplies. : FINANCES
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Inmates of harem. : ODA
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Well-known name in Essen. : KRUPP
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Explosive. : TNT
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What Ben Hur wore. : TUNIC
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Young sow: Prov. Eng. : ELT
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Minerva's birds. : OWLS
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Noted Belgian violinist (1858–1931). : YSAYE
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Ancient name of Gerona, Spain. : GERUNDA
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Muse of history. : CLIO
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Inclines. : TILTS
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Mistake. : ERROR
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Tears apart. : RENDS
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What opera singers dread. : COLDS
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Often heard during last act of Parsifal. : SNORES
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Superior of Brahmans. : KULIN
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Encore, in Italy. : BIS
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What most operatic heroines suffer. : THROES
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One of the Pinchots. : AMOS
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Small flute. : SIBILUS
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What the swan in Lohengrin is. : PROP
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What Hamlet ends up in. : SHAMBLES
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Pens in. : CAGES
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Famous magician. : THURSTON
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Buzz. : HUM
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Mexican money. : REALS
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What Ahab lost. : LEG
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Rowed. : OARED
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Japanese statesman. : ITO
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Well-known name in Cremona. : AMATI
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How late-comers should conduct themselves. : SOUNDLESSLY
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Noted Italian baritone (1878–1942). : AMATO
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What most librettos lack. : LOGIC
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Happy Hooligan's creator (1857–1937). : OPPER
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Hose material. : NYLON
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Household gods. : LARES
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What Tannhaeuser was originally considered. : TRASH
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Poor. : NEEDY
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Hum. : DRONE
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Look. : STARE
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Faulty. : AMISS
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Donkey. : BURRO
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Irish darling. : AROON
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Girl's nickname. : NAN
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Native of Strasbourg. : ALSATIAN
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Overture by Beethoven. : EGMONT
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Where Escamillo does his stuff. : ARENA
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What Delilah removes from Samson. : MANE
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Where Liebestod is sung in Tristan. : END
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Planted. : SEEDED
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Schoen ___, by Kreisler. : ROSMARIN
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What Wenzel is in The Bartered Bride. : ASS
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Image carried in Prince Igor. : ICON
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Master: Hindu. : SAHIB
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Author of the Light of Asia. : ARNOLD
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Union of soloists and chorus. : ENSEMBLE
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___ Chaney Jr. : LON
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Composer of Grand Canyon Suite. : GROFE
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Heroine of recent best seller. : AMBER
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Demolishes. : RASES
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Composer of The Merry Widow. : LEHAR
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Barnum's diva. : LIND
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Organic life: Greek. : BIOS
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Apportion. : ALLOT
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Raised strip. : RIDGE
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More pleasant. : NICER
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Always worn by Wotan. : BEARD
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The greatest Carmen. : CALVE
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Locale of Carmen. : SEVILLE
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French astronomer (1733–99). : BORDA
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Good-bye: Span. : ADIOS
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Composer of Pagliacci. : LEONCAVALLO
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He sings "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'." : PORGY
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Opera stars. : DIVAS
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Victor Herbert's instrument. : VIOLONCELLO
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Colder. : ICIER
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Provisions: Obs. : CATES
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Weasels: Eng. : VARES
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Paving material. : ASPHALT
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Catch. : NET
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Poultry enclosure. : HENNERY
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Ornamentation on book-covers. : TOOLING
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"I am ___" in Mignon. : TITANIA
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Unadorned. : STARK
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Ben. Franklin's trade. : PRINTER
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Town in Lot-et-Garonne, France. : NERAC
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Caucho tree. : ULE
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Le dernier ___. : CRI
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Anglice: Abbr. : ANG
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Negative: Prefix. : NON
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Cleopatra's notepaper. : PAPYRUS
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Ties together. : BINDS
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Shouts for: Slang. : ROOTS
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The great Booth. : EDWIN
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Rollicking fellow. : SPARK
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Money. : FUNDS
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Skip. : ELIDE
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Opposed to ice: Geol. : STOSS
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Employ. : USE
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Port in Africa. : TUNIS
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Long walk: Prov. : STRAM
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Greek dialect. : EOLIC
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Puzzle. : REBUS
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___ de ballet. : CORPS
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Noted Polish diva (1858–1935). : SEMBRICH
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What Elizabethan drama abounds in. : RIBALDRY
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Notochords. : CHORDALS
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Only. : SOLE
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The Fortunes of ___.—Scott. : NIGEL
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Authentic. : TRUE
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Yearly series of opera. : SEASON
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Basis of Wagnerian librettos. : LEGEND
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Athenian courtesan, 4th century B. C. : PHRYNE
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"Thou ___ not." : SHALT
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What Goetterdaemmerung lacks. : HUMOR
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Timber tree of P. I. : AMAGA
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Incline. : SLOPE
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Claw. : TALON
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Seen in the Diamond Horseshoe. : TIARA
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Aquatic mammal. : OTTER
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Rope. : NOOSE
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Operatic spear-carrier. : SUPE
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Birthplace of Mme. Flagstad. : OSLO
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It is. : TIS
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Man's nickname. : NED
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Beirut is its capital: Abbr. : SYR
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___, Sat. 2 P. M. : MAT

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 44 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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