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Alex F. Black
Alex F. Black

PUN FUN

New York Times, Sunday, November 25, 1979

Author:
Alex F. Black
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { none — this is a pangram }, Scrabble score: 583 (avg 1.61)
Open Squares: 113, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 9, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 19
Alex F. Black has 12 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,974
Across
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Does the floor : MOPS
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Different : ELSE
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Belief : TENET
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Scarlett's mansion : TARA
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Jack's giant, e.g. : OGRE
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Held : KEPT
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Missouri feeder : OSAGE
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Slithy creatures : TOVES
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Dressing rooms : CLOTHESQUARTERS
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List parts : ITEMS
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Quintet plus two : HEPTAD
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Sheds : RIDS
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Panache : ELAN
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Never, in Neustadt : NIE
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Pasty : ASHEN
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A charge at the butcher's : JOINTACCOUNT
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Energy unit : ERG
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Relative of "Pow!" : BAM
40
Econ. or ecol. : SCI
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Like a galley : OARED
42
Sgt.'s superiors : LTS
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Henry Miller novel : SEXUS
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Mott St. hors d'oeuvre : EGGROLL
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Black or Red : SEA
49
Like an Abu Dhabi dance : SHEIKTOSHEIK
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Recedes : EBBS
55
Jailbird : CON
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Bobolink : ORTOLAN
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Filling for shells : TNT
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Before, to poets : ERE
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Modernize : UPDATE
61
Untidy : MUSSY
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Continental subdivision : EASTASIA
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Wan : PALLID
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Rode the wind : KITED
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Entrance : PORTAL
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Remonstrates : PROTESTS
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Gaulish garb : SAGUM
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Copter propulsion : ROTORS
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Asner and McMahon : EDS
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Korean G.I. : ROK
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"___ not forgotten" : GONEBUT
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Polynesian fruit : FEI
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Go up : RISE
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Prague exile : BOUNCEDCZECH
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Vintner's 252 gallons : TUN
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Ancient Adriatic area : ILLYRIA
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Reply to "Sez who?" : SEZME
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Cries of surprise : OHS
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Condor's roost : AERIE
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Lippo Lippi's title : FRA
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Ubiquitous bean : SOY
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Chemical suffix : ANE
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Cupid's collections : OBJETSDHEART
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Clark's companion : LEWIS
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Charge : FEE
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On the ocean : ASEA
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Forest, in France : BOIS
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La ___, Spanish seaport : CORUNA
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Northern highway : ALCAN
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Roget and Webster : TWOGOODFORWORDS
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Tycoon J. Paul : GETTY
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Sandy ridge : ESKER
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Singer Cantrell : LANA
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Former D.C. agency : USIS
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"___ est percipi" : ESSE
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Takes a break : RESTS
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Former spouses : EXES
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Reprieve : STAY
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Arabian coffee : MOCHA
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Eyes amorously : OGLES
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Seer's ledger statement : PROPHETANDLOSS
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Hunter's helpers : SETTERS
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Just managed, with "out" : EKED
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A Brown of renown : LES
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Abbr. on a Roman standard : SPQR
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Small case : ETUI
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Trunks : TORSOS
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Superlative suffix : EST
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Scottish turndown : NAE
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Pond denizen : EGRET
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Electrician-inventor : TESLA
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Short drink in a pub : TOT
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Approach : AVENUE
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Jog the memory : REMIND
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Cash or charm : ASSET
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Borax once imported from Tibet : TINCAL
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Suspend : HANG
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Descriptive wd. : ADJ
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"Oh, I am ___ . . . " : ACOOK
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Readies champagne : ICES
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"___ Must Fall," 1963 film : NIGHT
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Escutcheon border : ORLE
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Sugar source : BEET
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Truism : AXIOM
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Igloo footgear : MUKLUK
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Italian poet: 1798–1837 : LEOPARDI
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Makes strips : SHREDS
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Quiescence : STASIS
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Chromosome component : GENE
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Singer Coolidge : RITA
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Deck opening : SCUPPER
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Fool's play of yore : SOTIE
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In the spotlight : ONSTAGE
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Top dog : BESTOFTHEWURST
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Multihanded giant : BRIAREUS
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Caps or cans : SEALSIN
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Hgt. : ALT
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"___ and little fishes!" : YEGODS
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Trim : SPRUCE
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Nail's partner : TOOTH
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Carney or Tatum : ART
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Certain cap wearers : DUNCES
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Homer's one-horse town : TROY
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Tart : SOUR
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Half, in Messina : MEZZO
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"Mack the ___" : KNIFE
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"___ valentine" : BEMY
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Land of Brian Boru : EIRE
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Sanctify : BLESS
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Dear, on the Via Condotti : CARA
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Monotonous recital : LITANY
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Troublesome : ONEROUS
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Poplars : ABELES
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Throws out : EJECTS
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Shady places : ARBORS
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Antonym of aloft : ALOW
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Come ___ (mature) : OFAGE
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Discourage : DETER
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Role for an anchor cable : HAWSE
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In addition : TOO
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Home of a Brahman : INDIA
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Fresh : SASSY
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Run in neutral gear : IDLE
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Tunisian port : SFAX
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Tomorrow, to Tiberius : CRAS
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Eroded : ATE
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Gives the go-ahead : OKS
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Catch : GET
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Homophone for won : ONE

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 10 debuted here and reused later, 6 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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