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Mary Virginia Orna
Mary Virginia Orna

INITIAL ENCOUNTERS

New York Times, Sunday, December 1, 1985

Author:
Mary Virginia Orna
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 70, Avg Word Len: 5.30, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 547 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 123, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 8, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Mary Virginia Orna has 28 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 13,172
Across
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Outlet : VENT
5
Draw tight : FRAP
9
Israeli statesman : PERES
14
Bible, e.g. : TOME
18
Resembling a pterodactyl : ALAR
19
Bellowing : AROAR
20
Commune near Bologna : IMOLA
21
Dazzles a disciple : AWES
22
Cozzens novel: 1931 : SSSANPEDRO
24
Christie mystery, with "The" : ABCMURDERS
26
Wagons for P.M. snacks : TEACARTS
27
Town on the Sava : SISAK
29
Hug : CUDDLE
30
Scurries : HIES
31
Pinguid : FATTY
32
Mention : CITE
33
Pickled flower buds : CAPERS
36
Less straightforward : SLIER
37
Inn for Falstaff : ALEHOUSE
41
Harmonium : ORGAN
42
Kuwait or Ecuador : OPECMEMBER
44
Slump : SAG
45
Author of "Tamerlane" : ROWE
46
Broadway hit: 1985 : ASIS
47
Degrade : ABASE
49
Fulton's craft: Abbr. : STR
50
___ yong, Chinese omelet : FOO
51
S. Snead or G. Sarazan, e.g. : PGACHAMPION
55
"Blonde bombshell" Van Doren : MAMIE
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Too young : UNDERAGE
59
Former Red Sox ace : TIANT
60
Dash : SPRINT
61
Select : ELITE
62
"Doggone!" relatives : DRATS
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He wrote "Lamia" : KEATS
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Plan : SCHEME
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"Pari ___," aria sung by Rigoletto : SIAMO
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Freudian's forte : ANALYSIS
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Bouquet : AROMA
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G. & S. offering : HMSPINAFORE
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Bear, to Balenciaga : OSO
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___ Sung, Chinese dynasty : LIU
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Rank below capt. : LIEUT
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Excited interjections : YOWS
78
Waianae wiggle : HULA
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Some Cooper Union grads. : EES
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Iceland or Italy, e.g. : NATONATION
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Venturesome one : DARER
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Molds beforehand : PRECASTS
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Catkin : AMENT
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Liabilities : DEBITS
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Fragments for Fido : ORTS
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Buckinghamshire jackets : ETONS
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"Ship of Fools" ship : VERA
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More carefree : EASIER
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Parched : ADUST
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Quality found in mantillas : LACINESS
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J. G. Low : GSAFOUNDER
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Beatles' billet-doux : PSILOVEYOU
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Mock : GIBE
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Ma Barker's specialty : CRIME
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Noted Swiss mathematician: 18th century : EULER
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Deciphered : READ
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King of the Meccans: 1953–64 : SAUD
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Airy farewells : TATAS
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Courage : GRIT
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Shelters : ARKS
Down
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Cosmic : VAST
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Alternative word : ELSE
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Initials at Cape Canaveral : NASA
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Windpipes : TRACHEAE
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Worries : FRETS
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Curtain holders : RODS
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Alpine river : AAR
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Dull : PROSAIC
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Turk's coin, to a Londoner : PIASTRE
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Shut in : EMBAY
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Madonna's music : ROCK
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Chewbark : ELM
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Specialized French cooks : SAUCIERS
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___ Gaddi, pupil of Giotto : TADDEO
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Due : OWED
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Blackbird : MERL
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To be, to Bibulus : ESSE
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"___ nous le déluge" : APRES
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River to Moray Firth : NAIRN
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Torch-singer Etting : RUTH
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List entry : ITEM
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Meat : FLESH
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Word with sweep or cut : CLEAN
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An Ionian island : CORFU
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"Eileen ___," old Irish air : AROON
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Creator of Jeeves, Psmith et al. : PGWODEHOUSE
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Basil is one : SPICE
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Benedictine bigwig : ABBOT
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Historic W.W. II battleship : USSMISSOURI
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Smooth fabric : SATIN
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Snowy-plumed bird : EGRET
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Indian or orange : OSAGE
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Certain conduits : MAINS
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Marble or type : AGATE
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Transfix : EMPALE
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Chief : PRIMAL
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Caught like a rat in ___ : ATRAP
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Oxford university : MIAMI
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He wrote "Cry, the Beloved Country" : PATON
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Bohemian : ARTY
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Plat. or merc., e.g. : ELEM
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Browns : SEARS
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Opposite of proximo : DISTO
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Recognized : KNOWN
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Tapioca source : SALEP
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Muezzin, e.g. : CRIER
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Famed Boer leader : SMUTS
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Walking : AFOOT
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Cay : ISLET
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Emulates J. L. Seagull : SOARS
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Certain competitions : HEATS
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Samekh followers : AYINS
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Educate : INSTRUCT
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Slow Cuban dance : HABANERA
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Essences : NATURES
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Alvin Childress TV role : AMOS
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Camper's necessity : TENTPEG
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Etymology: Abbr. : DERIV
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Arranged, as hair : COIFED
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Martian: Comb. form : AREO
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Part of the ambiance : DECOR
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Tomato blight : EDEMA
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Gentleman's gentleman : VALET
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Pullet products : EGGS
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Location of Henzada and Harbin : ASIA
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Film portrayer of Mowgli : SABU
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Entrance for Walter Morel : ADIT
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Caron role: 1953 : LILI
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Goggler : EYER
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Steep : SOAK
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Stout topper : SUDS
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F.D.R. project : NRA
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Big ___, Calif. : SUR

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

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