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Frances Hansen
Frances Hansen

VACANCIES

New York Times, Sunday, December 30, 1973

Author:
Frances Hansen
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 162, Blocks: 100, Avg Word Len: 5.79, Missing: { none — this is a pangram }
Open Squares: 156, Cheaters: 16, FITB: 19, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 32
Frances Hansen has 81 known pre-Shortz puzzles, and 40 Shortz Era crosswords in our database.
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,905
Across
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Caesar's enemy : CASCA
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Red, in Samoa : MUMU
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" ... as ugly, ay, ___" : ASSIN
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Charon's river : STYX
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Wilde : OSCAR
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"Without ___" : ASONG
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"Close, ___ cigar" : BUTNO
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Plea to tea hostess : POUR
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Flemish artist Peter Paul : RUBENS
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Beautiful young woman : HOURI
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Eastern faith : ISLAM
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Ms. Mater : ALMA
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Tristan's lady : ISOLDE
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Broadway play : LUV
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Attention-getting call : YOHO
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June 6, 1944 : DDAY
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Crossword-puzzle activity : FILLINGINTHEBLANKSQUARES
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Over : ENDED
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Egg: Prefix : OVO
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Fire bomb: Abbr. : HEI
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News squib : ITEM
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Banjo's relative, for short : UKE
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Ammo for TV Westerns : BLANKCARTRIDGES
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Writer's start : BLANKPAPER
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"Pain has an Element ___" : OFBLANK
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Abba : EBAN
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Girl of song : RAMONA
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One in the social whirl : SWINGER
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Nonclerical : SECULAR
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Andes grass : ICHU
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Coconut cookies : MACAROONS
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Take ___ (care) : TOHEART
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Sumatran raft : RAKIT
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Vault or cat : POLE
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Writer Leon and family : EDELS
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French measures : AUNES
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Bobbins : SPOOLS
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Drop bait lightly : DIB
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Friction: Sp. : ROCE
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Bank concerns : BLANKENDORSEMENTS
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Trieste wine measure : ORNA
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Grampus: Var. : ORK
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Mr. Waugh : EVELYN
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Gray's churchyard opus : ELEGY
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Muscular strength : BRAWN
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Florida beach : VERO
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Jazz frills : SCATS
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Peruke : PERIWIG
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Recondite matters : ESOTERICA
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Food fish : TUNA
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Spaghetti spice : OREGANO
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Contrition : REMORSE
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Unproductive : BARREN
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Discover : FIND
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Sheet-metal cutter : BLANKER
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Nod : DROWSE
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What I did with my puzzle : MADEITABLANKONE
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Turku, in Sweden : ABO
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___-day (vaudeville stint) : TWOA
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"Iz ___ so!" : ZAT
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Second phone: Abbr. : EXT
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Give a leg up : BOOST
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Apology for 99 Across : FORGIVEMYBLANKETYBLANKPUZZLE
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Flapper's song : JADA
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That: Lat. : ILLA
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In a vacant way : BLANKLY
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___ shrdlu : ETAOIN
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___ for one's money : ARUN
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Florida cigar city : TAMPA
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Red dye : EOSIN
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Like the barefoot boy : TANNED
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___ oxide : ZINC
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Daughter of Anius : ELAIS
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___ line (conformed) : TOEDA
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Two of Henry VIII's wives : ANNES
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Harpo Marx, for one : ZANY
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Ayn and Sally : RANDS
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Part of K.K.K. : KLAN
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"That's the ___ I can do" : LEAST
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Kissing kin : COUSIN
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___ as a lion (brave) : ASBOLD
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Official seal: Fr. : SCELLE
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Frank : CANDID
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Prefix for a poison : ARSEN
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___-jongg : MAH
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Service org. : USO
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Shed feathers: Var. : MOULT
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Reagan's opponent, 1970 : UNRUH
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___-Diz, river of Iran : ABI
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Big Apple step : SUSYQ
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Cards' home : STLOUIS
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Where raffle tickets belong : INAHAT
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Upshot of muralist's work : NOMOREBLANKWALLS
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Mining nails : SPADS
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"I ___ you so" : TOLD
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Arizona city : YUMA
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Candid camera shot : XRAY
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How to soothe Linus : GIVEHIMHISSECURITYBLANKET
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Prevalent : RIFE
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Pram : GOCART
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"Terrible" one : IVAN
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Neither's partner : NOR
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Faded away : BLANKEDOUT
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Omen : SIGN
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Realms : EMPIRES
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Ascent : UPGO
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Acute : KEEN
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Slips : ERRS
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Legal stop : BLANKBAR
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Grand or Petit : TRIANON
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Poolhall worker : RACKER
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Greek group of W. W. II : EAM
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Upward: Prefix : ANO
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Faeroe island : OSTERO
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Dostoevsky : FEODOR
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Carte blanche : BLANKCHECK
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High notes : ELAS
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Vamoose! : SCOOT
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Congo river : UELE
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"Riding on ___" : APONY
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Mr. Vallee : RUDY
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South Vietnam town : ANLOC
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"Bartered Bride" composer : SMETANA
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Cribbage pieces : PEGS
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Come up with nothing : DRAWABLANK
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"___ is truth" (In vino veritas) : INWINE
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Maine port : BANGOR
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Shakespeare, notably : BLANKVERSEWRITER
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Spooky : EERIE
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Old World kite : ELANET
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Not a copy: Abbr. : ORIG
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"Tinker to ___ Chance" : EVERSTO
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Begot : BRED
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Flow steadily : STREAM
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Right on target : POINTBLANK
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Sea bird : ERNE
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Earth goddess : ERDA
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Slav : SERB
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Melville book : OMOO
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Kind of truck or head : TOW
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Sheik's garment : ABA
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Carpenter's tool : ADZE
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Like Reynard : FOXY
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He's letter-perfect : MAILMAN
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Kind of insurance : BLANKET
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Dakota tribe : OGLALA
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Flammable gas : BUTANE
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Antelope genus : OZANNA
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Oxygens : OZONES
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Most tricky : SLIEST
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See to : TEND
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Dan or work : FANCY
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Empty-headed : VAPID
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Empty stare : BLANKLOOK
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Vinegar, in old England : EYSEL
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Flower part : PETAL
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Paul Whiteman's kingdom : JAZZ
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Solo : ARIA
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Former actor James : DUNN
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Dolt : ASS
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Miss Lupino : IDA
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Miss Tucket : NAN

Answer summary: 20 unique to this puzzle, 12 debuted here and reused later, 22 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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