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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: 5.30, 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 pre-Shortz puzzles and 40 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,905
Across Down
1. Caesar's enemy : CASCA
6. Red, in Samoa : MUMU
10. " . . . as ugly, ay, ___" : ASSIN
15. Charon's river : STYX
19. Wilde : OSCAR
20. "Without ___" : ASONG
22. "Close, ___ cigar" : BUTNO
23. Plea to tea hostess : POUR
24. Flemish artist Peter Paul : RUBENS
25. Beautiful young woman : HOURI
26. Eastern faith : ISLAM
27. Ms. Mater : ALMA
28. Tristan's lady : ISOLDE
29. Broadway play : LUV
30. Attention-getting call : YOHO
31. June 6, 1944 : DDAY
32. Crossword-puzzle activity : FILLINGINTHEBLANKSQUARES
39. Over : ENDED
40. Egg: Prefix : OVO
41. Fire bomb: Abbr. : HEI
42. News squib : ITEM
43. Banjo's relative, for short : UKE
46. Ammo for TV Westerns : BLANKCARTRIDGES
50. Writer's start : BLANKPAPER
52. "Pain has an Element ___" : OFBLANK
55. Abba : EBAN
56. Girl of song : RAMONA
57. One in the social whirl : SWINGER
58. Nonclerical : SECULAR
60. Andes grass : ICHU
61. Coconut cookies : MACAROONS
63. Take ___ (care) : TOHEART
64. Sumatran raft : RAKIT
65. Vault or cat : POLE
66. Writer Leon and family : EDELS
67. French measures : AUNES
68. Bobbins : SPOOLS
70. Drop bait lightly : DIB
73. Friction: Sp. : ROCE
74. Bank concerns : BLANKENDORSEMENTS
77. Trieste wine measure : ORNA
78. Grampus: Var. : ORK
79. Mr. Waugh : EVELYN
80. Gray's churchyard opus : ELEGY
81. Muscular strength : BRAWN
82. Florida beach : VERO
83. Jazz frills : SCATS
84. Peruke : PERIWIG
86. Recondite matters : ESOTERICA
91. Food fish : TUNA
92. Spaghetti spice : OREGANO
93. Contrition : REMORSE
94. Unproductive : BARREN
96. Discover : FIND
97. Sheet-metal cutter : BLANKER
98. Nod : DROWSE
99. What I did with my puzzle : MADEITABLANKONE
101. Turku, in Sweden : ABO
102. ___-day (vaudeville stint) : TWOA
104. "Iz ___ so!" : ZAT
105. Second phone: Abbr. : EXT
106. Give a leg up : BOOST
111. Apology for 99 Across : FORGIVEMYBLANKETYBLANKPUZZLE
116. Flapper's song : JADA
119. That: Lat. : ILLA
120. In a vacant way : BLANKLY
121. ___ shrdlu : ETAOIN
122. ___ for one's money : ARUN
123. Florida cigar city : TAMPA
125. Red dye : EOSIN
128. Like the barefoot boy : TANNED
129. ___ oxide : ZINC
130. Daughter of Anius : ELAIS
131. ___ line (conformed) : TOEDA
132. Two of Henry VIII's wives : ANNES
133. Harpo Marx, for one : ZANY
134. Ayn and Sally : RANDS
135. Part of K.K.K. : KLAN
136. "That's the ___ I can do" : LEAST
1. Kissing kin : COUSIN
2. ___ as a lion (brave) : ASBOLD
3. Official seal: Fr. : SCELLE
4. Frank : CANDID
5. Prefix for a poison : ARSEN
6. ___-jongg : MAH
7. Service org. : USO
8. Shed feathers: Var. : MOULT
9. Reagan's opponent, 1970 : UNRUH
10. ___-Diz, river of Iran : ABI
11. Big Apple step : SUSYQ
12. Cards' home : STLOUIS
13. Where raffle tickets belong : INAHAT
14. Upshot of muralist's work : NOMOREBLANKWALLS
15. Mining nails : SPADS
16. "I ___ you so" : TOLD
17. Arizona city : YUMA
18. Candid camera shot : XRAY
21. How to soothe Linus : GIVEHIMHISSECURITYBLANKET
24. Prevalent : RIFE
33. Pram : GOCART
34. "Terrible" one : IVAN
35. Neither's partner : NOR
36. Faded away : BLANKEDOUT
37. Omen : SIGN
38. Realms : EMPIRES
43. Ascent : UPGO
44. Acute : KEEN
45. Slips : ERRS
46. Legal stop : BLANKBAR
47. Grand or Petit : TRIANON
48. Poolhall worker : RACKER
49. Greek group of W. W. II : EAM
51. Upward: Prefix : ANO
52. Faeroe island : OSTERO
53. Dostoevsky : FEODOR
54. Carte blanche : BLANKCHECK
55. High notes : ELAS
57. Vamoose! : SCOOT
59. Congo river : UELE
62. "Riding on ___" : APONY
64. Mr. Vallee : RUDY
67. South Vietnam town : ANLOC
68. "Bartered Bride" composer : SMETANA
69. Cribbage pieces : PEGS
70. Come up with nothing : DRAWABLANK
71. "___ is truth" (In vino veritas) : INWINE
72. Maine port : BANGOR
74. Shakespeare, notably : BLANKVERSEWRITER
75. Spooky : EERIE
76. Old World kite : ELANET
77. Not a copy: Abbr. : ORIG
79. "Tinker to ___ Chance" : EVERSTO
81. Begot : BRED
83. Flow steadily : STREAM
84. Right on target : POINTBLANK
85. Sea bird : ERNE
86. Earth goddess : ERDA
87. Slav : SERB
88. Melville book : OMOO
89. Kind of truck or head : TOW
90. Sheik's garment : ABA
95. Carpenter's tool : ADZE
96. Like Reynard : FOXY
99. He's letter-perfect : MAILMAN
100. Kind of insurance : BLANKET
103. Dakota tribe : OGLALA
106. Flammable gas : BUTANE
107. Antelope genus : OZANNA
108. Oxygens : OZONES
109. Most tricky : SLIEST
110. See to : TEND
111. Dan or work : FANCY
112. Empty-headed : VAPID
113. Empty stare : BLANKLOOK
114. Vinegar, in old England : EYSEL
115. Flower part : PETAL
116. Paul Whiteman's kingdom : JAZZ
117. Solo : ARIA
118. Former actor James : DUNN
124. Dolt : ASS
126. Miss Lupino : IDA
127. Miss Tucket : NAN

Answer summary: 20 unique to this puzzle, 12 debuted here and reused later, 23 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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