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Betty Jane Cometa
Betty Jane Cometa

New York Times, Friday, December 31, 1982

Author:
Cometa
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 40, Avg Word Len: 5.00, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 303 (avg 1.64)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 9, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
Betty Jane Cometa has 5 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
Jim Horne notes:

The split stepquote reads, "Cheers to good health, happiness and wealth."

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© 1982, The New York TimesNo. 12,106

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Across
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Stage : PHASE
6
Tchu! : BAH
9
Ancient Syria : ARAM
13
Fin : FIVER
14
Dickens heroine : ADA
15
Galileo's birthplace : PISA
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First line of a "Stepquote" toast : CHEERS
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"Come, let's away ___": Shak. : TOPRISON
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Bulb receptacles : SOCKETS
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State definitely : SPECIFY
23
Espouse : ADOPT
25
"Life ___ jest": Gay : ISA
26
Word with top or tail : SPIN
29
Needlefish : GAR
30
Wrestling hold : NELSON
34
Divot : CLOD
35
Rumanian border city : ORADEA
37
French I noun : AMI
38
Unedited : RAW
39
Slowest : POKIEST
40
Tabard, e.g. : INN
41
Actress Balin : INA
42
Pastoral compositions : IDYLLS
43
Stew of a sort : SNIT
44
Sensible, responsible fellow : MENSCH
46
Rights proposal: Abbr. : ERA
47
"Industry" is its motto : UTAH
48
Musical Duke's monogram : EKE
49
Coin for Hussein : DINAR
51
Frost's "___ Not Taken" : THEROAD
55
Eccentricity : ODDNESS
59
Baker, to Dirksen : SONINLAW
61
End of toast : WEALTH
62
Garbo role : ANNA
63
Govt. group since 1933 : TVA
64
___ days (fasting periods) : EMBER
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Authentic : REAL
66
Jinx : HEX
67
Gathers : REAPS
Down
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Enl. men : PFCS
2
Vallee's salutation : HIHO
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___ plaisir (willingly) : AVEC
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"___ ye shall find ... ": Matt. 7:7 : SEEKAND
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Strayed : ERRED
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Hitter's need : BAT
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Fusses : ADOS
8
Third line of toast : HAPPINESSANDW
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At the top : APICAL
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___ e bisi, Italian dish : RISI
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Time-setting phrase : ASOF
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Lots : MANY
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Second line of toast : STOGOODHEALTH
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Homophone for receipt : RESEAT
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Pitcher Lyle : SPARKY
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Shadowed : TRAILED
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Theater curtain : SCRIM
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Level : PLANE
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Grant Wood was one : IOWAN
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Theresa or Thomas : SAINT
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"___ vincit amor" : OMNIA
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Beethoven's last symphony : NINTH
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Actress Dolores : DELRIO
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Heckle; tease : PICKON
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The Terrible or the Great, e.g. : SURNAME
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Kind of number : SERIAL
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"Do, ___ ... ": Hammerstein : ADEER
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Autocrat : TSAR
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Sharpen : HONE
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Danish composer : ENNA
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Pianist-composer Brubeck : DAVE
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Island off Tuscany : ELBA
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Process unit : STEP
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AMEX entities : SHRS
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Wane's partner : WAX

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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