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Maura B. Jacobson
Maura B. Jacobson

EXAM TIME

New York Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976

Author: Maura B. Jacobson
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 176, Blocks: 90, Avg Word Len: 4.99, Missing: { none — this is a pangram }, Scrabble score: 692 (avg 1.58)
Open Squares: 115, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 13
Maura B. Jacobson has 63 pre-Shortz puzzles and 3 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,976
Across Down
1. Yorba ___, Calif. : LINDA
6. Certain football passes : SPIRALS
13. Look over : SCAN
17. Sine ___ non : QUA
20. Affirms : AVERS
21. Old French region : ALSATIA
22. Ashtabula's state : OHIO
23. Undersized : PUNY
24. What did Hartman snack on? : MARYHADALITTLELAMB
27. Pelt : HIDE
28. Ever and ___ : ANON
29. Yutang : LIN
30. Near-winners at horseshoes : LEANERS
31. Commotions : TODOS
32. Yalies : ELIS
34. Dramatist Akins : ZOE
36. German city : ULM
37. Sea eagle : ERN
38. Where in church is Masterson? : BATSINTHEBELFRY
44. More terse : BRIEFER
48. Maroon : ENISLE
49. Single : ONE
50. Goose: Fr. : OIE
51. Peking idol : MAO
52. Loch Lomond sight : BRAE
53. One ___ time : ATA
54. Pile on : LOAD
56. Steak order : RARE
58. Inning units : OUTS
59. Poetic prepositions : OERS
60. Answers a reply : REJOINS
62. What is put on Basie's bed? : DOWNFORTHECOUNT
65. Lost or be : CAUSE
66. Bathhouse : SAUNA
68. London gallery : TATE
69. Business abbr. : LTD
70. Hagen et al. : UTAS
71. Chessman : PAWN
72. Chef, in Bonn : KOCH
75. Swat again : REHIT
77. Gazzara or Blue : BEN
78. Who work in Shanghai supermarkets? : CHINESECHECKERS
83. Nuclear org. : AEC
85. Fanatical : RABID
87. Old Norse estate : ODAL
88. Places for Grecian writings : URNS
89. "___ a rose . . . " : ONLY
90. Rug occupant : BUG
91. Prognosticator : SEER
94. Siberian district : OIRAT
96. Goose genus : ANSER
97. Where do Sandburg's pirates hide? : CARLSBADCAVERNS
102. Italian mutiny : RIVOLTA
104. Shah's coin : RIAL
105. Pakistan tongue : URDU
106. Do a Tuesday chore : IRON
107. Talking bird : MYNA
108. Fleming : IAN
109. Org. : ASSN
110. Con vote : NAY
111. Draft initials : SSS
112. V-mail destination : ETO
114. Syrian city : ALEPPO
116. Implore : BESEECH
118. What does the queen do at the corner? : VICTORIACROSSES
121. ___-Magnon : CRO
122. Ask alms : BEG
123. Function : USE
124. Declaim : RANT
125. Similar : ALIKE
128. Swiss resort : ZERMATT
131. Month: Abbr. : AUG
132. Murdoch : IRIS
136. One-liner : JOKE
137. What is Elizabeth's tennis forte? : HERMAJESTYSSERVICE
141. Made a tennis coup : ACED
142. Opposed : ANTI
143. Aromatic plant : ALECOST
144. Atiptoe : EAGER
145. Before omicrons : XIS
146. Bank deal : LOAN
147. Primes the piano again : RETUNES
148. Wintry gust : BLAST
1. Tibetan V.I.P. : LAMA
2. One of the Karamazovs : IVAN
3. Pianist Peter : NERO
4. Thirst : DRYNESS
5. Smoker's concern : ASH
6. Mean one : SADIST
7. Diagram : PLAN
8. Ellis or Fire: Abbr. : ISL
9. Beam, in Lyon : RAI
10. Laborite P.M. : ATTLEE
11. Mineral suffix : LITE
12. Room in a casa : SALA
13. Exclusively : SOLELY
14. Bracelet adjunct : CHARM
15. Draws a bead on : AIMS
16. ___ Hill : NOB
17. Tobacco chaw : QUID
18. Annul : UNDO
19. Pro votes : AYES
23. How do you contact Tarkington? : PHONEBOOTH
25. Get ___ (find out about) : ALINEON
26. Acclimate: Var. : ENURE
31. Before pod or color : TRI
33. Comedienne Bea : LILLIE
34. Buddhist sect : ZEN
35. Fairy king : OBERON
37. Notched : EROSE
38. Smokey Jr. : BEARCUB
39. Aardvark : ANTEATER
40. Who guard the Mexican border? : TIAJUANABRASS
41. Mason's gear : HOD
42. After love or for : LORN
43. Feudal land grant : FIEF
44. Use the tub : BATHE
45. Where does Sigmund park his ferries? : FREUDIANSLIPS
46. Be a breadwinner : EARN
47. Musical stop : REST
51. Jeff's pal : MUTT
55. Very, in music : ASSAI
57. Became active : AWAKED
58. Mouths : ORA
61. Donovan's gp. : OSS
62. Beach sight : DUNE
63. Will-___-wisp : OTHE
64. French keys : CLES
67. Arista : AWN
71. Graduate degree : PHD
73. Wood sorrel : OCA
74. Prefix for phyll : CHLORO
75. Carriers: Abbr. : RRS
76. Coded transmission feeder : TELETAPE
78. Smokes, for short : CIGS
79. Wading bird : SORA
80. Lowlifes : CURS
81. Long-tailed ape : KRA
82. Item recorded : ENTRY
84. Rostand hero et al. : CYRANOS
86. What did Taurus do in the balcony? : BULLNECKED
89. Yoko ___ : ONO
91. Miss Vaughan : SARAH
92. MacDonald's vis-à-vis : EDDY
93. Old French coin : ECU
95. Soccer positions : INNERS
96. Arthurian Eden : AVALON
97. Grass or apple : CRAB
98. Comfort: Fr. : AISE
99. Con game : BUNCO
100. Peer: Abbr. : VISC
101. Formerly, once : ERST
103. Furious : INARAGE
107. Extinct bird : MOA
111. Greek letter : SIGMA
113. Even score : TIE
115. Of summer : ESTIVAL
117. ___ long (soon) : ERE
118. Noxious ones : VERMIN
119. Start : OUTSET
120. Pie parts : CRUSTS
122. Fraulein's name : BERTA
125. Greek warrior : AJAX
126. Places : LOCI
127. Alibi and D.D.E. : IKES
128. Greek philosopher : ZENO
129. Partly open : AJAR
130. Before gram or cast : TELE
131. Hartebeest : ASSE
133. Latvian capital : RIGA
134. Tops off the cake : ICES
135. Spanish muralist : SERT
137. Holbrook : HAL
138. Fort Worth campus : TCU
139. Partner of hither : YON
140. C.S.A. man, for short : REB

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 12 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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