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BACKGROUND MUSIC

New York Times, Sunday, December 9, 1962

Author:
Barbara L. Golub
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 158, Blocks: 81, Avg Word Len: 5.67, Missing: { Z }, Scrabble score: 671 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 140, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Barbara L. Golub has 8 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1962, The New York TimesNo. 4,895
Across
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Mechanisms, as of a piano. : ACTIONS
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Loud: Mus. : FORTE
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Alike: Prefix. : HOM
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Green. : JADE
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Red Jacket, for one. : IROQUOIS
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___ card (teleprompter). : IDIOT
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Thrifty. : ECONOMIC
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Canaveral booster. : REDSTONE
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Marsh grass. : SEDGE
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Circus stars. : ACROBATS
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Elegiac. : SAD
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Fragment of a melody. : SNATCH
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The human percussion section. : EARDRUMS
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Poppycock. : ROT
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Legend. : MYTH
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Keys. : ISLETS
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Explosive, for short. : NITRO
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___ jiffy. : INA
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Creek. : RIA
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Diminuendo. : FADE
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Opposite of "praises." : PANS
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Where Teatro San Carlo is. : NAPLES
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The Duke. : ELLINGTON
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Hammers. : MALLETS
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Chummy: Slang. : PALSY
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___ later. : SOONEROR
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Armorial science. : HERALDRY
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The self. : EGO
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Southern Albanian. : TOSK
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Command. : AUTHORITY
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Peace goddess. : IRENE
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Appear. : SEEM
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Garment. : CHEMISE
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Type of paper. : ONIONSKIN
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Somewhat fretful. : PETTISH
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Not in time. : LATE
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Asian wild sheep. : ARGALI
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Period. : ERA
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Isolate. : ENISLE
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Dull old man. : FOGY
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Makes turbid. : MUDS
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Hospital resident. : INTERN
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Gulliver to his friends. : LEM
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Ile de ___. : LACITE
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Permit of a sort. : VISA
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Pacific island group. : OCEANIA
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Inherited estates: Law. : FREEHOLDS
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Fall in drops. : DISTILL
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Tell all to the D.A. : SING
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Terribly unamused. : BORED
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Stroll. : PROMENADE
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Wife of Jacob. : LEAH
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Arabian first name. : ABU
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Pronounced in a certain way. : ALVEOLAR
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Melts. : DEFROSTS
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Crédits ___ (frozen credits): Fr. : GELES
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One with no fancies. : REALIST
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Maxwell Anderson play. : WINTERSET
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Type of performer. : READER
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Aperture. : SLOT
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Type of sword. : EPEE
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"Who is Silvia ? what is ___ ... " : SHE
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Bow. : ARC
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Bar. : ESTOP
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Lend a hand. : ASSIST
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Cheese. : EDAM
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Mamma ___! : MIA
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Madness. : DELIRIUM
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Fleet. : ARMADA
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Hiding place. : MEW
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Historic ironclad. : MERRIMAC
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Drivel: Slang. : DROOL
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Amenable to appeal. : EXORABLE
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Star sign. : ASTERISK
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German name for Zagreb. : AGRAM
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Type of movie. : NEWSREEL
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Ways: Abbr. : RTES
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Lisp sounds. : THS
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Looks for. : SEEKS
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Scoffed. : SNEERED
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Tunes. : AIRS
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Emulsion. : CREAM
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Hot mixture of spirits. : TODDY
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Mental evaluations. : IQS
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Surpass. : OUTSHINE
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When the whistle blows. : NOON
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Biblical peak. : SINAI
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Angled. : FISHED
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Poem. : ODE
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Moves well rhythmically: Jazz. : RIDES
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Ancient garment. : TOGA
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Infinitely. : ETERNALLY
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The human violin section. : HEARTSTRINGS
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Take place. : OCCUR
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Joseph Smith. : MORMON
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Performance. : JOB
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Texas city. : AMARILLO
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Major thirds in old music. : DITONES
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Rapture. : ECSTASY
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Presents a view. : SETSFORTH
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Numbers: Abbr. : NOS
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Social unit. : CLAN
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Ate. : DINED
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Pretty things. : TRINKETS
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Nerviness. : TEMERITY
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Site of the Taj Mahal. : AGRA
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Metal frame of a piano. : PLATE
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Italian range. : APENNINES
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Parts of a score. : PAGES
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Superlative suffix. : EST
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Relaxer. : LOOSENER
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Go too slow. : LOSETIME
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Expressiveness of the fingers. : TOUCH
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Begin. : ARISE
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Near East country. : SYRIA
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What is paid to great artists. : HOMAGE
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Ancient serfs. : HELOTS
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Of an early Greek colony. : EOLIC
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Maggie Tulliver locale. : MILLHOUSE
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Decree. : ORDAIN
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Sharpness. : KEENNESS
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Supply with water. : IRRIGATE
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Nurse's pet name. : NANA
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Riches. : PELF
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"The light that never was on ___ land." : SEAOR
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South wind. : AUSTER
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Nonsense! : FIDDLESTICKS
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Joins unsuitable things. : MISMATES
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Business-styled. : TAILORED
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Limpid. : CLEAR
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Former chamber instruments. : VIOLS
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Of yore. : OLDEN
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Waned. : EBBED
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Legal right. : DROIT
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Casanovas. : LADIESMEN
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Liberator of Thebes, 379 B.C. : PELOPIDAS
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Newts. : EFTS
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Presidential pianist. : HST
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One way to order dinner. : ALACARTE
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Courage. : VALOR
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What musicians do much of the time. : REHEARSE
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School study. : GRAMMAR
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Most weird. : EERIEST
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Dam. : WEIR
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Send out again. : REEMIT
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Church songs. : PSALMS
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Cut. : SLASH
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Viola d'___. : AMORE
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Strains. : TAXES
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Semi-precious stone. : AMBER
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Free-for-all. : MELEE
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Theatrical VIP: Abbr. : DIR
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Insist on. : URGE
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___ beat. : DOWN
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Unite. : WELD
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Home: Abbr. : RES
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Wood. : OAK
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Verb. : ARE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 11 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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