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Frances Hansen
Frances Hansen

EXCUZE MY SPELING

New York Times, Sunday, February 21, 1988

Author:
Frances Hansen
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 68, Avg Word Len: 5.33, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 592 (avg 1.59)
Open Squares: 127, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 12
Frances Hansen has 81 pre-Shortz puzzles and 40 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 13,984
Across
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Part of the window dressing? : SASH
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Musical family : BACHS
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Croupier's tool : RAKE
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Belabor : FLOG
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"Women and Love" author : HITE
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Knock for ___ (stun) : ALOOP
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Brazilian novelist Jorge : AMADO
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Actor Julia of "Nine" : RAUL
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PREADULTHOOD : ADOLESENCE
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CREAMY SALAD DRESSING : MAYONAISSE
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Distinguishing feature : HALLMARK
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Rubik cube or pet rock, e.g. : CRAZE
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Start of a Christmas carol : ADESTE
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Big swig of liquor : BELT
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Certain electron tube : DIODE
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Middle East trouble spot : IRAN
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Tijuana Brass trumpeter : ALPERT
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"Oh, ___ Beautiful Mornin'" : WHATA
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Gold rush region: 1897-98 : KLONDIKE
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Extremely small : TEENY
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ROSTROPOVICH'S INSTRUMENT : VIOLINCELLO
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Male gypsy : ROM
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Biting : TART
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Participate in the lists : TILT
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Actual : REAL
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___ Stoker, "Dracula" author : BRAM
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Doctrine : ISM
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SOLEMN PLEDGE : COMMITTMENT
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Open-weave fabric : VOILE
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Taiwan divides it : CHINASEA
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Gathers the sheaves : REAPS
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Prized Himalayan cedar : DEODAR
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Largest country in Africa : SUDAN
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Art style : GENRE
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"Death Be Not Proud" poet : DONNE
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"___ Rides Again," 1939 film : DESTRY
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Witches' get-together : COVEN
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Ava played a barefoot one : CONTESSA
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Send the spirits soaring : ELATE
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HURTFUL : DELITERIOUS
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Item in a supermarket pyramid : CAN
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Shropshire simpleton : GABY
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Location : SITE
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"___ It Romantic?" : ISNT
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William or Sean : PENN
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Expanse east of N.A. : ATL
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AMASS : ACCUMMULATE
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"La Plume de Ma ___," 1958 Broadway hit : TANTE
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Covers one's sword : SHEATHES
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Skating champ Rodnina : IRINA
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Highest point : VERTEX
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Kind of poker : STUD
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Wild goose : BRANT
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Bamako is its capital : MALI
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The Big Apple : GOTHAM
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Part of a political platform : PLANK
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Willy Loman, for one : SALESMAN
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DISCONCERTED : EMBARASSED
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SUFFOCATE : ASPHIXIATE
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Wander about : ROAM
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___ hot (middling) : NOTSO
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Prods on : GOADS
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Black Sea arm : AZOV
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Oliver's audacious request : MORE
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"Red" initials : USSR
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Comedian Murphy : EDDIE
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Slangy dissent : NOPE
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Pahlavi's title : SHAH
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Amonasro's daughter : AIDA
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Acronym for a certain plane : STOL
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Dead set on : HELLBENT
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Igneous rock : BASALT
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On the qui vive : ALERT
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Bop on the head : CONK
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Hic, haec trailer : HOC
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Menu bargain of the day : SPECIAL
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Islamic fasting month : RAMADAN
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Astonish : AMAZE
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Danny or Sammy : KAYE
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Conductor de Waart : EDO
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Quaker : FRIEND
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Highlands girl : LASS
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Give the boot to : OUST
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Hilarity : GLEE
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Enjoying a winning streak : ONAROLL
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Manicurist's board : EMERY
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Major Joppolo's post : ADANO
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French roast : ROTI
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Gandhi's loincloth : DHOTI
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___ ease (uncomfortable) : ILLAT
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White elephant's destination? : ATTIC
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Rover's restraint : LEASH
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SANCTIONED : PERMISSABLE
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Fred Flintstone's wife : WILMA
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Laments loudly : KEENS
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NACREOUS : IRRIDESCENT
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Down Under eucalyptus eater : KOALA
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Hard red wheat : EMMER
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Flexible shoot : VIMEN
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Thin pancake : CREPE
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That is ___ (so to speak) : TOSAY
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Daniel or Debby : BOONE
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Staff officers' group : CADRE
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Rome's famous fountain : TREVI
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Belief : TENET
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Château-Thierry's river : MARNE
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Wall outlets : VENTS
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Like a fruitcake : NUTTY
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It goes with a cup of java : DONUT
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Robot of Jewish folklore : GOLEM
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Blackmore's Lorna : DOONE
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"Prima Ballerina" painter : DEGAS
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Israeli seaport : ELATH
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Whale in the sky : CETUS
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Old Roman receptacle : CISTA
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Word in a French toast : SANTE
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Building afterthought : ANNEX
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Used the gaming tables : DICED
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Laughing : RIANT
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French prime minister: 1947-48 : SCHUMAN
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Montmartre resident : PARISIAN
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Rose distillation : ATTAR
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Oriel : MIRADOR
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Monitor lizard : URAN
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Hookup : LINKAGE
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Communications device : TELEX
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"Ain't It ___?" (Fats Domino's query) : ASHAME
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Carry-on luggage : VALISE
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Consecrate : BLESS
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Moslem Messiah : MAHDI
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Spore : GERM
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"Typee" sequel : OMOO
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Ski lift : TBAR
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Attention-getting hisses : PSTS
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Mining nail : SPAD
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Author de la Roche : MAZO
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Over : ATOP
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Field of glacial ice : NEVE
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Trifling amount : SOU
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Do a lawn job : SOD

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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