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Alfio Micci
Alfio Micci

SPELLING IT OUT

New York Times, Sunday, February 29, 1976

Author:
Alfio Micci
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 144, Blocks: 83, Avg Word Len: 4.97, Missing: { J }, Scrabble score: 557 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 110, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 10
Alfio Micci has 91 pre-Shortz puzzles and 11 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,696
Across
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Western capital : SALEM
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Metric units: Abbr. : CMS
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___ bleu : BAS
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Plateaus : MESAS
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African country : ANGOLA
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Actor Linden : HAL
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Newts : EFTS
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Funeral oration : ELOGE
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Like a wasteland : BARREN
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Cretan mount : IDA
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Gerhilde, Ortlinde, et al. : DIEWALKURE
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Lucy Ashton : BRIDEOFLAMMERMOOR
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Spread hay : TED
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Desires : YENS
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Paparazzo's need : FILM
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Wonder : AWE
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Wahoo : ONO
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Attention-getting word : HEY
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Previously : ALREADY
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Hairy and Barbary : APES
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Menotti girl : AMELIA
42
Baseball stat : RBI
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Likely : APT
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Lunar-solar year gap : EPACT
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Sicilian port : PALERMO
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Gets a flag ready : UNFURLS
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Cupid : AMOR
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Wager : PLACEABET
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Swiss canton : URI
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Compete with : EMULATE
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Color : TINT
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Barber's cry : NEXT
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Scale notes : MIS
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Lolita, for one : NYMPHET
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Kind of pass or door : SCREEN
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Tropical tree : COBOLA
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Marx : GROUCHO
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Bro. or sis, e.g. : REL
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Japanese city : NARA
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___ out (scold) : BAWL
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Man from Riga : LATVIAN
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Retainer : FEE
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Uniform fabric : ELASTIQUE
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Solo : ARIA
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Straus's was chocolate : SOLDIER
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Height : STATURE
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Ten: Lat. : DECEM
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Ghent river : LYS
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Digits: Abbr. : NOS
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Imagined : DREAMT
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Understanding words : ISEE
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Omitted : LEFTOUT
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Period : DOT
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Road sign : SLO
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Hind : DOE
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Of animals : ZOIC
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Turn : SLUE
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Silkworm : ERI
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Uncas : LASTOFTHEMOHICANS
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Violetta Valery : LATRAVIATA
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Spanish queen : ENA
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Oleoresins : ELEMIS
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Chou ___ : ENLAI
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Coward or Harrison : NOEL
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Staff man: Abbr. : ADC
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Kreutzer, for one : SONATA
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Horse : STEED
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Young plant: Abbr. : SDL
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Cry of disgust : PAH
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Cubic meter : STERE
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Wile : SNARE
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Smiling : AGRIN
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Conrad's Jim et al. : LORDS
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Robt. ___ : ELEE
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Don Quixote : MANOFLAMANCHA
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Horror flick : CHILLER
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Pinkerton's spouse : MADAMABUTTERFLY
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Word with bang : SLAM
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Moisten : BEDEW
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Flaming : AFIRE
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Halt : STEM
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Village on the Tweed : MELROSE
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___ Rapids, Mich. : ELK
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Bridge hand : SOUTH
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Concur : AGREE
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Unkempt : SEEDY
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"Dear ___" : ABBY
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At one fell ___ : SWOOP
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Topnotch : AONE
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Tree : FIR
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One of the poles : MAY
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English river : AIRE
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Hubbub : DIN
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Ocean: Abbr. : ATL
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Date: Abbr. : APPT
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Bamako's land : MALI
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Dash : ELAN
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Talk: Abbr. : LECT
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Of gold : AURIC
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Ruritania's Rudolf : PRISONEROFZENDA
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Feeler : PALP
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Oriental nurse : AMAH
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D'Azur or d'Or : COTE
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Weight allowance : TRET
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Fairy king and namesakes : OBERONS
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Fee-faw-___ : FUM
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Spanish ladies : SENORAS
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Devon river : EXE
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Ferrara's spouse : MYLASTDUCHESS
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Fringefoot : UMA
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Physics, for one: Abbr. : SCI
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Is obligated : NEEDS
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French dance : BAL
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Hand or rags : GLAD
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Unusual : RARE
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Of the ear : OTIC
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Grapes : UVAE
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Garland : LEI
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Be an unwitting joke victim : BITE
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Color : AQUA
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Glaciation stage : WURM
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Court district : LEET
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Target of Jack of Hearts : TART
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Bull of Norway : OLE
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Compass reading : ENE
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Lost : MISLAID
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Have no ___ for (dislike) : STOMACH
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Tito, for one : SLAV
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Dye : EOSIN
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Allow : LET
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Scoreboard trio : OIO
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Crosses out : DELES
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Praying figure : ORANT
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Kind of page or role : TITLE
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Lavished love on : DOTED
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"___ things!" : OFALL
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Play part : SCENE
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Truman's birthplace : LAMAR
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Consolidate : UNITE
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Italian pronoun : ESSA
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N. M. resort : TAOS
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Guest's amount o' livin' : HEAP
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Ait : ILOT
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Scottish explorer : RAE

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

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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