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SPRING FEVER

New York Times, Sunday, March 13, 1977

Author:
Louis C. Mandes Jr.
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.24, Missing: { none — this is a pangram }, Scrabble score: 729 (avg 1.64)
Open Squares: 140, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 13
Louis C. Mandes Jr. has 3 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,074
Across
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Predicament : SCRAPE
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Hastily : APACE
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Culmination : ACME
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Toasting words : MUDIN
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On ___ : THELAM
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Core group : CADRE
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Linen source : FLAX
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Agreed : ATONE
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Heroine of 1778 : MOLLYPITCHER
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Precipitate : RASH
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Yells at the ump : RANTS
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Notice : SPY
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Expanded : DILATED
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Locomotive parts : COWCATCHERS
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Laugh, in Lyons : RIRE
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Portnoy's creator : ROTH
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Alone : SOLE
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Score into the 10th : TIE
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Love, on the Lido : AMORE
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Spate : FRESHET
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Luncheonettes : TEAROOMS
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Confide in : TRUST
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Pastry : FLAN
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Desire : EROS
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Read meter : SCAN
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Stretch in the 7th : RISE
52
A Dionne girl : QUINT
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Like sandlot infields : BUMPY
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Cavalryman : HUSSAR
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Comic-strip cries : EEKS
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Like taped baseballs : USED
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Hacks : CABBIES
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Release : LETGO
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More disreputable : SLEAZIER
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Little bits : JOTS
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Innocent one : NAIF
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Overhead carrier : TRAM
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True's partner : TRIED
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Batter's ploy : BUNT
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Played on home grounds : HOSTED
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Hit ___ country mile : ITA
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Relaxed : UNBENT
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Left : WALKEDOUT
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Split, as a bat : BROKEN
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Arrowroot : PIA
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Dieter's standby : CELERY
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Tarnish : RUST
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"___ Ben Jonson" : ORARE
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Senator from R.I. : PELL
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Home run by-product : ROAR
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Fishing net : FYKE
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Brest's region : BRITTANY
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Renown : ECLAT
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Intend : PROPOSE
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Energy source : COAL
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Eye defect: Suffix : OPIA
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Deliver : RESCUE
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Excalibur : SWORD
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Intact : WHOLE
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Hit a fly : LOFT
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Apple pitcher : ERIS
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Passable : SOSO
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Smog factor : HAZE
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Strike hard at : PASTE
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Football infractions : OFFSIDES
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Riding whip : RAWHIDE
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C.J. after Marshall : TANEY
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Ewe said it : BAA
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Golden and Bronze : ERAS
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Coalesce : KNIT
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Maglie and Bando : SALS
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Flatware item : SILVERPLATE
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Riverfront : STADIUM
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Big-leaguer : PRO
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Aunt in "Oklahoma!" : ELLER
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Captive of Hercules : IOLE
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Albania : BALKANNATION
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Chinks : SLITS
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Yacht haven : COVE
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Ryan or Tatum : ONEAL
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Compact : TREATY
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Sanity : SENSE
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Singles : ONES
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Confuse : ADDLE
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Sentence structure : SYNTAX
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Hurricanes: Abbr. : STMS
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Baltimore ___ : CHOP
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Count (on) : RELY
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Everyone : ALL
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Lucky strike : PAYDIRT
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Furniture style : EMPIRE
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Recorded proceedings : ACTA
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Agreement : PACT
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Supporter : ADHERENT
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Statements of faith : CREDOS
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Poetic word : EER
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Hair style : AFRO
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Pincers : CLAWS
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Bat boy : MASCOT
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Blows out : EXHALES
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French brandy : MARC
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State or lake : UTAH
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___ a turn : DONETO
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Physically fit : INTRIM
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Headlands : NESSES
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O'Neill play : ILE
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Putti : CHERUBS
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Inform : TEACH
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Rhyme opening : ROSESARE
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"The Bronx is up, but ___" : THEBATTERYSDOWN
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Blithe spirit : ARIEL
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Ammo of '76 : MUSKETBALLS
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Handbill : FLIER
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Leather strip : RAND
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Vault : TOMB
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Gov. Castro of Arizona : RAUL
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Beginning : ONSET
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Very, in Vichy : TRES
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Blended : FUSED
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Protract : SPINOUT
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Librarian, at times : QUIETER
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Beer ingredient : YEAST
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Attitudinize : STRIKEAPOSE
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Precious stone : AGATE
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Caesar, e.g. : ROMAN
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Bop on the head : CONK
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What subs do : SIT
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Chemical element : ZINC
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All-Star game time : JULY
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Feverish : FEBRILE
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Pushcarts : BARROWS
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Sox : HOSE
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Darn it! : DRAT
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Kind of deck : UPPER
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Relative : NIECE
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Lasts : WEARS
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Snider : DUKE
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Bobolinks : ORTOLANS
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Cut off : LOP
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Papal cape : ORALE
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Clouts the ball : LACES
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Desert : FORSAKE
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Red-eye : BOOZE
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Smart : NIFTY
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Eucalypt : YATE
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Pakistani people : TURI
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Unfortunate : POOR
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Republic of Africa : CHAD
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Sea duck : EIDER
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Pared away : WHITTLED
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Al Pacino film : SERPICO
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Outstanding : PALMARY
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Preoccupy : OBSESS
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Ribbed fabric : FAILLE
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N.C.O.'s order : FALLIN
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Barroom : SALOON
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___ hers : HISAND
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Catcalls : TAUNTS
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Balm : SALVE
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Sloth, e.g. : SIN
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Rookies' opposites : VETS
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Gaelic : ERSE
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Links places : TEES
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Hindu deity : AKAL
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Rural spot : DALE
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British antitank gun : PIAT
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Roster : ROTA
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Cameo stone : ONYX
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Neckpiece : BOA
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A.L. team : TEN

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 13 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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