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Alfio Micci
Alfio Micci

ALPHABETICAL ACROBATICS

New York Times, Sunday, March 5, 1978

Author:
Alfio Micci
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 75, Avg Word Len: 5.23, Missing: { J Z }, Scrabble score: 574 (avg 1.57)
Open Squares: 123, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 9, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14 Grid is asymmetric.
Alfio Micci has 91 pre-Shortz puzzles and 11 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,431
Across
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Frolic : ROMP
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Flat cap : BERET
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Certification : PROOF
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Like some cellars : DANK
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Sioux : OTOE
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Famed Polish soprano : RAISA
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Norse pantheon gods : AESIR
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Great Lake : ERIE
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Crèche figures : THREEYSMEN
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Question for Brother John : RUSLEEPING
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Portable stove : HOTPLATE
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Gold Coast republic : GHANA
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Oozes : EXUDES
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Goes astray : SINS
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Color of natural wool : BEIGE
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Except : BUT
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Perfumed bag : SACHET
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Ancient: Comb. form : PALEO
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Coastal dweller : SHOREMAN
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Musketeer : ATHOS
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Start of a famed soliloquy : TOBORNOTTOB
46
Wrath : IRE
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Believe, old style : TROW
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Rational : SANE
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Waistcoat : VEST
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Landing craft : LSTS
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Evergreen : YEW
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American novelist : LNGLASGOW
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Attack : BESET
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Certain tires : RETREADS
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Persian sprite : PERI
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Slants : BEVELS
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Ponderous : HEAVY
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Happened : FARED
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Wined and dined : FETED
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"Wreck of the Mary ___" : DEARE
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Adjective ending : ITIC
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Touching : PATHETIC
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"Papa" of music : HAYDN
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Blowguns : PSHOOTERS
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Abode: Abbr. : HSE
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Regarding : INRE
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Nigerian people : EFIK
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Familiar and cozy : HOMY
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Obnoxious one : PEST
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Coin of old : ECU
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Exam category : SAQUESTIONS
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Form of croquet : ROQUE
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Canine specialists : DENTISTS
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Actress Ellen : TERRY
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Clergymen's digs : MANSES
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P.I. native : ATI
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Razor clam : SOLEN
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Gasp for breath : PANT
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A.R.C. founder : BARTON
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Horrify : APPAL
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S.A. dances : CARIOCAS
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Certain testifiers : IWITNESSES
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English ritual : AFTERNOONT
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Carter's Attorney General : BELL
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Mideast hot spot : SINAI
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Scandinavians : NORSE
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___ bene : NOTA
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Trifling : IDLE
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Derision : SCORN
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Administered medicine : DOSED
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Tore : SPED
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Philip or Lillian : ROTH
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Roman emperor: A.D. 69 : OTHO
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Comedian Sahl : MORT
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Raree : PEEPSHOW
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"Thanatopsis" poet : BRYANT
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Bridge positions : EASTS
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Hoar : RIME
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Compass reading : ESE
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Citrus hybrid : TANGELO
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Model : PARAGON
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See former classmates : REUNE
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Greek peak : OSSA
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OPEC's concern : OIL
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Plunder : FREEBOOT
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Send with authority : DEPUTE
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Saharan : ARID
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Sayers's "The ___ Tailors" : NINE
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Beer containers : KEGS
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Faure and Wiesel : ELIES
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Region beyond city limits : EXURB
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Yesterday, in Paris : HIER
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Din : BABEL
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Goatish god : SATYR
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Up ___ (at a disadvantage) : ATREE
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Line re a certain threesome : CHOWTHEYRUN
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Hollow ringing sounds : PONGS
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Mulligan, for one : STEW
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Alts. : HTS
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Had lapses onstage : MISSEDTHEQS
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Soviet cooperative : ARTEL
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Cozy retreats : NESTS
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Actress Jessica : TANDY
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Egglike : OVOID
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Bondsman : SLAVE
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Embankment : LEVEE
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Beat ___ to (make for hastily) : APATH
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Tragicomic, for short : SERIO
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El or José : GRECO
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One of the "Little Women" : BETH
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Novelist Charles ___: 1814–84 : READE
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Merit : EARN
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Ross or Palmer : BETSY
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Famed actress, Mrs. ___ : FISKE
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Acreage : FARMS
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Reel : DANCE
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Garden bloomer : PEONY
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Offspring : ISSUE
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Whales : CETES
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Went in haste : HIED
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Papal name : PIUS
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Prickle : THORN
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Casual unconcern : EASINESS
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Often: Abbr. : FQT
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Boats used as bridge supports : PONTOONS
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Repress : SITON
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Visits briefly : STOPSIN
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Tissue : TELA
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Milesian's country : IRELAND
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Arrested : RANIN
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Spill the beans : TATTLE
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Spoiled : MARRED
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Asparagus unit : SPEAR
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Country, in Calabria : PAESE
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Actress Andersson : BIBI
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Struck with wonder : AWED
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Streamlet : RILL
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Donkey, in Durango : ASNO
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Hubs: Abbr. : CTRS
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Hen's domain : COOP
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Feed the kitty : ANTE
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African village : STAD
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Abélard's "___ et Non" : SIC
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___ yong (Chinese omelet) : FOO

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 4 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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