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Maura B. Jacobson
Maura B. Jacobson

IMPERTINENT QUESTIONS

New York Times, Sunday, March 7, 1976

Author:
Maura B. Jacobson
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 164, Blocks: 89, Avg Word Len: 5.37, Missing: { Q X }, Scrabble score: 671 (avg 1.52)
Open Squares: 138, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 15, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 21
Maura B. Jacobson has 63 pre-Shortz puzzles and 3 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Clue for 14-Down (MAYO) has an error in the original, which was left as it was: "Actress Virginia Mayo"

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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,703
Across
1
Use an index : REFER
6
Instance: Sp. : CASO
10
Fusses : ADOS
14
Ancient kingdom : MOAB
18
Gas-pump order : REGULAR
20
Kingly names in Oslo : OLAFS
22
Kind of pay : SEVERANCE
24
Spirited, old style : ANIMOSE
25
Where did George get tipsy? : MARTHASVINEYARD
27
Who belongs to Stalin's frat? : JOSEPHSBRETHREN
29
Does penance : ATONES
30
"As ___ the ocean" : DEEPAS
31
Lagoon sight : REEF
32
Tiny one : MITE
34
Edna Ferber territory : CIMARRON
37
Give ear to : HEED
38
Penalty : FINE
39
Small duck : SMEW
43
Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT
44
Verne captain : NEMO
46
"I ___ Got Nobody" : AINT
47
Gently, in music : SOAVE
48
N.Y.C. div. : BOR
49
What does Grange do at dusk? : REDSAILSINTHESUNSET
55
Disclose : UNVEIL
57
___ the hills : ASOLDAS
58
Thread: Prefix : NEMAT
59
New Delhi V.I.P. : INDIRA
62
How did problems affect Ethel? : TROUBLEDWATERS
66
Lab items : ETNAS
68
Phone co. : ATT
70
Salle ___ (Aix bathroom) : DEBAIN
71
Card game : ECARTE
72
Barrister's wear : WIG
73
Girl of song : CHLOE
75
Norse bard : SKALD
77
Portion: Abbr. : SEG
78
Pass by : ELAPSE
81
At sea : AFLOAT
85
Environment: Prefix : ECO
86
"___ to bed" : ANDSO
88
What does Johann do at Roseland? : STRAUSSWALTZES
91
Walk softly : TIPTOE
93
Garbed : DREST
94
Fairy queen : TITANIA
96
Ruggles's home : REDGAP
99
What is "la liaison"? : THEFRENCHCONNECTION
104
West Point of Brit. : RMA
105
Cartoonist Peter et al. : ARNOS
106
Long, wide shoe size : IOEE
107
Requisite : NEED
108
Acheson : DEAN
109
Kremlin initials : USSR
110
Maple genus : ACER
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Tailless rodent : PACA
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Uninformed : NESCIENT
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Boats of old : ARKS
118
City of Russia : OREL
119
Bad-luck bringers : JONAHS
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Counsel : ADVISE
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Who are Dinah's Libyan kin? : SHORESOFTRIPOLI
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Where is Ludwig in the batting order? : BEETHOVENSFIFTH
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Disregarded : IGNORED
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Catalonian city : BARCELONA
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Lucifer : SATAN
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Aunt's brood : COUSINS
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Wife of Esau : ADAH
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Syrian city, to French : ALEP
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W.W. II craft : LSTS
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Fatigued : SPENT
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Gambling city : RENO
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Protection : EGIS
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Raged against : FUMEDAT
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Client of a J.P. : ELOPER
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More precipitate : RASHER
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Public officials: Abbr. : COMRS
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Wings : ALAE
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French writer : SARTRE
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"___ I Sing" : OFTHEE
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Club: Abbr. : ASSN
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Eamon's nickname : DEV
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Egg: Prefix : OVI
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Locale of Caesar's murder : SENATE
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Actress Virginia Mayo : MAYO
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___ even keel : ONAN
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Land unit : ACRE
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Four posters : BEDS
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Rule, in India : RAJ
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Answer : RESPOND
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Prepare slaw : SHRED
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Network : RETE
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Pershing's gp. : AEF
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Afflictions : BANES
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Ho Chi ___ : MINH
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Have in mind : INTEND
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Leyte's neighbor : CEBU
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Do a Tuesday chore : IRON
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What does Lee do outdoors? : MARVINGARDENS
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Lift weights : HOIST
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___ a glove : FITSLIKE
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Haydn opus : SONATA
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What hangs next to Johnson's credentials? : MASTERSDEGREE
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First lady : EVE
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Paint sign : WET
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Bleat : MAA
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Asian perch : ANABAS
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Singer Yma : SUMAC
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Frees : RIDS
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Yale : ELI
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British M.P. : LORD
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Wild plum : SLOE
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"___ thee knight" : IDUB
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Darned : SEWED
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Queen of Spain : ENA
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Bravo : RAH
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Counselor-___ : ATLAW
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Portray : ENACT
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Map abbrs. : RTES
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Utah's lily : SEGO
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Ram's mates : EWES
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Pinball gaffe : TILT
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Words on a June greeting : TOFATHER
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Respite: Fr. : CESSE
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Pacific island group : ELLICE
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Law, in Lyon : LOI
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___ the course : PARFOR
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Plaintiffs : SUERS
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Preminger : OTTO
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Minaret call : AZAN
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Vol. state : TENN
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Solar disk : ATEN
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Signify yes : NOD
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Santa : STNICK
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Tuscan city : SIENA
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For : PRO
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Crackerjack : ACE
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"I met ___ with . . . " : AMAN
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React to a fast run : PANT
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After sigma : TAU
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After secs. and mins. : HRS
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Mine shacks, in Britain : COES
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___ diamonds (big casino) : TENOF
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Same : IDENTIC
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Discard, with "of" : DISPOSE
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Small space : AREOLA
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Academics : PROFS
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TV adjunct : AERIAL
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Fissures : CLEFTS
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West-Coast fish : SARGOS
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Encouraging words : CHINUP
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Netman Arthur : ASHE
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Sounds of surprise : OHS
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Elton's family : JOHNS
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Eastern church title : ABBA
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Defunct : DEAD
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Cruz or Vague : VERA
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Scratcher's concern : ITCH
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Easy job : SNAP
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Box-score info : STAT
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" . . . in the heart ___ the head" : ORIN
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Austere time : LENT
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Libido hubs : IDS
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Tome: Abbr. : VOL
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Vane reading : ENE

Answer summary: 17 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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