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New York Times, Saturday, March 7, 1981

26-Down : Tapper for a tyro at the piano

Author:
Dorothea E. Shipp
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 43, Avg Word Len: 4.92, Missing: { J K Q Y Z }, Scrabble score: 251 (avg 1.38)
Open Squares: 72, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Dorothea E. Shipp has 63 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,442
Across
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Prefix with chapel : ANTE
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Nativity-play accessory : HALO
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Become more friendly : THAW
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Opposite of bust : BOOM
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Overleaps : OMITS
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Unit of loudness : SONE
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First of nine in "Strange Interlude" : ACTI
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Skewbald's relative : PINTO
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Dane who composed the opera "Lamia" : ENNA
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Actor's supreme delight : STANDINGOVATION
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Awl, for one : HOLER
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Quartet in "No, No, Nanette" : ENS
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Doe or Roe : NAME
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Goddess of the moon : ARTEMIS
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Pen pals' go-betweens : POSTMEN
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Welcoming garland : LEI
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Simple sugar : OSE
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Land unit : LOT
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Belli or Bailey: Abbr. : ATT
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Cue part : TIP
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"The Foggy, Foggy ___" : DEW
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"___ Clear Day" : ONA
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Prefix with foil or pan : TRE
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What some losers suffer : AGONIES
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Man on a certain path : WARRIOR
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___-Aryan : INDO
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Force for followers of a John Paul: Abbr. : USN
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What Horace called "a short madness" : ANGER
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Comedian's delight : BURSTOFAPPLAUSE
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" ... ___ for my steps": Psalm 57 : ANET
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Molière's Harpagon, for one : MISER
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Essence : GIST
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Catchall words : ETAL
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Winter period in Barcelona : ENERO
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Baltic feeder : ODER
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Took part in the Grand National : RODE
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Ibn-___ : SAUD
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Noted Danish novelist: 1869-1954 : NEXO
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Confuse : ABASH
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Night: Comb. form : NOCTO
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Destroy, as a car : TOTAL
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Outstanding : EMINENT
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Shoshonean Arizonan : HOPI
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Cole Porter's "I ___ Love" : AMIN
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Heather : LING
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Conductor Klemperer : OTTO
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Disease-carrying insect : TSETSE
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"___ soit qui ... " : HONI
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___ Domini : ANNO
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Break of a habit : WEAN
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Former British coin : SOVEREIGN
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Wycherley was one : DRAMATIST
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Opposed : ANTIPODAL
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Tapper for a tyro at the piano : METRONOME
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Script order : ENTER
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Range topped by Belukha : ALTAI
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___ operandi : MODI
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Words of the enlightened : ISEE
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Machines seams : SEWS
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Stag gang, e.g. : PLOW
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Chaplin's widow : OONA
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Mira or Rigel : STAR
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Many-sided figure : NONAGON
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Make susurrous sounds : RUSTLE
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Cicerone : GUIDE
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Character in "Elizabeth the Queen" : ESSEX
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Small rocket, for short : RETRO
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Heavyweight champion: 1934-35 : BAER
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"Not ___ us the praise ... ": Kipling : UNTO
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Make use of a library : READ
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Flippers : FINS
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Cruising : ASEA
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Tacna's country : PERU
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Urge : PROD

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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