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Richard Silvestri
Richard Silvestri

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New York Times, Sunday, April 2, 1978

Author:
Richard Silvestri
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.10, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 497 (avg 1.39)
Open Squares: 115, Cheaters: 16, FITB: 11, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9
Richard Silvestri has 46 pre-Shortz puzzles and 84 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,459
Across
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Milk, in Metz : LAIT
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Precinct : AREA
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Hope : BOB
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Cleopatra's craft : BARGE
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Recoil : WINCE
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Mineral made into jewelry : GEMSTONE
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Deli offering : SALAMI
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Go-betweens : INTERMEDIARIES
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Parnassian regions : CLIMES
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Roman Helios : SOL
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Lord's domain : MANOR
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Touched down : ALIT
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York or Dark : ALVIN
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Krypton is one : ELEMENT
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Relative of a pompano : SCAD
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Pershing's command : AEF
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Dried up : SERED
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Group honored in April : SECRETARIES
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Descartes's conclusion : IAM
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Calendar abbr. : TUES
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Foray : RAID
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"How now! ___?": Hamlet : ARAT
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Flesh: Comb. form : CRE
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A.M.A. members : MDS
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Pod inhabitants : PEAS
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Break off : SEVER
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___ Hari : MATA
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Likely to collapse : RAMSHACKLE
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Arrive : GETIN
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Indy entry : CAR
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Bien-___ (Fr. darling) : AIME
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Oregon or Santa Fe : TRAIL
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Ill will : MALICE
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Sweet potato : OCARINA
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Like a cliché : TRITE
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Dueler's choice : PISTOLS
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Maximally : ATMOST
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Rental contract : LEASE
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David or Edwards : CAMP
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Clear : NET
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Money in Moscow : RUBLE
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Spies : EMISSARIES
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Bellow : SAUL
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"Ashcan" painter : SLOAN
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Trap material : SAND
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C.P.A.'s record : ACC
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Osprey's cousin : ERN
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Serb or Sorb : SLAV
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"Great Commoner" : PITT
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Rebuff : SLAP
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"The Big Apple" : NYC
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Minute vessels : CAPILLARIES
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Polish : SHINE
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Singing syllable : TRA
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Fish dish : EELS
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Rigby of songdom : ELEANOR
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Ranks : TIERS
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Geyserite : OPAL
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Filleted : BONED
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The horned horse : GNU
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Ought to : SHOULD
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Roman Catholic tribunals : PENITENTIARIES
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Makes happen : CAUSES
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Lion, to impala : PREDATOR
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Taut : TENSE
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Atlas extra : INSET
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Gas: Comb. form : AER
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On one's guard : WARY
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Ham's companion : EGGS
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Floor covering : LINOLEUM
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Like a deer : ANTLERED
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Hockey milieu : ICE
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Called : TERMED
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Ten-percenters : AGENTS
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Renovate : REDO
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Arabian prince : EMIR
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___ rule (usually) : ASA
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"We ___ different degrees": Emerson : BOILAT
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Geographic hub of N.Y. : ONEIDA
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Met basso : BEST
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Balloonist's need : BALLAST
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Animate : ALIVE
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Offshoot : RAMIFICATION
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F.B.I. employees : GMEN
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Herr's word for 3 Down : EIS
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Most like Solomon : WISEST
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Outlined : TRACED
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___ Fell Pike (England's highest point) : SCA
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Game counter : MAN
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Military meal : MESS
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___ Lanka (Ceylon) : SRI
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Clear the board : ERASE
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Ready money : CASH
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Tangle or disentangle : RAVEL
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Anger : IRE
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Where the stapes is : EAR
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Magazine piece : ARTICLE
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Least magnanimous : MEANEST
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Makeup : PAINT
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Lazarus or Eames : EMMA
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Emulates Hamill : SKATES
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Nobelist Metchnikoff : ELIE
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Go soft : MELT
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Employee's delight : RAISE
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"Take the ___," 1941 song : ATRAIN
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Stand used for shaping tiles : CRISS
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Sounds of surprise : GASPS
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Make vulgar : COARSEN
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Statistician of a kind : ACTUARY
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Rude and boisterous : RAMBUNCTIOUS
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Acted the buffoon : MIMED
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Croissant : ROLL
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Melodic subject : TEMA
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Travail : PAIN
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Pope in 928 : LEOVI
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Rickety airplane : CRATE
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Wine city : ASTI
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Suburb of Rabat : SLA
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Wash against the shore : LAP
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The Somalis : ASHA
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Kind of vine : CLINGING
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Nun's relative : CANONESS
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Rutgers' ___ Knights : SCARLET
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Wan : PALLID
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Tax agcy. : IRS
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Read carefully : PERUSE
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Balzac's "___ Goriot" : LEPERE
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Near-perfect horseshoe pitch : LEANER
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Soldier on watch : SENTRY
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Composed : SEDATE
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Employ again : REUSE
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Garland : LEI
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Comparative word : THAN
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Campus org. active in the 60's : SDS
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Czech stream: Ger. spelling : OPPA
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Letter on a key : BETA
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___ about : ONOR
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Biol. or chem. : SCI
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Shooter : TAW
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Between lge. and sml. : REG

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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