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A. J. Santora
A. J. Santora

SPRINGING INTO ACTION

New York Times, Sunday, April 24, 1977

Author:
A. J. Santora
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 154, Blocks: 92, Avg Word Len: 5.68, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 665 (avg 1.52)
Open Squares: 161, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 13, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 23
A. J. Santora has 185 pre-Shortz puzzles and 68 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,116
Across
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Down: Prefix : CATA
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Christmas trio : MAGI
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Nail barrels : KEGS
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Improvises like Ella : SCATS
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Assyrian god : ASUR
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City in China : IPIN
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"___ not in Gath" : TELLIT
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Alpine cottage : CHALET
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Enjoying a May day : STROLLINGTHROUGHTHEPARK
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Girl-watching : HANGINGAROUNDTHECORNER
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Do harm to : MISUSE
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Leather punch : AWL
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Iron band : STRAKE
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Gazelle : ARIEL
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Felt compassion : PITIED
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Withered : SERE
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Gumbo : OKRA
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River in England : NEN
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Small grain spike : EARLET
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___ as a pin : ASNEAT
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Exerted : PLIED
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U.S. money: Abbr. : DOLS
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Melville book : TYPEE
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Like Berlin : WALLED
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Make into soap : SAPONIFY
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Vacationing : AWAYFROMITALL
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Entraps: Var. : TRAPANS
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Raucous noise : BLAT
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Second audition : RETEST
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Bugbears : OGRES
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Tallies : COUNTS
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Apiece : EACH
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Kind of nail : HOB
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Viewed the Marxes : WATCHEDANIGHTATTHEOPERA
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Culbertson : ELY
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Protracted : LONG
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Boil : SEETHE
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"Quo ___?" : VADIS
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Troubles : GRIEFS
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Former Brazilian money : REIS
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Venomous snakes : TAIPANS
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Exercise in fitness : GOINGFORAWALK
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___-to-meeting : SUNDAYGO
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Verse : POETRY
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Being cooled : ONICE
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Channel: Sp. : CANO
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Coincide : AGREE
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Chickweed genus : ALSINE
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Giving sparingly : DOLING
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Sleeper or diner : CAR
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Fling : TOSS
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Hudson Bay Indian : CREE
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Viewpoints : SLANTS
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"A rag and ___" : ABONE
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C'est la ___ : GUERRE
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Outside: Comb. form : ECT
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Draw out : ELICIT
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Spring song : TAKEMEOUTTOTHEBALLGAME
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Went prying : WASONAFISHINGEXPEDITION
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Strad : VIOLIN
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Binaural system : STEREO
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Ripped : TORE
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Word in Mass. motto : ENSE
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Caine film : ALFIE
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Snow-fun vehicle : SLED
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Esau's land : SEIR
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Avant-garde : NEOS
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Wayne of hockey : CASHMAN
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Actor-dancer : ASTAIRE
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Hands over : TURNSIN
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" . . . ___ and peasant slave" : AROGUE
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Heffalump's creator : MILNE
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___ in a poke : APIG
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Lollobrigida : GINA
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Thankless people : INGRATES
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Composer Jerome : KERN
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Charged force : ELOD
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Sates : GLUTS
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Tourist : SIGHTSEER
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___ khan : SHERE
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Lincoln's "___ Eri" : CAPN
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Wings : ALAE
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Alas. in 1942 : TERR
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Wall St. cert. : STK
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Remote settlement : THULE
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"Is ___ doctor . . . ?" : THEREA
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Congest : CHOKE
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Cotton thread : LISLE
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Namely : TOWIT
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Two-seated wagon : TCART
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Prexy's staff : PROFS
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In a bad way : ILLY
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Saratoga outing : DAYATTHERACES
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Stewpots : OLLAS
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While away some time : KILLTHEDAY
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Spool : REEL
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Do sums : ADD
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Tennis term : ADIN
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Double agent : SPY
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Ship-shaped clock : NEF
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Noggin : PATE
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Nasal tones : TWANGS
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Twig : WITHE
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Place to ski : STOWE
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Therefore : ARGAL
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Some celebrators : PARTYGOERS
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Oil cartel : OPEC
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Versifier Ogden : NASH
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His: Fr. : ALUI
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Harangue : ORATE
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Pit-stop pro : MECH
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Big Ben sound : BONG
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Troubadour's love song : CANSO
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"Tatler" writer : STEELE
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Numerical endings : ETHS
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Sealing gasket : ORING
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Siepi, e.g. : BASSO
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Lament : ELEGY
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Tip (one's hat) : DOFF
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Star in Perseus : ATIK
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Roman poet : OVID
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Bear or Doc : PAPA
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Ceremonies : RITES
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Concerning : INRE
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African capital : TUNIS
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Soon : ANON
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Kind of dancer : GOGO
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Diseases of ramblers : ROSERUSTS
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Black cuckoo : ANI
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Get a victory : WIN
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Season : SALT
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Caress : PAT
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Environments : CONTEXTS
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Take ___ (reduce sail) : AREEF
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Peot Jones and others : LEROIS
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Chapeaux designer : DACHE
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___ Curci : GALLI
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Narcotic : COCAINE
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Lively: Mus. : ANIMOSO
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Pine-tar products : RETENES
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Turkic people : CUMAN
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Release : LETGO
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Group of football fame : BIGTEN
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Bottled spirit : GENIE
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A Kennedy : ETHEL
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Graybeard : ELDER
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Follow : TAIL
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Date-setting phrase : ASOF
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Hindu caste : KOLI
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Fatigue : TIRE
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United : ONED
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Initials since 1868 : BPOE
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Air: Comb. form : AERI
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Ky. neighbor : WVA

Answer summary: 17 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 18 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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