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Alfio Micci
Alfio Micci

A SPELL OF LETTERS

New York Times, Sunday, April 24, 1983

Author:
Alfio Micci
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 78, Avg Word Len: 5.11, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 556 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 109, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 13
Alfio Micci has 91 pre-Shortz puzzles and 11 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1983, The New York TimesNo. 12,220
Across
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Name in an Inge title : SHEBA
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Lawmaker : SOLON
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Highland precipitation : SNA
14
Shampoo additive : EGG
17
Macho types : HEMEN
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Justify : PROVE
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Erudite : SCHOLARLY
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Party giver's req. : ARESSVEEPEE
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G.I. garb : OLIVEDRAB
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Metrist : POET
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Unambitious one : IDLER
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"Giselle" composer : ADAM
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Ninny : GOOSE
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Matriculate : ENROLL
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Truman's birthplace : LAMAR
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Batters : MAULS
34
Youth org. : WYEEMCEEA
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Commuters' haven : EXURB
40
Bright stars that fade : NOVAE
43
Rice dish : PILAF
44
Poisonous Tibetan plant : ATIS
45
Skulk : LURK
49
"Green Mansions" hero : ABEL
50
Alit : GOTOFF
51
Loretta of "M*A*S*H" : SWIT
52
Pa. port : ERIE
53
Hubbub : DIN
54
Well-known : FAMED
55
Bones, in Bologna : OSSI
57
Nonsense : FUDGE
58
A Kennedy Center honoree : ASTAIRE
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River of song : AFTON
61
Crow, e.g. : SIOUAN
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Rights org. : ENDOUBLEACEEPEE
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Singer Smith : BESSIE
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Tolls : PEALS
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A Carter : LILLIAN
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At ___ (bewildered) : ALOSS
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Playground for Pierre : PARC
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Cooking direction : BLEND
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Corrida shout : OLE
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Use shears : CLIP
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Little, for one : APER
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Plaza moppet : ELOISE
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Argument : PLEA
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Cabbage variety : KALE
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Wood quantity : CORD
87
Bridge positions : EASTS
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Upright : ERECT
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Moral : ETHIC
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Govt. agency : AITCHUDEE
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Buckle : TACHE
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___ Soleil (Louis XIV) : LEROI
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Eloquent one : ORATOR
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Copland ballet : RODEO
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Ardent : WARM
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Himalayan land : NEPAL
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Long vestment : COPE
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Highway feature : UNDERPASS
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Doctoral deg. : PEEAITCHDEE
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Garnished, N Italian style : MILANAISE
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Baseball statistic : ERROR
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Examined judicially : HEARD
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"The Gold Bug" author : POE
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Brynner : YUL
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Together : ASONE
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Caucasians : ARYAS
Down
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Mold : SHAPE
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Bittern's kin : HERON
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Moslem prince : EMEER
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Gift : BESTOWAL
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Reply to a ques. : ANS
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Tore : SPED
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City on the Oka : OREL
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Easy stride : LOPE
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Page's other side : OVERLEAF
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Formerly named : NEE
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Wedge : SHIM
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Fall mo. : NOV
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Sour brew : ALEGAR
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Flynn or Fauntleroy : ERROL
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Word with spy or hour : GLASS
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Agree: Var. : GYBE
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Fountain treat : SODA
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Dark-red color : CLARETWINE
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Mil. truant : ADOUBLEUOEL
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Unspeakable : VILE
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"Today I ___ man" : AMA
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Soap ingredient : LYE
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Workers' org. : AEFFOFELCEEIO
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Requirement : MUST
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Monte ___, Ischia : EPOMEO
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Arachnid : MITE
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Dull person : CLOD
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Clock numeral : XII
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Nothing, in Navarra : NADA
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Cummerbunds of a sort : OBIS
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Opening : VENT
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Soc. : ASSOC
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Hindustani language : URDU
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Latvian port : RIGA
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Wail : KEEN
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Avant-___ : GARDE
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The end : FINIS
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RR stops : STAS
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Cyrus or Sally : FIELD
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Humane org. : AESSPEECEEA
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Winged : ALAR
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Backbone : SPINE
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Elitist : UPPERCLASS
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Defy : BEARD
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Baton Rouge inst. : ELESSU
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Support : BACK
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Singer Logan : ELLA
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Besmirch : SOIL
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Hercules captured her : IOLE
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Templeton or Waugh : ALEC
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Undiluted : NEAT
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Autumn fruit : BOSC
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Stone: Comb. form : LITH
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Grieve : ACHE
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South Seas staple : POI
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Livy lovers, e.g. : LATINERS
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A Roe with a fishy pitch : PREACHER
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Always, poetically : EER
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Vexatious : THORNY
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Fortify : ARM
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Blockhead : DOLT
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Clown lashed by Nedda : TONIO
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Confuse : ADDLE
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Gaelic : ERSE
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Popular morning show : TODAY
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"Martha" or "Louise" : OPERA
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Orchestra section : REEDS
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Meat cut : RUMP
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Bemoan : WAIL
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Saarinen : EERO
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Peacock : PAON
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River at Leeds : AIRE
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Hawaiian sarong : PAU
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Kind of jacket : PEA
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Slangy suffix with hot or got : CHA

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 7 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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