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FIRST READER

New York Times, Sunday, April 25, 1971

Author:
Nancy W. Atkinson
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 160, Blocks: 81, Avg Word Len: 5.60, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 660 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 168, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 12, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 29
Nancy W. Atkinson has 16 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Clue for 65-Down is as it appeared in the original, though the "to" shouldn't be there, since the answer is YEARS TO.

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© 1971, The New York TimesNo. 7,925
Across
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Advance sampling : PRETEST
8
In proximity : BESIDE
14
Certain readers : EDITORS
21
Swiss lake : LUCERNE
22
Mended in a way : RELINED
23
Count : TOTALUP
24
Miracles : ANOMIES
25
Author of "Child from the Sea" : ELIZABETHGOUDGE
27
Hemingway novel : ISLANDSINTHESTREAM
29
Cassette : TAPE
30
Scottish now : NOO
31
Word with burns : SIDE
32
Beneficiary in a suit : USEE
33
Scottish weather : SNA
34
Relative : DAD
35
___ war : TUGOF
38
Present times : NOWS
40
Verne captain and others : NEMOS
42
Unhappy states : BADS
43
Designed : STYLED
45
Ball game : LACROSSE
48
Good friends : CHUMS
50
Small duck : TEAL
52
Frankie : LAINE
53
Braised meat dish : HASLET
56
Arabic letters : TAS
59
Uppity one : SNOB
61
Pacific porgy : TAI
62
Author of "Wall Street Jungle" : RICHARDNEY
66
Scottish resort : OBAN
68
Gardner and others : AVAS
70
Patrol vehicle : SCOUTCAR
72
Compiègne's river : OISE
73
Valley of fame : FORGE
75
Number ending : ETH
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Blew up photos : ENLARGED
78
Youth org. : GSA
79
Nonfiction best seller : FUTURESHOCK
83
Architect and writer of memoirs : ALBERTSPEER
85
Missive: Abbr. : LTR
86
Starlike : ASTEROID
88
Dutch commune : EDE
89
Preserves : CORNS
90
Paris seasons : ETES
92
Ready to go onstage : COSTUMED
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"No More ___" (Dick Gregory) : LIES
96
Steady fare : DIET
97
Fragrant herbs : ROSEMARIES
99
___ capita : PER
101
Explosives : TNTS
103
Honshu town : ASO
104
Voice source : LARYNX
105
Dreams: Fr. : REVES
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Word in Cleaver title : SOUL
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Orchid tubers : SALEP
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Small fish : ALEWIVES
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Word in Miller title : TROPIC
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Norms: Abbr. : STDS
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Word in Berne title : GAMES
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Bristle : SETA
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___ reason at all : FORNO
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Reception : TEA
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Prattle : GAB
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P.I. native : AETA
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Room, in Madrid : SALA
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Gabor : EVA
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"Do you ___ car?" : OWNA
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Writers Leon, Charles and Antonia : URISREICHANDFRASER
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Writers Shirley and Irwin : MACLAINEANDSHAW
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Impetuous lovers : ELOPERS
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Introduction : PRELUDE
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Oddballs : GEEZERS
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"It makes ___ to me" : NOSENSE
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Picket-line member : STRIKER
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Out-and-out : ARRANT
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Fly's nemesis : SWATTER
Down
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Laments : PLAINTS
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Terminates : RUNSOUT
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Popular science : ECOLOGY
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Musical subject : TEMA
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Joyce's land : ERIN
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Prunes, in Scotland : SNEDS
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Swiss canton : TESSIN
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Gift for a man : BELT
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Root : ELIHU
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Appraises, with up : SIZES
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To some extent : INASENSE
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Creditors : DEBTEES
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River to the Fulda : EDER
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Allen and Frome : ETHANS
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Belief : DOGMA
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Japanese statesman : ITO
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Strained : TAUT
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Unredeemed man : OLDADAM
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Backings on floors : RUGPADS
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Races : SPEEDS
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Subscriber's encore : RENEWAL
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Uganda people : TESO
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Admired one : IDOL
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Danube tributary : OLT
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Charges : FEES
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Out! : SCAT
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Archy's friend : MEHITABEL
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"___ you really know?" : BUTDO
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Andrews : DANA
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Inlets : RIAS
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See 107 Across : ONICE
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Red wine : CLARET
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Pronoun : HER
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Segal phenomenon : LOVESTORY
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Authorize : ACCREDIT
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Rawhides : SHAGREENS
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Author of 79 Across : TOFFLER
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On the verge of : ABOUTTO
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"No Exit" author et al. : SARTRES
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Uses to the utmost : BATHESIN
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Trundle, as ore : RULL
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Home of Lagos : NIGERIA
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Early mystics : ESSENES
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Add ___ to one's life : YEARSTO
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Annamese measure : NGU
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Mini-test : SHORTEXAM
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___ cruise : ONA
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Epoch : ERA
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Award : DSC
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Steep slope : ESCARP
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Edible herb : COUS
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Kipling hero : KIM
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Vessel of a kind : POD
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Orator Chauncey : DEPEW
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Betrays, with out : SELLS
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Wife of Siva : DEVI
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Bounce, in Scotland : STOT
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Miss West : MAE
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Accelerates : REVS
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Beach sight : SURF
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One making a new try for grass : RESEEDER
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Vacillates : SEESAWS
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Card game : LOO
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Author of "Crystal Cave" : STEWART
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As graceful as ___ : ADANCER
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Pupil : LEARNER
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Musial : STAN
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Offer : PRESENT
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Direct opposite : INVERSE
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Less fine : COARSER
118
Noisy dances : STOMPS
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James or John Nance : GARNER
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Nichols hero : ABIE
122
Early New Englanders : ALDENS
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Safari V.I.P. : GUIDE
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Danube tributary : TISZA
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Geologic stage : ACHEN
130
Running : AFLOW
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"___ want for Xmas is . . . " : ALLI
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Forsyte, for one : SAGA
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Kaufman cohort : HART
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Ponselle : ROSA
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In ___ (peeved) : APET
140
Diving bird : AUK

Answer summary: 18 unique to this puzzle, 11 debuted here and reused later, 16 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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