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BIG LEAGUES

New York Times, Sunday, April 30, 1972

50-Across : Vast plains

Author:
Mona Abramesco
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.10, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 519 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 114, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Mona Abramesco has 1 pre-Shortz puzzle in our database.
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,296
Across
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Fall fete : ALE
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Do lawn work : SOD
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Chair part : SPLAT
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Some animals : MASCOTS
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Fan : DEVOTEE
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Winged : ALATE
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Attracts : ALLURES
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"___ I didn't like" : INEVERMETAMAN
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Art piece : STABILE
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Paint tester : TONER
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Belief : TENET
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Family members : SONS
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Save : RESCUE
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Certain legal action : TESTCASE
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Clerical title : ABBE
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Miss. River straddler : TWINCITIES
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Bone: Prefix : OSTE
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Chico, Zeppo, etc., for short : MARXBROS
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Upright : ONEND
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Fries lightly : SAUTES
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Vast plains : STEPPES
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State: Abbr. : NDAK
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Fungus cores : CENTRA
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Come down on : SWOOP
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Agitates : STIRS
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Old cabs : HANSOMS
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Compass reading : ESE
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"Zhivago" girl : LARA
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Reduce : PARE
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Ignited : LIT
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Area unit : ACRE
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Outlanders : STRANGERS
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Tops : AONE
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Symbol for Jesus : IHS
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African lake : CHAD
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Wine: Prefix : OENO
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Siamese twin : ENG
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Barracks area : DAYROOM
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Ad man's concerns: Abbr. : ACCTS
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Sacred: Prefix : HAGIO
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Streisand hit : PEOPLE
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Sediment : LEES
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Little ___ : SIRECHO
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Mudlike : CLAYEY
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Radiations : AURAE
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Replace : SUPPLANT
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Tuscan city : PISA
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"Take ___" (B'way play) : AGIANTSTEP
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Deer trail : SLOT
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Predatory insects : ANTLIONS
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"___ Spain" : LADYOF
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Crow : BRAG
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Dutch painter : STEEN
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Lemur : LORIS
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Do a balloon job : DEFLATE
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North, for example : CARDINALPOINT
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More plump : STOUTER
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Onward : ALONG
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Sapped completely : BLEDDRY
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Occupations : CAREERS
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Shore : DINAH
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Sales pitches : ADS
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Male or female : SEX
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Entrance : ADIT
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Fabric : LENO
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Uniform : EVEN
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Metric unit : STERE
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Poetic word : OER
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Party: Abbr. : DEM
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Cotton fabric : SATEEN
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Scheme : PLAN
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Certain duck : LAME
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Rat-___ : ATAT
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Playing card : TEN
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Common people : MASSES
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Voice ranges : ALTOS
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Viewpoint : SLANT
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Some boys : CUBSCOUTS
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Mouth: Prefix : ORI
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Part of I.T.T.: Abbr. : TEL
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Ship direction : SSE
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Make a camera boo-boo : OVEREXPOSE
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Small cases : ETUIS
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Kind of sore throat : STREP
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Top non-coms: Abbr. : CWOS
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Spread hay : TED
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Of a pseudoscience : ASTROLOGICAL
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Arrive hastily : STEAMIN
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Shoe widths : EES
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Times of day: Abbr. : AMS
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Vampires : BATS
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Beer base : BREWERSYEAST
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One kind of band : CONTRA
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Ceylon's waterfront : INDIANOCEAN
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Kind of drop : TEAR
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India and indelible : INKS
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Fraternal org. : BPOE
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Scorch : SEAR
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Hathaway : ANNE
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Addams : CHAS
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Medit. island: Abbr. : SAR
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Holy one: Abbr. : STE
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Inc., in England : LTD
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Snead, e.g. : PRO
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Help : AID
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King of the two-reelers : CHAPLIN
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Ditto : SAME
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Words to a starting racer : GETSET
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Type measures : ENS
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Kind of cake : ANGELSFOOD
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Long mantle : COPE
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"___ smoke!" : HOLY
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Wyatt : EARP
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Color : ROYALBLUE
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His, in Paris : ALUI
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Wax: Lat. : CERA
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Big around the middle : HIPPY
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Words of disbelief : OHNO
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Took to court : SUED
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Baseball's Mel : OTT
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Audit man: Abbr. : CPA
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Legal officials: Abbr. : AGS
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Tin: Prefix : STANN
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Vexes : ANGERS
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Winter vehicle : SLEIGH
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Furious : IRATE
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Horse opera : OATER
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Wine vessels : OLPES
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Brine: Prefix : SALI
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Suffix for cyclo : TRON
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Millay : EDNA
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Frees of : RIDS
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Concerning : INRE
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River of myth : STYX
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Service medal : DSC
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Greek letter : ETA
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Pro : FOR
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Heel : CAD
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Arab garment : ABA
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Law degree : LLD

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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