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Alfio Micci
Alfio Micci

A TAXING SITUATION

New York Times, Sunday, April 8, 1979

Author:
Alfio Micci
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 86, Avg Word Len: 5.34, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 666 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 165, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 10, XRef: 1, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
Alfio Micci has 91 pre-Shortz puzzles and 11 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,743
Across
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Allay : SLAKE
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Pivotal : POLAR
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Epic containing 24 books : ILIAD
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___-à-dire : CEST
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Beset : HEMIN
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P.D.Q. : APACE
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Dipper : LADLE
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Polo : MARCO
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Start of a verse : OHALASWITHEVERYTOMORROW
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Rodomontade : RANT
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Douze mois : ANNEE
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Napoleon: 1814 : EXILE
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Chant : INTONE
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Diocletian and Julian : ERAS
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Painter Jan van der ___ : MEER
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Ryan of L.A. : ONEAL
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Party man : CATERER
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Absquatulated : FLED
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Pastry shell : CRUST
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Desert transport : CAMEL
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Mutism : ALALIA
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Verbal lumps for umps : BOOS
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Water buffalo : ARNI
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Caesar's X : TEN
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Note : REMARK
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Bread, in Brest : PAIN
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Foreigner : ALIEN
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Subtle emanations : AURAE
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Second line of verse : MYASSETSGROWLESSANDLESS
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Regretful one, in songdom : OTIS
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Beldams : HAGS
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Gets better : HEALS
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Dunne and Rich : IRENES
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Fez color : RED
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Abounding with clay : MARLY
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Intrinsically : PERSE
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Tasks : STINTS
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Brazilian port : BELEM
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El Greco's homeland : CRETE
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Larceny : THEFT
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Practice the horn : TOOTLE
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Fulcrum for an oar : THOLE
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Courage : HEART
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Brazier : PAN
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Third-largest island : BORNEO
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Breathe hard : HEAVE
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Scriptorium item : DESK
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Stupefy : DATE
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Third line of verse : ANDNOWIAMFORCEDTOBORROW
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Take the helm : STEER
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Hornswoggles : DUPES
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Marchioness : LADY
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Varnish bases : ELEMIS
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Opposite of vert. : HOR
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Courteous bloke : GENT
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That: Fr. : CELA
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Heir's windfall : LEGACY
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Native of Yugoslavia : CROAT
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Brilliance : ECLAT
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Dickens's Betsey ___ : PRIG
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Miserly : SAVEALL
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Pub offering : STOUT
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British measure for herring : CRAN
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Title for Hess or Evans : DAME
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Danish seaport : ODENSE
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Disdain : SCORN
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Inclination : TREND
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Greek group in W.W. II : ELAS
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End of verse : FORSOMETHINGTHEYCALLIRS
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Crime laid to Nero : ARSON
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Sky over Seville : CIELO
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Chinese province : HOPEH
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Skirt : EVADE
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Erect : REAR
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Eve of films : ARDEN
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Surpass : OUTDO
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Plant substance : RESIN
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Land's end : SHORE
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"Gypsy Love" composer : LEHAR
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Iowa church society : AMANA
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Black Watch garb : KILTS
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Queen before Sofia : ENA
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Okla. city or county : PAWNEE
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Thought : OPINED
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Mañana : LATER
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Charley horse : ACHE
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Cousin of 6 Down : REE
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Hollies : ILEXES
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Roper's item : LARIAT
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Pastoral poem : IDYLL
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Berlin graybeard : ALTE
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___ volente : DEO
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Monopoly : CARTEL
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Baseball statistic : ERROR
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High-tea tidbit : SCONE
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London landmark : TOWER
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Casino game : MONTE
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Author of the verse : SAMLAKE
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Target of the Pioneer : VENUS
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Southern resort : MIAMI
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U. of Maine town : ORONO
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Tropical plant : CANNA
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Pulp sources : FIRS
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Coconut fibers : COIRS
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Salad ingredient : CRESS
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Garb for Gawain : ARMOR
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One of the Philippines : LEYTE
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"The way of a man with ___" : AMAID
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Jeune fille : LASS
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Like old trousers : BAGGY
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Two on the ___ : AISLE
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Helen of soap operas : TRENT
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Makes simpler : EASES
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Loch ___ : NESS
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Sacred song : PSALM
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Parisian's air-raid alarm : ALERTE
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Tenant's contract : LEASE
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Loose, as a boat : ADRIFT
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Suffix with fraud or flat : ULENT
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What "baby makes" : THREE
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V.P.: 1877–81 : WHEELER
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Chilean export : NITER
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Shooting star : METEOR
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Concede : ALLOW
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Radical European youths : PROVOS
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Military headdress : SHAKO
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French maid : BONNE
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Abrade : CHAFE
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Waspish : TESTY
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Scout's rider : TONTO
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Bid : ORDER
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Emulate Circe : TEMPT
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Ibsen woman : HEDDA
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Toscanini's birthplace : PARMA
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Without life : ATOIC
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Paperboy : NEWSY
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Southampton shindig : BASH
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Favorite resort : HAUNT
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Started a card game : DEALT
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Vestige : DREG
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Utopian : IDEAL
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Ground gripper : CLEAT
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"Johnny ___," 1948 film : BELINDA
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Cassini : OLEG
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Legendary robot : GOLEM
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Emulated a limpet : CLUNG
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Cato's title in 184 B.C. : CENSOR
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Cassock's relative : RASON
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Principal dancer : ETOILE
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___ the cob : CORNON
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Sought a victim : PREYED
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Estancia : RANCHO
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Until now : SOFAR
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Dote on : ADORE
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Vice follower : VERSA
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Timetable, for short : SCHED
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Moved on all fours : CREPT
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Probe : DELVE
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A.k.a. : ALIAS
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___ Gras : MARDI
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German city : ESSEN
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Cooking direction : STIR
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Biblical pronoun : THOU
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Government agcy.: 1948–51 : ECA
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However, for short : THO
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Celtic Neptune : LER

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 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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