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New York Times, Thursday, May 15, 1980

9-Down : "Funnies" magician

Author:
Eli Wesoff
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.03, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 284 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 75, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 7, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Eli Wesoff has 93 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1980, The New York TimesNo. 11,146
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Dempsey opponent: Sept. 14, 1923 : FIRPO
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Astringent : ALUM
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Four-wheeler in London : PRAM
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Hot ___ get-out : ASALL
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___ leg to stand on : NOTA
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Zero, at Wimbledon : LOVE
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Epic translated by Pope : ILIAD
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Old women : GRANDAMES
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Name for Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson : LADYBIRD
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Laundry equipment : DRIERS
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Herb that foiled 39 Across : MOLY
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Modern curtain material : IRON
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Procrastinates : DELAYS
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Part of a cruciform church : TRANSEPT
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Fails to include : OMITS
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Slow down : BRAKE
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Feb. follower : MAR
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Upper part of a glacier : NEVE
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Chief Justice: 1874-88 : WAITE
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Prefix with right or reader : COPY
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Vane direction : NNE
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She turned men into swine : CIRCE
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Certain rays : BETAS
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Actress Barbeau : ADRIENNE
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Most balanced : SANEST
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Track posting : ODDS
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Fat: Comb. form : SEBO
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Rathskeller container : SEIDEL
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Period for diversion : PLAYTIME
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Black actor of the 40's : CANADALEE
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Narratives of a kind : SAGAS
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Aide: Abbr. : ASST
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Word before head or throat : SORE
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To the left, at sea : APORT
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Beast, in Tours : BETE
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Menu item : SOUP
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___ Mile Island, Pa. : THREE
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Flunk : FAIL
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Mallorca, for one : ISLA
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Surprise attack : RAID
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Sandbox companion : PLAYMATE
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Eton alumni : OLDBOYS
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"The Last ___ Man," Green novel : ANGRY
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Beaverbrook was one : LORD
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Hagen from Göttingen : UTA
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"Funnies" magician : MANDRAKE
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___ of Abraham : PLAINS
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Site of the Borghese Gardens : ROME
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Affirm : AVER
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Type of mate : MESS
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Honeybee or aircraft : DRONE
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"___ ne passeront pas" : ILS
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Enraged : IRATE
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Disco queen Summer : DONNA
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Improve a text : EMEND
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Onions' companion : LIVER
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Instant : TRICE
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Ham it up : EMOTE
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Irene from Greece : PAPAS
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Meeting on the sly : TRYST
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Rural sights : BARNS
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Relative of a capstan : WINDLASS
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Monument or empty tomb : CENOTAPH
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Gave up : CEDED
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Acted the nana : BABYSAT
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Treat with an antiseptic : IODATE
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Kind of horse or gull : SEA
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Dormancy : SLEEP
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Strikebreaker : SCAB
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Life of ___ : EASE
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M.I.T., for one : INST
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Where Arequipa is : PERU
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Sikorsky : IGOR
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Stall occupant : MARE
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Ferrara name : ESTE
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Card game of crossword fame : LOO

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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