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Alex F. Black
Alex F. Black

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New York Times, Sunday, May 2, 1976

Author:
Alexander F. Black
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 172, Blocks: 98, Avg Word Len: 5.01, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 633 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 120, Cheaters: 16, FITB: 6, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14
Alex F. Black has 12 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,759
Across
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Reverence : AWE
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Aerie dweller : EAGLE
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Cupid : AMOR
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Tense up : BRISTLE
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Nessen or Ziegler : RON
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Coxswain's command : UPOARS
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Alaskan city : NOME
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Box and free : LUNCHES
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Like Field's toy dog : COVEREDWITHDUST
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Like Tyre or Nineveh : ANCIENT
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Inter ___ : ALIA
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Dict. entry : DEF
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Calif. motto : EUREKA
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Teachers' org. : NEA
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Chairman of note : MAO
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Bambi, e.g. : DEER
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Solomon island : TULAGI
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Signs : INKS
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Anti: Abbr. : OPP
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Like Whitman's cradle : ENDLESSLYROCKING
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Washes : LAVES
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Compass point : SSE
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Laugh, in Lausanne : RIS
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Vichy seasons : ETES
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Beauty of myth : PERI
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Hudson's Zee : TAPPAN
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Through : PER
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Seven vis à vis Thebes : AGAINST
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Lets go : RELEASES
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Actor Dullea : KEIR
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Youth org. : BSA
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N.C.O.'s : SGTS
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Extraordinary item : ONER
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Gains : ATTAINS
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Ginger : PEP
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Friday's creator : DEFOE
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Auto part : STARTER
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Expected, in Soho : OPED
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Minuscule : WEE
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Violin-case item : ROSIN
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Sea eagle : ERN
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Like Sandburg's fog : ONLITTLECATFEET
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Sparks or Rorem : NED
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Western park : ESTES
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___ Plaines : DES
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Prefix with meter or tude : ALTI
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Bouquet : NOSEGAY
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Incites : SPURS
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Smith and Pacino : ALS
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U.S. botanist : BRITTON
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Bright star : VEGA
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Pueblo dweller : HOPI
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Humorist George : ADE
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Colombian money : PESO
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Vexed : PESTERED
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Unaccented words : ATONICS
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U.S.A.F. member : WAF
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Electronic energy condition : SSTATE
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Church area : NAVE
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Eileen's state : OHIO
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Hole maker : AWL
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Cakes' partner : ALE
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Grass genus : MUHLY
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Carroll's toves ___ : DIDGYREANDGIMBLE
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Cuckoo : ANI
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Civilian A.D.C. : ASST
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Sindbad locale : ARABIA
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Skittles' partner : BEER
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Jekyll et al. : DRS
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Prefix with angle or pod : TRI
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Captivate : ENAMOR
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Time in Eng. : GCT
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Another, in Andalusia : OTRO
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Put back to work : REHIRED
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Like Dowson's Cynara : GONEWITHTHEWIND
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Withdrawn : ASOCIAL
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English river : AVON
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Later : NOTYET
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Scottish river : DEE
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Jack or chase : STEEPLE
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Lacking, in Le Havre : SANS
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Man and Pines : ISLES
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Conversational pauses : ERS
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Place for slot machines : ARCADE
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Like some mittens : WOOLEN
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Coveted : ENVIED
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Continent: Abbr. : EUR
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Imitated : APED
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Skirt insets : GODETS
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Legitimate : LAWFUL
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Son of Gad : ERI
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Yugoslavian poet : ANDRIC
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Pout : MOUE
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Russian city : OMSK
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Perry Mason's lifeblood : RETAINER
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Like some checks : BLANK
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Ancient writings : RUNES
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Cuzco native : INCA
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School subj. : SCI
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Omar's writer : THEMOVINGFINGER
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Eastern Indian : LENAPE
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Bars legally : ESTOPS
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Candle ingredient : STEARIN
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Nobles : EARLS
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Victor and family : HUGOS
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Constellation of 95 Across : LYRA
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Initials of failure : NGS
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This, in Juarez : ESTA
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High and seven : SEAS
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Military headgear : KEPIS
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Roman road : ITER
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Meadow : LEA
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Becomes rebellious : ARISES
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Palmer's org. : PGA
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Singer Bailey : PEARL
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Attention getter : PST
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Snake : ASP
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Prehistoric period : STONEAGE
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Half a fly : TSE
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Water or wood : ROSE
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Warehouse : ENTREPOT
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Markham's farmer ___ : LEANSUPONHISHOE
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Misjudge : ERR
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German canal : KIEL
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Charms : ENDEARS
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Gripe : BEEF
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Small bags : TOTES
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Classified abbr. : APTS
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Four or larceny : PETIT
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Morse-code units : DOTS
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On one's ___ : TOES
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Annapolis grad. : ENS
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Power unit : WATT
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Vintage car : REO
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Groundless : IDLE
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Muse : CLIO
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Nine: Prefix : ENNEA
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Pair : DYAD
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Threefold : TRINAL
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Cain raiser : EVE
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Wild sheep : SHA
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Tennis points : ADS
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Obscure : BEFOG
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Pick : OPT
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Server's point : ACE
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Settled up : PAID
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Kind of party : STAG
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Low-caste Hindu : TELI
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Wall climber : IVY
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Unleaded fuel : WHITEGAS
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Induct : SWEARIN
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Generous portion : SLAB
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___ bodikins : ODS
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Cock Robin's undoing : ARROW
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Form an arch : EMBOW
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Shirt cloth : MADRAS
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Disquiet : UNREST
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Chinese offices : YAMENS
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Arabian and silent : NIGHTS
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Metrical foot : DACTYL
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Happen : BETIDE
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Broadway lyricist : LERNER
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Eats away : ERODES
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Of a space : AREAL
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Move furtively : SIDLE
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Step lightly : TRIP
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Heavenly sight : NOVA
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Presently : ANON
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Friend's pronoun : THEE
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Box or bag : ICE
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French thou : TOI
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French connections : ETS

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 3 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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