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SILLY QUESTIONS

New York Times, Sunday, May 25, 1980

Author:
Jean Reed
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 69, Avg Word Len: 5.39, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 528 (avg 1.42)
Open Squares: 120, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 22, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 18
Jean Reed has 46 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1980, The New York TimesNo. 11,156
Across
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Questions : ASKS
5
Arith. process : ADDN
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Fills a truck : LOADS
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L–Q connection : MNOP
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Elegance : CHIC
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Andretti of auto racing : MARIO
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___ all (do oneself in) : ENDIT
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Air: Comb. form : AERI
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During Lent, does ___? : HOWARDFAST
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What drove ___? : OSCARWILDE
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Plant of the rose family : SPIREA
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Net resembling tulle : MALINE
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Gatherings of geese : GAGGLES
30
Coral reefs : CAYS
32
Lat. case : GENIT
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River at Frankfurt : ODER
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Loathed : HATED
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In one ___ out the other : EARAND
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Singing sisters : ANDREWS
42
Tree or residue : ASH
43
Maxims : ADAGES
45
Of cranial cavities : SINAL
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British cans : TINS
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Fashion name : DIOR
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Whereness : UBIETY
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Melchizedek's city : SALEM
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___ the Lip : LEO
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What interest does a ___ pay? : JAMESBOND
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Incites : ABETS
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Court ___ : OFLAW
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Murphy's ___ bed : INADOOR
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Alamogordo's county : OTERO
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Pigtails : BRAIDS
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Jacob, to Laban : SONINLAW
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Switzerland : HELVETIA
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Quivering trees : ASPENS
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Name for a movie house : ODEON
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Frightened : ALARMED
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Rent : LEASE
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Pernod ingredient : ANISE
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Moving stairs : ESCALATOR
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Cuckoo : ANI
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Color slightly : TINGE
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Start growing : SPROUT
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He wrote "An Exchange of Eagles": 1977 : SELA
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Compos mentis : SANE
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Show sudden interest : SITUP
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Removes a sheepshank : UNTIES
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Permit: Abbr. : LIC
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Looks after : TENDSTO
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O'Keeffe, e.g. : ARTIST
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Roger's last name? : WILCO
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Picnic ham : CALA
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Operating : INUSE
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Some votes : YEAS
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Gas stretcher : ALCOHOL
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Competition : STRIFE
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Disturbed the peace : RIOTED
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What are a candidate's ___? : WORDSWORTH
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At whom did ___? : NORMANLEAR
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Cyma recta : OGEE
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County in Mont. : TOOLE
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Error's mate : TRIAL
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Computer fodder : DATA
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Sordor : LEES
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Rod used in basketry : OSIER
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Parabases : ODES
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Once, once : ERST
Down
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German exclamations : ACHS
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Tour the stores : SHOP
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Earthbound bird : KIWI
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Like hens' teeth : SCARCE
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W.W. II fliers : AAF
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Metric weight : DRAM
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Fell out : DISAGREED
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"Last but ___" : NOTLEAST
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Brezhnev and some shooting stars : LEONIDS
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Start : ONSET
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Mil. man : ADC
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Virgules or twills : DIAGONALS
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Take both sides : STRADDLE
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Simenon's inspector : MAIGRET
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"Salvation ___" : NELL
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Gen. Wingate: 1903–44 : ORDE
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Jays' cousins : PIES
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War planning date : MDAY
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"How to ___ Book": Adler : READA
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Bonn is its cap. : WGER
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Auberge : INN
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Like Aphrodite or Nereids : SEABORN
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Post-Mecca Moslem : HADJI
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Man from Manchuria : ASIAN
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Did George III give ___? : THOMASPAINE
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Opposed, Dogpatch style : AGIN
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Schnitzler's idle worldling : ANATOL
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What secrets did ___? : WILLIAMTELL
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Golf great : SNEAD
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Civil-rights writer : DUBOIS
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Grenoble's river : ISERE
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Plants seed : SOWS
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Fixes over : REDOES
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Sun ___-sen : YAT
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What we all are : MORTAL
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Shakespearean gem : SONNET
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Aphra of writing fame : BEHN
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"___ a star . . . " : FAIRAS
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Has creditors : OWES
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Delay, old style : BELATE
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" . . . there I ___ be": H. Van Dyke : LONGTO
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Balzac book: 1832 : ADIEU
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Emptiness : VACUITY
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Wellaway! : ALAS
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French lawmakers : SENAT
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Latin diphthongs : OES
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Borne by the wind : EOLIC
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Harsh lawmaker : DRACO
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Who turned ___? : ANITALOOS
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What streams did ___? : ERNIEFORD
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Barflies : SOTS
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"He that ___ anger . . . ": Prov. 16:32 : ISSLOWTO
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___ words (verbalizes) : PUTSINTO
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Makes a cryptogram : ENCODES
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Big cat : PANTHER
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Young lover : SWAIN
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Morse man's long ones : DAHS
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Capek play : RUR
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Tristram's beloved : ISOLDE
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Rope fiber : ISTLE
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Epochal : ERAL
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Over the hill : AWOL
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Theater box : LOGE
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Indian of Manitoba : CREE
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Clinton's waterway : ERIE
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Snag : TEAR
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Highway sign : EATS
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Mild cussword : DRAT
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Any of 18 named Louis : ROI
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Mates of pas : MAS

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 9 debuted here and reused later, 10 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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