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DOING THE SCALES

New York Times, Sunday, May 27, 1973

55-Down : Entertainer

Author:
Nancy W. Atkinson
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 72, Avg Word Len: 5.35, Missing: { J Q X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 506 (avg 1.37)
Open Squares: 135, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 22
Nancy W. Atkinson has 16 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Uncorrectable grid mistake at 7-Across—MURASKI should be MURASAKI.

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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,688
Across
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Comics' goals : LAUGHS
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___ Shikibu, Japanese poet : MURASKI
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Water gear : SCUBA
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Spreads on : APPLIES
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Having an advantage : ONEUPON
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Something to know : ROPES
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Of inferior quality : NOTUPTOSTANDARD
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Beer-bar sign : ONTAP
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"Thanks ___!" : ALOT
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___ dawn : UPAT
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More dreadful : DIRER
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Tend a fire : STOKE
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U. N. org. : ILO
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Relative of tortoni : SPUMONE
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Scottish physicist : TAIT
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Cyst : WEN
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Aboard : ONSHIP
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By the bottle ___ : ORCAN
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Overturns : UPENDS
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Thames town : ETON
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Backfield men: Abbr. : FBS
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Light switches : ONS
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Kind of room : REC
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Major and Minor : URSAE
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___-Magnon : CRO
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___ poetica : ARS
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Impatient : INARUSH
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Noblemen : PEERS
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Delay : HOLDUP
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Overtook : GOTUPTO
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Common Latin word : AMAT
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Ella : CINDERS
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Reagan, etc.: Abbr. : GOVS
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Headland : RAS
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Connectives : NORS
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Circular: Abbr. : RND
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Radiation unit : REM
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Malachite : ORE
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Classify : SORT
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M.D.'s : DRS
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Debts : IOUS
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Roosevelt name : ELEANOR
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Behindhand : LATE
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Exhausting : USINGUP
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Songbird : LINNET
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Column molding : TORUS
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Some syllables : PENULTS
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Arrowroot : PIA
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Tax org. : IRS
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Cords, old style : RAIPS
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Hiss's partner : BOO
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Relative of a jiff : SEC
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Good times : UPS
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N. M Indian : TANO
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Concord : UNISON
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Performed : ACTED
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Word for a wife : MISSUS
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"Thyme on my hands," e.g. : PUN
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Teasdale : SARA
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Phenomena for St. Joan : VISIONS
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Resort : SPA
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___ und Drang : STURM
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Alighieri : DANTE
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"Pillow ___" : TALK
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Child's play : SNAP
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Baseball statistic : ERROR
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Paralyze : TIEUP
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Fish spear : LEISTER
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North African : SENUSSI
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Marquis et al. : SADES
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Flies : TSETSES
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Egyptian king : RAMSES
Down
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Veranda : LANAI
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Moon craft : APOLLO
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Deeply committed : UPTOONESEARSIN
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Flood the market : GLUT
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Having savvy : HIP
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___ business (give a start) : SETUPIN
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Maxim : MOTTO
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Miss Merkel : UNA
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Melt, as lard : RENDER
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___ alteram partem : AUDI
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Austere people : SPARTANS
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Seoul natives : KOREANS
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Lemur : INDRI
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Sell-out signs : SROS
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Abbr. at a page bottom : CONT
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Bus direction : UPTOWN
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Having a neb : BEAKED
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Poplars : ASPENS
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Get the last bit of gravy : SOPUP
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Spade : SAM
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Loafers : SHOES
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Certain votes : NOS
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Personnel concern : TURNOVER
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Gets going : STARTS
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Army medics : CORPSMEN
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Fuel blocks : PEATS
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Beige : ECRU
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Palm leaves : FRONDS
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Daring : BOLD
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Aboveboard : UPANDUP
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Self-reproach : REMORSE
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Exercises : CHINUPS
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Jellyfish : AURELIA
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P. I. tribesmen : IGOROTS
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High jinks : UPROARIOUSNESS
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Rev : STARTUP
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Entertainer : HOSTESS
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Abandoned : DERELICT
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Salad adornments : CROUTONS
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Dead ducks : GONERS
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Works of a U. S. painter : SLOANS
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Home, to Nanook : IGLOO
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Have ___ (drink) : ANIP
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Gists : NUBS
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Volcanic rock : TRASS
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Rich dessert : PECANPIE
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Mexican shawls : SARAPES
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Caucasic language : UDI
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British pot-fixer: Var. : TINKLER
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Distresses : UPSETS
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Coat fur : NUTRIA
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Habituated : INURED
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Turns outward : EVERTS
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Shapes : MOLDS
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Meager : SPARSE
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Patron of X-rated films : ADULT
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Deneb and Vega : STARS
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Fleming : IAN
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Orbital point : APSIS
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Debauchee : ROUE
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Area developers: Abbr. : MRPS
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Audition : TEST
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What Spitz has done : SWUM
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Comprehend : SEE
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Miss Munson : ONA

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 10 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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