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MERRY MONTH

New York Times, Sunday, May 3, 1970

Author:
Barbara H. Lewis
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 72, Avg Word Len: 5.20, Missing: { Q X }, Scrabble score: 589 (avg 1.60)
Open Squares: 99, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 16, XRef: 0, Spans: 6, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 27
Barbara H. Lewis has 3 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original 72-Down clue had "chair" instead of "cheer"; fixed this.

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© 1970, The New York TimesNo. 7,568
Across
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Life story: Abbr. : BIOG
5
U. S. eider : WAMP
9
Catty sound : MEOW
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"___ wit's end" : IMATMY
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Irish exclamation : ARRA
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Munich's river : ISAR
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Auk genus : ALLE
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___ it out : DISHED
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Glove : MITT
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Fork part : TINE
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Fibs: Scot. : YEDS
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Cockneys' aides : ELPERS
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Residue : ASH
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Coarse cloths : SHAGS
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Cried : WEPT
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Thirst, in France : SOIF
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Spartan serf : HELOT
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Italian city : ASTI
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This: Sp. : ESTA
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Threshold : SILL
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Tricksy : ELFISH
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More adroit : NEATER
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Two ___ : ORTHREE
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Food fish : SOLE
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Compass point : ENE
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Addams : CHAS
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Old Rumanian coin : LEU
50
Plant : SOW
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Without tines : PRONGLESS
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Panay native : ATI
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Late actor Robert : DONAT
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Evergreen : YEW
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Montague : ROMEO
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V.I.P.'s in Br. navy : LHAS
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Rich men : NABOBS
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Ramble, old style : ROAVE
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Eur. capital : OSLO
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Grain : OAT
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"'Twas ___ oyster" (Pope) : AFAT
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"Let all thy ___" (Quarles) : JOYSBEASTHEMONTHOFMAY
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Charity : ALMS
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___ minute : INA
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Defective: Prefix : ATEL
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Seed coat : TESTA
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___-eye dog : SEEING
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Hebrew letter : YODH
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Wander aimlessly : DRIFT
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Certain vote : YEA
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Saturated : ASOAK
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Pan-cook : FRY
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Yelling : SHRIEKING
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Suffix with dull or drunk : ARD
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Yellow bugle : IVA
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Homestead: dialect : TOFT
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W. W. I initials : AEF
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"A ___ B as . . . " : ISTO
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Mormon word : DESERET
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Gas : HELIUM
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Oz figure and others : TINMEN
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Stain : SOIL
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Woe ___! : ISME
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Arabian gulf : OMAN
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Eng. composer : ELGAR
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Own: Scot. : NAIN
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Caesar's alas : EHEU
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Cabbages : KALES
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Hither's partner : YON
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Drum : TOMTOM
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Pressure unit : TORR
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Paton : ALAN
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Tool : ADZE
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Greek letters : ETAETA
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Dominion : RULE
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Take it easy : REST
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Neighbor of Thailand : LAOS
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Spring time : MAYDAY
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Mine yields : ORES
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Panama: Abbr. : ISTH
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Unfledged bird : EYAS
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Crimson Tide, for short : BAMA
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Tales of Old Sod : IRISHLORE
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" . . . fairer than the day ___" (Wither) : ORTHEFLOWRYMEADSINMAY
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Channel : GAT
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"I shall love you in December ___" (Joyce) : WITHTHELOVEIGAVEINMAY
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Land mass : ASIA
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Ingredient of steel : MANGANESE
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Throng: Fr. : PRESSE
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Springtime words of Chaucer : MAYWITHALLETHYFLOURES
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Robt. ___ : ELEE
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Realm of Cyrus the Great : OLDPERSIA
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Rebecca et al. : WESTS
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"In March, July, October, May the ___ day" : IDESAREONTHEFIFTEENTH
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Venus locale : MILO
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Like a snake : ASPISH
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Spring aphorism : THEFIRSTOFMAYISMAYDAY
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Mal de ___ : MER
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Lengths: Abbr. : YDS
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Sea call : SOS
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Mortgage : LIEN
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Between tic and toe : TAC
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Related : TOLD
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Zodiac sign : LEO
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Wallace : LEW
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Discern : ESPY
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Dine in : EATHOME
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Food fish : TUNA
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Lion slain by Hercules : NEMEAN
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Snatch : GRAB
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Black stuff : SOOT
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Astern : ABAFT
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Descendant : SON
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Farm sound : BAA
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Messy place : STY
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Bone: Lat. : OSSIS
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Fish delicacy : SHADROE
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Dress : ATTIRE
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Man's name: Abbr. : JAS
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Corrida cheer : OLE
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Utter : SAY
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Auto man : OLDS
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Innkeeper, in Italy : OSTE
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Black: Fr. : NOIR
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Man ___ : OFTHEHOUR
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Order of woody plants : RHAMNALES
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Animal parasites : ENTEROZOA
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Gr. contest : AGON
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Arab shrubs : KATS
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Ruler : KING
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Classified items : ADS
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Old car : REO
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Tiny one : TIM
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Exalted : ELATED
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S. A. monkey: Var. : UAKARI
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Fr. pronoun : ILS
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Paris subway : METRO
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Jot : IOTA
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Gardner : ERLE
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Wear : LAST
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Cape : NESS
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Pro ___ : TEM
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Honshu town : OTA
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Drink : ALE

Answer summary: 22 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 9 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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