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Frances Hansen
Frances Hansen

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New York Times, Sunday, May 6, 1973

Author: Frances Hansen
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 162, Blocks: 92, Avg Word Len: 5.40, Missing: { none — this is a pangram }
Open Squares: 150, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 18, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 33
Frances Hansen has 81 pre-Shortz puzzles and 40 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,667
Across Down
1. Tentative efforts : STABS
6. African lake : CHAD
10. Upright : ERECT
15. Enigmatic one : SPHINX
21. Ancient: Prefix : PALEO
22. Flute: Prefix : AULO
23. Pit man : MINER
24. Taiwan city : TAIPEI
25. "If I were ___ man . . . " : ARICH
26. Writer C. P. : SNOW
27. "___ far, far better . . . " : ITISA
28. Bedecks, as Solomon : ARRAYS
29. Start of old hymn : ROCKOFAGESCLEFTFORME
33. Ox yoke bar : SKEY
34. Maltreater : ABUSER
35. Washroom: Abbr. : LAV
36. Bring into harmony : ADAPT
40. Sudden burst of thunder : SHARPCLAP
42. Adjective suffix : IAL
45. Guinness : ALEC
47. Pacific god : ATEO
48. Play a fiddle, in a way : SAW
51. Literary monogram : RLS
52. Bordered : RIMMED
55. Scottish particle: Var. : GRU
56. ___ than a pancake : FLATTER
57. Slightly off-key : AMITEFLAT
59. Gets bawled out : RECEIVESASHARPREBUKE
62. ___ love (flighty one) : LIGHTO
63. Harem room : ODA
64. "Dwelt a miner, forty-___" : NINER
65. Dazes : STUNS
66. Hidden : UNSEEN
67. Bach or Bacharach : COMPOSER
69. "When ___ a word, it means . . . " : IUSE
70. Like some cheddar : TOOSHARP
71. Pirates' gold : ORO
73. Slip : ERR
74. "Don't ___" (no sure thing) : BETONIT
77. Sea birds : ERNS
78. Night: Prefix : NOCT
80. Relative of Mr. : ESQ
82. Put out the wash : HANG
83. River of Spain : EBRO
87. Hillbilly party : HOEDOWN
90. Gracious in Peru : GUA
92. Penn Station builder : REA
93. Per ___ : DIEM
94. Soothing sounds : SOHS
95. Jewelry items : EARRINGS
98. Kind of switch : TOGGLE
100. Parody : SPOOF
101. Italian poet Ugo : BETTI
102. Water: Fr. : EAU
103. Mexican historian : ALAMAN
104. "How ___ tooth . . . " : SHARPERTHANASERPENTS
107. Kind of keel : FLATPLATE
108. Together, in music : ADUE
109. Elevator cage : CAR
110. Appear : SEEMTO
111. Depot, for short : STA
112. Little Edward : NED
113. Holy: Prefix : SACR
114. Millay : EDNA
116. Perceptible: Abbr. : VSB
117. In a piggery : STIED
119. "___ of robins . . . " : ANEST
121. Freud's concerns : IDS
122. Church reader : LECTOR
125. Oral, for one : EXAM
129. What song doctors do : OPERATEONALARGESCALE
135. Mount in a way : JUMPON
138. Half an old refrain word : NONNY
139. Roman 1,003 : MIII
140. Burdened : TAXED
141. Away from home : AFIELD
142. Fad : CRAZE
143. "Rule Britannia" composer : ARNE
144. Cat ___ tails : ONINE
145. Java's neighbor : BORNEO
146. Mr. Kelly : EMMET
147. Egg drinks : NOGS
148. Confused : ATSEA
1. Boxes : SPARS
2. Old card game : TAROK
3. Toklas or blue : ALICE
4. "Vanity Fair" girl : BECKYSHARP
5. Dryden's address, once : SOHO
6. Melons : CASABAS
7. Ended a phone call : HUNGUP
8. Lily plants : ALOES
9. Probe for water : DOWSE
10. Ludwig : EMIL
11. Stravinsky's spring thing : RITE
12. Star in Pegasus : ENIF
13. "___ vie" : CESTLA
14. Well-known square : TRAFALGAR
15. Kind of dust : STAR
16. City for Correggios and cheese : PARMA
17. Employed a penniless lady : HIREDAFLATBUSTEDGAL
18. Vilela people : IPA
19. French marshal : NEY
20. Greek letters : XIS
30. Take a spill : FALLFLATONONESFACE
31. Arson, e.g. : CRIME
32. Excessively tart : OVERSHARP
37. Bring into harmony : ATTUNE
38. Cheats at solitaire : PEEKS
39. Sped : TORE
41. Minoan island : CRETE
43. What an adult has to listen to : AMINORSGRIPES
44. Blue jeans : LEVIS
46. What avails a motorist naught : CURSINGATAFLATTIRE
48. Twenty-one gun affair : SALUTE
49. Musical key : AMINOR
50. ___ the green (fracas) : WIGSON
52. Fix over : REDO
53. What veni means : ICAME
54. Star in Cygnus : DENEB
58. Contest for riflemen, maybe : THESHARPSHOOTERSOPEN
59. Baroque music : ROCOCO
60. Citronella grass : SEREH
61. Needle case : ETUI
68. Grand ___ : PRE
72. Baton : ROD
75. Anklebone : TARSUS
76. Washington bill : ONE
79. Piping notes : TWEES
81. On the ___ vive : QUI
84. Narcotic-ring V.I.P. : BIGMAN
85. Tell : RELATE
86. Presaged : OMENED
88. Words of surprise : OHOH
89. Hale et al., to friends : NATES
91. Concerning : ANENT
94. Trim : SPRUCE
96. Cleric's title: Abbr. : RTREV
97. Cat, in Spain : GATO
99. Greek pitchers : OLPAE
100. Car style : SEDAN
101. Country gala : BARNDANCE
104. ___ tack : SHARPASA
105. Rock-bottom : NADIR
106. Eve, in Norse myth : EMBLA
111. Thin cigars : STOGIES
115. "Any port in ___" : ASTORM
117. Kind of quartet : STRING
118. Pour, as wine : DECANT
120. Cousin of an I-beam : TPOLE
123. Mischa : ELMAN
124. Where "Aida" debuted : CAIRO
126. Abscissa line : XAXIS
127. Coeur d'___ : ALENE
128. Judith Anderson role : MEDEA
130. Inner: Prefix : ENDO
131. Hindu land grant : ENAM
132. Eleven: Fr. : ONZE
133. Certain U. N. vote : NYET
134. Portico : STOA
135. Poke : JAB
136. Myst. aircraft : UFO
137. Russian village : MIR

Answer summary: 20 unique to this puzzle, 13 debuted here and reused later, 16 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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