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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: 5.70, 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
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Tentative efforts : STABS
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African lake : CHAD
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Upright : ERECT
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Enigmatic one : SPHINX
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Ancient: Prefix : PALEO
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Flute: Prefix : AULO
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Pit man : MINER
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Taiwan city : TAIPEI
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"If I were ___ man ... " : ARICH
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Writer C. P. : SNOW
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"___ far, far better ... " : ITISA
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Bedecks, as Solomon : ARRAYS
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Start of old hymn : ROCKOFAGESCLEFTFORME
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Ox yoke bar : SKEY
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Maltreater : ABUSER
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Washroom: Abbr. : LAV
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Bring into harmony : ADAPT
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Sudden burst of thunder : SHARPCLAP
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Adjective suffix : IAL
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Guinness : ALEC
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Pacific god : ATEO
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Play a fiddle, in a way : SAW
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Literary monogram : RLS
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Bordered : RIMMED
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Scottish particle: Var. : GRU
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___ than a pancake : FLATTER
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Slightly off-key : AMITEFLAT
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Gets bawled out : RECEIVESASHARPREBUKE
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___ love (flighty one) : LIGHTO
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Harem room : ODA
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"Dwelt a miner, forty-___" : NINER
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Dazes : STUNS
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Hidden : UNSEEN
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Bach or Bacharach : COMPOSER
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"When ___ a word, it means ... " : IUSE
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Like some cheddar : TOOSHARP
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Pirates' gold : ORO
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Slip : ERR
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"Don't ___" (no sure thing) : BETONIT
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Sea birds : ERNS
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Night: Prefix : NOCT
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Relative of Mr. : ESQ
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Put out the wash : HANG
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River of Spain : EBRO
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Hillbilly party : HOEDOWN
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Gracious in Peru : GUA
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Penn Station builder : REA
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Per ___ : DIEM
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Soothing sounds : SOHS
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Jewelry items : EARRINGS
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Kind of switch : TOGGLE
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Parody : SPOOF
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Italian poet Ugo : BETTI
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Water: Fr. : EAU
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Mexican historian : ALAMAN
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"How ___ tooth ... " : SHARPERTHANASERPENTS
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Kind of keel : FLATPLATE
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Together, in music : ADUE
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Elevator cage : CAR
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Appear : SEEMTO
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Depot, for short : STA
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Little Edward : NED
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Holy: Prefix : SACR
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Millay : EDNA
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Perceptible: Abbr. : VSB
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In a piggery : STIED
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"___ of robins ... " : ANEST
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Freud's concerns : IDS
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Church reader : LECTOR
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Oral, for one : EXAM
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What song doctors do : OPERATEONALARGESCALE
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Mount in a way : JUMPON
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Half an old refrain word : NONNY
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Roman 1,003 : MIII
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Burdened : TAXED
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Away from home : AFIELD
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Fad : CRAZE
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"Rule Britannia" composer : ARNE
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Cat ___ tails : ONINE
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Java's neighbor : BORNEO
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Mr. Kelly : EMMET
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Egg drinks : NOGS
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Confused : ATSEA
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Boxes : SPARS
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Old card game : TAROK
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Toklas or blue : ALICE
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"Vanity Fair" girl : BECKYSHARP
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Dryden's address, once : SOHO
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Melons : CASABAS
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Ended a phone call : HUNGUP
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Lily plants : ALOES
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Probe for water : DOWSE
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Ludwig : EMIL
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Stravinsky's spring thing : RITE
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Star in Pegasus : ENIF
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"___ vie" : CESTLA
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Well-known square : TRAFALGAR
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Kind of dust : STAR
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City for Correggios and cheese : PARMA
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Employed a penniless lady : HIREDAFLATBUSTEDGAL
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Vilela people : IPA
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French marshal : NEY
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Greek letters : XIS
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Take a spill : FALLFLATONONESFACE
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Arson, e.g. : CRIME
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Excessively tart : OVERSHARP
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Bring into harmony : ATTUNE
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Cheats at solitaire : PEEKS
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Sped : TORE
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Minoan island : CRETE
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What an adult has to listen to : AMINORSGRIPES
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Blue jeans : LEVIS
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What avails a motorist naught : CURSINGATAFLATTIRE
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Twenty-one gun affair : SALUTE
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Musical key : AMINOR
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___ the green (fracas) : WIGSON
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Fix over : REDO
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What veni means : ICAME
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Star in Cygnus : DENEB
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Contest for riflemen, maybe : THESHARPSHOOTERSOPEN
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Baroque music : ROCOCO
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Citronella grass : SEREH
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Needle case : ETUI
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Grand ___ : PRE
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Baton : ROD
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Anklebone : TARSUS
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Washington bill : ONE
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Piping notes : TWEES
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On the ___ vive : QUI
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Narcotic-ring V.I.P. : BIGMAN
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Tell : RELATE
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Presaged : OMENED
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Words of surprise : OHOH
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Hale et al., to friends : NATES
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Concerning : ANENT
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Trim : SPRUCE
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Cleric's title: Abbr. : RTREV
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Cat, in Spain : GATO
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Greek pitchers : OLPAE
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Car style : SEDAN
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Country gala : BARNDANCE
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___ tack : SHARPASA
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Rock-bottom : NADIR
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Eve, in Norse myth : EMBLA
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Thin cigars : STOGIES
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"Any port in ___" : ASTORM
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Kind of quartet : STRING
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Pour, as wine : DECANT
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Cousin of an I-beam : TPOLE
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Mischa : ELMAN
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Where "Aida" debuted : CAIRO
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Abscissa line : XAXIS
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Coeur d'___ : ALENE
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Judith Anderson role : MEDEA
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Inner: Prefix : ENDO
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Hindu land grant : ENAM
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Eleven: Fr. : ONZE
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Certain U. N. vote : NYET
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Portico : STOA
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Poke : JAB
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Myst. aircraft : UFO
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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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