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Alex F. Black
Alex F. Black

IT'S ELEMENTAL!

New York Times, Sunday, July 17, 1977

Author:
Alex F. Black
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 172, Blocks: 104, Avg Word Len: 4.94, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 654 (avg 1.54)
Open Squares: 102, Cheaters: 14, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14
Alex F. Black has 12 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,200
Across
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Tropical tree : ACACIA
7
Width of a ship : BEAM
11
Capital of Oregon : SALEM
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Hick : RUBE
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Stubborn : MULISH
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He, to Caesar : ILLE
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Strainer : SIEVE
23
Jar : OLLA
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Shakespearean nugget : ALLTHATGLISTERSISNOTAU
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Three-way joint : TEE
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Type of relief : BAS
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Zeta follower : ETA
31
M.S. prerequisite : BSC
32
A king of Israel : OMRI
33
Vessel for Omar : JUG
34
World's best people : THENACLOFTHEEARTH
40
Sectors : AREAS
43
Go-ahead signal : AOK
44
Corn spike : EAR
45
Antediluvian : OLD
46
Half a bray : HEE
47
Evening star : VESPER
49
Tracy's wife : TESS
52
Prepares tea : STEEPS
54
Tops : AONE
55
"___ ever so humble . . . " : BEIT
57
Convinced : SOLD
59
Wallach : ELI
60
Brought to court : SUED
61
German diplomat : VONPAPEN
65
Engines : DIESELS
68
Littoral region : COAST
70
Case for trivia : ETUI
71
Geraint's wife : ENID
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Roman naturalist : PLINY
74
Frank and Sexton : ANNES
75
Flattop, e.g. : SHIP
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Served perfectly : ACED
78
Genesis name : EVE
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Electrical unit : FARAD
81
Carry : TOTE
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Petty bettor : SNHORNGAMBLER
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Receptive : OPEN
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Rodeo structure : CHUTE
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Shoe size : AAA
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"This Is ___ Life" : YOUR
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Kind of moth : LUNA
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Homeric classic : ILIAD
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Strike : SMITE
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Rose lover : ABIE
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Sack the QB : DROP
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Lieder : SONGS
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Oldest, as jokes : STALEST
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Like some nylons : SEAMLESS
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Judge's bench : BANC
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Vandalize : MAR
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Use a muddler : STIR
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Portico : STOA
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Lofty : HIGH
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Like evergreen cones : PINEAL
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"Beowulf" is one : EPIC
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Pele's sport : SOCCER
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Kind of dye : AAL
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Lacking color : WAN
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St. Tropez season : ETE
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Far East name : MAO
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Hector : TEASE
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Dumas hero : THEMANINTHEFEMASK
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F.D.R. agency : CCC
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Arena receipts : GATE
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Undivided : ONE
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Tax pro : CPA
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Andalusian aunt : TIA
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Ring decision : TKO
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Mary's flowers : AGBELLSANDCOCKLESHELLS
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Groucho look : LEER
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Point toward : AIMAT
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Amerind : CREE
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Sun Moon, e.g. : KOREAN
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Without purpose : IDLY
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Crowd : PRESS
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Durocs : HOGS
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Like the Milky Way : STARRY
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Wine cup : AMA
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Refinement in manners, taste, etc. : CULTURE
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States without proof : ALLEGES
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Quote : CITE
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Kabibble : ISH
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Pequod skipper : AHAB
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V.I.P. : BIGSHOT
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Extension : ELL
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Strange : ALIEN
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Memorable hostess : MESTA
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Wind dir. : SSE
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Okefenokee vehicle : AIRBOAT
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With more restraint : LESSFREELY
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Oust : EVICT
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Enero or febrero : MES
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Lodged at a dorm : ROOMED
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Extreme : ULTRA
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Famed D.C. residence : BLAIRHOUSE
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___ de Cologne : EAU
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Wodehouse goodbye : TATA
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Langley A.F.B. group : TAC
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Seasonal airs : NOELS
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Jakarta native: Abbr. : JAV
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Squeezes out : EKES
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Article, in Amiens : LES
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Pueblo Indian : HOPI
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Beliefs : TENETS
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Take advice : HEED
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A shoo-in : APBPIPECINCH
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"___ pin, pick it up" : SEEA
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In season : RIPE
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Grassy patch : SOD
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Fluff : SLIP
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City lines : ELS
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Broadway Rx for murder : ASANDOLDLACE
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Lessee : TENANT
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Assigns : DELEGATES
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Endow : VEST
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Roman emperor : OTHO
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Night, in Nantes : NUIT
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Spot for a bust : NICHE
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Hindu deity : SIVA
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Marius, to Sulla : ENEMY
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Vikki from Texas : CARR
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Out ___ limb : ONA
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"In ___ Speramus" : DEO
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Kyd work : DRAMA
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Bungles : FLUBS
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Hawks' nests : AERIES
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River pollution problem : SUDS
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Brad or spad : NAIL
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Stole : BOA
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Like Simon : PURE
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Biblical patriarch : ENOS
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Rests : NAPS
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Beldam : HAG
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Major Prophet : ISAIAH
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Like storks and stilts : LONGLEGGED
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Main or Elm : STREETNAME
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Town near Padua : ESTE
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Diner sign : EATS
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Vistula feeder : SAN
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O'Neill : TIP
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Debatable : MOOT
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Bombay bard : BHAT
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Dress style : MINI
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Fissure : RIMA
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Switchboard : PANEL
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Statues by Phidias et al. : ATHENAS
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Jackie's sister : LEE
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Moves rook and king : CASTLES
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Egg layer : CACKLER
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Oilfish : ESCOLAR
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Disk for a D.J. : REC
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Diluted : WATERY
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Migrant worker : OKIE
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Normand of the silents : MABEL
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Emphatic denial : NOSIR
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Agency controlling TV : FCC
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Miocene or Pliocene : EPOCH
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Large or gross : MACRO
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Questions : ASKS
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Japanese monastery : TERA
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Clay today : ALI
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Baby's perch : LAP
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Skid-row affliction : DTS
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Vessel for beer : KEG
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Peppery : HOT
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Hull curve : SNY

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 7 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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