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SLEIGHT OF HAND

New York Times, Sunday, July 19, 1970

Author:
Hume R. Craft
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 82, Avg Word Len: 5.32, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 638 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 128, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 22 Grid has repeated answers.
Hume R. Craft has 35 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1970, The New York TimesNo. 7,645
Across
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Remains : ASHES
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Ponselle : ROSA
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Corn-husk contents : TAMALE
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Rio de la ___ : PLATA
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Diagonal line : SLASH
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Mich. and 5th : AVES
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Greek places : AGORAS
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Overhangs : EAVES
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People on certain diets : FIREEATERS
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Puzzle : PUTINTHEDARK
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Cabinet Dept. : AGR
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Court jester : APER
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Great Plains sight : TEPEE
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___ brief for : HOLDSNO
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Triflers : TOYERS
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Elec. pioneer : TESLA
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Church platform : SOLEA
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Lazy times in Monte Carlo : ETES
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Early Jewish mystics : HASIDIM
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Navy off. : ENS
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Cat : PURRER
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Burma's neighbor : LAOS
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Metamere : SOMITE
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Copper or gold: Abbr. : ELEM
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Sailboats : SLOOPS
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Fight ___ : ADUEL
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Callao's land : PERU
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British gun : STEN
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Government program : WELFARE
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Grassy square : SOD
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City near Des Moines : AMES
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Wisconsin town : RIPON
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Mimicking bird : THRASHER
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Adjusted sails : TRIMMED
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Fortification : REDAN
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___ polloi : HOI
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Exuded : WEPT
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Kind of partner : SENIOR
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One with a trained eye : SEEER
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Italian resort : SANREMO
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Some flutists : INDIANSNAKECHARMERS
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Ivan et al. : DESPOTS
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Of a bird part : LORAL
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No-good one : BADLOT
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Ariz. Indian : HANO
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Slav rulers : ROS
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McCarthy and others : GENES
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Materialistic : SENSATE
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Exalted : ELEVATED
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Clothes or saw : HORSE
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Main idea : CORE
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Color : TAN
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Paul's family : REVERES
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Opera star : PONS
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Scratch : CLAW
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Butler : RHETT
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Alarms : SCARES
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Amusement park feature : RIDE
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Tasks : CHORES
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Singer Ed : AMES
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Japanese trees : MATSUS
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Relative of olé : RAH
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Stalk : PEDICLE
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Hindu hero : NALA
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Virginia willows : ITEAS
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Despicable one : BEAST
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___ Pointe : GROSSE
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Neglectful one : OMITTER
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Ties up : EVENS
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Br. composer : ARNE
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Opposite of ant. : SYN
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Scavenger mollusk : MYSTERYSNAIL
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Helps a magician : TAKESACARD
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Radio name : ALLEN
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Croquet term : PEELEE
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Earl of Avon : EDEN
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Legerdemain, in France : MAGIE
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Activists : DOERS
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Throws out : EGESTS
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Word for Ben Jonson : RARE
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Links man : SNEAD
Down
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___ as a pig : ASFAT
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Irish bay : SLIGO
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His contracts had escape clauses : HARRYHOUDINI
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Direction : ESE
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Wool gatherers : SHEARS
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Assess : RATE
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Tie-breaking periods : OVERTIMES
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Sun. discourse : SER
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Helpers: Abbr. : ASSTS
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___ Zee : TAPPAN
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Ailment : AGUE
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Particles : MOTES
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Biblical lion : ARI
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Wool: Prefix : LAN
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Biblical queen : ESTHER
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Strip : PEEL
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Stairway for leather-footed conjurers : LADDEROFSWORDS
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Sea call : AVAST
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Plating alloy : TERNE
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Old Greek vase : ASKOS
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Orbital point : APSIS
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More raucous : HOARSER
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Robt. ___ : ELEE
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Let up : EASE
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Arabian ruler : EMIR
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Frank : OPEN
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Radio's ___ and Abner : LUM
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Drugged: Slang : DOPED
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Author of nature books : SETON
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Fitzgerald : ELLA
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Endures : LASTS
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Love : ADORE
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Soup bowls : TUREENS
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Man's nickname : LEN
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Missouri River dam : OAHE
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Kind of school : PREP
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Spanish painter : SERT
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Pie à ___ : LAMODE
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Fireworks : SPARKLERS
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Aviary sound : WHIRR
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Botanical part: Suffix : MERIS
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Intention : IDEA
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Of melody : TONAL
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Hypnotist's credo : MINDOVERMATTER
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Takes a break : RESTS
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Fences : HAHAS
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Hairnet : SNOOD
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Shrill cry : SCREECH
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Hot fragment : EMBER
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More sordid : MEANER
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"___ moi, le . . . " : APRES
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Ages : EONS
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Spirit's dispatch : SLATEMESSAGE
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Mexican grass : OTATE
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Certain pups : TENTS
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Linen marking : HERS
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Guinness : ALEC
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Soviet river : NEVA
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Hopeless case : GONER
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Planted : SOWED
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Expanse : AREA
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More irritable : TESTIER
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Scuttle : HOD
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Overseer : CARETAKER
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City of Italy : PISA
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Cuts off : LOPS
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Medium's manifestation : HALO
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Be sorry : RUE
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Snow-goose genus : CHEN
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Roadside scenery : SIGNS
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Eng. historian : STRYPE
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White poplars : ABELES
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Some candies : CREAMS
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Itinerant : NOMAD
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Starch: Prefix : AMYLO
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Cotton thread : LISLE
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Cachets : SEALS
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Fall flower : ASTER
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Ex-member of U.A.R. : SYRIA
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Done : ENDED
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Sawbucks : TENS
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Asian area, for short : VIET
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Pierre's friend : RENE
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Portion: Abbr. : SEG
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Born: Fr. : NEE
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Oklahoma city : ADA
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U.S. neighbor : CAN

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 9 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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