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PAINTBOX CHOICES

New York Times, Sunday, July 29, 1973

Author:
Elmer Toro
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 86, Avg Word Len: 5.34, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 658 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 129, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 13, XRef: 0, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 29
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,751
Across
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Indian state : ASSAM
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Opera girl et al. : AIDAS
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Old French coin : SOU
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Old festival of Aug. 1 : LAMMAS
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Solomon Islands bay : TIARO
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Decrepit : SENILE
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Number : TEN
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Classify : ASSORT
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White : CLIFFSOFDOVERORWITHFURY
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Everybody : ALL
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Eggs ___ yong : FOO
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Hebrew month : ETANIM
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___ fixe : IDEE
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Naught : NIL
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Yellow : ROSEOFTEXASORPAGES
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“___ happens . . . ” : ITSO
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Bagnold : ENID
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Newcastle’s river : TYNE
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Curve : ESS
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W. W. II plane : STUKA
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Take pot shots at : SNIPE
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Bede and Smith : ADAMS
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Place : PUT
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Clamor : NOISE
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Ruler : TSAR
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Slept : REPOSED
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Champion : WINNER
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Dumas hero : ATHOS
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Black : MAGICORKNIGHT
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Social : BEE
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Council city : TRENT
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Woes : ILLS
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Snake eyes : ONCE
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Red, in Italy : ROSSO
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Country follower : TIS
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Confederate : ALLY
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Once more : ANEW
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Hingle : PAT
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“The ___ have it” : AYES
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Roman needle : ACUS
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Gold : ILOCKSORSMITH
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Site of Frogner Park : OSLO
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Split : RENT
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Slowing, in music: Abbr. : RIT
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Give it ___ : ATRY
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Continent, to French : ASIE
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Columbus campus : OSU
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Glossy cloth : SATIN
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Enjoys Chamonix : SKIS
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Old chest : ARCA
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Do burlesque work : STRIP
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Chem. suffix : ABE
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Pink : ELEPHANTORGIN
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Tatter’s products : LACES
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Science course : BOTANY
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Thicket : BOSKAGE
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Land parcels : SOLA
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Meat cuts : CHOPS
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Britain’s Bonar : LAW
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Dinner course : ROAST
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Jerk : TWERP
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Peewee : REESE
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Cairo initials : UAR
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Anklebones : TALI
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Dirk : SNEE
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Tennis shots : LOBS
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Purple : PEOPLEEATERORHEART
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Gardner : AVA
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Snapshots, for short : PICS
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Put in a hopeless spot : ENTRAP
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Scented plant : RUE
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Honshu city : TSU
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Blue : BIRDOFHAPPINESSORPERIOD
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Give ___ approval : ANODOF
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Cumberland, for one : GAP
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Burton role : ANTONY
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Blackmore girl : DOONE
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Kind of box : SENTRY
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Self : EGO
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British guns : STENS
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Moon crater : SINAS
Down
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“ . . . heart that laughs ___” : ATCARE
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Furrows: Fr. : SILLONS
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Red : SAILSINTHESUNSETORBARON
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Sandy’s bark : ARF
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Singer Anna : MOFFO
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W. W. I force : AEF
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Like most reference books : INDEXED
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Old amphora : DIOTA
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Edison name et al. : ALVAS
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“___ evil” : SEENO
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Jazz pieces : STOMPS
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Word in poems : OER
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Remove a toupee : UNWIG
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Most recent : LATEST
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Tennis pro : ASHE
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Ecological degree : MSF
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Green : MOUNTAINBOYSORCARNATION
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Column ridge : ARRIS
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Pillar: Prefix : STYLO
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Like a chimney : SOOTY
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Easier : SOFTER
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Laugh, in Paris : RIRE
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Common Latin phrase : IDEST
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Menlo Park name : EDISON
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Spanish queen : ENA
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Quivery trees : ASPENE
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Image : IKON
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Single things : UNITS
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One of the tenses : PAST
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Onassis et al. : ARIS
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Garage man: Abbr. : MEC
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Silver : SPOONORSTAR
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Caucasian tongue : UDI
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Note : SEE
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Prior to : ERE
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Cantankerous : ORNERY
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Swerves : SKCWS
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“___ devil do you think you are?” : WHOTHE
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Rose oil : ATTAR
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Instant : TRICE
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Advertising-rate base : MILLINE
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Prorate : ALLOT
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Sweet: Prefix : GLYC
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Roman emperor : GRATIAN
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Saint, in Brazil : SAO
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In a light manner : AIRILY
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Raise ___ about : ASTINK
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Fish: Prefix : PISCI
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Miss Venner : ELSIE
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Heavy fogs : SOUPS
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Depot: Abbr. : STA
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N. Z. parrots : KAKAS
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Border, for short : MARG
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Taut : TENSE
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Appear : SHOWUP
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___ code : AREA
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Not busy : SLOW
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Writer Gay : TALESE
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Basics : ABC
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Tokyo drama : BOH
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Police org. : PBA
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Space initials : OGO
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Imitates : APES
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Agitate : STIRUP
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Parasite : LEECH
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Family hand-me-down : STEPSON
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Feather’s pal : TAR
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___ non grata : PERSONA
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Smart : SPIFFY
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Syrian city : ALEPPO
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Italian painter : RENI
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Truck, in London : LORRY
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Compositions : ETUDES
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Over there: Fr. : LABAS
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Sheeplike : OVINE
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Siouan Indian : OSAGE
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Lab vessels : ETNAS
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Common contraction : ARENT
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Kind of bud : TASTE
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Listens to : HEEDS
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Straitened : POOR
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Insecticide : DDT
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___ and Cav (opera double-bill) : PAG
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Switch readings : ONS
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French monarch : ROI

Answer summary: 24 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 13 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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