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Jim Page
Jim Page

PLAYING WITH MATCHES

New York Times, Sunday, July 3, 1983

Author:
Jim Page
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 523 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 98, Cheaters: 14, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
Jim Page has 84 pre-Shortz puzzles and 70 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1983, The New York TimesNo. 12,290
Across
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Sailors' saint : ELMO
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Warp yarn : ABB
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Part of R.S.V.P. : SIL
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Draw out : EDUCE
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Foreign : ALIEN
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$5 bill : VEE
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Chemical suffix : ENE
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Shadowboxed : SPARRED
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Tuskincisor : CLENCHEDTEETH
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Presidential hopeful : MONDALE
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Sesame : TIL
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Vega's constellation : LYRA
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RaymondKelly : SPLICEDGENES
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Throwshag : HOOKEDRUGS
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Inspires wonder : AWES
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A Gershwin : IRA
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Brace : TWO
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Midianite king : REBA
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Loam deposit : LOESS
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___ Shams University, in Cairo : AIN
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Fill the bases : LOAD
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London insurance company : LLOYDS
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Used a dory : BOATED
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British statesman and family : BEVANS
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Clare Boothe and Henry : LUCES
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Beats : PULSES
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Rub clean : ERASE
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Platterdisk : STUCKRECORDS
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Ho of Hawaii : DON
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Shallow-draft vessel : SHARPIE
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Profit's opposite : LOSS
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Blind as ___ : ABAT
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Same, to Seneca : IDEM
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Three-time champ : ALI
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Rickover was one: Abbr. : ADM
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Book by Dos Passos : USA
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Korean border river : YALU
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___ Verde National Park : MESA
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Cornea irritant : MOTE
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Barrel-binding group : HOOPERS
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Sohrab, to Rustum : SON
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Dynegravity : JOINEDFORCES
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Straighten ranks : ALINE
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Aaron specialties : CLOUTS
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"___ Chan," T. N. Page book : MARSE
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"___ Restaurant" : ALICES
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Hilliard-Mann song: 1950 : DEARIE
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Weedy rye grass : DARNEL
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Feds : GMEN
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Blotter target : INK
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Siberian holes : MINES
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Grim Grimm character : OGRE
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Rheine's river : EMS
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Memphis-to-Mobile dir. : SSE
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Mil. units : RGTS
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Carboniron : STEELUNION
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Beannoodle : BUMPINGHEADS
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Diamond from Brooklyn : NEIL
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One of a comic trio : MOE
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Small spaces : AREOLAE
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CarrySenecas : UNITEDNATIONS
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Pipe smokers' devices : REAMERS
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___ Tin Tin : RIN
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Cat has one to cross : TEE
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Makes an incised mark : RASES
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Dates set for attacks : DDAYS
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Bullring shout : OLE
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Slip up : ERR
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Pteroid : ALAR
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Win ___, former radio emcee : ELLIOT
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Stay in hiding : LIELOW
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Kingsley's "___ in White" : MEN
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"Mon ___," Tati film : ONCLE
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Declared : AVERRED
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Smear : BEDAUB
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Big A venture : BET
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Trickle through : SEEP
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Worldwide: Abbr. : INTL
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City near Utah Lake : LEHI
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Pindar's last stanza, e.g. : EPODE
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Euphemistic expletives : DANGS
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Like some heraldic crosses : URDE
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Having a skull : CRANIATE
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Where congers congregate : EELERIES
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Pituitary-gland hormone : ACTH
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Mergansers : SMEWS
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Rid of grit : DESAND
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Freshwater polyps : HYDRAS
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Hairpin turn : ESS
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Squire in "Silas Marner" : CASS
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Trees bearing valuable nuts : KOLAS
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Pollster of note : GALLUP
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Saxantler : LOCKEDHORNS
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___ and terminer : OYER
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Ford's lemon : EDSEL
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A sawbuck has 10 : ONES
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St. ___ (Windward island) : LUCIA
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College treasurer : BURSAR
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Outworn : OLD
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Ore analysis : ASSAY
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Obscure : BEDIM
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Wear away : ERODE
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Roosters on spires : VANES
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Peace officers, oater style : POSSES
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Arty parties : SALONS
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Like a cliché : TRITE
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Creamy dessert : COUPE
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Tuareg or Berber : HAMITE
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Fundamental : BASIC
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Byrd book : ALONE
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Cahn-Styne products : TUNES
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Barbara or Hoople : MAJOR
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Common code : MORSE
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He wrote "Philosopher's Holiday" : EDMAN
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Black-spotted cat : OCELOT
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Event on G.W.'s birthday : SALE
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Quebec affirmative : OUI
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Diet : FARE
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Material from flax : LINEN
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Showed disapproval : CENSURED
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Hoover Dam formation : LAKEMEAD
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Novel by Fielding : AMELIA
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Expel a lawyer : DISBAR
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Spode piece : DISH
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Like some pastures : GREENER
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F.H.A. concerns : MTGES
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Neuter, for one : GENDER
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The sensitive plant : MIMOSA
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Squatter in 1889 : SOONER
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The Hoosier poet : RILEY
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Growls from Fido : GNARS
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J.F.K. sight : SST
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Excessive : ULTRA
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Stack TV role : NESS
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Fruits for Virgil : POMA
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Kind of dollar : EURO
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Indigo : ANIL
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Eat in style : DINE
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Juin, juillet et août : ETE
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Suffix with baron or manor : IAL

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 15 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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