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Lou Sabin
Lou Sabin

New York Times, Thursday, August 29, 1985

44-Down : Building block

Author:
Louis Sabin
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.11, Missing: { J Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 276 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 67, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
Lou Sabin has 108 pre-Shortz puzzles and 29 Shortz Era crosswords in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 13,078
Across
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Faces the pitcher : BATS
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Appraised : RATED
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Sounds of disapproval : TSKS
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Poorly proportioned : ALOP
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Eastern decree : IRADE
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Major under Custer : RENO
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Diamond clout : FOURBAGGER
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___-deucy (backgammon game) : ACEY
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Carl of Dodger fame : FURILLO
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Full-flavored : MELLOW
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Pendleton or Cole : NAT
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Sci-fi role : ALIEN
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Depots : STATIONS
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Froze : ICEDUP
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Gretzky is one : OILER
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Weight factor : OUNCE
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Pug's win : TKO
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Hairless on top : BALD
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Kind of Scout badge : MERIT
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Burn : SEAR
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Time frame : ERA
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___ Wills Moody of tennis : HELEN
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Oater scene : CHASE
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Rushed furiously : RAMPED
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Dorothea Dix was one : REFORMER
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Athenians' homeland : ELLAS
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Pittsburgh intake : ORE
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Bases clearer : TRIPLE
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Vilify : TRADUCE
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Popular street name : MAIN
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Scorecard's 3, 4, 5 and 6 : INFIELDERS
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C.P.A. : ACCT
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Shoe sections : SOLES
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Cardinals' "Country" : ENOS
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"Two by Two" role : NOAH
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Secret meeting : TRYST
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Hitchcock thriller: 1948 : ROPE
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Loft the golf ball : BAFF
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Baseball family name : ALOU
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Barnstorm : TOUR
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Tried to steal a base : SPRINTED
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Theater district : RIALTO
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Ex-constellation : ARGO
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Baseman's maneuver : TAG
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Plant blight : EDEMA
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Abandoned : DERELICT
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Kerry port : TRALEE
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Backup squad : SECONDTEAM
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Was acquainted with : KNEW
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Kind of sauce : SOY
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Paul or Walter of baseball : BLAIR
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Sow bugs : LICE
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Grave : SOBER
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Queen topper : TIARA
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___ Football Conference : ALLAMERICA
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Santa time : NOEL
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More convinced : SURER
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Decree : UKASE
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Studious soul : PORER
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Cubs or Giants : NINE
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Olympic winner : MEDALIST
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Office machine : SHREDDER
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Hired hand : HELP
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Reef material : CORAL
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Building block : PLINTH
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Black or Sherwood : FOREST
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Comic Wences : SENOR
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Cantina fare : TACO
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Causes of 10th innings : TIES
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Town east of Osaka : UENO
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Yield : CROP
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To exist, to Ennius : ESSE
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Basketball's sixth ___ : MAN
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Can of corn, to Winfield : FLY

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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