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MERCURY LEVELS

New York Times, Sunday, August 5, 1973

Author:
Barbara Gillis
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 136, Blocks: 92, Avg Word Len: 5.13, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 554 (avg 1.59)
Open Squares: 94, Cheaters: 32, FITB: 2, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 11
Barbara Lunder Gillis has 18 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,758
Across
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Nut : CASHEW
7
Participant : ACTOR
12
Doctrines : ISMS
16
Summerhouse : ALCOVE
17
Party of a sort : SHOWER
19
Promoters : ADMEN
20
Plundered : LOOTED
21
As hot as hell, e.g. : SIMILE
22
Pacific pact : SEATO
23
Recognized : KNOWN
24
Sweeper, for short : VAC
25
Stall sound : NEIGH
27
Stock-table listings : LOWS
29
Bristle : SETA
30
Greet : HAIL
31
Pledge : GAGE
32
Long hits : CLOUTS
34
Dishevel : TOUSLE
36
Like some TV pictures : SNOWY
38
"___ is the hour . . . " : NOW
39
City on the Missouri : PIERRE
41
Religious belief : THEODICY
44
Genetic abbr. : DNA
45
José or Mel : FERRER
46
U. S. agency : CIA
47
Arab peasants : FELLAHEEN
49
Gershwin : IRA
50
Taste : SIP
52
Part of stet : LETIT
54
Inattentive ones : DOZERS
55
British resort : BATH
57
Choice food : CATE
59
Poet Moore, for short : CLEM
61
Free of taboo, in Hawaii : NOA
62
Beware : KEEPAWEATHEREYEOPEN
68
English river : ALN
69
Attract : DRAW
70
Campus org. : ROTC
71
Uppity one : SNOB
73
Lurch : CAREEN
76
Adult insect : IMAGO
78
Marmara, e.g. : SEA
80
Kick : TOE
81
Like rumble-seat hair : WINDBLOWN
83
Sourdough's 12 months : YAR
84
Enzyme : LIPASE
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Direction: Abbr. : ESE
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Cruelty : SAVAGISM
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Refer to : ALLUDE
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Company abbr. : INC
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Hindu orders : MATHS
92
Meal : REPAST
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Porter : REDCAP
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Luke's hand : COOL
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Unique thing : ONER
100
Kiln : OAST
104
London area : SOHO
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Part of Greenland : THULE
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Height: Prefix : ACR
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Anoint : ANELE
108
Pithy : TERSE
110
Elm fruit : SAMARA
112
Honeymooners : BRIDES
113
Moth, often : EATER
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Studies : ETUDES
115
Understand : ACCEPT
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Young oyster : SPAT
117
Undermine : ERODE
118
Containers : CHESTS
Down
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Horseshoe parts : CALKS
2
Incomparable : ALONE
3
Dart : SCOOT
4
Trouble : HOTWATER
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Equal : EVEN
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Unite : WED
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Attack : ASSAIL
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Gum : CHICLE
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Thumb or Swift : TOM
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Due : OWING
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Statement for the press : RELEASE
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Fish of Europe : IDE
13
Unimportant : SMALL
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Ditto : METOO
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Overwhelm : SNOWUNDER
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Period in French history : REIGNOFTERROR
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Residue : ASH
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Ming item : VASE
26
Rock cavity : GEODE
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Rolling and gall : STONES
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Light : HURRICANELAMP
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Shelter : CYCLONECELLAR
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Kind of song : SWAN
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Minerals : ORES
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Roses or oats : WILD
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State in Malaya : PERAK
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Incensed : IRATE
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Cord : TIE
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Ship passages : HATCHWAYS
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River in Miss. : YAZOO
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Mendacity : FIB
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Banks' go-between : CLEARINGHOUSE
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Lots : HEAPS
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Handle rudely : PAW
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___ de France : ILE
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Learned : HEARD
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Spread to dry : TED
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Asian native : MEO
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Commoners : PLEBS
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Beret : TAM
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Earth metals: Abbr. : YTS
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Inward : ENTAD
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Bond : NOOSE
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Gathering : BEE
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River of Chile : CISNES
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Yarns : ANECDOTES
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Type of star : NOVA
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Actress Rita : GAM
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Suffers : AILS
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Dam : WEIR
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Swiss purchase : WATCH
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Postpone : PUTONICE
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Quarantine : ISOLATE
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Imitative one : APER
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Reacted to a joke : ROARED
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Place inside : ENCASE
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Shoddy : CHEAP
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Artery : AORTA
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Tree animal : LEMUR
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Mosquito genus : AEDES
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Snoozed : SLEPT
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Rorschach, etc. : TESTS
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Three: Prefix : TER
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Kind of duke or angel : ARCH
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Between ready and go : SET
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Bustle : ADO
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Part of A.B.: Abbr. : BAC

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 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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