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Frances Hansen
Frances Hansen

ELBOW GREASE

New York Times, Sunday, September 1, 1985

Author:
Frances Hansen
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.30, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 671 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 132, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 14, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14
Frances Hansen has 81 pre-Shortz puzzles and 40 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 13,081
Across
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Ancient Olympic Games site : ELIS
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"Oh boy!" : HOTDOG
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Valli of "The Third Man" : ALIDA
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Part of the window dressing? : SASH
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Belay's cousin : AVAST
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N.Y. city or tea : OSWEGO
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David's daughter : TAMAR
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A Graham who was a defense cracker : OTTO
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B. F. King Jr.'s gloomy comment : NOTHINGTODOBUTWORK
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Stagger : REEL
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Scold's elbow position : AKIMBO
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Labor trailer : ITE
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Cowboy's stamping ground : RANGE
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Kind of colony : PENAL
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Horne who blew in from Brooklyn : LENA
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Worshiper in a wat : THAI
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Homer's vamp : CIRCE
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Pretty girl, to Berlin : MELODY
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Austen opus : EMMA
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Dayan of the Six-Day War : MOSHE
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Soft sweater wool : ANGORA
44
Russ Westover's working girl : TILLIETHETOILER
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"Blue Heaven" composer : ROMBERG
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Galena or bauxite : ORE
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Spaced-out Houston agcy.? : NASA
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R.N.'s ministration : TLC
56
Not even once : NEVER
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A Roberts whose ensign flies over Tulsa : ORAL
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Wat Tyler's Rebellion : PEASANTSREVOLT
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Even exchange, for the vengeful : EYE
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Ruin : UNDO
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"___ won't come back . . . ": Cohan : ANDWE
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"A clear conscience is ___ card": Lyly : ASURE
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Memorable soprano : EAMES
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Tuck's title : FRIAR
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She was Maggie O'Reed at birth : RAYE
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Cabell of baseball : ENOS
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Haled into court : HADUP
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Company lover : MISERY
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Jejune : ARID
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He's on the beam! : HARDHAT
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Cumin or fennel : HERB
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Popular at-home wear : CAFTAN
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Czech statesman Eduard : BENES
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A grandfather of Priam : ILUS
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He rebuilt Jericho : AHAB
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Hood's flier : ARROW
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Mrs. Gabler : HEDDA
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___ sanctum : INNER
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Start of a Dickens title : ATALE
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Ship hazard : REEF
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Bee chaser : CEE
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Spooky drudges? : GRAVEYARDSHIFT
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___ time (pronto) : INNO
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Street show : RAREE
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Counter game for two : NIM
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Pusher's nemesis : NARC
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Acapulco uncle : TIO
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Actress Fay of yesteryear : BAINTER
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Concern of organized labor? : STATEOFTHEUNION
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Sensual : EROTIC
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Tajo and Siepi : BASSI
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First word of N.C.'s motto : ESSE
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On high : ARISEN
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"Pirates of Penzance" heroine : MABEL
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Drowses : NODS
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Singer Anita from Chicago : ODAY
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Nonexplosive dessert : BOMBE
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Gregorian's fourth : APRIL
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Russian village : MIR
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Cape Verde money : ESCUDO
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"Cielo ___!": Ponchielli aria : EMAR
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Exertion's exaction, dramatically : BLOODSWEATANDTEARS
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Maggiore or Como : LAGO
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Usher's beat : AISLE
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Francis of "What's My Line?" : ARLENE
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Creek : INLET
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Enough, to FitzGerald : ENOW
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Viewed with aversion : HATED
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Spoiling for a fight : FEISTY
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Clean a pipe : REAM
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Call forth : EVOKE
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Quarter of Paris : LATIN
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Lone survivor of the Pequod : ISHMAEL
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Red-backed sandpiper : STIB
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Greedy grunter : HOG
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Old Roman port : OSTIA
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Double-cross, in affaires d'amour : TWOTIME
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"___ Dinah," Frankie Avalon hit : DEDE
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U.S. satellite : OGO
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Jack-tar : GOB
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Rose distillation : ATTAR
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Grounds maintenance : LAWNCARE
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Cymbeline's daughter : IMOGEN
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Challenge : DARE
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Floating menagerie : ARK
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Sleep, to Shakespeare : SORELABOURSBATH
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"___'clock scholar" : ATENO
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Lieu : STEAD
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Capote's Golightly : HOLLY
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Similarity: Abbr. : ANAL
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"A poem should ___/But be": MacLeish : NOTMEAN
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Milton's "regent of the sun" : URIEL
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Short wave? : PERM
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Topper holder : HATSTAND
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Prinze's TV role : CHICO
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Sen. Kennedy's middle name : MOORE
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Small change in Babylonia : MINAE
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Paravane : OTTER
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Work on a puzzle : SOLVE
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Jane and Zane : GREYS
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Not up ___ (below standard) : TOPAR
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Spenser's name for Ireland : IRENA
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Full of plumbum : LEADY
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Signe of "A Double Life" : HASSO
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Snuffbox bean, e.g. : ENTADA
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Ford or Pyle : ERNIE
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Gary Burghoff in "M*A*S*H" : RADAR
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Hallelujah preceder : GLORY
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Barkley, familiarly : VEEP
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Moil's toll, proverbially : SWEATOFONESBROW
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Wooed for a frat : RUSHED
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A wife of Jacob : LEAH
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Fletcher Christian's action : MUTINY
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Balsam : FIR
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German article : EIN
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These sit above nks. : HDS
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"___ amis . . . " (De Gaulle starter?) : MES
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Crude : RAW
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"I'll fish for thee ___ thee wood enough": Shak. : ANDGET
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Bring up : REAR
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Cried in triumph : HURRAHED
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Spaniard's foe in the Greater Antilles : CARIB
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Detroit's Cobo Hall : ARENA
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Soprano Mirella of the Met : FRENI
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Sudsy quaff : BEER
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Rested against : LEANT
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Duvalier's turf : HAITI
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"Cavalleria rusticana" teamster : ALFIO
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"Somebody ___ de bay": Foster : BETON
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What "you gotta have" : HEART
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Climbing creepers : IVIES
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On-the-spot TV programs : NEMOS
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Spore sac : ASCUS
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Mighty king of Thebes : CREON
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Conductor Dorati : ANTAL
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Scolded, with "down" : DRESSED
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Salad green : ESCAROLE
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Brooklyn rarity? : TREE
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___ theorem (math proposition) : ABELS
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They have their limits : FINITES
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Tertiary period : NEOCENE
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Customs duty : IMPOST
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White poplar : ABELE
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Kind of holiday : ROMAN
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Insect at the age of consent : IMAGO
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Waited patiently : BIDED
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Praying figure : ORANT
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Cameroon group : DUALA
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To the point : ADREM
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Baseball's Eddie (The Walking Man) : YOST
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Et ___ (and others) : ALIA
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Bamako is here : MALI
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Hubbub : STIR
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Seasonal exclamation : BAH
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U.S.A.F. woman : WAF
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Middle of an old palindrome : ERE
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Napoleon's "bravest of the brave" : NEY

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 13 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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