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Threba Johnson
Threba Johnson

CLOSE CALLS

New York Times, Sunday, September 17, 1972

84-Across : Cruel

Author:
Threba Johnson
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 132, Blocks: 76, Avg Word Len: 5.53, Missing: { J Q V X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 536 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 131, Cheaters: 14, FITB: 12, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 19
Threba Johnson has 31 known pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,436
Across
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Worries : FRETS
6
In ___ by itself : ACLASS
12
Clover yield : NECTAR
18
Creator : AUTHOR
20
Plot anew : REHATCH
21
Strong flow : ONRUSH
22
Plan : SCHEME
23
Awns : ARISTAE
24
Clay houses : ADOBES
25
Film about a Texas town : THELASTPICTURESHOW
28
Antitoxins : SERA
29
Exclamations : OHS
30
Proprietors : OWNERS
31
Untamed : FERAL
35
Certain : SURE
37
Pronoun : SHE
38
Like a mad hen : WET
40
Tokyo's old name : EDO
41
Camel's nemesis : LASTSTRAW
46
Condition: Suffix : OSIS
49
Islamic month : SHABAN
51
Edgar and C.P. : SNOWS
52
Of the ear : AURAL
54
___ continuum : SPACETIME
56
Novice: Var. : TIRO
57
Crichton novel : THETERMINALMAN
59
Group in Bond movie : SMERSH
62
Mars: Prefix : AREO
63
Plains home: Var. : TIPI
64
Heel-___ : ANDTOE
66
"Grecian Urn" man : KEATS
68
Wise counselor : MENTOR
72
O'Neill girl : OONA
74
River to Caspian : URAL
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Depilate : DEHAIR
77
Beckett play : KRAPPSLASTTAPE
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Son of Isaac : ESAU
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Cruel : HEARTLESS
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Virile one : HEMAN
86
Scottish dance : FLING
87
Lace collar : BERTHA
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Auditory : OTIC
90
Cobblers' gear : SHOELASTS
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Chem. suffix : ANE
93
Telepathy : ESP
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___-jongg : MAH
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Merkel et al. : UNAS
98
___ novarum : RERUM
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Arouse : INCITE
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Place for a car key: Abbr. : IGN
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Man of Indochina : THAI
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Go whole hog : PULLOUTALLTHESTOPS
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African fly : TSETSE
115
Irish port and bay : TRALEES
116
Kind of speech sound : APICAL
117
Jargon : PATOIS
118
Baltic land : ESTONIA
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Modest : DEMURE
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Position : STANCE
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Onslaughts : SIEGES
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Mae and Rebecca : WESTS
Down
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Goes without food : FASTS
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Pleated trim : RUCHE
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Anesthetic : ETHER
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Reigning fad : THELASTWORD
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Immortality potion : SOMA
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Atmosphere: Prefix : AERI
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A Marx and others : CHICOS
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Stewart Brand compilation : LASTWHOLEEARTHCATALOG
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Adjusts : ATTUNES
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Kind of crow : SCARE
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Utter : SHEER
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Webster : NOAH
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Place to get off : ENDOFTHELINE
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Poet John ___ Ransom : CROWE
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Bathing place : TUB
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Ibsen character : ASE
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Backfield men: Abbr. : RHS
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Last ___ : RESORT
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Medium sounds : RAPS
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"___ that ate the malt" : THERAT
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Compass point : SSW
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Measure of Algeria : REBIA
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Doesn't give ___ : ADAMN
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Sole : LONE
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Ship initials : USS
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Got away : ESCAPED
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War craft of '40's : LSTS
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Soul : ANIMA
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Kierkegaard : SOREN
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Cry of disgust : AUH
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Inflict : WREAK
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Doctrine : ISM
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Barbecue part : SPIT
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Vapor: Prefix : ATM
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Father of Menelaus : ATREUS
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Lively, in music: Abbr. : ANIM
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Turn : ROTATE
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Onetime radio show : STOPTHEMUSIC
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To-dos : HOOPLAS
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Else, in Scotland : ENSE
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Bridge scores : SLAMS
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Start of a song about Paris : THELASTTIME
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Water hole : OASIS
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Laughing : RIANT
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Besides : ALSO
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Kirmans : RUGS
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N.H. city : KEENE
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More unusual : RARER
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Sculpture, etc. : ART
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Time zone east of N.Y. : AST
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Cry of contempt : PAH
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Sufficient : ENOUGH
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Flanged beam : HBAR
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State: Abbr. : FLA
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Copy : IMITATE
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Group of nine : ENNEAD
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Hair: Prefix : PIL
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Girl's name : HELENE
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Sinclair : UPTON
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Short letters : NOTES
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Vulgar: Sp. : CURSI
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"___ shame!" : ITSA
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Cheat : HOCUS
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Divergent : APART
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British ___ : ISLES
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___-majesty : LESE
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Garlands : LEIS
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Gush : SPEW
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Scout groups: Abbr. : TPS
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Posed : SAT
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Greek letter : ETA

Answer summary:
13 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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