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ZEROING IN

New York Times, Sunday, September 29, 1974

77-Down : Water color

Author:
Elaine D. Schorr
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 88, Avg Word Len: 5.12, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 517 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 110, Cheaters: 26, FITB: 13, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 16
Elaine D. Schorr has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Some of the O's in the puzzle are to be read as rebuses of NOTHING.

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R
2
O
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A
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C
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H
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U
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T
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A
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H
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A
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T
12
M
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O
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S
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T
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I
N
R
O
A
17
D
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N
E
R
I
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T
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A
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G
A
I
T
E
R
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D
E
R
I
D
E
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H
E
A
V
E
N
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I
N
T
O
N
E
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G
E
T
A
L
O
N
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G
O
N
N
E
X
T
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T
O
O
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B
D
S
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A
H
O
Y
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T
S
A
R
S
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A
I
R
S
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P
R
O
S
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G
E
O
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O
I
L
S
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I
N
C
A
36
D
I
A
N
E
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A
R
N
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I
S
T
L
E
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H
O
S
S
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C
O
N
G
A
S
41
D
E
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F
R
A
Y
S
43
C
A
N
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T
O
N
G
A
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L
O
Y
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C
A
D
E
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T
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H
O
C
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B
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O
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G
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S
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P
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O
O
N
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F
O
R
O
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R
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E
E
K
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D
O
D
O
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K
I
V
A
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H
A
V
E
O
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T
O
D
O
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A
U
E
R
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A
P
E
T
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D
U
D
E
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N
O
P
E
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E
N
T
R
Y
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T
E
N
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T
O
N
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Y
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A
H
O
O
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I
L
S
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T
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H
O
N
G
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L
I
T
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A
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R
T
L
E
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S
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S
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S
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T
U
A
R
T
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B
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L
U
M
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B
L
E
S
S
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E
T
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A
86
A
W
R
I
T
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S
E
A
M
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A
L
S
O
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A
E
S
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N
O
E
L
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T
H
A
T
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G
R
E
T
A
93
S
G
A
W
94
D
S
O
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T
H
E
R
E
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I
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S
O
I
N
I
T
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F
O
R
M
E
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B
O
W
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T
I
E
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S
E
A
L
A
B
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V
A
L
L
E
E
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A
M
I
E
N
S
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A
N
G
E
L
A
105
E
L
U
D
E
R
106
R
E
N
E
G
E
107
O
W
L
S
108
L
E
O
N
S
© 1974, The New York TimesNo. 9,178
Across
1
Director Hal of silents : ROACH
6
Seagull state : UTAH
10
Maximally : ATMOST
16
Encroachment : INROAD
18
Sea snail : NERITA
21
Spat : GAITER
22
Mock : DERIDE
23
Ideal surroundings : HEAVEN
24
Chant : INTONE
25
28
Wall St. buys: Abbr. : BDS
29
Ahab's cry : AHOY
30
Peter I and II : TSARS
31
Compressed and hot : AIRS
32
Golf-tour people : PROS
33
Earth: Prefix : GEO
34
Manet medium : OILS
35
S. A. Indian : INCA
36
Miss Keaton : DIANE
37
Scottish alder : ARN
38
Plant fiber : ISTLE
39
Mount, out West : HOSS
40
Dances : CONGAS
41
Pays the bill : DEFRAYS
43
Pokey : CAN
44
Polynesian islands : TONGA
45
Digging tool : LOY
46
West Pointer : CADET
48
Ad ___ : HOC
49
Peat area : BOG
52
Bill and coo : SPOON
55
Gratis : FORO
56
Fume : REEK
58
Stupid one : DODO
59
Hopi structure : KIVA
60
Find time on one's hands : HAVEOTODO
62
Violinist Leopold : AUER
63
Egyptian goddess : APET
64
Ranch visitor : DUDE
65
Negative of a sort : NOPE
66
Burglar's forte : ENTRY
67
Scholarly time : TEN
68
Vogue : TON
69
Uncouth one : YAHOO
71
They, in France : ILS
72
Sandal strip : THONG
74
Belles-lettres: Abbr. : LIT
75
Without wiles : ARTLESS
79
British royal house : STUART
81
French Premier : BLUM
83
Word on a sampler : BLESS
84
Air-board listing: Abbr. : ETA
86
Serve ___ on (enjoin) : AWRIT
87
Coal bed : SEAM
88
To boot : ALSO
89
Roman bronze : AES
90
Seasonal time : NOEL
91
"___ was the week ... " : THAT
92
First name in films : GRETA
93
Burmese people : SGAW
94
Brit. award : DSO
95
Cynical words of an opportunist : THEREISOINITFORME
99
Tuxedo wear : BOWTIE
101
Ocean study ship : SEALAB
102
Rudy : VALLEE
103
French city : AMIENS
104
Miss Lansbury : ANGELA
105
One who gives the go-by : ELUDER
106
Make a bridge slip : RENEGE
107
Barn and screech : OWLS
108
Errol et al. : LEONS
Down
1
___ on (keep order) : RIDEHERD
2
Correlating exactly : ONETOONE
3
Deck out : ARRAY
4
Snake posture : COIL
5
Clammed up : HADOTOSAY
6
Overthrow : UNHORSE
7
Period after 12 : TEENS
8
Galway islands : ARAN
9
Center of activity : HIVE
10
Money premiums : AGIOS
11
N. M. Indian : TANO
12
Cambridge campus : MIT
13
Just so-so : OTOBRAGABOUT
14
___ mission (dispatch) : SENDONA
15
Damsels' glories : TRESSES
17
Obtuseness : DENSITY
19
One-star people : TEXANS
20
Didos : ANTICS
25
Silly : GAGA
26
Irritates : GALLS
27
Before la : TRA
32
Bullet sound : PING
35
"Pompeii" girl : IONE
36
Then, in Paris : DONC
38
Age after Bronze : IRON
39
Words about the new-clothes emperor : HADOONHIM
40
___ up (contrive) : COOK
42
Fountain order : FLOAT
43
Solicitude : CARE
44
God: Prefix : THEO
46
Bird group : COVEY
47
Turning: Prefix : TROPO
50
River to the Baltic : ODER
51
Kind of details : GORY
52
Card game : SKAT
53
Dawes's trademark : PIPE
54
G. & S. success slogan : OVENTUREOWIN
55
Vogue : FAD
57
Dutch town : EDE
58
___ macabre : DANSE
60
Jury, at times : HUNG
61
Binge : TOOT
64
"___ bring Lulu" : DONT
66
Building wings : ELLS
68
Civil wrong : TORT
70
Styptic base : ALUM
71
Relative of "You're welcome" : ITSOATALL
73
"___ to the Chief" : HAIL
75
Ethan or Fred : ALLEN
76
Impatient : RESTIVE
77
Water color : SEAGREEN
78
Soft-shell clams : STEAMERS
79
Marine hazard : SANDBAR
80
Links piayers : TWOSOME
81
___ grudge : BEARSA
82
Triangular sail : LATEEN
83
Dahomey people : BARIBAS
85
"___ forgive our debtors" : ASWE
87
Pronoun : SHE
91
"Some of ___ Days" : THESE
92
___ out (spare nothing) : GOALL
93
Old Italian coin : SOLDO
95
Glassy sound : TING
96
Scoundrel of drama : IAGO
97
Great number : SLEW
98
Passage : FLUE
100
Partner of hee : TEE

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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