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A Cute Puzzle
Use this easy puzzle as an opportunity to zip by your fellow racers, but be careful when you pass, eh?
Andy Kravis
Time Limit 15 minutes
Size 15x15
Words 76
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NOTE: Only in-person results are included in stats, error data, and score list
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Clues and Answers
ACROSS
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Spoke like Cindy Brady
LISPED
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It's part of the healing process
SCAB
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NYC airport
JFK
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Punctually
ONTIME
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Symbol of stubbornness
MULE
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"It's no ___!"
USE
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Billiards shot with a nuclear amount of english?
ATOMICMASSE
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Any of the Appalachians: Abbr.
MTN
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Participant in a flame war
TROLL
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Adele, e.g.
ALTO
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Male breaker, more properly
BBOY
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Southwestern Native American people
HOPI
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European capital that's home to the Akershus Fortress
OSLO
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Anthropomorphic turtle from the Super Mario Bros. series, familiarly
KOOPA
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District 2 tribute who's the main antagonist of the first "Hunger Games" book (he's named for a Roman statesman)
CATO
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"The Pinkprint" singer Nicki
MINAJ
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Coming into one's own
BLOOMING
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Sea nymph of Greek mythology
NEREID
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Politico Paul
RON
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"Ooh, goose liver! My favorite!"?
ITSPATE
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"___ Many Cooks" (viral comedy short originally aired on Adult Swim in 2014)
TOO
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Pasta sometimes colloquially called "scroodle noodles"
ROTINI
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Most slender
SVELTEST
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Word before salad or blend
HOUSE
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Prince Albert's can?
ARSE
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Twists, as facts
SKEWS
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Blue blood's vessel?
VEIN
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Mars' Greek counterpart
ARES
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"Buenas tardes"
HOLA
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Lagerfeld of fashion
KARL
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Smack down, biblically
SMITE
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Org. for cavity fillers
ADA
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Cry after being turned to gold by an epée?
MIDASTOUCHE
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Grier of "Jackie Brown"
PAM
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Has loans, say
OWES
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Org. whose 2014 Rookie of the Year was Kyle Larson
NASCAR
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Just manage, with "out"
EKE
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Sagacious
WISE
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Prepares, as diehard solvers do for crossword tournaments
TRAINS
DOWN
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Hesitant
LOATH
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Survey course, for short
INTRO
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Find out how low you can go?
STOOP
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Racetrack that hosts the Preakness
PIMLICO
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Jannings who won the first Best Actor Oscar
EMIL
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National Tomato and Winter Squash Mo.
DEC
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"All the ___ Things" (Blink-182 hit of the early 2000s)
SMALL
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Made-to-order
CUSTOM
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To boot
ALSO
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Sacramento daily
BEE
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A giant leap for elephant-kind?
JUMBOJETE
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Photography setting that affects depth of field
FSTOP
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Nairobi's nation
KENYA
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Layers of rock?
MASONS
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Tusked animal
BOAR
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Fancy term for an ear infection
OTITIS
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Prepares to be knighted
KNEELS
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Stereotypical high-school perfectionist's bane
AMINUS
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Laborer who's often unpaid
INTERN
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Draft reply
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Prince Albert's can?
LOO
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Where to find that perfect sheen at the fabric store?
ONTHELAME
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Modern surveyor's aid: Abbr.
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Google : Android :: Apple : ___
IOS
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Part of an ellipsis
DOT
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Benefits
AVAILS
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Grinnell's state
IOWA
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Olympics squad in red, white and blue
TEAMUSA
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Ducks
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Pentagon, for one
SHAPE
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___ moment (photographable occasion)
KODAK
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Render invisible
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Christina of "Buffalo '66"
RICCI
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Hawke of "Boyhood"
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Prophets
SEERS
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Fruit often found in fruit tarts
KIWI
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Take off
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Trim, in a way
MOW
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"Rizzoli & Isles" network
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Stats
Puzzle 1
20:00
15x15
Puzzle 2
30:00
15x15
Puzzle 3
45:00
20x19
Puzzle 4
15:00
15x15
Puzzle 5
40:00
17x17
Mean percent correct 95.39% 93.91% 95.34% 96.66% 81.36%
Mean error count (incorrect or empty squares) 8.34 11.03 14.44 6.38 44.74
Mean incorrect (but filled) squares 1.87 3.33 3.48 1.54 12.17
Mean empty squares 6.47 7.7 10.96 4.84 32.57
Mean allotted time used 61.0% 55.8% 50.7% 55.1% 67.7%
Mean solve time 12:12 16:43 22:49 8:16 27:05
Mean time per correct square 4.24s 5.91s 4.63s 2.69s 8.32s
Fastest solve 4:20 5:47 8:08 3:05 7:32
Fastest error-free solve 4:20 5:49 8:08 3:05 7:32
Mean score 1196.9 1606.9 1999.4 835.1 3235.2
Best score 260 349 488 185 452
Worst possible score 7130 7730 12500 7130 10100
Number of error-free grids 52 39 56 67 40
Number of unfinished grids 25 23 15 16 40
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Solve Times and Scores
Rank Competitor T R Score Time
1 Trip Payne i 185 (0) 3:05
2 joon pahk i 204 (0) 3:24
3 Andrew Feist i 220 (0) 3:40
4 Avram Gottschlich i 249 (0) 4:09
4 Al Sanders i 249 (0) 4:09
6 Glen Ryan i 251 (0) 4:11
7 Michael Megargee i 258 (0) 4:18
8 Jeffrey L. Schwartz i 263 (0) 4:23
9 Matt Gaffney o 264 (0) 4:24
10 Scott Weiss i 265 (0) 4:25
11 Eric Maddy i 278 (0) 4:38
12 Rob Tricchinelli i 290 (0) 4:50
13 Roberta Strauss i 293 (0) 4:53
14 Doug Peterson i 296 (0) 4:56
15 Amy Reynaldo i 300 (0) 5:00
16 Jan O'Sullivan i 314 (0) 5:14
17 Jesse Lansner i 315 (0) 5:15
18 Peter Rimkus i 316 (0) 5:16
19 Jeff Dubner i 319 (0) 5:19
20 Michael Sharp i 330 (0) 5:30
21 Derek Allen i 335 (0) 5:35
22 Andrew Miller o R 341 (0) 5:41
22 David Heinick i 341 (0) 5:41
24 Alex Jeffrey i 347 (0) 5:47
25 Jeremy Horwitz i 348 (0) 5:48
26 Josh Himmelsbach o R 353 (0) 5:53
27 Angela Olson Halsted o 357 (0) 5:57
28 Peter Gordon i 364 (0) 6:04
29 Doug Hoylman i 376 (0) 6:16
30 Andrew Laurence i 382 (0) 6:22
31 Robert T. White i 383 (0) 6:23
32 Steve Langer i 397 (0) 6:37
33 Erin Milligan-Milburn i 401 (0) 6:41
34 Craig Harman i 412 (0) 6:52
35 Louis Kesten i 415 (0) 6:55
36 Ray Hunley o R 418 (0) 6:58
37 George Tolley i 422 (0) 7:02
38 Joe Cabrera i 430 (0) 7:10
39 Steve Tice i 432 (0) 7:12
40 Todd Dashoff i 438 (0) 7:18
41 Ken Levin o 440 (0) 7:20
42 Miriam Nadel o 453 (0) 7:33
43 Amy Paepke o 464 (0) 7:44
43 Tony Orbach o 464 (0) 7:44
45 David Stein o 470 (0) 7:50
46 Steve Smith i 473 (0) 7:53
47 Phoebe McBee i 481 (0) 8:01
48 Damon Gulczynski o R 517 (0) 8:37
49 Thomas Silverstein o 519 (0) 8:39
50 Christine Quinones o 530 (0) 8:50
51 Adam Jackson o 542 (0) 9:02
52 David Schooler o 553 (0) 9:13
53 Andy Gefen o R 562 (0) 9:22
54 Joe Bockskopf o 576 (0) 9:36
55 Ben Dwertman o 577 (0) 9:37
56 Bruce Ryan o 600 (0) 10:00
57 Bret Martin o 613 (0) 10:13
58 Gabriel Gonzalez o 615 (0) 10:15
59 Joe Miller o 650 (0) 10:50
60 Cathy Sacks o 685 (0) 11:25
61 Joanne Sullivan o 719 (0) 11:59
61 Ian Livengood o 719 (0) 11:59
63 Trey Runnion o 748 (0) 12:28
64 Terry Bunton o 754 (0) 12:34
65 Neil Fitzpatrick o 800 (0) 13:20
66 Sam Ezersky i 814 (1) 4:44
67 john connelly o 846 (0) 14:06
68 Michael Miyazaki o R 847 (0) 14:07
69 Ron Osher i 898 (1) 6:08
70 Vega Subramaniam i 927 (1) 6:37
71 Ben Jones o R 992 (2) 7:12
72 Jared Dashoff o 1129 (2) 9:29
73 Dan Felsenheld o 1157 (1) 10:27
74 Tom Quigley o R 1192 (1) 11:02
75 Brayden Burroughs o R 1302 (3) 11:52
76 Mark Samburg o R 1313 (1) 13:03
77 Susan Losher o 1353 (2) 13:13
78 Mary Stackhouse o 1363 (1) 13:53
79 Robert Russell o 1430 (1) 15:00
80 Zoe Jacoby o 1460 (2) 15:00
81 Gilda Turitz o 1465 (3) 14:35
82 Penelope Harper o 1490 (3) 15:00
82 Carol Levin o 1490 (3) 15:00
84 Debbie Myers o 1640 (8) 15:00
85 Laura Zipin o 1850 (15) 15:00
85 Jim Quinlan o 1850 (15) 15:00
87 Howard Flax o R 1910 (17) 15:00
87 Owen Paepke o 1910 (17) 15:00
89 Christopher King o R 2042 (22) 14:42
90 Michael Rosen o 2120 (24) 15:00
91 Michael Solberg o R 2360 (32) 15:00
92 Lena Webb o 2390 (33) 15:00
93 Matt Zipin o R 2480 (36) 15:00
94 pamela feiring o 2570 (39) 15:00
95 Peter Jones o R 2720 (44) 15:00
96 Kat Benesh o R 2930 (51) 15:00
97 Mani Subramaniam o R 3050 (55) 15:00
98 Marion Shields o 3080 (56) 15:00
99 Megan Beresford o R 4490 (103) 15:00
100 Jennifer Allen o R 5000 (120) 15:00