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A Modest Promposal
A punny thing happened on the way to the forum...
Andy Kravis and Neville Fogarty
Time Limit 30 minutes
Size 17x17
Words 92
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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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Thing avoided by superstitious sidewalk strollers
CRACK
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Newport or Salem variety
MENTHOL
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Coastal retreat?
EBB
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Print made using limestone, for short
LITHO
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Ancient jar
AMPHORA
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Steve Murphy's employer on "Narcos"
DEA
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We told our dates that our limo would be, without a doubt, the most mind-blowing vehicle they had ever seen; ...
ITWASASTRETCH
21
"All the ___ Up" (2016 rap song)
WAY
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Works a neighborhood watch shift, say
PATROLS
23
"Straight Outta Compton" subject
NWA
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Say "thanks but no thanks"
PASS
25
"Selma" director DuVernay's palindromic first name
AVA
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"Place without water," in Mongolian
GOBI
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Major artery
AORTA
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Nobody really wanted to talk about the nude ice sculpture of Principal Smith in the middle of the ballroom floor, so ...
WEDANCEDAROUNDIT
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Fast food fixture
FRYER
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Union : or :: intersection : ___
AND
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Salad bar selection
ENDIVE
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"Full Frontal" host Samantha
BEE
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Adjective for a ballerina
PRIMA
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Asus computer line, or a big shoe size
EEE
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Those of us who'd been planning to go solo went to the local bachelor auction and each got ourselves an ...
INDIVIDUALMANDATE
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Do rounds?
BOX
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Garden pest
SNAIL
49
"La ___ en Rose" (Oscar-winning Édith Piaf biopic)
VIE
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"Everybody's a ___"
CRITIC
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Integer that's neither prime nor composite
ONE
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Flashlight battery, perhaps
DCELL
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After the prom king hit the prom queen's Ferrari in the parking lot, she said ...
ILLSEEYOUINCOURT
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Company that makes electrical weapons and body cameras
TASER
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Increasingly rare PC monitors
CRTS
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Bird that's a real head-turner?
OWL
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Billboard material?
HITS
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___ King (menu phrase)
ALA
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Soldier's water bottle
CANTEEN
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Nickname of pop princess Grande
ARI
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The beverages were a huge hit! People couldn't stop talking about the ...
KNOCKOUTPUNCH
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Swindle
CON
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One manner of jogging
INPLACE
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Fiery enthusiasm
ARDOR
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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel ___
ALE
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Is salty about
RESENTS
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Musk brand
TESLA
DOWN
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Video Daily Double component
CLIP
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Wilson that Tom Hanks talks to a lot
RITA
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Periodic table no.
ATWT
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Puzzle delivered using pantomime
CHARADE
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Macedonian's neighbor
KOSOVAR
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Sacred service
MASS
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"Grey's Anatomy" extra: Abbr.
EMT
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Broadcast journalist Rachel Martin's employer
NPR
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32-Down's former org.
THENBA
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Start badly?
HOTWIRE
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"Blackfish" subject
ORCA
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"Well, ___-di-dah!"
LAH
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Character in Shakespeare's "Richard III"
EDWARDV
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___ Boys ("Ill Communication" group)
BEASTIE
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Gives a wolfish howl to
BAYSAT
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Spaceman Shepard
ALAN
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Paid (up)
PONIED
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"Brilliant!"
GENIUS
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Square peg, metaphorically
ODDMANOUT
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"Funeral Blues" poet W.H.
AUDEN
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Bird on the back of South Carolina's state quarter
WREN
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Pointed one's peepers at
EYED
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Part of a suit
CARD
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7'1" athlete known as "The Big Shamrock" during the last season of his career
ONEAL
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Its HQ is the J. Edgar Hoover Building
FBI
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Sprite you can't drink
PIXIE
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Self-titled debut album that preceded "Jagged Little Pill" by four years
ALANIS
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Sacred animals of Ancient Egypt
IBISES
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Primary participant
VOTER
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Comportment
MIEN
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State categorically
AVER
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Influence in a certain direction
TILT
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"I said ooh, girl / Shock me like an electric ___" (lyric from MGMT's "Electric Feel")
EEL
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Herbal Essences maker
CLAIROL
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"The Haunted Mask" author, 1993
RLSTINE
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"Odyssey" creature made plural by inserting a penultimate "e"
CYCLOPS
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Perfectly memorized, as a routine
DOWNPAT
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___ vulture
CULTURE
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Ivy League city
ITHACA
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Expert in futures?
ORACLE
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Part of a suit
COAT
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Neville who was married to Richard III
ANNE
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Pool tools
CUES
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They may justify the means
ENDS
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"Silent Spring" subj.
ECOL
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Major drag racing governing body: Abbr.
NHRA
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Crème de cassis cocktail
KIR
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Neb. neighbor
KAN
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Only mo. during which each of the "Big Four" sports leagues regularly schedules games
OCT
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Stats
Puzzle 1
20:00
14x15
Puzzle 2
30:00
17x17
Puzzle 3
25:00
15x15
Puzzle 4
45:00
19x15
Puzzle 5
30:00
17x15
Mean percent correct 98.71% 98.04% 98.75% 91.82% 98.33%
Mean error count (incorrect or empty squares) 2.24 4.76 2.36 19.05 3.47
Mean incorrect (but filled) squares 0.47 1.18 0.65 4.39 0.65
Mean empty squares 1.78 3.59 1.71 14.67 2.81
Mean allotted time used 37.1% 43.9% 43.1% 57.3% 41.7%
Mean solve time 7:24 13:09 10:46 25:47 12:30
Mean time per correct square 2.59s 3.31s 3.46s 7.23s 3.67s
Fastest solve 3:07 4:45 4:34 7:36 4:57
Fastest error-free solve 3:07 4:45 4:34 7:36 4:57
Mean score 630.5 1050.8 843.5 2389.1 993.8
Best score 187 285 274 456 297
Worst possible score 6920 9590 7670 10190 8540
Number of error-free grids 85 85 83 55 83
Number of unfinished grids 7 10 6 30 5
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Solve Times and Scores
Rank Competitor T R Score Time
1 Al Sanders i 285 (0) 4:45
2 Roger Barkan i 344 (0) 5:44
3 Eric Maddy i 346 (0) 5:46
4 Peter Rimkus i 359 (0) 5:59
5 Matt Gaffney i 386 (0) 6:26
6 Amy Reynaldo i 390 (0) 6:30
7 Mike Megargee i 396 (0) 6:36
8 Glen Ryan i 397 (0) 6:37
9 Avram Gottschlich i 411 (0) 6:51
10 Jesse Lansner i 413 (0) 6:53
11 Doug Peterson i 434 (0) 7:14
12 Rob Tricchinelli i 440 (0) 7:20
13 Sam Ezersky i 456 (0) 7:36
14 Jeff Dubner i 466 (0) 7:46
15 Jan O'Sullivan i 489 (0) 8:09
16 Josh Himmelsbach i 506 (0) 8:26
17 Peter Gordon i 516 (0) 8:36
17 Steve Langer i 516 (0) 8:36
19 Craig Harman i 521 (0) 8:41
20 Marie desJardins i 525 (0) 8:45
21 Bob White i 527 (0) 8:47
22 Louis Kesten i 531 (0) 8:51
23 Alex Jeffrey i 535 (0) 8:55
24 Roberta Strauss i 536 (0) 8:56
25 Jeremy Horwitz i 541 (0) 9:01
26 Erin Milligan-Milburn i 550 (0) 9:10
26 David Heinick i 550 (0) 9:10
28 Susan K. Hoffman i 578 (0) 9:38
29 Ben Smith o 592 (0) 9:52
30 Ray Hunley o 615 (0) 10:15
31 Todd Dashoff i 625 (0) 10:25
32 Vega Subramaniam i 628 (0) 10:28
33 Hollie Schmidt i 637 (0) 10:37
34 Mike Sell o R 650 (0) 10:50
35 Austin Burns o R 654 (0) 10:54
36 Ben Johnston o R 663 (0) 11:03
37 Miriam Nadel o 666 (0) 11:06
37 Ben Aisen i 666 (0) 11:06
39 Thomas Elias o R 676 (0) 11:16
40 Peter Martin o R 693 (0) 11:33
41 Eric Cockayne o R 694 (0) 11:34
42 Mike Glennon i 715 (0) 11:55
43 Bret Martin o 722 (0) 12:02
44 Gabriel Gonzalez o 725 (0) 12:05
45 Brian Cross o R 751 (0) 12:31
46 Amy Hamilton o 752 (0) 12:32
47 Adam Jackson o 755 (0) 12:35
48 Christine Quinones i 756 (0) 12:36
49 Giovanni Pagano o R 767 (0) 12:47
50 bob brown o R 770 (0) 12:50
51 Bruce Ryan o 787 (0) 13:07
52 Jimmy O'Donnell o 814 (0) 13:34
52 Steve Ander o R 814 (0) 13:34
52 Carol Levin o 814 (0) 13:34
55 Joe Bockskopf o 826 (0) 13:46
56 Andy Gefen o 849 (0) 14:09
57 Brian Cimmet o 851 (0) 14:11
58 Ben Dwertman o 877 (0) 14:37
59 Durant Gipson o R 896 (0) 14:56
60 Maggie Wittlin o 906 (0) 15:06
61 Noah Fortinsky o R 911 (0) 15:11
62 Nancy R Ross o 935 (0) 15:35
62 Dan Felsenheld o 935 (0) 15:35
64 Bill Wilkins o 938 (0) 15:38
65 Laura Zipin o 957 (0) 15:57
66 Terrence Bunton o 968 (0) 16:08
67 Damon Gulczynski o 972 (0) 16:12
68 Brayden Burroughs o 982 (0) 16:22
68 Jennifer Newton o 982 (0) 16:22
70 Christopher Adams o 985 (1) 7:35
71 Patricia Heath i 1027 (0) 17:07
72 Randy Guggenheimer o 1039 (0) 17:19
73 Tony Orbach o 1045 (0) 17:25
74 Tom Tabanao i 1047 (1) 8:37
75 Michael Berman o R 1058 (0) 17:38
76 Michael Sharp i 1061 (1) 8:51
76 Phoebe McBee i 1061 (1) 8:51
78 Kevin McHugh o R 1073 (0) 17:53
79 Michael Miyazaki o 1085 (0) 18:05
80 Finn Vigeland i 1142 (1) 10:12
81 Jared Dashoff o 1150 (0) 19:10
82 Zoe Jacoby o 1162 (0) 19:22
83 Steve Smith i 1185 (3) 9:55
84 Virginia Sory Brown o 1242 (0) 20:42
85 Kim Vu o 1250 (2) 11:30
86 Karen Strong o 1257 (0) 20:57
87 Penelope Harper o 1291 (0) 21:31
88 David Stein o 1340 (1) 13:30
89 john connelly o 1379 (0) 22:59
90 Neil Fitzpatrick o 1414 (0) 23:34
91 Craig Rimby o 1416 (1) 14:46
92 Christopher Stephens o R 1423 (1) 14:53
93 Linda Toole o R 1454 (1) 15:24
94 pamela feiring o 1595 (2) 17:15
95 Christopher King o 1612 (3) 17:02
96 Tom Quigley o 1660 (0) 27:40
97 Michael Rosen o 1697 (0) 28:17
98 Alison Carey o 1735 (1) 20:05
99 Betsy Allen o R 1761 (2) 20:01
100 Kerensa Gimre o R 1796 (0) 29:56
101 Erica Blom o 1931 (6) 20:51
102 Eric Sublett o R 1954 (1) 23:44
103 Colleen Sinzdak o R 2137 (1) 26:47
104 Alison Candela o R 2158 (2) 26:38
105 Daniel Weinberg o R 2246 (1) 28:36
106 Spencer Neff o R 2313 (2) 29:13
107 Ric Best o 2540 (8) 30:00
108 Lois Reitzas o 2870 (19) 30:00
109 Robert F. Russell o 3020 (24) 30:00
110 crosslaw o R 3290 (33) 30:00
111 Peter Jones o 3350 (35) 30:00
112 Antonia Miller o R 3470 (39) 30:00
113 Kevin Linger o R 3680 (46) 30:00
114 Marion Shields o 4700 (80) 30:00
115 Kathleen McCuistion o R 4790 (83) 30:00
116 J. James Spinner o R 5000 (90) 30:00
117 Fred Liu o R 6830 (151) 30:00