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New York Times, Friday, January 21, 2005

Author:
Frank Longo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Frank Longo

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 52, Blocks: 38 Missing: {BJKQWXYZ} Average word length: 7.19 This is puzzle # 81 for Mr. Longo. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

This puzzle held the record for lowest word count in my database, 52, until Joe Krozel tied that record in 2012 and then broke it in 2013.

It still holds the record for longest average word length.

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© 2005, The New York TimesNo. 0121 ( 20,163 )

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Across
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Heavy overcoat : ULSTER
7
Pet that's likely to purr : LAPCAT
13
Wandering rogues, as in Cervantes stories : PICAROS
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Tax max : TOPRATE
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It hangs over the ocean : SEAMIST
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Prince ___ Land (historical Canadian region that drains into Hudson Bay) : RUPERTS
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Movie preview, e.g. : ENTICER
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Having a knack for : ADEPTAT
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One way of seasoning : TOTASTE
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Some card players : DEALERS
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Earth-scanning satellites, e.g. : REMOTESENSORS
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Certain furniture ensembles : DINETTESETS
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Indian author ___ Mehta, a staff writer for The New Yorker for more than 30 years : VED
26
Occult sciences, collectively : HERMETICISM
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Little-seen examples : RAREINSTANCES
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Cubist Léger : FERNAND
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Ate quickly, slangily : INHALED
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Big name in auto parts : ACDELCO
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Not suitable for passing : ONELANE
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Revel without restraint : ROISTER
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Rouyn-___, city and county of Quebec : NORANDA
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___ Last Stand : CUSTERS
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Small laugh : SNIGGER
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Ancient Spartan magistrates : EPHORS
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Has the wheel : STEERS
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Surprise at the polls : UPSET
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Certain claimant : LIENOR
3
Beat it : SCATTED
4
___ Trail (Everglades highway) : TAMIAMI
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Explorer from ca. A.D. 1000 : ERICSON
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Floral ornament : ROSETTE
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Crescendos : LOUDENS
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Play the peacemaker : APPEASE
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Plan in advance : PREPLOT
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Former first family : CARTERS
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Perfume ingredients : ATTARS
12
Lab work : TESTS
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They're often found near busy intersections : STREETVENDORS
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Bookstore books : TRADEEDITIONS
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Keeps in print, in a way : STETS
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Not very cushiony : HARDISH
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Automaker Maserati : ERNESTO
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Make further modifications to : REALTER
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Kitchen gizmos : MINCERS
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Producers of major reports : CANNONS
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Be willed : INHERIT
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Amount deducted from the price of goods to compensate for loss : SCALAGE
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Gallimaufry : MELANGE
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Get back : RECOUP
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One going to the post office : SENDER
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Ridiculous sham : FARCE
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Kind souls : DEARS

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 8 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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