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Eugene T. Maleska
Eugene T. Maleska

"STEPQUOTE"

New York Times, Sunday, January 19, 1969

Author:
Eugene T. Maleska
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 162, Blocks: 90, Avg Word Len: 5.42, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 603 (avg 1.37)
Open Squares: 150, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 7, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 18
Eugene T. Maleska has 410 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
Jim Horne notes:

The stepquote reads, "Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits."

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© 1969, The New York TimesNo. 7,099
Across
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Start of an eight-word "Stepquote" ending at 150 Across : NOTHIN
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Small-time operator : BUSHER
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Parnassians : BARDS
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Road job : TARRING
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Crisp cracker : SALTINE
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Soirees : PARTIES
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Gets one's bearings : ORIENTS
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Franken heroine : CLAUDIA
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Chilean desert : ATACAMA
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Money player : PRO
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Bach opus : CHORAL
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Exceeded the resources of : BEGGARED
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Needlefish : GAR
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Standstill : HALT
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___ Gay, historic plane : ENOLA
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Trifling : SMALL
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Together : ALONG
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Took pleasure in : ATEUP
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Part of "Stepquote" : EEDSRE
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B'way group : ANTA
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Sweeten the pot : ANTE
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Proven : TESTED
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Put in relief : SETOFF
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Utter : SAY
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Author of "Stepquote" : TWAIN
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Bills : ONES
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Roundabout way : DETOUR
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Construct : REAR
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D-Day vessel : LCT
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Certain rummy cards : TURNUPS
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Moved swiftly : DARTED
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Mind over platter : DIET
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Science fiction site : MARS
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Social asset : TACT
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Hits hard : SMITES
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Raid : MARAUD
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Eastern title : AGA
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Very funny! : HAHA
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Actress Massey : ILONA
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Turkish city : EDIRNE
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Zero : NONE
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Stubborn : UNREGENERATED
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Southern France : MIDI
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Prayer : ORISON
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Part of an antler : PRONG
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Tupelo or wicopy : TREE
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Family member : SIS
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Rich repasts : FEASTS
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Knitted cape : SONTAG
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Whoop : YELL
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Mailed : SENT
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Sweetsop : ATES
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Printers' double daggers : DIESES
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Geological period : NEOCENE
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Cold cubes : ICE
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Sheep : EWES
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Hags : CRONES
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Sullen : DOUR
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David's daughter : TAMAR
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A.M.A. members : GPS
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Gide's "___ Is the Gate" : STRAIT
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Figures of speech : TROPES
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Turkish standard : ALEM
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Man-made lake : MEAD
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Part of "Stepquote" : HERPEO
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___ umber : BURNT
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Opp. of fortis : LENIS
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Fervent : EAGER
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Partner of fish : CHIPS
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Utah flower : SEGO
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Neither Dem. nor Rep. : IND
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Do-it-yourself man : TINKERER
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Shouts : HOLLOS
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D.C. group : CIA
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Unyielding : ADAMANT
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End of a K.O. count : NINETEN
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Krypton, for one : ELEMENT
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Indigenous group : NATIVES
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Dodgers : EVADERS
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Rank symbols : STRIPES
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Ballerina Jeanmaire : RENEE
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Perceives : SENSES
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End of "Stepquote" : HABITS
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Tell : NARRATE
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Memorial Stadium team : ORIOLES
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Three in Roma : TRE
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Hence: Latin : HINC
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___ dark : INTHE
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Part of "Stepquote" : NGSONE
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Stabilized : BALLASTED
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Gums : ULA
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Very short pencil : STUB
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Trapper's cache : HIDES
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Mystery : ENIGMA
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Family at Sacramento : REAGANS
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Moderate : BATE
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Tilled land : ARADA
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Army group: Abbr. : RTC
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Twill weave : DIAGONAL
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Of word meanings : SEMANTIC
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Items for heads with tails : TOPHAT
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Cooked, in a way : SCALDED
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Reinvested stakes : PARLAYED
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U. S. painter : SARGENT
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Some Richards : ROES
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Place for a frontal : ALTAR
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Coaches : TUTORS
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Principle : LAW
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Ivy League team : PENN
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Rosters : ROTAS
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Part of "Stepquote" : EFORMINGASOTH
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Part of O. T. : DEUT
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Vain : FUTILE
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Tire mark : TREAD
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Famous southpaw : SPAHN
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Wry reply : RETORT
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Intended : AIMED
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Sir Rabindranath : TAGORE
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Sister of Clio : URANIA
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Steep slopes : SCARPS
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Tenfold : DENARY
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Shipshape : TRIM
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___ few words : MANOF
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Symbol of discipline : THEROD
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Glossy fabric : SATEEN
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Gone up : ARISEN
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Water nymph : UNDINE
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Follower of a belief : DEIST
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Not forming an angle : AGONIC
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Artificial satellite : ESSA
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Take out stitches : UNSEW
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Makes a debut : ENTERS
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Sniggled : EELED
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Coat fur : OTTER
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Category : GENRE
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Boodle : LOOT
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Like an antitoxin : SEROUS
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Parts : SEGMENTS
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Customs officers : SEARCHERS
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Check : CURB
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Romance language : ITALIAN
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"Pudd'nhead Wilson's ___," source of "Stepquote" : CALENDAR
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Correct mss. : EMENDATE
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Hold forth : SPEAK
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Draws off : SIPHONS
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"What ___ bid?" : AMI
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Russian length units : SAGENES
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European linden : TEIL
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Maxim : PRECEPT
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Airport roarers : ENGINES
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Ermines in brown : STOATS
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Infer : DERIVE
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Part of "Stepquote" : OPLESH
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Rung : STAVE
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French writer: 1823-92 : RENAN
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Adriatic island : SOLTA
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Arrow poison : INEE
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Colors : REDS
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Belgradian : SERB
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Sixty secs : MIN
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Kickoff gadget : TEE
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Twice DI : MII

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 8 debuted here and reused later, 13 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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