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New York Times, Thursday, January 5, 1978

Author:
Sidney L. Robbins
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.92, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 269 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 73, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 1
Sidney L. Robbins has 153 pre-Shortz puzzles and 50 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,372

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Across
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Desert steed : ARAB
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Cheese : EDAM
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Word with P.G., R or X : RATED
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Spatiate : ROVE
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"A bad excuse is better than ___" : NONE
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Antelope : ELAND
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Gas-company customer : USER
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Region : AREA
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Knights of ___ : MALTA
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Famed entrepreneurs : BARNUMANDBAILEY
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Star: Comb. form : ASTERO
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Wide-awake : TERN
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Writer Wolfert : IRA
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Main port for grain from the Ukraine : ODESSA
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Breath suspension : APNEA
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Scram! : BLOW
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Chinese pagodas : TAAS
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"Pagliacci" theme : LAUGHCLOWNLAUGH
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Church booklet : ORDO
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Youth goddess : HEBE
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Narrow back street : ALLEY
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___-et-quarante (gambling game) : TRENTE
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Water carrier : DIN
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Elongated fish : EELS
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City south of Roma : NAPOLI
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Confusion in profusion : THREERINGCIRCUS
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Jack's relative : HOIST
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Reno game : FARO
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"Fine women ___ crazy salad": Yeats : EATA
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Book by Byrd : ALONE
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Trolley : TRAM
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Seattle ___ : SLEW
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Restrain : DETER
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Dog named for an island : SKYE
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Kálmán operetta : SARI
Down
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Isle famed for oil refining : ARUBA
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Bouquet for a señorita : ROSAS
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Prevent : AVERT
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He wrote "Games People Play" : BERNE
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Make overly fond : ENAMOR
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Copperfield's "child-wife" : DORA
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Concerning : ANENT
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Civil War general : MEADE
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Order back : REMAND
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Soviet range : ALAI
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___ in the saddle : TALL
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Duck, in Dessau : ENTE
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W.W. II date : DDAY
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Bathsheba's mate : URIAH
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University at Providence : BROWN
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Senator's adjective for a colleague : ABLE
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Useful bit of Latin : ETAL
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He died fighting Philistines : SAUL
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Russell ___, U.S. financier : SAGE
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Pale : ASHY
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"Thanks ___!" : ALOT
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Young salmon : PARR
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Dufy's "___ with Raised Arms" : NUDE
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Pianist Petri : EGON
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Tennis word : LOB
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Was indebted : OWED
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Gladden : CHEER
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Hawaiian veranda : LANAI
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Seesaw : TEETER
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Black-ink side of a ledger : INCOME
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Uses barbells : LIFTS
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Boojum's relative : SNARK
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Wine maker's rig : PRESS
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Neighbor of Silver Springs : OCALA
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Minstrel, at times : LUTER
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"I came, ___ conquered" : ISAWI
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Abolitionist Stevens, for short : THAD
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What a dibble makes : HOLE
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Vivid display : RIOT
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Serf : ESNE
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Uniform color of 1861 : GRAY

Answer summary: 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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