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New York Times, Tuesday, October 12, 1976

Author:
Tap Osborn
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 68, Blocks: 24, Avg Word Len: 5.91, Missing: { J Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 285 (avg 1.42)
Open Squares: 104, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9
Tap Osborn has 111 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,922
Across
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Gangland figure : MOBSTER
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TV-sponsor's offering : MESSAGE
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Dissimilar : UNALIKE
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Footstool : OTTOMAN
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Gershwin musical : STRIKEUPTHEBAND
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N.Y. restaurateur : SARDI
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"Making of A Surgeon" author : NOLEN
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Hurok : SOL
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Iroquoian : ERIE
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Lineman, at times : WIRER
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Land mass : ASIA
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Mistell : LIE
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Threadbare : RATTY
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George of films : BRENT
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What some sights are for : SOREEYES
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Bombay sect follower : PARSEE
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Great feat : TENSTRIKE
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Turn down : REFUSE
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Cowboy skill : ROPETOSS
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Avoid : ELUDE
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Skinflint : MISER
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Flower, for short : POM
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Soccer great : PELE
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Receiver : TAKER
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P.G.A.'s Tony : LEMA
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Increase in speed: Abbr. : ACC
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Termagant : SHREW
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Rail car : DINER
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Wound in a way : STRIKEASORESPOT
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Kind of trap : TOURIST
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Fuel pipe : OILLINE
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Furs : ERMINES
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Struck out : DELETED
Down
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"Cockles and ___" : MUSSELS
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Big lake : ONTARIO
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Australia's reef : BARRIER
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Playground item : SLIDE
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Kon-___ : TIKI
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___ out (scrounge) : EKE
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Brings together again : REUNITES
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Ragtag : MOTLEY
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Upper regions : ETHER
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Gun : STEN
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Kind of story : SOB
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Accumulates : AMASSES
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Fish-scale covering : GANOINE
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Run beyond schedule : ENDLATE
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Pier-union actions : PORTSTRIKES
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Newton : WAYNE
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Court decree : ARRET
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Pee Wee : REESE
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Muffin man : BAKER
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Music piece : ETUDE
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Hamlin figure : PIPER
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Timber used for cabinetry : ROSEWOOD
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Glue again : REPASTE
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Voter : ELECTOR
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Prop : FULCRUM
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Strip-mine feature : OPENPIT
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"___ up there ... " : SOMEONE
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Stung : SMARTED
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Corday victim and family : MARATS
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Pronoun : THESE
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Cotton thread : LISLE
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Red or buck : SKIN
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Wooded hollow : DELL
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Biblical name : IRI
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Meadow barley : RIE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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