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New York Times, Wednesday, October 12, 1977

Author:
Tap Osborn
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 282 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 79, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
Tap Osborn has 111 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Error in 41-Across—quote is actually "ain't a fit night . . . "; left as in original.

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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,287

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Across
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Pictorial riddle : REBUS
6
Use a No. 8 iron : CHIP
10
Gluck of operatic fame : ALMA
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"___ want to set the world ... " : IDONT
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Chatty Barrett : RONA
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Slaughter : DOIN
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These may cause applause or a flapping of jaws : SENSATIONS
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Hit with a hard blow : JOLT
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Very involved : KNEEDEEP
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"Rug" on a pate : TOUPEE
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Has the sniffles : AILS
24
Pans' partner : POTS
25
Kind of clerk or card : POSTAL
28
Annual event in Boston : MARATHON
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"Rule Britannia" composer : ARNE
33
Hairy : PILAR
34
Chemical suffix : ASE
35
Post-holiday sigh, à la Roth? : GOODBYECOLUMBUS
39
Wine: Comb. form : ENO
40
Salad vegetables : LEEKS
41
"___ fit night ... " : AINT
42
Unstable : TOPHEAVY
44
Cloaks or devilfish : MANTAS
46
Rhine tributary : AARE
47
Rimbaud's forte : VERS
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Investor's concern : RETURN
51
Docker's need : BOATHOOK
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Test of a sort : ORAL
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Inconsiderable : FRACTIONAL
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Hop-O'-My-Thumb's foe : OGRE
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Mrs. Chaplin : OONA
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Flood : SPATE
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Revolving item : DOOR
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Wind : REEL
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Anxious : TENSE
Down
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What a funambulist takes : RISK
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She wrote "The Salamanca Drum" (1977) : EDEN
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___ china : BONE
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Removed from power : UNSEATED
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Rod for surveying : STADIA
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"___ and Whispers," Bergman film : CRIES
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Dr. J.'s target : HOOP
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Hostelry : INN
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Idyllic : PASTORAL
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Change with the times : ADJUST
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Fold : LOOP
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Relative of a knot : MILE
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Prior: Prefix : ANTE
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What some bussers do : TELL
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Hokkaido port : OTARU
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___ Verdes Estates, Calif. town : PALOS
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Statesman in Henry VIII's day : PAGET
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Maine college town : ORONO
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Town gossip : SNOOP
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Roasted potato : MICKY
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"How use doth breed a ___ in a man!": Shakespeare : HABIT
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1963 U.S. men's singles champ : OSUNA
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Hotbeds : NESTS
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Gripe : PEEVE
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Dim : BLEAR
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Miss something sorely : YEARNFOR
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Malraux classic: 1937 : MANSHOPE
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Van man : HAULER
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Word with grinder or packer : MEAT
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Lely or Peale : ARTIST
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Outspoken : VOCAL
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Large crucifix : ROOD
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Hence : ERGO
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Plant of the arum family : TARO
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Poison or curse : BANE
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Judah's son (Gen. 38:4) : ONAN
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Dinner for Dobbin : OATS
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He painted "Twittering Machine" : KLEE
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Potential swimmers : ROE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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