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POSSESSIVE PERSONALITIES

New York Times, Sunday, October 16, 1977

20-Across : Impassive

Author:
Louis Baron
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 136, Blocks: 74, Avg Word Len: 5.40, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 546 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 123, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 16
Louis Baron has 39 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Clue for 61-Down may be missing a word or two at the end — should be something like "Buddhist structures"; left as in original.

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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,291
Across
1
Large amount : GOBS
5
Physician: Comb. form : IATRO
10
Wine word : SEC
13
Ruthian clout : SWAT
17
Further : ABET
18
Synopsis : BRIEF
19
S.A. land : URU
20
Impassive : STOLID
22
Newsman's brain : HARRYSREASONER
25
Three-horse shay : TROIKA
26
Casey Jones : ENGINEER
27
Talk-show mascot : MERVSGRIFFIN
29
Fender bender : DENT
30
Gait, in Grenada : PASO
31
Talk gibberish : RAVE
32
Beknighted women : DAMES
35
Florida's discoverer : DELEON
37
Battologize : ITERATE
41
V.I.P. at Entebbe : AMIN
42
Singer's sea mate : ETHELSMERMAN
45
Anatomical duct : VAS
46
Pulse, in music : TAKT
47
Snooker, e.g. : POOL
48
Old Hebrew avenger : GOEL
49
Dramatis personae : CAST
50
After printemps : ETE
51
Playwright's chicken : NOELSCOWARD
55
Waste maker : HASTE
56
Hand out : DISPENSE
58
Accord : AMITY
59
Worsteds : SERGES
60
Kodály's "___ János" : HARY
61
Pitfall : SNARE
62
___-day : TWOA
63
Aloha, in Israel : SHALOM
65
Gawk : STARE
66
Pedigreed animal : PUREBRED
70
Chair name : EAMES
71
Dancer's costumer : PAULSDRAPER
73
Key to heredity : DNA
74
Ideologies : ISMS
75
Beatles' movie : HELP
76
Nadia's rival : OLGA
77
Chew at : GNAW
78
Sault ___ Marie : STE
79
Explorer's chef : CAPTAINSCOOK
83
Plexus : RETE
84
Biting : MORDANT
86
Nosher's desire : SNACKS
87
Column moldings : TORES
88
Today, in Rome : OGGI
89
"___ Named Sue" : ABOY
90
Flourish : GROW
92
Comic's choirmaster : EDDIESCANTOR
97
Flying boat : SEAPLANE
101
When, in Spain : CUANDO
102
Cyberneticist's hot dog : NORBERTSWIENER
104
Source : ORIGIN
105
Items ab gallinis : OVA
106
Channel : ROUTE
107
Soprano Elinor : ROSS
108
Soc. or org. : ASSN
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Snooze : NAP
110
Judgelike : SOBER
111
Surfeit : SATE
Down
1
Apache masked dancers : GAHE
2
Role in "The Iceman Cometh" : OBAN
3
Floe : BERG
4
Grating : STRIDENT
5
"The Wild Duck" playwright : IBSEN
6
Canadian court decree : ARRET
7
Row : TIER
8
Electrifying agcy. : REA
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"Optimism is the content ___ men in high places": Fitzgerald : OFSMALL
10
Solarium : SUNROOM
11
Jewish holiday eve : EREV
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Surly, churly men : CURS
13
Struggled : STRIVEN
14
Stereo speaker : WOOFER
15
Arabic A : ALIF
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Heyerdahl's "Kon-___" : TIKI
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Laminar : STRATAL
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Fancy one : DAN
23
Chemical suffixes : YNES
24
Lab wire loops : OESES
28
Besmeared : GRIMED
30
Decorticates : PEELS
32
"Old hat" : DATED
33
Super fiddle : AMATI
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Sleuth's weapon : MIKESHAMMER
35
Indian wild dog : DHOLE
36
Deny : NEGATE
38
Actress's mystery man : AVASGARDNER
39
Discernment : TASTE
40
Park in Colorado : ESTES
42
Name giver : EPONYM
43
Halluces : TOES
44
Calhoun : RORY
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St.-John's-bread : CAROB
51
Emperor and Wolfe : NEROS
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Kiel or Suez : CANAL
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Khayyám et al. : OMARS
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Like a bionic man : WIRED
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Lumberman : HEWER
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Dims : PALES
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Run of luck : STREAK
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Buddhists : STUPAS
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Earthquake : SEISM
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Must : HASTO
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Seagoer : SALT
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Port of Aug. 3, 1492 : PALOS
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Ascent : UPGO
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Mother's relative : ENATE
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Coolidge's V.P. : DAWES
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Aiding digestion : PEPTIC
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The Italian Stallion : ROCKY
75
Refuses to quit : HANGSON
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Angry dogs : GROWLERS
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Confined, redundantly speaking : CAGEDIN
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"Caught like a rat ___" : INATRAP
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Mogul : NABOB
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They cross the plate : SCORERS
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Activities : DOINGS
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African antelope : TOPI
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Part of a P.C. Wren title : GESTE
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Less trained : RAWER
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Habitat: Prefix : ECO
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Brain covering : DURA
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Podium : DAIS
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Shortly : ANON
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Milky Way sphere : NOVA
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Half a ticket : STUB
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Wild ox : ANOA
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Nutcracker's suite : NEST
100
Irish Gaelic : ERSE
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Aussie animal : ROO

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 13 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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