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Herb L. Risteen
Herb L. Risteen

New York Times, Tuesday, November 15, 1977

16-Across : Semiprecious gem

Author:
Herb L. Risteen
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 39, Avg Word Len: 5.17, Missing: { F J Q V X }, Scrabble score: 261 (avg 1.40)
Open Squares: 68, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 1
Herb L. Risteen has 244 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,321
Across
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Ermine in a summer coat : STOAT
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Softens the sound : MUTES
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Spotted horses : PINTOS
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Of no value : USELESS
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Semiprecious gem : CATSEYE
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Food fish : SARDINE
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Singer of "Hit Parade" fame : ARMEN
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Arctic sea bird : AUK
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Beard eraser : RAZOR
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Legal document : WRIT
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Fabled monsters : OGRES
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___ mater (membrane) : DURA
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A.S.P.C.A., for one : SOC
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Gambles heavily : PLUNGES
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Twilled fabric : REP
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Equivocates : WEASELS
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Famed name in electrodynamics : AMPERE
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False god : BAAL
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Become indistinct : BLUR
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Volcanic rock : BASALT
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Lower-leg coverings : GAITERS
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Candlenut tree : AMA
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Prized sheep : MERINOS
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___ loss : ATA
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Is permissive : LETS
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Chad's neighbor : SUDAN
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Ending with tip or tap : STER
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Swings around : SLUES
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Shoat shelter : PEN
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Where a kadein lives : HAREM
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Kennedy tenant : AIRLINE
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Menagerie members : ANIMALS
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Sea mammal : MANATEE
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Be of comfort to : SOLACE
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Animal shelters : SHEDS
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Destructive insect : BORER
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Who killed Cock Robin? : SPARROW
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Small birds : TITMICE
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Beginning : ONSET
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Egyptian symbol : ATEN
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Little Boy Blue's dog : TOY
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Mossy marsh : MUSKEG
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World power, for short : USA
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Region: Abbr. : TERR
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One of Moses' seventy elders : ELDAD
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Sudden attack : SEIZURE
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Jonathan, e.g. : SEAGULL
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Noisy napper : SNORER
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Tampico attire : SERAPE
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Corvine calls : CAWS
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Receptacles : URNS
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Acid salts : OLEATES
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Large eared seal : SEALION
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Sacred song or poem : PSALM
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South African statesman : SMUTS
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Arab robe : ABA
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Grand ___, Acadia : PRE
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Go ___ (get wild or go ape) : BANANAS
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Species of fir : BALSAM
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Novel by Fielding : AMELIA
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A god and a planet : SATURNS
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He wrote "The Counterfeiters" : GIDE
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Frantic scramble : RATRACE
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Raider rival : STEELER
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Money in Madras : RUPEES
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"___ and the Man," Shaw play : ARMS
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Mystical Biblical word : SELAH
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Philippine island : SAMAR
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Building location : SITE
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Hawaiian port : HILO
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Mr. Buntline : NED
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In London, rich dude : NOB

Answer summary: 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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