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New York Times, Wednesday, November 18, 1981

Author:
John Greenman
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 40, Avg Word Len: 4.74, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 269 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 73, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
John Greenman has 52 pre-Shortz puzzles and 12 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,698
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Tiff : SPAT
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Part of many fire escapes : STAIR
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Fine-grained mineral : TALC
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Verdant : LUSH
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Eeyore's creator : MILNE
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Lamb's pseudonym : ELIA
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Playground, e.g. : AREA
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"Toys in the ___," Hellman play : ATTIC
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Soft breeze : AURA
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Police-squad member : PLAINCLOTHESMAN
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Mamie's man : IKE
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Put away, in a way : ATE
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Jazz dances : STOMPS
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Con artist : SWINDLER
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Neophyte : TYRO
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Black Sea port, formerly Stalin : VARNA
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Rathskeller staple : ALE
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Lhasa ___ : APSO
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Rabbits' cousins : PIKAS
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Geraint's mate : ENID
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Burns, for short : GEO
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Chandler's "The Big ___ " : SLEEP
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Tragicomedy segment : ACTI
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Those in an upper house : SENATORS
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Accorded : AGREED
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Half a diam. : RAD
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Hard ___ rock : ASA
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Masquerades : FANCYDRESSBALLS
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Oriental nanny : AMAH
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Spooky : EERIE
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Authentic : REAL
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Judith Anderson, for one : DAME
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Three incarnations of Vishnu : RAMAS
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Subdue : TAME
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Ending for spin or rhyme : STER
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Railroad trestles : SPANS
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Diffuse, as light : SHED
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Insult : SLAP
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Small loop on the edge of lace : PURL
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On the Marmara : ASEA
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Bangkok native : THAI
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Fishing boats : SMACKS
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Señora or Madame : TITLE
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Glee-club member : ALTO
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Monogram unit: Abbr. : INIT
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Joins detached links : RECHAINS
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Hectored : TEASED
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Astringent : ALUM
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Sicilian coin : LIRA
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He played Sonny in "The Godfather" : CAAN
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Chill : NIP
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Relative of Vesuvius : ETNA
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Antlered ones : STAGS
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Melville work : TYPEE
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Welles or Bean : ORSON
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Pasture sound : MOO
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Purposes : SAKES
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Opera cape : WRAP
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Picador's weapon : LANCE
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Type size : ELITE
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Staged a revival : REDID
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Contender : VIER
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Drudges : PLODDERS
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Pitcher handle : EAR
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Sojourn : STAY
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William Tell was one : ARCHER
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Appraise : ASSESS
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Chew the fat : GAB
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Shanghai native, e.g. : ASIAN
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Passing fancies : FADS
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He loves, to Cato : AMAT
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Signature : NAME
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Harvest : REAP
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Humorist Bombeck : ERMA
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Martial ___ : ARTS
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Jacob's first wife : LEAH
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Kind of duck : LAME
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Snowmobile's relative : SLED

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

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