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WORD ASSORTMENT

New York Times, Sunday, November 2, 1969

Author:
William A. Lewis Jr.
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 73, Avg Word Len: 5.26, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 590 (avg 1.60)
Open Squares: 104, Cheaters: 14, FITB: 4, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 16
William A. Lewis Jr. has 45 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original solution grid had TWIG at 98-Across instead of SWIG; corrected this.

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C
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R
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E
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S
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S
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M
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E
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S
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H
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B
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E
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S
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T
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S
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S
H
U
T
U
P
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D
A
C
H
A
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W
A
L
K
I
N
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G
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P
E
N
C
I
L
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P
U
S
H
E
R
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A
R
M
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N
A
R
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M
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U
R
N
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T
A
R
S
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O
L
D
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T
I
M
E
S
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P
E
A
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D
R
I
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P
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T
O
T
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S
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F
R
A
T
E
R
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B
R
A
T
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S
Y
N
O
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D
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P
E
N
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S
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O
P
E
N
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W
R
O
T
E
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G
N
A
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T
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R
U
M
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P
L
E
D
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C
H
I
L
L
S
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S
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A
W
D
U
S
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T
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B
I
L
L
S
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F
R
E
E
L
Y
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A
L
A
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B
A
I
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T
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L
O
S
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G
R
I
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F
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R
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T
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C
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R
E
U
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S
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D
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D
O
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B
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N
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G
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S
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A
H
E
A
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D
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P
R
A
Y
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R
O
T
I
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S
N
A
R
E
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H
A
R
R
O
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W
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N
G
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Y
A
C
H
T
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S
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G
R
O
W
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R
A
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N
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D
E
N
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S
E
L
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F
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R
A
E
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S
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W
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L
L
S
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C
O
A
S
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T
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D
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A
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M
O
N
D
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U
P
H
O
L
D
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F
O
G
H
O
R
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N
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P
L
O
W
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P
O
O
L
S
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B
L
U
E
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M
E
O
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W
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L
A
M
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B
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S
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B
I
L
E
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F
R
Y
P
A
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N
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S
W
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G
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N
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E
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O
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E
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P
H
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B
E
T
E
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S
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I
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N
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T
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N
U
N
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W
E
L
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L
T
O
D
O
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D
R
E
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S
S
P
A
R
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A
D
E
S
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R
O
Y
A
L
L
Y
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O
V
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T
E
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S
U
R
E
T
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T
E
H
E
E
116
G
A
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Y
117
H
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© 1969, The New York TimesNo. 7,386
Across
1
Salad plant : CRESS
6
Interlock : MESH
10
Tops : BESTS
15
Confine : SHUTUP
16
Russian country house : DACHA
17
Up and around : WALKING
19
Office worker : PENCILPUSHER
21
Companionably : ARMINARM
23
Vessel : URN
24
Gobs : TARS
25
The past : OLDTIMES
27
Shell-gamer's need : PEA
28
Leak : DRIP
30
Adds up : TOTS
32
Brother : FRATER
33
Spoiled one : BRAT
34
Council : SYNOD
36
Confines : PENS
38
Accessible : OPEN
39
Corresponded : WROTE
40
Midge : GNAT
42
Out of shape : RUMPLED
44
Prepares vichyssoise : CHILLS
45
Filler material : SAWDUST
48
Certain mail : BILLS
49
At will : FREELY
50
State: Abbr. : ALA
51
Tease : BAIT
53
Word in L.A. : LOS
54
Good word for Charlie Brown : GRIEF
55
Military group: Abbr. : ROTC
57
Like some containers : REUSED
59
Redistilled liquor : DOUBLINGS
63
To the good : AHEAD
65
Hope and ___ : PRAY
66
Roast: Fr. : ROTI
67
Catch : SNARE
68
Very unpleasant : HARROWING
70
Marina sights : YACHTS
72
Wax : GROW
73
Claude : RAINS
74
Certain room : DEN
75
One's nature : SELF
77
Form of Rachel : RAE
78
Guzzles : SWILLS
80
Take it easy : COAST
82
Kohinoor : DIAMOND
84
Defend : UPHOLD
85
Harbor sound : FOGHORN
87
Snow vehicle : PLOW
88
Car co-ops : POOLS
89
Livid : BLUE
90
Catty sound : MEOW
92
Easy prey : LAMBS
95
Ill temper : BILE
96
Skillet : FRYPAN
98
Bit of liquor : SWIG
100
Blue or green : NILE
101
Bravo! : OLE
102
Academic élite, informally : PHIBETES
104
There ___ any more : ISNT
106
Hebrew letter : NUN
107
Prosperous : WELLTODO
109
Military to-dos : DRESSPARADES
112
In a grand manner : ROYALLY
113
Roundish : OVATE
114
French relative of F.B.I. : SURETE
115
Giggle : TEHEE
116
Indiana port : GARY
117
Gambling choice : HEADS
Down
1
Flavor : CHERRY
2
Modern convenience : RUNNINGWATER
3
Lazy writers abbreviation : ETC
4
Please : SUIT
5
Chair part : SPLAT
6
Degrees: Abbr. : MAS
7
Nymph of myth : ECHO
8
Place for things : SHELF
9
Breadstuff : HARDROLLS
10
Tavern workers : BARMEN
11
Rice : ELMER
12
Runners : SKIS
13
Kind of ear : TIN
14
Aerial maneuver : SNAPROLL
15
Digging tools : SPUDS
16
Housecoat : DUSTER
17
Held back : WAITED
18
Very : GREATLY
20
Support : PROP
22
Ship men : MATES
26
Reruns : TAPES
29
Place to fish : POND
31
Rebuff : SNUB
33
Oral summary : BRIEFING
35
Smear : DAUB
37
Cheerful : SMILEY
39
Companion of deals : WHEELS
41
Former Russian : TSAR
43
Move heavily : PLOD
44
Bin : CRIB
45
Biblical wife : SARAH
46
Word of greeting : ALOHA
47
Men's-wear items : TIEPINS
49
"Across the ___ plain" : FRUITED
52
Variety acts : TURNS
54
Early invaders : GOTHS
56
Light covered cart: Var. : CARRIOLE
58
Feature of an old floor : SAG
59
Informal title : DOC
60
Provincial : NARROWMINDED
61
Deep sound : GROAN
62
Joined in a way : SEWED
64
Factotums, old style : DOALLS
66
Pay in a way : RANSOM
69
Uncontrollable : WILD
70
Relative of uh-huh : YEAH
71
Earth fault : SLIP
74
Ruthless : DOGEATDOG
76
Season : FALL
78
Team that scores upsets : SPOILER
79
Scads : WHOLELOT
80
Car : COUPE
81
___ bien : TRES
83
See 61 Down : MOAN
84
Violin stroke : UPBOW
85
Pilot: Slang : FLYBOY
86
Not at all : NOWISE
89
Take offense : BRIDLE
91
Tenuous strip : WISP
93
Quaker-ladies : BLUETS
94
Meaning : SENSE
96
Violin item : FHOLE
97
Roman emperor : NERVA
99
Grind, as teeth : GNASH
102
Memphian deity : PTAH
103
Burn : SEAR
105
Straight : TRUE
108
Caustic : LYE
110
Pen : STY
111
Altar: Lat. : ARA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 10 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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