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Stephanie Spadaccini
Stephanie Spadaccini

New York Times, Saturday, November 22, 1980

31-Down : True grit

Author:
Stephanie Spadaccini
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 29, Avg Word Len: 5.44, Missing: { F J Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 265 (avg 1.35)
Open Squares: 90, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
Stephanie Spadaccini has 8 pre-Shortz puzzles and 36 Shortz Era crosswords in our database.
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© 1980, The New York TimesNo. 11,337
Across
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Haymarket attraction : THEATRE
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Preserved : SALTED
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Taller and thinner : RANGIER
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Traveling players : TROUPES
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Experience : UNDERGO
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Kind of horse or camel : ARABIAN
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Zsa Zsa has said it several times : IDO
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Gourmand : EATER
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About 39 inches in England : METRE
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Classify : SORT
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Tellers of twisted tales : LIARS
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Sub ___ (secretly) : ROSA
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Meredith Wilson's "The ___ Man" : MUSIC
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"___ and Whispers," Bergman film : CRIES
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Cartoonist who created Ferd'nand : MIK
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Hardens : STEELS
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Castanets : SNAPPERS
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Engrossed : RAPT
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Stamp stuff : GLUE
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Tool for a tailor : SCISSORS
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Sounds of derision : SNORTS
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Calloway : CAB
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Pens : STIES
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Genuflect : KNEEL
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Kayo blow : ONER
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Ejects : SPEWS
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River on the Broads : YARE
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Gypsy's card : TAROT
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Rove furtively : PROWL
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Most West Pointers : MEN
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Gourmet : EPICURE
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Part of a car : REAREND
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Atom splitter : REACTOR
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Fer-___, pit viper : DELANCE
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Muzzles : SNOUTS
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Max in "Hart to Hart" : STANDER
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Platitudes : TRUISMS
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"Dime" of song, e.g. : HANDOUT
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Support : ENDORSE
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Jack Benny's secret : AGE
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Tucker out : TIRE
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Queenly : REGAL
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Amatory : EROTIC
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Movie-credit word : STARRING
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Dep.'s opposite : ARR
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Rich soil : LOAM
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Oca or yam : TUBER
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Representative example : EPITOME
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Letter opener : DEARSIR
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Untrustworthy people : SNEAKS
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Dumbo's "wings" : EARS
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Wedding-cake parts : TIERS
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Otaries : SEALS
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Kind of room or mate : CLASS
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True grit : SPUNK
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Signs of rubeola : SPOTS
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Showy flower : PEONY
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Mechanisms for switches : TRIPPERS
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Sea duck : SCOTER
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Tidbits : CANAPES
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Native of a European peninsula : IBERIAN
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Calchas, for one : SEER
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Change anew : REAMEND
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Playwright Rattigan : TERENCE
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Having little force or validity : SLENDER
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Swashbucklers' needs : SWORDS
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"___ and His Brothers," 1960 film : ROCCO
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Nectarous : SWEET
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Garb for "Swan Lake" : TUTU
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Tra trailers : LALA
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Rubbish! : ROT
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Smuggled : RAN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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