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PASSING THE BUCK

New York Times, Sunday, November 6, 1977

Author:
Tap Osborn
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 162, Blocks: 78, Avg Word Len: 5.57, Missing: { Q }, Scrabble score: 665 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 171, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Spans: 5, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 16
Tap Osborn has 111 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,312
Across
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Sandblaster's target : GRIME
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Circumvent : EVADE
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Mature : RIPEN
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Warhol film : TRASH
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Unwind : RELAX
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Motorized bike : MOPED
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Accrue : ENURE
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Norse chieftain : ROLLO
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Start of a verse : APOLITICALHACKDIDBEWAIL
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Political contest : SENATERACE
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Flock of herons : SIEGE
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Brought up : REARED
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Jack's need : PLAY
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Breathing noise : RALE
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Hearth : ASTRE
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Stove parts : BURNERS
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Sprinkle : WET
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Suit to ___ : ATEE
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Ionian gulf : ARTA
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Second line of verse : HISFATEINSENDINGOUTMAIL
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Gawking : ASTARE
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Soggy : MOIST
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Forbidden things : NONOS
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Sport fish : CERO
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Bring together : MARRY
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Anchovy : SPRAT
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Brought into harmony : TUNED
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Group of eight : OCTAD
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One to distrust : LIAR
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U.S. painter: 1871–1951 : SLOAN
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Gun parts : BORES
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The Green Wave : TULANE
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Gormandize : EAT
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Vega, for one : STAR
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Chimp's cousin : ORANG
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Egyptian king : SETI
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Third line of verse : THATCONTAINEDSOMEADVICE
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Shortage : WANT
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Kind of season : RAINY
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Of the soil: Comb. form : AGRO
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Trim : LOP
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In a sluggish way : LAZILY
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"Eye in the sky" : SAMOS
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Dessert wine : TOKAY
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As well : ALSO
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Vituperation : ABUSE
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Harp on : RUBIN
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Farm machine : BALER
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Make wavy : CRIMP
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Dissolve : MELT
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Make a quick visit : POPIN
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Menu choice : SALAD
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Albatross : GOONIE
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Fourth line of verse : PLUSSOMECASHTOVOTETWICE
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School orgs. : PTAS
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Relative of a b'ar : COON
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Saison : ETE
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Big-A laggard : ALSORAN
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Sing, as a lullaby : CROON
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Iniquity units : DENS
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Franklin's flier : KITE
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___ a pin : NEATAS
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N.Z. native : MAORI
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Of a chemical process : SOLUTIONAL
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Last line of verse : TODAYHESRUNNINGFROMJAIL
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Infuriated : IRATE
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Condition : STATE
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Lustrous bast fiber : RAMIE
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Heavy satin : PANNE
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Supply prepared food : CATER
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Eton boy's father : PATER
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Reaches across : SPANS
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Dagger : SKEEN
Down
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Comprehension : GRASP
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Disgust : REPEL
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Actress Massey : ILONA
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Native of Penang : MALAY
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Turnpike sign : EXIT
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Arab chieftain's domain : EMIRATE
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Outspoken : VOCAL
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Swiftly : APACE
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Remove : DELE
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Old English letter : EDH
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Ticked off : RECITED
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Pressman : INKER
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Plump one : PUDGE
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Canal started in 1817 : ERIE
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"Dead ___," Masefield novel : NED
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African rodent : TREERAT
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Martin's pal : ROWAN
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Nose part : ALARE
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More furtive : SLIER
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Owns : HOLDS
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Almost cylindrical : TERETE
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Approval : ASSENT
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"Dear ___" : BRUTUS
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Nuclear trial : ATEST
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Coop group : BROOD
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Suspicious : WARY
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Mongol, for one : ASIAN
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Saint of Jan. 21 : AGNES
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Noble vacillator : HAMLET
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O. T. book : ISAIAH
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Layers : STRATA
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Loser to Louis: Aug. 30, 1937 : FARR
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Meaning : IMPORT
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Ephron or Helmer : NORA
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Entombs : INURNS
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External world : NONEGO
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Year in reign of Henry III : MCCLIV
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Philippine dwarf : AETA
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CENTO member : IRAN
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Word with star or stone : LODE
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Bias : SLANT
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Sycophant : TOADY
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Best : OUTDO
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Unyielding : STONY
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Machine guns : BRENS
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Lachrymose : TEARY
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Proportion : SCALE
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Bermuda or red : ONION
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Popeye's creator : SEGAR
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Plot devices : TWISTS
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Jordan's tongue : ARABIC
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"___ conventional dither . . . " : IAMINA
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Stretch, in a way : MAKEDO
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Grange's team : ILLINI
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Grandiose : COSMIC
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Heroic poem : EPOPEE
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Nightingale's vessel : LAMP
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U.S. labor leader : ABEL
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Natal native : ZULU
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Met extras, for short : SUPES
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Hawk's asset : TALON
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Norwegian king : OLAV
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Lined up : AROW
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Type of type : ROMAN
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Solti's need : BATON
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Pigeon coop : COTE
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Dead Sea product : POTASH
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Cinch : SHOOIN
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Reaches : GETSTO
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One with a bug gun : SPRAYER
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Iconoclast : SCORNER
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Job securities : TENURES
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Huxley's "___ Hay" : ANTIC
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"Arrowsmith" heroine : LEORA
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Anwar of Egypt : SADAT
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Mexican basket grass : OTATE
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Weight : CARAT
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Highway : ROUTE
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Rigid belief : DOGMA
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Mischievous : ELFIN
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Telly on the telly : KOJAK
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Witless : INANE
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Hippolyte of France : TAINE
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Soprano Shade : ELLEN
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Feeder of Lake Ilmen : MSTA
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Go berserk : SNAP
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Saucy ones : IMPS
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J.B. Rhine subj. : ESP
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Revenue org. : IRS

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 8 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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