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TAKE IT FROM THE TOP

New York Times, Sunday, December 11, 1983

Author:
Bert Rosenfield
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 82, Avg Word Len: 5.06, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 491 (avg 1.37)
Open Squares: 108, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 13, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14
Bert Rosenfield has 60 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1983, The New York TimesNo. 12,451
Across
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Bhang or ramie : HEMP
5
Soapstone : TALC
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One-third of ML : CCCL
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Card for Carmen : TAROT
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___ Mts., in Kirghiz : ALAI
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Mudfish genus : AMIA
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Nimbus : AURA
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"___ Louisa," 1931 song : ILOVE
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Rotate : TURN
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Lansbury role : MAME
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Plunger becomes embezzler : SPECULATOR
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Singapore ___ (gin drink) : SLING
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___ de café (cup of coffee, in Chambéry : TASSE
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Feeling odium : DETESTING
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Disciple becomes master : PARTISAN
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Comme ci, comme ça : SOSO
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Port on the IJsselmeer : EDAM
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Surgical instrument : TROCAR
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Tohubohu : RIOT
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Volatile chemical compound : PICRATE
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Contemptibility : BASENESS
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Early publication becomes late one : PREPRINT
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Novelist Deighton : LEN
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Turkish chieftain : AGA
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Works on a bone : GNAWS
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Medieval verses : BALLADES
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___ Tafari (Haile Selassie) : RAS
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Girl's nickname : ETTIE
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Scale notes : LAS
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Where two dozen merls wound up : INAPIE
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Anglers' baskets become their spools : CREELS
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Cardboard bx. : CTN
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Cryptographers : CODERS
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" . . . ___ of troubles": Hamlet : ASEA
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Hateful act becomes joyous one : SLAUGHTER
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"___ Ideas," 1951 song : IGET
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Performer becomes nonperformer : MIDLER
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G.I. cops : MPS
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Excite : AROUSE
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Easternmost Great Lakes port : OSWEGO
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Witty saying : MOT
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Soup made with okra pods : GUMBO
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Dallas campus letters : SMU
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City inside Houston : BELLAIRE
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Indian, for one : OCEAN
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Cough: Sp. : TOS
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Dec. 24, 1983 : SAT
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Calumnies become columnist : SLANDERS
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Certain rear seats : TONNEAUS
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Henchman : ABETTOR
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Main St. brightener : NEON
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Cotton-mill employee : GINNER
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Moreover : ALSO
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Famous nom de plume : SAND
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One ballplayer becomes four : WINFIELD
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Electrical-circuit devices : RESISTORS
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Prefix with cede : INTER
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Utensil for bolting : SIEVE
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Tactician becomes musician : WELLINGTON
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Sans ___ (matchless) : EGAL
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Ski resort in Colo. : VAIL
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Tailward : AREAR
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Coxswain's command : OARS
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Red Sox second sacker : REMY
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U.S. sky eye : ESSA
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Three-striper, familiarly : SARGE
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Fox or dog follower : TROT
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Montand from Monsummano : YVES
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Word from Gromyko : NYET
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"___ off!" : HATS
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Jewish month : ELUL
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Opahs and sego lilies : MARIPOSAS
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Ship's boat : PINNACE
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Headgear at St. Andrews : TAM
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Teacher of Stradivari : AMATI
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Big beans : LIMAS
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___ Rodney, Declaration signer : CAESAR
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Ablative or dative : CASE
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Ryder or Stanley : CUP
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Start of Iago's Act II aria in "Otello" : CREDO
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Intertwines : LACES
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Mah-jongg counter : TILE
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Lackaday! : ALAS
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Unappealing person becomes appealing animal : ROTTER
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Egg-shaped : OVOIDAL
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One of the Moluccas : TERNATE
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Never-never land : UTOPIA
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Farm worker becomes Garden player : GRANGER
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Smarty-pants : SNIP
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Federal fuzz : GMEN
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Monte Carlo's ___-et-quarante : TRENTE
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Cat man's requisite : STEALTH
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Skier's uphill assister : TBAR
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Hindu musical form : RAGA
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Neptune or Pluto : ORB
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Language branch including Sanskrit : INDIC
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Combiner meaning "comb" : CTENO
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Stuffs : SATES
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Refuse : SWILL
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Roadside weed : PLANTAGO
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Monogram of J. Silver's creator : RLS
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Bone shaped like a certain seed : SESAMOID
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Hawkins or Thompson : SADIE
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Cribbage item : PEG
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Wrath : IRE
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Id adherent : EST
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Joshua's co-survivor : CALEB
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Abbr. re ergs, etc. : CGS
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Amas preceder : AMO
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Lucy, to Linus : SIS
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Son of Geo. : EDW
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Favorable economic sign : UPTREND
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Behave like Krakatoa : ERUCT
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Slayer of Paris : ROMEO
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Relative of 70 Down : EGEST
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Psychologist May : ROLLO
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River on Zaire's boundary : UBANGI
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Young boys : SONNIES
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Aristotle's "political animal" : MAN
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Command from Montgomery : STANDEASY
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Grimace : MOUE
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Kazakh, Uzbeck et al. : USSR
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Lie-detector inventor becomes a crime : LARSON
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Hamlet's "before" : ERE
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Mosel feeder : SAAR
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Start of a famous palindrome : ABLEWAS
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Mosaic piece : TESSERA
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Distributed : SOWN
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Animate : ENLIVEN
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Vassal becomes vessel : TOILER
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Supper club : NITERY
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Cant : ARGOT
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Very red heavenly body : NSTAR
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Desert in Israel : NEGEV
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Bowler's "inning" : FRAME
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Dross : SLAG
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Flag : TIRE
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R.P.I. is one : INST
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Saw-filer's need : VISE
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Gulf of Aqaba port : ELAT
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"___ y Plata," Montana's motto : ORO
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Battle of the ___: 1918 : LYS

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 10 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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