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New York Times, Tuesday, December 15, 1981

Author:
Sidney L. Robbins
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 42, Avg Word Len: 4.69, Missing: { M Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 279 (avg 1.52)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 2, XRef: 1, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
Sidney L. Robbins has 153 pre-Shortz puzzles and 50 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,725
Across
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Fellow : CHAP
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Berate : SCOLD
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Like Bill Hickok : WILD
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Suffer defeat : LOSE
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Type of beaver : EAGER
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Thought : IDEA
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Ski resort in Utah : ALTA
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Tend : NURSE
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Ban : DENY
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Astronauts know the gravity of this situation : WEIGHTLESSNESS
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Vex : IRK
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Heir, often : SON
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Certain snowman : FROSTY
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Port ___, Egypt : SAID
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Cheer : RAH
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Ireland, once : EIRE
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Zoological suffix : OIDEA
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City in Peru : ICA
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Odets, this was your sting! : WAITINGFORLEFTY
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War zone in the 40's : ETO
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Prancers in the paddocks : COLTS
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Swiss modernist artist : KLEE
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Lost color : RAN
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Angers : IRES
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Raises cattle : BREEDS
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Trinitrotoluene : TNT
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Whitney : ELI
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Lecture on tare and tret? : WEIGHTYSUBJECT
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Kind of admiral : REAR
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Rub out : ERASE
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Tan color : ECRU
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Otherwise : ELSE
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Upsets : RILES
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Mongol of SE Asia : SHAN
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Dogboat : SLED
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Worn out : SPENT
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Robe of office : TOGA
Down
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Type of hammer : CLAW
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Pit : HOLE
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Spumante city : ASTI
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Wampum : PEAG
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Guard : SENTRY
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Use oakum : CAULK
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Monster : OGRE
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Relative of 25 Down : LESS
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Costumed more stylishly : DRESSIER
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Expand : WIDEN
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December 13, e.g. : IDES
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Camera part : LENS
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Dennis, but not the Menace : DAY
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Three-bagger, e.g. : HIT
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Knotty : NODAL
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Not so many : FEWER
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Lariat : RIATA
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Constellation : ORION
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Tennis grouping : SET
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Uses a bolter : SIFTS
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Fusses : ADOS
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Chassepot : RIFLE
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Performed : ACTED
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President nicknamed "Old Eight to Seven" : HAYES
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Stare desirously : OGLE
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Topper in a bakery : ICING
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Winter storms : NORTHERS
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Make do : EKE
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Most melancholy : BLUEST
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Josh : RIB
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Weary : TIRED
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Ruhr city : ESSEN
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Open shaft for a staircase : WELL
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Leisure : EASE
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Stumble : TRIP
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Where Albie Booth starred : YALE
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Joke : JEST
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Repeat : ECHO
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Steep, rugged rock : CRAG
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Sandwich filler : TUNA
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In medias ___ : RES

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 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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