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New York Times, Thursday, December 17, 1981

Author:
Eli Wesoff
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { J Q U X Z }, Scrabble score: 284 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 75, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Eli Wesoff has 93 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,727
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Nursery-rhyme name : DAW
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Nucleus of an action unit : CADRE
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Citizen of Tallinn : ESTH
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Protection : EGIS
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Where Aristophanes could see his plays : ODEON
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Virginia or challenge : DARE
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Jargon : CANT
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Machine used in construction : PILEDRIVER
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Pay for extra work-hours : OVERTIME
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Go ___ (deteriorate) : TOSEED
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One possibly on a pension : RETIREE
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Mexican's "Give way!" : PASO
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. . . peas in ___ : APOD
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Poet Jeffers : ROBINSON
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Surround : BESET
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Leconte de ___, French poet : LISLE
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Curriculum vitae item : AGE
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N.T. book : ACTS
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Greenleaf shot : MASSE
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"Guilty" or "not guilty" : PLEA
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Article in every newspaper : THE
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Affray : MELEE
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Roadside cabins : MOTEL
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Escamillo, e.g. : TOREADOR
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This never clings to a rolling stone : MOSS
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Ampersands : ANDS
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Famous mousquetaire : PORTHOS
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Explosive containing TNT : AMATOL
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Path for pedestrians : SIDEWALK
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Plumber, of a sort : PIPEFITTER
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African tree : AKEE
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Moslem V.I.P. : EMIR
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Amy Carter, to Billy : NIECE
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Master a primer : READ
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Disown : DENY
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Stared with mouth open : GAPED
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Hosp. group : RNS
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Furnishings style : DECOR
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Rope source : AGAVE
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Vintner's important employee : WINETASTER
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Imitated : COPIED
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"Brother, can you spare ___?" : ADIME
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Opposite of stet : DELE
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Marathoner Allison : ROE
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Furniture item : ENDTABLE
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Kinetoscope developer : EDISON
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Except : SAVE
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Tannenbaum, for one : TREE
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Kind of instinct : HERD
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Features of silvery bass : STRIPES
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The O'Grady girl : ROSIE
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Word following turkey : TROT
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Law enforcers in a western : POSSE
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Tread support : RISER
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Dining-table object : SALTSHAKER
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S-shaped molding : OGEE
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Actress Patricia : NEAL
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Cotton wadding : BATT
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Resound : ECHO
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"Symphonie espagnole" composer and family : LALOS
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Interference : MEDDLING
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Opposite of antebellum : POSTWAR
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"___ La Mancha" : MANOF
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Additional : MORE
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Lunchroom : EATERY
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King Arthur's evil nephew : MODRED
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___ de résistance : PIECE
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City in SW N.Y. : OLEAN
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Timetables, for short : SKEDS
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Impersonated : APED
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Marcel Marceau, for one : MIME
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Neat as ___ : APIN
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Chassé : STEP
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Esteban's aunt : TIA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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