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Sidney L. Robbins
Sidney L. Robbins

New York Times, Tuesday, December 18, 1979

31-Across : Dry goods dealer

Author:
Sidney L. Robbins
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 40, Avg Word Len: 4.74, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 267 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 67, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 8, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Sidney L. Robbins has 153 pre-Shortz puzzles and 50 Shortz Era crosswords in our database.
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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,997
Across
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Type of grass : CRAB
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Devotee of cow's milk : CALF
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Bombacaceous tree : BALSA
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Apollo's mother : LETO
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Hebrew measure : OMER
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Hamburger helper : ONION
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Preposition : ONTO
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"With malice toward ___" : NONE
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Single entries : ITEMS
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Marx vehicle : YOUBETYOURLIFE
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Ship: Abbr. : STR
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Fictitious John : DOE
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Cloche or toque : HAT
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Latch : HASP
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Dry goods dealer : DRAPER
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Deck : ARRAY
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Salty spot in Utah : LAKE
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Michigan town : CARO
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Two-edged wager : DOUBLEORNOTHING
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Response to an explanation : ISEE
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Network : RETE
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High nest : AERIE
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Actress Wright : TERESA
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Do a deck job : SWAB
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Tennis unit : SET
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"Faerie Queene" hag : ATE
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Saluki, e.g. : DOG
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Possibly a shoo-in : ODDSONFAVORITE
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Auto tires' outer casings : SHOES
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Pub call at closing : TIME
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Region : AREA
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Evangelist's first name : AIMEE
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Square : EVEN
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"___ Fence Me In" : DONT
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Go-getters : DOERS
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Tear : RENT
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It's hard to make them meet : ENDS
Down
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Sate : CLOY
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Divorce city : RENO
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Aleutian isle : ATTU
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Fools : BOOBS
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Against: Prefix : CONTRA
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Chinese seaport : AMOY
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Fabric weave : LENO
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Famed name in psychoanalysis : FREUD
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Basement installation : BOILER
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Not pro : ANTI
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Willingly, to an Elizabethan : LIEF
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A few : SOME
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Reply: Abbr. : ANS
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___ chloride (local anesthetic) : ETHYL
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Cowpoke's arena : RODEO
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___ coming (deserved) : HADIT
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Originated : AROSE
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More veracious : TRUER
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___ gin : SLOE
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Splits : PARTS
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Pain's relative : ACHE
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Poker holdings : PAIRS
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Tennessee ___ Ford : ERNIE
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Thesaurus name : ROGET
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Busy as ___ : ABEE
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Had information : KNEW
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Muse for Sappho : ERATO
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Ban : TABOO
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Talks in a snippety way : SASSES
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Period before Christmas : ADVENT
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Come in : ENTER
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Class : GRADE
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State or river : OHIO
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Hemispherical vault : DOME
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Antler bearer : DEER
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Basketball team : FIVE
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So be it : AMEN
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"The Man in the ___ Mask" : IRON
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Care for : TEND
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Diner sign : EATS
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Unhappy : SAD

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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