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ON SPEAKING TERMS

New York Times, Sunday, December 2, 1979

Author:
George Rose Smith
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 86, Avg Word Len: 5.27, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 673 (avg 1.52)
Open Squares: 149, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 18
George Rose Smith has 10 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,981
Across
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Smokes : CIGARS
7
"Gil ___" : BLAS
11
Platter : DISC
15
Soprano Clamma ___ : DALE
19
Historic peak : ARARAT
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Sorceress : LAMIA
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Kind of committee : ADHOC
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Nuncupative : ORAL
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Thus spake Arthur Guinness : FORTHERECORD
27
Thus spake Edgar Bergen, with "in" : DOUBLETALK
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Chem. suffix : ENE
30
Porcupine's protection : SPINES
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Symbolized : MEANT
33
Tomato blights : EDEMAS
34
Heave : PANT
35
Utmost extent : LIMIT
36
Spinnaker : SAIL
37
Sty occupant : SOW
40
Like Maine woodlands : PINY
41
Day or Duke : DORIS
42
Currents caused by cars : AIRFLOWS
46
Poseidon's weapon : TRIDENT
48
Thus spake peace conferees : DISARMINGLY
50
Initials in the 30's : NRA
51
PG or X : RATING
52
City in Canada : SOREL
53
Like Albee's Alice : TINY
54
Land map : PLAT
55
Was nostalgic : ACHED
56
Soph, to a frosh : HAZER
57
Low, moist place : SWALE
59
Nature: Comb. form : PHYSI
60
Pandora's escapees : ILLS
61
Art gallery : TATE
62
Shakespeare contemporary : PEELE
63
Be half-awake : DROWSE
64
Boxer Cruz : TEO
65
Thus spake Cyrano : VERYNASALLY
68
Garden beauties : PEONIES
69
Querimonious child : WHINER
71
Sugar-and-spice group : GIRLS
72
China : TEASET
73
Scholars : SAVANTS
75
Thus spake Thackeray's Becky : MOSTSHARPLY
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Pinafore, for one : HMS
80
Causes detritus : ERODES
81
Vicious eel : MORAY
82
Shed plumage : MOLT
83
Granny, e.g. : KNOT
84
Reliable : TRIED
85
Dewy, in poetry : RORAL
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Entertainer Rivera : CHITA
88
Girl in "Twelfth Night" : VIOLA
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Spasms : TICS
90
Seine tributary : OISE
91
Bishop and Sexton : POETS
92
Man in a box : BATTER
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Second name : EVE
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Thus spake Venus de Milo : OFFHANDEDLY
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Least original : TRITEST
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Suppress again : RESTIFLE
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Studio item : EASEL
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God, to Chinese Protestants : SHEN
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Aves.' kin : STS
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Pierre's notion : IDEE
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Burrows : MOLES
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Portico for Pericles : STOA
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Visual : OCULAR
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Kind of larceny : PETIT
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Gets a hint of : SCENTS
112
Adage : SAW
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Thus spake the forgetful one at the grocery : LISTLESSLY
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Thus spake the umpire : ATAHIGHPITCH
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To ___ (exactly) : ATEE
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Prevent legally : ESTOP
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Squelched : SATON
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Apollo 7 astronaut : EISELE
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Desideratum : NEED
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Underling of yore : ESNE
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Hutches : PENS
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Floral organ : STAMEN
Down
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Bistro : CAFE
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Mashie, for one : IRON
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___ du Nord, Paris : GARE
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Newspaper department : ART
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Fall calls : RAHS
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Kind of stone : STEPPING
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Small, tapering fish : BLENNY
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Tie on a boot : LACET
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O.T. book : AMOS
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Wodehouse title : SIR
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Tzara's cult : DADAISM
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"___ Care," 1905 song : IDONT
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Close : SHUT
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Male swan : COB
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Expression of mild disbelief : DOTELL
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Saroyan hero : ARAM
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Musical refrain : LALA
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"Benevolent" ones : ELKS
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Title Columbus held : ADMIRAL
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Thus spake the optimistic meteorologist : CLEARLY
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Bright : RIANT
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Uplift : EDIFY
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Turkish V.I.P. : EMIR
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Schlimazel : LOSER
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Actress Hasso : SIGNE
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Narrow passage : STRAIT
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Wise answer : ORACLE
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Thus spake Gray's herd : WITHLOWVOICES
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Hang fire : PEND
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Fatal : DIRE
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Like a crone : ANILE
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Thus spake Beverly Sills : ONLYWITHNOTES
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Hogfish : WRASSE
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French composer and kin : SATIES
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Seeker of subversives: 1938–44 : DIES
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"Dirty" group of 1967 : DOZEN
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Where Leghorn is : ITALY
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Butterfly : SATYR
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Bell ringer, for short : PHONE
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Leporine group : HARES
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Tongue-twister verb : SELLS
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Cheat the bookie : WELSH
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Commonplace : PROSY
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Omar's production : TENTS
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Stravinsky's "Card ___" : PARTY
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Did business : DEALT
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Ivied : VINED
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Israeli coin : AGORA
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Fiber for cordage : SISAL
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Flounces on blouses : PEPLA
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Pluto, to Plato : HADES
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Ponies : TROTS
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Game dog : SETTER
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Achieve success : ARRIVE
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Peloponnesus : MOREA
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Accord : AMITY
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Ill-treat : MOLEST
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Fits' partner : STARTS
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Dayan : MOSHE
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Eartha : KITT
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Garand or M-1 : RIFLE
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Systems of signals : CODES
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War, to Sherman : HELL
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Futile : VAIN
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Recipient of a bid : OFFEREE
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Money in Madrid : PESETAS
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Inspires : BREATHES
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Resembling: Suffix : OIDAL
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Biological specimen replacing the original : NEOTYPE
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Salvador from Spain : DALI
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Strip of leather : THONG
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Sloped : TILTED
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Toby's cousins : STEINS
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Extra dividend : MELON
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Already, in Anhalt : SCHON
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Buck heroine : OLAN
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Bring into court : CITE
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Beneficiary: Law : USEE
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Signals for silence : PSTS
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Satisfy : SATE
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Patio gear : SPIT
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Ski turn : STEM
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Tall Asiatic tree : ACLE
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Reporter's query : WHEN
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Dir. of L.A. from Reno : SSE
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Faucet : TAP
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"The law ___ ass": Dickens : ISA

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 7 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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