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New York Times, Tuesday, December 21, 1982

Author:
Dorothy Smitonick
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.97, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 278 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 72, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
Dorothy Smitonick has 17 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1982, The New York TimesNo. 12,096
Across
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Lizard : AGAMA
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Be absorbent : BLOT
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Nigerian people : BINI
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Actress Leslie ___ : CARON
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Network of nerves : RETE
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Son of Aphrodite : EROS
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Kin of arks : HOUSEBOATS
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Artist who built a Dream House in N.Y. : DALI
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Shade tree : ELM
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Tends the lawn : MOWS
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City in Taiwan : TAINAN
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Party by or for new residents : HOUSEWARMING
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Certain lessening of tension : DETENTE
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Japanese statesman : ITO
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Unaccompanied : ALONE
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Winter machine : SNOWPLOW
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Alliance : BLOC
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Track : SPOOR
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Tear apart : RIVE
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Willy Loman and others : SALESMEN
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Sharpened : HONED
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Craggy hill : TOR
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Orphan Annie's lizards : LEAPERS
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Flimsy structure : HOUSEOFCARDS
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Join up : ENLIST
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Capital of Western Samoa : APIA
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College deg. : MBA
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Wagger in old films : ASTA
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Swatters' targets : HOUSEFLIES
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Sea swallow : TERN
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Gaelic : ERSE
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Poetic measures : IAMBI
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For men only : STAG
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Homophone for rise : RYES
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Aviary sound : TWEET
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Yearn : ACHE
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British prison : GAOL
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Jack-in-the-pulpit, e.g. : ARUM
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Parts of yrs. : MOS
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Buttercup's relative : ANEMONE
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Spend time in a bookstore : BROWSE
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Rent : LEASE
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"McGraw's boy" : OTT
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Person with a will : TESTATOR
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Obscure : BEDIM
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Persian : IRANI
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Actor Lloyd ___ : NOLAN
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"Of Thee ___" : ISING
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Match : BOUT
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Like ___ of pins : AROW
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Therefore : HENCE
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Skid-row denizen : WINO
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Touches lightly : DABS
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Fitzgerald : ELLA
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Instrument : TOOL
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Scion : SON
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Bolsters : PROPS
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Masher's come-on : LINE
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Ham's "Your turn" : OVER
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Unites : WEDS
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More polished : SMOOTHER
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Flawless: Abbr. : PERF
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Jeanne d'Arc and others : STES
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Blew one's top : HADAFIT
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Becomes void : LAPSES
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Canal or lake : ERIE
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Preliminary events : HEATS
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Beginning : ONSET
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Extreme : ULTRA
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River in China : SIANG
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Reason : CAUSE
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Entertainer like Marceau : MIME
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Daniels or Rebozo : BEBE
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___ were (seemingly) : ASIT
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Rossini's "Le Comte ___" : ORY
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Canon : LAW

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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