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New York Times, Friday, December 23, 1983

Author:
George P. Sphicas
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 69, Blocks: 39, Avg Word Len: 5.39, Missing: { F J Q X }, Scrabble score: 273 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Spans: 3 (1 double stack), Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5 Grid has mirror symmetry.
George P. Sphicas has 13 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1983, The New York TimesNo. 12,463
Across
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Sesame : TIL
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French noble : DUC
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Month, in Madrid : MES
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Genesis shepherd : ABEL
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Unit of magnetic induction : TESLA
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Toucan's colorful part : BEAK
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What the pattern of this puzzle features : LATERALSYMMETRY
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Breakfast companion, for some : CROSSWORDPUZZLE
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Norms: Abbr. : STDS
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Name for a lioness : ELSA
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Trip lengthener : DETOUR
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" . . . call ye upon him while he ___": Isaiah 55:6 : ISNEAR
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Lendl of tennis : IVAN
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Atlas feature : INSET
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So long : TATA
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Preprandial tidbits : DIPS
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Indira Gandhi's father : NEHRU
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Concordes : SSTS
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Shoshonean : UTE
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Slows down : RETARDS
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Kind of dance : TAP
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Glues : PASTES
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Diner : EATERY
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Banquet official : TOASTMASTER
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Football field, for short : GRID
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Suffix with Boston : IAN
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___ time (immediately) : INNO
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Certain publications : DAILYNEWSPAPERS
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Rained ice : SLEETED
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Clad : ATTIRED
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Brother of Pollux : CASTOR
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Heat-detecting device, e.g. : SENSOR
Down
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Soft mineral : TALC
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Construction piece : IBAR
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Apollo's mother : LETO
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Apollo's birthplace : DELOS
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SALT participant : USSR
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Bonnie's partner : CLYDE
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City on the Moselle : METZ
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Ex-Knick Monroe : EARL
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___ terrier : SKYE
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Tutors' offerings : LESSONS
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Meretricious quality : TAWDRINESS
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Large or full measures : AMPLITUDES
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Byzantine coins : BEZANTS
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Q–V connection : RSTU
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Rumple : MUSS
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Wrapped, as a Christmas gift : DIDUP
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Broadway musical : EVITA
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Wall hangings : TAPESTRIES
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New Yorkers, Jerseyites et al. : EASTERNERS
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Perfume base : ATTAR
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Rough : RASPY
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Gross's lesser partner : NET
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___ Na Na of TV fame : SHA
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Slip : ERR
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___-wear clothes : READYTO
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Fill up : SATIATE
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Grooming, making up, etc. : TOILET
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Item near a gutter : TENPIN
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Evened the score : TIED
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Symbol of voracity : MAW
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Amphora adjunct : ANSA
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Celebration : GALA
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Mountain: Prefix : OREO
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Rel. of Ph.D. : DSC
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Saul's uncle or grandfather : NER
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Each TD earns six of these : PTS
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One who transmits: Abbr. : SDR

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 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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