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New York Times, Thursday, December 24, 1981

Author:
William E. Heinemann
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.92, Missing: { F J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 269 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 72, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
William E. Heinemann has 21 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,734
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Bit of holly : SPRIG
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Some are holy : DAYS
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Leave the sack : STIR
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Like a thrice-told tale : TRITE
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"They ___ serve . . . ": Milton : ALSO
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Cartoonist Peter : ARNO
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Western action : RODEO
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"Joyeux ___!" : NOEL
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Riviera city : NICE
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Anagram for "Try Ma's charm, sire!" : AMERRYCHRISTMAS
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Postscripts: Abbr. : PSS
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Titans' mother : GAEA
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Baby sitter for a nene : TIA
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Whirring sound : BIRR
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Squire whose last name means "paunch" : SANCHO
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Confused : ATSEA
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"Deck the halls . . . " group : CAROLERS
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Kind of store for a man in a red suit: Abbr. : DEPT
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Word with "ho!" : TALLY
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Three-digit code : AREA
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"In a ___ open sleigh" : ONEHORSE
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Like beer : SUDSY
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Goddess associated with Ceres : TELLUS
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Hosiery shades : TANS
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Shade tree : ELM
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Where a famous Greek statue was found : MILO
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One of Mickey's exes : AVA
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Anagram for "End near? Why pay, Pa?" : ANDHAPPYNEWYEAR
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In addition : MORE
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Miscues : ERRS
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Sorcerer : MAGUS
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Where Susa was : ELAM
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Attacked, with "into" : TORE
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Type of dress : ALINE
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Holiday drinks : NOGS
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Comedian Mort : SAHL
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Retreats : NESTS
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Watchband : STRAP
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Graduation events : PROMS
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Teases : RIDES
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Roman road : ITER
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"Empire State of the South" : GEORGIA
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One of C. Moore's flying quadrupeds : DANCER
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Lanai greeting : ALOHA
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Belgian river : YSER
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Single : SOLITARY
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P.O. address in Indiana : SANTACLAUS
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Decorate a tree : TRIM
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Andean Indian : INCA
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Kin of Does : ROES
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Easily handled, as a ship : YAR
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Chinese: Comb. form : SINO
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Town in N.H. and city in Pa. : BETHLEHEMS
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Bando of baseball : SAL
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Reindeer group : HERD
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Galena and bauxite : ORES
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Pother : ADO
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Gift for an outdoorsy person : TENT
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Count von ___ : SPEE
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Diminutive suffix : CLE
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Utter : SAY
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Heralds : TRUMPETS
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Crèche beast : ASS
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Earthen pot : OLLA
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Frosty, for one : SNOWMAN
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Pre-Yule purchase : TINSEL
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Wassail quaff : ALE
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A gift at a stable : MYRRH
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Zeus's shield : AEGIS
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Brag : VAUNT
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Upbeats, in music : ARSES
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Doxology ending : AMEN
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Court plea, for short : NOLO
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Type of race : DRAG
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Malayan canoe : PROA
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Shade of blue : YALE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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