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New York Times, Thursday, December 4, 1980

Author:
Sidney L. Robbins
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 42, Avg Word Len: 4.69, Missing: { J Q V Z }, Scrabble score: 277 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 67, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Sidney L. Robbins has 153 pre-Shortz puzzles and 50 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1980, The New York TimesNo. 11,349
Across
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Feather bearer : BIRD
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Phony : SHAM
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Vespid : WASP
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Inspiration : IDEA
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Despises : HATES
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Barbados ___, ornamental plant : ALOE
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Use the phone : DIAL
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Asian range : ALTAI
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Town on the Vire : STLO
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What every belle had in the Gay Nineties : SOLIDFOUNDATION
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"___ Magic," 1948 song : ITS
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Before, to Spenser : ERE
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Plackets : SLITS
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"___ exchange" (ring event) : SOCK
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Pub liquid : ALE
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Monotonous song : CHANT
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Emanation : AURA
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Stevedore's milieu : PIER
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Any all-pro defensive guard : ROCKOFGIBRALTAR
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Change of a five : ONES
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Bits under the banquet table : ORTS
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Lettuce, cabbage, etc. : BUCKS
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Join : WED
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Novelists Levin and Wolfert : IRAS
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Forward : PUSHY
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Priestly robe : ALB
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Casey's weapon : BAT
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Where osculation causes skill in adulation : THEBLARNEYSTONE
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Merit : EARN
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Extinguish : DOUSE
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W.W. II group : AXIS
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Otherwise : ELSE
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Church V.I.P. : ELDER
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Easter's predecessor : LENT
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Player on the range : DEER
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Rents : LETS
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Joint often clipped on a gridiron : KNEE
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One club, two hearts, etc. : BIDS
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Personal: Prefix : IDIO
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Type of estate : REAL
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His watches may be for all time : DALI
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Colliers' surroundings : SHAFTS
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Angelic headgear : HALOS
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Aleutian isle : ATTU
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Type of disposition : MEAN
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Squander : WASTE
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Trebles, in Toscana : ALTI
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Type of flight : SOLO
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León laborer : PEON
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Mixed drink : SIDECAR
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Idem : DITTO
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Jan de Hartog's "The Little ___" : ARK
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Glistened : SHONE
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Spiked the punch : LACED
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Signs : INKS
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Diamonds and hearts : SUITS
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Globes : ORBS
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Gee follower : AITCH
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Needing a caulking : LEAKY
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Misses the fly : ERRS
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Brag : CROW
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Taj Mahal site : AGRA
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___ fours : PLUS
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Interdicted : FORBADE
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Adjoins : ABUTS
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Roth's "___ Cry Tomorrow" : ILL
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Bursars, at times : PAYERS
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Doubleday : ABNER
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Harassed : BESET
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___ off (riled up) : TEED
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Robust : HALE
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Gaelic : ERSE
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Drummer's prolonged rat-a-tat : ROLL
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Sky-clad : NUDE
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"Four-letter word for psychotherapy": Hodgins : TALK
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The yoke is on them : OXEN
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Spot card : NINE
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Town near Padua : ESTE

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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