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New York Times, Monday, December 5, 1977

Author:
Meisler
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 44, Avg Word Len: 4.76, Missing: { F J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 264 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 64, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 12, XRef: 2, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,341
Across
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Sit for a portrait : POSE
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Fuel, in Cork : PEAT
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Capital of W. Australia : PERTH
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Ellipsoidal : OVAL
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"As ___ as a painted ship . . . " : IDLE
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C'est ___ (that is to say) : ADIRE
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"___ M for Murder" : DIAL
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Killer: Suffix : CIDE
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Body tissues : TELAE
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With 54 Across, Ben Jonson line : DRINKTOMEONLY
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Word with fire or rummage : SALE
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"The Sun Also ___" : RISES
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Tennis winner : ACE
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Fruits resembling crab apples : MEDLARS
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Mail, in Paris : POSTE
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Former name of Tokyo : EDO
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October birthstone : OPAL
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"___ as a cloud": Wordsworth : IWANDEREDLONELY
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Oversupply : GLUT
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Housman, in Shropshire : LAD
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Swiss site of a 1431–1449 council : BASEL
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Wailing spirit : BANSHEE
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Gridiron gadget : TEE
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Wild plums : SLOES
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___ Major : URSA
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See 20 Across : WITHTHINEEYES
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Potter's wheel : LATHE
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Kind of sax : ALTO
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Figure skater's feat : AXEL
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Buenos ___ : AIRES
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Encumbrance : LIEN
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Put on the payroll : HIRE
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Torpid : INERT
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Darnel : TARE
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Ragout : STEW
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School of whales : POD
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"Metamorphoses" poet : OVID
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Territory in W. Germany : SAAR
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N.Y. island : ELLIS
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Awkward situation : PICKLE
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Polished, as copy : EDITED
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Ray of movies : ALDO
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Pullulate : TEEM
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Local dialect : PATOIS
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Anthony and Barbara : EDENS
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Valley on the moon : RILLE
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Lazy Susans : TRAYS
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Half a bray : HEE
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"A Streetcar ___ Desire" : NAMED
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Flynn of film fame : ERROL
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___ in a poke : APIG
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Monk's hood : COWL
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He sold his birthright : ESAU
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British university : LEEDS
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Total : ADD
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Explosive : TNT
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Cape Horn native : ONA
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Sheep ked, e.g. : PEST
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On the sheltered side : ALEE
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Sparky, the relief pitcher : LYLE
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Resiliency: Comb. form : ELAST
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Fled : RAN
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Roly-poly : OBESE
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Command : BEHEST
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Nimrod : HUNTER
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" . . . lightning, which doth cease to be/ ___ can say it lightens": Juliet : EREONE
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Country gallant : SWAIN
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Poisonous Chilean shrub : LITRE
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Drop the ___ shoe : OTHER
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Nursemaids, in Calcutta : AYAHS
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Stoppage : HALT
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Hip bones : ILIA
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Stage direction : EXIT
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Withered : SERE
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Chou En-___ : LAI
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Actor Ayres : LEW

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 4 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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