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New York Times, Wednesday, December 9, 1959

24-Down : Spoil by wretched performance.

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 39, Avg Word Len: 5.17, Missing: { B J Q X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 248 (avg 1.33)
Open Squares: 70, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
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© 1959, The New York TimesNo. 3,799
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Dance step. : CHASSE
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Delicatessen viands. : MEATS
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Position of control. : WHIPHAND
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Begin or undertake. : INCEPT
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Meets by chance. : RUNSINTO
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Mahogany pine of New Zealand. : TOTARA
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Brown fur. : OTTER
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Brightest star in Orion. : RIGEL
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Horse and buggy. : RIG
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Green or black ___. : TEA
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Title for tio. : SENOR
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Chinese dynasty. : MING
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This: Span. : ESTA
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Hotel crier. : PAGE
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Fencer's movement. : LUNGE
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Well proportioned. : NEAT
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Sprang into being. : STARTED
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Snake. : ADDER
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Legal phrase. : ANDOR
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Cross-examined searchingly. : GRILLED
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Canadian Indian. : CREE
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Choreographer De Mille. : AGNES
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Quod ___ demonstrandum. : ERAT
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Sprint. : RACE
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Artifice. : RUSE
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Couples. : PAIRS
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Leading unit. : VAN
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Mon ___ Pierrot. : AMI
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Untamed. : FERAL
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Prodigalize. : SPEND
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Soothing. : GENTLE
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Examine. : LOOKINTO
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Involve. : ENTAIL
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Horizontal timber. : STRINGER
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Mr. ___, in "Dombey and Son." : TOOTS
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Hunting dog. : SETTER
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Inclined troughs. : CHUTES
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Allude to indirectly. : HINTAT
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Domed area in a church. : APSE
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Bake eggs: Var. : SHIR
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___ Juan. : SAN
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Solicit. : ENTREAT
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Bishop's tall, peaked cap. : MITER
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Suffix in chemistry. : ENOL
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Simulate. : ACT
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Attack impetuously: Colloq. : TEARINTO
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Large spaniel. : SPRINGER
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Composed. : WROTE
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An action. : DOING
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Overtook and touched, as in a game. : TAGGED
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Fares. : GOES
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Extra. : SPARE
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Spoil by wretched performance. : MURDER
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Washington ___ University. : ANDLEE
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Track course. : LANE
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Fishes. : EELS
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Filled pastry shells. : TARTS
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Disputation. : ARGUMENT
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Impresses by repetition. : DINSINTO
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Type of repair shop. : GARAGE
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Polite form of address in speaking or letter writing. : DEAR
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Freight hauls. : CARLOTS
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Money in Teheran. : RIALS
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Exact satisfaction for. : AVENGE
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Gait. : CANTER
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Witch of ___. : ENDOR
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Decorticates. : PEELS
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Dart along. : FLIT
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Short satire. : SKIT
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Liquid or dry measure. : PINT
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Truth, in Chinese philosophy. : TAO
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Mine output. : ORE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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