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COUNTDOWN

New York Times, Sunday, February 1, 1970

Author:
Herbert Ettenson
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 162, Blocks: 91, Avg Word Len: 5.41, Missing: { J X Z }
Open Squares: 142, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 33
Herbert Ettenson has 87 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Note that the I in 24-Across is actually a 1 in both directions, unlike several other one-directional 1s.

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FIVE
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T
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H
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S
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A
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H
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I
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L
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L
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C
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O
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M
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M
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N
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A
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I
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A
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D
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O
R
A
E
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P
O
D
I
A
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TWO
A
D
A
Y
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E
S
O
P
U
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S
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FIVE
A
N
D
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I
O
C
E
N
T
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THREE
M
E
N
O
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N
A
H
O
R
S
E
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O
S
S
I
P
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K
A
Y
E
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S
P
O
N
G
E
R
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P
O
E
M
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H
A
M
I
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T
E
S
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R
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O
K
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N
A
R
O
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S
E
N
S
E
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E
E
R
Y
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F
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N
I
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S
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A
M
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O
U
R
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Q
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U
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I
N
C
Y
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D
O
S
A
D
O
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S
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M
E
D
I
C
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I
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N
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E
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U
N
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T
E
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S
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R
E
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D
A
T
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A
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N
O
T
E
M
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N
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E
D
N
A
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W
I
S
E
R
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O
P
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N
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A
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N
A
N
O
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D
E
A
L
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H
A
M
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O
P
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E
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N
A
S
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A
R
M
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R
E
M
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S
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E
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D
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A
S
T
O
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C
R
E
S
S
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I
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THREE
E
R
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S
T
L
O
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D
O
R
R
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E
A
R
P
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A
L
F
I
E
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S
E
E
L
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S
N
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P
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O
U
T
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O
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R
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G
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B
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L
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N
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S
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R
V
E
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D
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H
U
T
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C
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L
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A
M
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D
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E
A
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A
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G
O
R
A
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A
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A
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S
T
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L
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L
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N
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S
T
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M
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P
L
U
S
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S
T
O
S
S
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S
O
N
D
E
L
I
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S
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E
M
I
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G
R
E
S
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S
T
O
N
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S
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S
A
L
S
A
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E
T
A
I
N
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T
H
E
NINE
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A
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B
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O
Y
S
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T
R
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I
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S
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A
L
L
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H
E
A
R
T
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A
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S
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T
A
N
S
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B
E
A
N
I
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E
S
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I
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S
I
N
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I
A
G
O
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S
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FOUR
L
E
T
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T
E
R
W
O
R
D
S
127
FIVE
C
E
N
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T
C
I
G
A
R
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O
T
T
E
R
S
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A
N
O
D
E
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T
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R
E
D
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L
I
N
T
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S
O
M
A
T
134
K
E
N
O
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H
O
A
R
S
136
S
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D
A
© 1970, The New York TimesNo. 7,477
Across
1
Liquor units : FIVETHS
5
Not worth ___ of beans : AHILL
10
Naval officer: Abbr. : COMM
14
Water nymph : NAIAD
19
Old English moneys : ORAE
20
Daises : PODIA
21
Certain vaudeville show : TWOADAY
22
Hudson town south of Kingston : ESOPUS
24
___ store (place to buy notions) : FIVEANDIOCENT
26
Vehicle for Sam Levene : THREEMENONAHORSE
28
Pianist Gabrilowitsch : OSSIP
29
Comedian Danny : KAYE
30
Nonpaying friend : SPONGER
31
Frost piece : POEM
32
Biblical people : HAMITES
34
Korean soldier : ROK
36
Town in Sicily : NARO
37
Perceive : SENSE
38
Eldritch : EERY
39
The end : FINIS
41
Love affair : AMOUR
43
Presidential middle name : QUINCY
46
Dogcart : DOSADOS
48
Branch of study : MEDICINE
52
Make one : UNITE
53
Title of respect : SIRE
54
Computer stuff : DATA
56
Record keeper : NOTEMAN
57
Mrs. Stengel : EDNA
58
More judicious : WISER
59
Outdoor : OPENAIR
61
Dwarf: Prefix : NANO
62
Shady agreement : DEAL
63
Exhibitionist : HAM
64
Most favorable conditions : OPTIMA
65
Alcohol burners : ETNAS
66
Subsidiary : ARM
67
Released a claim to : REMISED
71
Concerning : ASTO
72
Garnish green : CRESS
73
Last card of a suit : ITHREEER
75
W. W. II town : STLO
76
Glacial trough : DORR
77
Noted name in West : EARP
78
Role for Michael Caine : ALFIE
79
Sew a hawk's eyelids : SEEL
80
Detachable page : SNAPOUT
82
Assn. : ORG
85
Afro-Asiatic language : BILIN
86
Filled the bill : SERVED
88
Shelter : HUT
89
Sky: Fr. : CIEL
90
Girl friend in Paris : AMIE
91
Ailment : DISEASE
92
Assembly in old Greece : AGORA
94
Cruising : ASEA
95
Nut-and-fruit bread : STOLLEN
97
Mouth: Prefix : STOM
98
In addition : PLUS
99
Glacial term : STOSS
100
East Indian shrews : SONDELIS
102
People fleeing a land : EMIGRES
104
Gems : STONES
105
Sauce, in Italy : SALSA
106
Tin, in Paris : ETAIN
107
Epithet for Clio, Erato, etc. : THENINE
108
"___ will is the wind's will" : ABOYS
111
Speaker : TRIS
114
___ for one : ALL
115
"Had a ___ big as a whale" : HEARTAS
118
Sunburns : TANS
119
Caps of a kind : BEANIES
121
The fat ___ the fire : ISIN
123
Literary villain and namesakes : IAGOS
125
Obscenities : FOURLETTERWORDS
127
Necessity à la Thomas Marshall : FIVECENTCIGAR
129
Water animals : OTTERS
130
Cell terminal : ANODE
131
Spent : TIRED
132
Fuzz : LINT
133
Body: Prefix : SOMAT
134
Gambling game : KENO
135
Rimy coatings : HOARS
136
Silk: Sp. : SEDA
Down
1
Equally : FIVEOFIVEO
2
Junk : TRASH
3
Medieval guild : HANSA
4
Dreggy : SEDIMENTAL
5
Soldier's address : APO
6
Game : HOCKEY
7
Light bulbs, in the comics : IDEAS
8
Streaked : LINY
9
Slugabed : LATERISER
10
Bivouac : CAMP
11
"___ a Grecian Urn" : ODEON
12
Windfall : MANNA
13
Graph of muscular contractions : MYOGRAM
14
Approaching : NEAR
15
Residue : ASH
16
Relative of a jingo : IOOPERCENTER
17
Kitchen wear : APRON
18
Italian actress and family : DUSES
21
Beat it! : TWOTHREESKIDDOO
23
Dotted, as enamelware : SEME
25
Kind of bathing suit : IPIECE
27
Time of the new moon : NEOMENIA
33
Attempt : TRY
35
Fuegian : ONA
37
Diamonds, for one : SUIT
39
Golfer's word : FORE
40
Scouring items : SOAPPADS
42
Bouquet : ODOR
43
Curfew: Sp. : QUEDA
44
Covered by : UNDER
45
Rare case : IINAMILLION
46
Cans : DISMISSES
47
Hat : STETSON
49
Another's meat, in a play : IMANSPOISON
50
Nursemaids : NANAS
51
Biblical man : ENOS
53
Anna's land : SIAM
55
Grieg character : ANITRA
58
Reporter's question : WHERE
60
Without distinct form : AMORPHOUS
65
Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT
67
Control : REIN
68
Metric units : STERES
69
Ennoble : ELEVATE
70
Gloomy : DOLESOME
72
Port opposite Gibraltar : CEUTA
74
Method of crop rotation : THREEFIELDSYSTEM
78
Intend : AIMTO
81
Possessive : OURS
83
Singer Della : REESE
84
Product of sand : GLASS
85
Kind of drum : BASS
86
Ominous : SINISTER
87
Dinner topper : DEMITASSE
89
Whip : CATONINETAILS
91
Valley : DELL
92
Tax day : APRILIFIVETH
93
Singer Campbell : GLEN
96
Grasslands : LEAS
99
Spatial : STERIC
101
Area of Borneo : SARAWAK
103
"My ___ Sal" : GAL
104
Asian sheep : SHA
107
What two fins make : TENNER
108
When life begins, in a title : ATFOURO
109
Northern Europeans : BALTS
110
Only ___ a customer : ONETO
112
___ ear . . . : INONE
113
Curved metal bar : SIRON
115
Old Greek temples : HIERA
116
Farming student : AGGIE
117
___ so : SOAND
119
Supreme : BEST
120
Taro root : EDDO
122
Shadow: Prefix : SCIO
124
Spanish girl: Abbr. : SRTA
126
Refrain part : TRA
128
Football scores: Abbr. : TDS

Answer summary: 22 unique to this puzzle, 11 debuted here and reused later, 19 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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