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New York Times, Saturday, February 17, 1979

23-Across : Former gossip columnist

Author:
C. J. Angio
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 43, Avg Word Len: 5.20, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 278 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 76, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 9, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
C. J. Angio has 93 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

"Pusilanimous" in 37-Down clue is misspelled—should be "Pusillanimous"; left as in the original.

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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,693
Across
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Double, e.g. : HIT
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___ Alonzo Stagg : AMOS
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Q-W connection : RSTUV
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Quasi : ASIF
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Go on a diet : BANT
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Season : INURE
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Hawaii from 1900 to 1959: Abbr. : TERR
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Comedian Johnson : ARTE
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Light shield of yore : TARGE
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Amerind : CREE
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British boiler : SOAPCOPPER
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Former gossip columnist : HEDDAHOPPER
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Portent : OMEN
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___ (Che) Guevara : ERNESTO
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Come ___ (happen) : TOPASS
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"___ of My Dreams," old song : STAYOUT
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Corded fabric : REPP
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"Cogito, ___ sum": Descartes : ERGO
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One transferring property : ALIENOR
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"Monkey Trial" defendant : SCOPES
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Fullness of divine powers and virtues : PLEROMA
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Desdemona's detractor : IAGO
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Seeker of admiration in conversation via associations : NAMEDROPPER
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Bumpkin or lumpkin : CLODHOPPER
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Torn-down Grounds : POLO
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Greenstreet contemporary : LORRE
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Words said with a sigh : AHME
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On a grand scale : EPIC
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Table before a reredos : ALTAR
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Rugby score : GOAL
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Danger : RISK
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"But to see her ___ love her": Burns : WASTO
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Pelagic birds : ERNS
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He wrote "The Wall Street Gang" : NEY
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Passage between decks : HATCH
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Rhone feeder : ISERE
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All in : TIRED
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Makes ashamed : ABASHES
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Leaves high and dry : MAROONS
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Ready for use : ONTAP
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The ___ (vast Russian grasslands) : STEPPES
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"___ vincitor!" (aria for Aida) : RITORNA
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Pushover : SNAP
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Paint cleaner, for short : TURP
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Force onward : URGE
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Shift : VEER
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Creator of Happy Hooligan : FREDOPPER
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N.Y.S.E. document : CERT
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Female Japanese diver : AMA
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Something thrilling : EYEPOPPER
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Vexed : SORE
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Struggles : TUGS
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Siouan : OTO
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Narrate : TELL
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British artist 1761-1807 : OPIE
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Knock : RAP
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Pusilanimous protagonist : NONHERO
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Oahu thrush : OMAO
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Violent behavior : RAMPAGE
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Jazz-band member : SIDEMAN
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Enclosures for studying in a library : CARRELS
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U.S. satellite : OGO
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Greek supt. of public works : EPHOR
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Visit unexpectedly : POPIN
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Beethoven's "Für ___" : ELISE
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"The Italian Stallion" : ROCKY
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Unguis : CLAW
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Redford's wife : LOLA
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Scraps for Spot : ORTS
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"Darn it!" : DRAT

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

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