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VARIABLES

New York Times, Sunday, February 18, 1973

Author:
Jack Luzzatto
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 132, Blocks: 60, Avg Word Len: 5.77, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 559 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 142, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 1, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Jack Luzzatto has 292 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,590
Across
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Served secretly : SPIED
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Card games : ECARTES
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Forcing house : HOTBED
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Dark-room activity : SEANCE
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Part of TNT : TOLUENE
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Reluctant : AVERSE
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Pregame practice : WARMUP
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Device that measures current : AMMETER
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Mental image : RECEPT
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Island near Quemoy : AMOY
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Trimming implement : RIMMER
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Speed-trap device : RADAR
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Exist : ARE
31
Torme : MEL
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Sun: Prefix : HELIO
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Redeemer : SAVIOR
35
Whirring sound: Var. : SKIR
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High-level brat : PRIMADONNA
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Chutzpa : GALL
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Becomes : SUITS
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Any new hot seller : ALATESTHIT
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South American : LATIN
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Wine glasses : GOBLETS
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Jail : COOLER
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Ice grabbers : TONGS
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Throbbing : APULSE
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Card game : MONTE
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Like Wagner's output : OPERATIC
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Pert cap : BERET
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Dutch specialty : TULIP
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Humiliate : ABASE
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Daughter of Loki : HEL
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Caen's river : ORNE
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Poor solace : COLDCOMFORT
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Beautiful girl : PERI
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Headland : RAS
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Digging animals : MOLES
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Mass. campus : TUFTS
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French river : LOIRE
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In a thickheaded way : STUPIDLY
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Kind of tax : SALES
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Garage-shelf item : OILCAN
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Lyric poem : EPODE
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Not sterilized : SEPTIC
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Weakest : PUNIEST
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Occupation : TRADE
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Arctic dangers : FROSTBITES
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Old flames : ASHES
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Upholstered piece : SOFA
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Gets ready to sound off : HIRESAHALL
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Schoolgirl : COED
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Swaggers : STRUTS
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Horse opera : OATER
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Charge : FEE
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Heart : COR
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Followers of the dogs : FLEAS
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Aircraft shed : HANGAR
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Pole or Serb : SLAV
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Star, in Paris : ETOILE
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Interval of delay : TIMELAG
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New Orleans campus : TULANE
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Unit of doubt : SHADOW
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Gormandized : OVERATE
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Slick paint : ENAMEL
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Passover feasts : SEDERS
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Released claim to : REMISED
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Widow's legacy : DOWER
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Maker of joins : SEAMER
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Parlay betting system : PAROLI
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"I'll See You ___ Dreams" : INMY
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Old French coin : ECU
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Pillage : DEPREDATE
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Cotton fabric : ETAMINE
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Run-of-the-mill viragos : COMMONSCOLDS
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Egyptian dancing girl : ALME
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Sorry fellows : RUERS
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New Year in Vietnam : TET
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Drain of pep : ENERVATE
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Harem : SERAIL
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Ethiopian city : HARAR
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Finished : OVER
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Private eye : TEC
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Getting the party rolling : BREAKINGTHEICE
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Vivacity : ESPRIT
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Checks : DETERS
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Overwhelm : SWAMP
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Land areas: Var. : ILOTS
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Cute girl : DOLL
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Healthiest : HALEST
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Spry : AGILE
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Hog family : SUINA
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Australian thicket : MALLEE
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Unaccented : ATONIC
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Hold supplies : STORE
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Buck-passing item : HOTPOTATO
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Nuclear trial : ATEST
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Hollywood film family : GABORS
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Work : OPERATE
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Makes time : BURNSUPTHEROAD
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Science-fiction figures : ROBOTS
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Jagged range : SIERRAS
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Hornless cows : MULEYS
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Golf scores : PARS
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Customer : CLIENT
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Charge at the bridge : TOLL
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Loving : AFFECTIONATE
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Marked for identification : CODED
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Stubborn : MULISH
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Suavity : POLISH
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The original Goldfinger? : MIDAS
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Long and narrow : LINEAR
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Pondered : PORED
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Lean man : SPRAT
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Added an external section : OUTSERTED
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Gushing : EFFUSIVE
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Famed sculpture : PIETA
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East, in Spain : ESTE
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Puffed oneself up : BRAGGED
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Approach : ACCESS
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Calm down : SOOTHE
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Speaker with panache : ORATOR
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On fire : AFLAME
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Thinner : LEANER
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Without a slant : LEVEL
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Scads : SLEWS
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Body of Islamic law: Var. : SHERI
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Wine fermenting agent : FLOR
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Sorry cry : ALAS
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Side dish : SLAW
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Carplike fish : IDE
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Hebrew letter : MEM
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One, in Spain : UNO

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 11 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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