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New York Times, Friday, February 28, 1986

50-Across : Recondite

Author:
Bert Rosenfield
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 40, Avg Word Len: 4.87, Missing: { J Q V X }, Scrabble score: 279 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 59, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 3, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
Bert Rosenfield has 60 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1986, The New York TimesNo. 13,261
Across
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Leave-taking : CONGE
6
Run off, orally : BLAB
10
Beldam : HAG
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"It Seems to Me " was his column : BROUN
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Kind of earth : RARE
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Magnitogorsk's river : URAL
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Battle of Saratoga site : STILLWATER
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Six on a Vegas cube : SISE
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Reach for the stars : ASPIRE
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Drive-in personnel : CARHOPS
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Latin infinitive : ESSE
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Cloys : SATIATES
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Diplomat Linowitz : SOL
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Ankles : TALI
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Recede : EBB
30
Stout : ALE
31
The three R's : SKILLS
33
Catcher for Allie : YOGI
37
Billiard contact : KISS
39
Oahu ornament : LEI
40
Phillips U. site : ENID
41
Pedestrian : SOSO
42
Honshu hurrah : BANZAI
45
Essay : TRY
46
Kind of cry : FAR
48
First farmer : CAIN
49
Neighbor of Wis. : ILL
50
Recondite : ABSTRUSE
54
Clammy : DAMP
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Able to resile : ELASTIC
57
Renders obsessed : BESOTS
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Folk singer Tom : RUSH
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Impervious, in a way : SOUNDPROOF
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Approximately : ORSO
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Part of a homer : EPHA
65
Rich or Dunne : IRENE
66
Nautical fastener : TYE
67
Challenge : DEFI
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___ out (barely beaten) : NOSED
Down
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Network logo : CBS
2
Lake in Italy : ORTA
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Very quiet : NOISELESS
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Eats like Fido : GULPS
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Takes the queen's shilling : ENLISTS
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Highland hillside : BRAE
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It's 34°, for L.A. : LAT
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Betel nuts' source : ARECA
9
Chews out : BERATES
10
Suggestion to Baby : HUSHABYE
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Tumultuous : ARIOT
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Quebec's scenic peninsula : GASPE
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Bottom or end ending : LESS
18
Inflict : WREAK
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Vaulting arch : RIB
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Courtroom admonition : SILENCE
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Egyptian cottons : SAKS
26
Hodgepodge : OLIO
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Actress Kedrova : LILA
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Gershwin song : LIZA
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How to proceed through a tulip bed : ONTIPTOES
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Lass : GIRL
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Eclogue : IDYL
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Ray Bolger specialty : SOFTSHOE
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Like mint leaves in some juleps : BRUISED
43
Pitched in : AIDED
44
Bewildered : INASPIN
47
___ Deco : ART
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Flying machine : AERO
51
Say suddenly : BLURT
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Mouthing off : SASSY
53
Purview : SCOPE
55
Castro's capital's castle : MORRO
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___ B'rith : BNAI
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Loudness unit : SONE
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Channel-selector position : UHF
62
T-man : FED

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

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