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New York Times, Saturday, February 5, 1972

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { B J K Q Z }, Scrabble score: 292 (avg 1.55)
Open Squares: 88, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7 Grid has supersymmetry.
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,211

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Across
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Sword-shaped, in anatomy : XIPHOID
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Social Security impost : WAGETAX
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On the right: Fr. : ADROITE
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North, South or Central : AMERICA
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Knitters' implements : NEEDLES
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Japanese guitar : SAMISEN
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Russian press agency : TASS
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Dissolves : MELTS
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Small vehicle : CART
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Metric measures: Abbr. : HLS
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Kind of bread : RYE
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Slangy denial : NAH
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Rubber trees : ULES
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Prevent : AVERT
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Reject : VETO
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Shortening of a syllable : SYSTOLE
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Women's clubs : SOROSES
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N.Y. summer time : EDT
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Diamond gal : LIL
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Flaunted : PARADED
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Floating wreckage : FLOTSAM
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Mimicked : APED
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Nurtures : REARS
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Long tale : SAGA
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Commotion : ROW
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School org. : PTA
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" ... ___ nisi bonum" : NIL
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One-___ : ACAT
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Preempt : COOPT
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Formality : RITE
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Mental infirmities : DOTAGES
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Spanish coins : PESETAS
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Function : OPERATE
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Promote : ELEVATE
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Conditions of skin dryness : XEROSES
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Mrs. vis-à-vis Ms. : SAMESEX
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Old city of Asia Minor : XANTHUS
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In the best way : IDEALLY
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Does ironing : PRESSES
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Coal scuttles : HODS
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Lubricate : OIL
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News piece : ITEM
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Merit : DESERVE
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Profligate ones : WASTERS
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Candlenut trees : AMAS
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Precious stone : GEM
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Norse explorer : ERIC
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Medicinal brews : TISANES
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Needle-shaped : ACERATE
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Prefixes for yellow : XANTHOS
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Caustic substance : LYE
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Stand in good ___ : STEAD
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Do a tailor's job : ALTER
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Relatives of fares : TOLLS
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Electrical units : VOLTS
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Peculiar : ODD
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S.A. port : RIO
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Self-contradictory statement : PARADOX
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Omission of a syllable : APOCOPE
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Sprinkle the lawn again : REWATER
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Removes from office : DEPOSES
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Liqueur drinks : FRAPPES
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Health, to Cicero : SANITAS
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Perturb : AGITATE
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Men, e.g. : MALESEX
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From ___ Z : ATO
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Starchy root : TARO
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Whale : CETE
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Tissue : TELA
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Dream: Fr. : REVE
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Fuel : GAS
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Church school: Abbr. : SEM

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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