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New York Times, Thursday, February 5, 1981

Author:
Nikki Tenfelde
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Min Word Len: 4, Missing: { F J Q X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 274 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 80, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 2, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,412
Across
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Eccentric : CRANK
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Drop heavily : PLOP
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Ford : WADE
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Denizen of the Everglades : HERON
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Soprano Stevens : RISE
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Golden calf, e.g. : IDOL
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Habituate : INURE
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Leisure : EASE
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Variable star : NOVA
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A television "must" : COMMERCIAL
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Spoilage allowance : TRET
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Dregs of wine : LEES
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Rigid : TENSE
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Not fem. or neut. : MASC
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Surrogate parent : ADOPTER
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Eight: Comb. form : OCTO
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Dynamos : GENERATORS
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Hone : SHARPEN
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Of the shallow-water region on a seacoast : NERITIC
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Bents : TENDENCIES
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Isinglass : MICA
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Designs : INTENTS
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A social sci. : ECON
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Rebuke : SCOLD
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Form, as a storm : BREW
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Make like a snake : COIL
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Famous violin-maker : STRADIVARI
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Skillful : ABLE
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O'Neill's "A Touch of the ___" : POET
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Derring-do : VALOR
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Rabbit or Fox : BRER
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Letters before cee : ABEE
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Overact : EMOTE
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Girl's name meaning "princess" : SARA
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Cincinnati nine : REDS
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What machs measure : SPEED
Down
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Last word : CHIC
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Tourist center in the West : RENO
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Calla lily, for one : ARUM
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Average : NORM
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Prepare to be dubbed : KNEEL
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Pecking-order right : PRECEDENCE
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Close relationship : LIAISON
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Greek mountain : OSSA
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Uncover : PEEL
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Hiemal period : WINTERTIME
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Embellish : ADORN
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Opposite of hawks : DOVES
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Exhilarate : ELATE
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Chemical substance : REAGENT
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Dash : TEAR
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The majority : MOST
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Word with head or back : ACHE
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Getz of music : STAN
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Group of mountain ranges : CORDILLERA
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Imbues; steeps : PENETRATES
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Braided; plaited : TRESSED
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Auditory : OTIC
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Carty of baseball : RICO
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Look over hastily : SCAN
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Remain undecided : PEND
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Intermarry : INBREED
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Strikebreakers : SCABS
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Hooded snake : COBRA
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Type of cargo ship : OILER
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Shakespeare's merry group : WIVES
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Bandy words : SPAR
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"The best is yet ___": Browning : TOBE
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Coquette : VAMP
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Drug source : ALOE
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Mechanical routine : ROTE
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Incensed : IRED

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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