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VARIETY PACKAGE

New York Times, Sunday, February 6, 1972

Author:
Jack Luzzatto
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 130, Blocks: 64, Avg Word Len: 5.80, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 554 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 144, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 18
Jack Luzzatto has 292 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,212
Across
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Solemn promise : PLEDGE
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Sentimental fools : SOFTS
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Multitudes : SWARMS
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Of direct descent : LINEAL
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Spooks : SPIRITS
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Wind-borne : EOLIAN
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Set free : UNCAGE
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Mini-people country : LILIPUT
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Near-homer : TRIPLE
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Paltry : MEAN
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Polite word : PLEASE
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Nit-pick : CAVIL
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___ mater : PIA
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Don't miss it : BUS
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Serape : SHAWL
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In a photo finish : NECKANDNECK
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Store-ad features : SPECIALS
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Taro roots : EDDOES
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Takes on cargo : LADES
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Peter : ARNO
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Kind of remark : SNIDE
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Taunt : TWIT
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Lease again : RELET
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Third-rank univ. student : TERNAR
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From the same mother : ENATIC
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Small valleys : DELLS
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Criteria : CANONS
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Rival of long standing : OLDENEMY
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Old French coins : ECUS
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Christmas toe : MISTLE
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Hot-rod site : DRAGSTRIP
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Titanic message : SOS
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Worst of friends : MORTALENEMIES
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Engine: Abbr. : MTR
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Displays : EVIDENCES
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Fond fools : DOTERS
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Geste, e.g. : BEAU
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Hurt in return : REVENGED
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Country quaffs : CIDERS
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Beer bases : WORTS
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Thirty, in Paris : TRENTE
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U.S. beasts : BISONS
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Code man : MORSE
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Tangy : TART
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Nautical cry : AVAST
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Girl in "La Bohème" : MIMI
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Horrify : APPAL
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Port of Brazil : RECIFE
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Wisdom : SAGACITY
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Relative of a kind : SOULBROTHER
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Reject : SPURN
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Speak of love : COO
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Big ___ of Calif. : SUR
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Limber : LITHE
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Eur. region : IBERIA
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Cut : HEWN
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Poplars : ALAMOS
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African land : ALGERIA
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Words of sympathy : TOOBAD
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"Merchant of ___" (movie ad villain) : MENACE
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Nearing a culmination : NOONING
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Infuriate : ENRAGE
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Oodles : STACKS
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Chain of hills : RIDGE
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Word on a thin-ice sign : DANGER
Down
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Sounds the depth : PLUMBS
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Form a queue : LINEUP
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Put in a box : ENCASE
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College V.I.P. : DEAN
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Silencer : GAG
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Peanut fancier : ELEPHANT
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Mata Hari job, old style : SPIAL
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Art medium : OILS
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From "A" to "indeed" : FRIENDINNEEDISAFRIEND
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Capsize : TIP
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Worker on house sides : STUCCOER
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Begin to function : SETIN
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Urbanity : WORLDLINESS
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Clay, today : ALI
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Tore : RIPPED
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Evil intent : MALICE
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Quarterback ploys : SNEAKS
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Great numbers : SLEWS
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Wager : STAKE
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Fr. composer : LALO
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Like the ocean : VAST
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Begets : SIRES
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Norse sagas : EDDAS
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Swimming : NATANT
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Summons : CALLS
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Sign up for : ENROLL
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Wagner heroine et al. : SENTAS
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Golf clubs : WEDGES
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Make a comeback : RECOVER
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Baffling : ELUSIVE
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Sampled : TASTED
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Prison inmates : TERMERS
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Flatter in a way : IMITATE
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Medit. island : CYPRUS
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Forsake : DESERT
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Pigwoman of "Odyssey" : CIRCE
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Abalones : ORMERS
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Beastly holes : LAIRS
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Dealer in fish or gossip : MONGER
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Watch lever : DETENT
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Barrier of a sort : MENTALBLOCK
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Knotty : NODOSE
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Kind of floss : DENTAL
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Eyewash acid : BORIC
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Non-soldier: Slang : CIVIE
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Lib worker : WOMAN
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Footloose fellow : BACHELOR
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Resettled : MIGRATED
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Sulky race : TROT
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Hawaiian island : MAUI
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Teas of India : ASSAMS
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Love letter: Fr. : POULET
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Old legend of India : PURANA
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Allen or Frome : ETHAN
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Timber prop : SPRAG
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Morning-after millinery : ICEBAG
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Haul-away cost : TOWAGE
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Wild blue ___ : YONDER
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Ascends : RISES
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Net : SEINE
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Seagoing stockade : BRIG
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Egotist's instrument : HORN
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Sweet apple, for short : MAC
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Honshu town : GOI
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Turn ___ dime : ONA

Answer summary: 15 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 14 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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