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New York Times, Saturday, March 17, 1973

38-Across : Russian grasslands

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 30, Avg Word Len: 5.42, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 264 (avg 1.35)
Open Squares: 78, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,617
Across
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Esteem : RESPECT
8
As dry ___ : ASABONE
15
Rickenbacker, for one : AVIATOR
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Library user : SCHOLAR
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Sign on a vacant lot : FORSALE
18
Tea experts : TASTERS
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Acid ___ : TEST
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The ___ half : OTHER
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Logging sled : TODE
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Armed-service insignia : USN
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Solitary: Prefix : EREMO
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Grouse : PTARMIGAN
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"___ is as good ... " : AMISS
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Gave out for publication : RELEASED
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Sycophant : YESMAN
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Consumed : ATE
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Russian grasslands : STEPPES
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Pacific shrub : PIA
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Goons : TOUGHS
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Energetic : HUSTLING
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Between, in Nice : ENTRE
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Black-white, high-low, etc. : CONTRASTS
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Not give ___ (be neutral) : ADARN
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Dawn goddess : EOS
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Smell : ARAT
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"___ is human ... " : TOERR
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Pairs : TWOS
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Reddish purple : MAGENTA
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Sweet girl of song : ADELINE
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Implore : ENTREAT
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Pygmalion's maiden : GALATEA
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Former U.A.R. president and family : NASSERS
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Bellows device : SYLPHON
Down
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Transit for Huck Finn : RAFT
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Reveler's cry : EVOE
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Formal letter opening : SIRS
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Lea : PASTURE
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Greek letter : ETA
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Settlers : COLONISTS
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Weight allowance : TRET
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Nautical position : ASTERN
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Frighten : SCARE
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Exclamations : AHS
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Low lands : BOTTOMS
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Table item : OLEO
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Ointment : NARD
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Gaelic : ERSE
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Radio operator's gear : HEADPHONE
24
Broke up : SMASHED
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Toscanini, for one : MAESTRO
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Chatter : PRATE
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Dakota Indian : TETON
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Native of Unalaska : ALEUT
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Mild expletive : GEE
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Kaffir warriors : IMPIS
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New Orleans player : SAINT
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Difficulties : SNAGS
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Today tomorrow : YESTERDAY
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Word play : PUN
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Slaw makers : GRATERS
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Miler's moment of truth : LASTLAP
46
Zagreb natives : CROATS
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Perfume from flowers : ATTAR
50
Word of endorsement : AMEN
51
Frog genus : RANA
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Reps. : AGTS
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Tatters : RAGS
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Favorable to : WITH
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___clock (ear1y P.M.) : ONEO
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O'Casey : SEAN
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Originally named: Fr. : NEE
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Building wing : ELL

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 8 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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