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New York Times, Friday, March 23, 1979

Author:
Tap Osborn
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 287 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 79, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 1, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
Tap Osborn has 111 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,727
Across
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Minus : LESS
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Like a rimrock : STEEP
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Medical applicator : SWAB
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Nautical term : ALEE
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"What ___ mood I'm in . . . " : ARARE
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Subdued : TAME
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Russian-born author ("Ada") : VLADIMIRNABOKOV
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Like some mortgages : ASSUMABLE
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Corundum : EMERY
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Was interested : CARED
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Zucchetto : CAP
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"Arabian Nights" enchantress : FATIMA
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Dark : EBON
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Little, in Aberdeen : SMA
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Mediterranean port : ORAN
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Threefold : TRINE
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Expose : AIR
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Italian author ("L'Esclusa") : LUIGIPIRANDELLO
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___-Saud : IBN
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Grooms' gear : COMBS
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British nursemaid : NANA
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Morsel for Affirmed : OAT
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"Able was I ___ . . . " : EREI
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Paper-plant worker : PADDER
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Lb. or oz. : AMT
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Neptune's discoverer : GALLE
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Remove a mustache : SHAVE
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Pleasant : AGREEABLE
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French painter ("Dante et Virgile") : EUGENEDELACROIX
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Elbe tributary : EGER
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Anglers' gear : LURES
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Sicilian resort : ENNA
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Piquantly stimulating : PERT
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Intervening, in law : MESNE
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Classify after reflection : DEEM
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Pumice source : LAVA
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Letter-shaped joints : ELLS
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Ross and Ionian : SEAS
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Casanovanic activity : SEDUCING
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Fruit of the maple : SAMARA
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Creek or Crow : TRIBE
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U.S. writer ("The Black Camel") : EARLDERRBIGGERS
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Marine eagle : ERNE
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Legume : PEA
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Jazz dance : STOMP
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Island between Guam and Hawaii : WAKE
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Topic for Ovid : AMOR
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Collection of belles or quails : BEVY
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Moslem prayer leader : IMAM
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Hit on the noggin : BEANED
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Twice-beaten Joe Louis challenger : CONN
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Page number : FOLIO
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Oranjestad's island : ARUBA
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Besmirch : TAINT
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Prejudice : BIAS
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Mixed greens : SALAD
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Mr. Pim's creator : MILNE
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Like Churchill Downs at Derby time : AROAR
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Use a stopwatch : TIME
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Vestigial vendors : ICEMEN
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Said, for one : PORT
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Caused to be highly regarded : ENDEARED
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Crosby hit : PLEASE
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"The Early Years of ___ Waugh" : ALEC
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What good fencers do : AVERT
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Writer Michael ("The Green Hat") : ARLEN
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Ooze : SEEP
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Gargantuan : HUGE
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Antiquing agent : AGER
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Together, in music : ADUE
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Radius or femur : BONE
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Queue : LINE
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Quiz or test : EXAM
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Shade producer : ELM

Answer summary: 5 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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