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New York Times, Wednesday, March 29, 1961

43-Across : Become less harsh.

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 5.34, Missing: { J Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 277 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 58, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
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© 1961, The New York TimesNo. 4,275
Across
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Where ibex and chamois roam. : CRAGS
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Large amounts: Colloq. : HEAPS
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Hospital departments. : CLINICS
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Having sharp teeth: Biol. : SERRATE
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Has a quiet vacation. : RESTSUP
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Defensive wall. : PARAPET
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Poise. : EASE
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Transfer pictures, for short. : DECALS
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Raced. : RAN
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Year: Span. : ANO
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Clergymen. : VICARS
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Kind of bean. : LIMA
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Relative of a "rumble." : MELEE
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India ___. : INK
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Ancient infantry weapons. : PIKES
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Type of tire. : RETREAD
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Bacchante: Var. : MENAD
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Floral symbol of "ambition." : HOLLYHOCK
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Stigmatize. : BRAND
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Is unsteady. : TOTTERS
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Vine. : LIANA
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Conveyance. : BUS
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Conceptual. : IDEAL
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Villa d'___, near Rome. : ESTE
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Become less harsh. : SOFTEN
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Arabian name. : ALI
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Ocean: Abbr. : ATL
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Supplied with air ducts. : VENTED
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Star in Draco. : ADIB
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War of 1853-56. : CRIMEAN
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Less sensible. : SILLIER
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Common garden plant with purple flowers. : HONESTY
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Triangle with unequal sides. : SCALENE
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Bout. : SETTO
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Rendezvous. : TRYST
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Dyer's partner. : CLEANER
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Relative of a croquette. : RISSOLE
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Status quo ___. : ANTE
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Men in O. D. : GIS
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Former coins of Italy. : SCUDI
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Mends. : HEALS
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Makes a slip of the pen. : ERRS
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Macaw genus. : ARA
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Condiment. : PAPRIKA
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One way to serve clams. : STEAMED
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Cosmetic. : CREAM
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Type of TV program. : SPECIAL
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Fire into activity. : SPARK
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Laboratory stoves. : ETNAS
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Floral symbol of "indifference." : CANDYTUFT
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City of Proteus and Valentine. : VERONA
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Joined. : LINKED
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Hydrocarbon in natural gas. : ETHANE
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Colloidal substance. : PECTIN
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Antiquity: Archaic. : ELD
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Pithy remark. : MOT
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Innkeeper's wife. : HOSTESS
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Meeting places for café society. : BISTROS
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Nautical rope. : RATLINE
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Prepares. : READIES
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Type of projecting angle. : SALIENT
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Percolate. : LEACH
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Pretty. : BONNY
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Cuba ___. : LIBRE
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Treaty group formed in 1954. : SEATO
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Official order. : EDICT
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Clothe. : VEST
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Associate. : ALLY
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Encountered. : MET
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Roman household god. : LAR

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

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