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New York Times, Tuesday, March 31, 1981

61-Across : Cause to lapse

Author:
Hallie & Gerald Parsons
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 33, Avg Word Len: 5.33, Missing: { J K Q W X Y }, Scrabble score: 263 (avg 1.37)
Open Squares: 76, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 3, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 1 Grid has supersymmetry.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,466
Across
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Covering for Carlos : SERAPE
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Tension : STRESS
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Movies : CINEMAS
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Guardian, of sorts : TRUSTEE
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Raining cats ___ : ANDDOGS
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Oriental : EASTERN
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Speed: Abbr. : VEL
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Return to office : REELECT
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Baseball stat : ERA
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Notion : IDEA
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Game bird : SNIPE
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Living quarters in London : FLAT
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Church section : AISLE
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N.C.O. : CPL
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Excellence : ARETE
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Keep on ice : RESERVE
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Vast kingdoms : EMPIRES
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Hugh Capet was one : ROI
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Appropriate : APT
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Abandoned wreckage : FLOTSAM
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Soft-soap : FLATTER
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Hindu queen : RANEE
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Calendar abbr. : APR
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Former president of Italy : LEONE
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Retired : ABED
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Get some shut-eye : SLEEP
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Expression of disgust : RATS
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Charpoy : COT
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Reinforce : BOLSTER
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Producer's favorite sign : SRO
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The Apache State : ARIZONA
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Newscaster Liz : TROTTER
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Graduate course : SEMINAR
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Cause to lapse : ESCHEAT
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Survey : REGARD
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Negev, e.g. : DESERT
Down
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Indefinitely : SINEDIE
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Like a circle : ENDLESS
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Barber or Skelton : RED
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Love, in León : AMOR
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Hotel employees : PAGES
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Vital ingredient : ESSENCE
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Spire : STEEPLE
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Tinge : TRACE
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Sign of disuse : RUST
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Time zone, for short : EST
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One of Chuck Noll's men : STEELER
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Saw-toothed : SERRATE
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Appetizer for an Astor : CAVIAR
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Mom's kin : ENATES
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Back talk : LIP
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Put on the qui vive : ALERTED
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Doughnut's cousin : FRITTER
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Irregularly edged : EROSE
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Shock; dismay : APPAL
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Roman way : VIA
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Bad: Comb. form : MAL
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Row : FRACAS
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He may have a hod life : LABORER
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Former : ONETIME
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Duck : MALLARD
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Embroidered with gold or silver : FRETTED
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Kitchen appliance : TOASTER
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Supplicate : ENTREAT
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Spa : RESORT
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Footlike part : PES
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Sub detector : SONAR
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As such : PERSE
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___ fide : BONA
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Fabulous birds : ROCS
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What slalom racers do : ZIG
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"Down ___ hatch!" : THE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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