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New York Times, Thursday, March 7, 1985

44-Across : Semirural region

Author:
S. E. Wilkinson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { J Q V }, Scrabble score: 347 (avg 1.84)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3 Grid has duplicate clues.
S. E. Wilkinson has 16 known pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 12,903
Across
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Brief breath : GASP
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Palm off : FOIST
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Shortcoming : FLAW
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Second of a Latin trio : AMAS
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Forster's "A Passage to ___" : INDIA
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Inauguration ritual : OATH
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Reek : FUME
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Saltations : LEAPS
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Tom Joad, e.g. : OKIE
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Decoration : FLOURISH
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Two-point football score : SAFETY
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Old salt : SEADOG
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Cherubini product : OPERA
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Sculls : OARS
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Panicky : ALARMED
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Noncom rank : SFC
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Indigent : NEEDY
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Thick woolen fabric : BAIZE
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Magician's expression : POOF
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"The ___ jealousy heareth all things": Apocrypha : EAROF
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"As you ___" : WERE
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Semirural region : EXURB
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___ T. Firefly, Groucho role : RUFUS
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Atrabilious : SAD
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Make reparation : EXPIATE
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Possible prince : FROG
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Madrid museum : PRADO
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Tex. river : BRAZOS
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Milquetoast : CASPAR
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Decoration : FRETWORK
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Wheel connection : AXLE
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Bottom-line figure : TOTAL
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Both: Comb. form : AMBI
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Dread : FEAR
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"You ___ Fair," 1937 song : ARESO
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Footnote abbr. : IBID
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Up-tight : EDGY
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Take up again : RENEW
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D.C. nine once in the A.L. : NATS
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Spars : GAFFS
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Stubborn as ___ : AMULE
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Pacific island group : SAMOA
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False : PSEUDO
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Decoration : FILIGREE
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Numerical openers : ONES
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The Gem State : IDAHO
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Drink a little : SIP
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Mortarboard decoration : TASSEL
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Decoration : FOOFARAW
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Geneva or Constance : LAKE
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Keep ___ (persevere) : ATIT
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Muffet fare : WHEY
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Horse color : ROAN
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Kuwaiti resident : ARAB
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Boodle : PAYOFF
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Desiccated : SEARED
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Architect ___ van der Rohe : MIES
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Pound, the poet : EZRA
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Turn : DEED
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Graf von ___ : SPEE
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Comedian Redd : FOXX
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Brilliant stroke : COUP
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Actress Joanne : DRU
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Decoration : FRIPPERY
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Decoration : FURBELOW
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Negri contemporary : BARA
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Put in order : SORT
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Dental calculus : TARTAR
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Arthur's nephew : GAWAIN
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Time after time : OFTEN
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City in S Malawi : ZOMBA
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Glenn's path in 1962 : ORBIT
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Hit the ___ (fail) : SKIDS
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Bistro : CAFE
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Fired : AXED
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Cinder : SLAG
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Make an incised mark : RASE
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Pay dirt : ORE

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

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