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New York Times, Tuesday, May 12, 1981

Author:
Sidney L. Robbins
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 42, Avg Word Len: 4.82, Missing: { J Q X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 262 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 60, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Sidney L. Robbins has 153 pre-Shortz puzzles and 50 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,508
Across
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Comic's offering : GAG
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"Wrap-session" item : SARAN
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More suitable : APTER
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Mine output : ORE
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___ de menthe : CREME
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Fortitude : NERVE
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Pig pad : PEN
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Attacks : HASAT
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Used a dish towel : DRIED
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Divine locale : SEVENTHHEAVEN
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Outer edge : RIM
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Pub drinks : ALES
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Superlative suffix : EST
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Impenetrably hard : ADAMANT
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Type of admiral : REAR
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Cole or Turner : NAT
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Done, to Keats : OER
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"Two hearts that beat ___" : ASONE
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Divine locale : THEGARDENOFEDEN
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Pliny was one : ELDER
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Church bench : PEW
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Pop : DAD
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Rivers of Spain : RIOS
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Secures : ANCHORS
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Shade tree : ELM
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Engrossed : RAPT
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Something to lend : EAR
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Divine protector : GUARDIANANGEL
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Vitro di ___ (Venetian glassware) : TRINA
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Calcareous deposit : LOESS
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Pledge : VOW
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Israeli statesman : BEGIN
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Actress Janis: 1889–1956 : ELSIE
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Chemical suffix : ENE
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T.R.'s "big ___" : STICK
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Ponselle and Bonheur : ROSAS
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This is not gross : NET
Down
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Dems.' opposition : GOP
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War god : ARES
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Produced : GENERATED
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Preliminary draft : SCHEMA
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Irish isle : ARAN
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Declared anew : RESTATED
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He had "Night Visitors" : AMAHL
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Lower : NETHER
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"On a wing ___ prayer" : ANDA
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Wayward : PERVERSE
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Attempts : TRIES
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Occurrence : EVENT
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Stoplight color : RED
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Pep : VIM
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Opposite of WNW : ESE
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Poker stake : ANTE
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Arlene or Roald : DAHL
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Neither's chaser : NOR
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Air arm: Abbr. : AAF
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Corded fabric : REP
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Ration-days phrase at service stations : ODDOREVEN
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Not far : NEAR
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Football positions : ENDS
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Branch of languages including English : GERMANIC
40
Uris character : ARI
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Quality admired by finical people : NEATNESS
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Possess : OWN
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Fort ___, Calif. : ORD
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Ketch or sloop : SAILER
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Burns myrrh : CENSES
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Crone : HAG
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Heron : EGRET
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Pirandello : LUIGI
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Francesca's lover : PAOLO
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File's companion : RANK
59
Land mass : ASIA
60
The ___ Ranger : LONE
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Recipe initials : TBS
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Type of blanket : WET

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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