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TROUBLE SPOTS

New York Times, Sunday, May 23, 1976

Author:
Jack Luzzatto
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 130, Blocks: 70, Avg Word Len: 5.71, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 539 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 128, Cheaters: 16, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 13
Jack Luzzatto has 292 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,780
Across
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Woman guard : MATRON
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Dinner course : SALAD
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Gossamer wear : SHEERS
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Williams's lizard : IGUANA
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Green shade : EMERALD
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Lawes, for one : WARDEN
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Room with a rack : TORTURECHAMBER
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" . . . ___ me death!" : ORGIVE
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Slip away : RUN
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Zealous follower : SECTARY
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Breughel's painting style : GENRE
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Vagabond, for short : BOE
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On : ATOP
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Toots of Broadway : SHOR
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Passages to nowhere : TREADMILLS
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Certain prisoner : LIFER
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By word : ORAL
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Undecided : YESNO
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Thomas : SETH
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Swaps : TRADES
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Dail's land : EIRE
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Big hair-do : AFRO
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Was rude in a crowd : SHOVED
49
Notes : MEMOS
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Clammy : DAMP
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Public tantrums : SCENES
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Boat covers : TARPS
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Slackening agents : ABATERS
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Girl : LASS
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Skipper's pursuer : TRACER
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Loud and demanding : CLAMOROUS
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Grampus : ORC
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Prelude to murder, often : PREMEDITATION
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Naval noncom : CPO
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Wiretap aids : EARPHONES
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Aramaic tongue : SYRIAC
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Waterless : ARID
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Fastened a ship's rope : BELAYED
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Pills at parties : BORES
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Blank spot : LACUNA
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"Able ___ ere . . . " : WASI
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Pineapples, in Spain : PINAS
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Surrender by deed : REMISE
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River of England : NENE
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Fellowship: Abbr. : ASSN
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Low hound dog : BASSET
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Alpaca : PACO
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Hooded coat : GREGO
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Taunt : TWIT
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Tire pattern : TREAD
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Her charm is fatal : IRONMAIDEN
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Sponsorship : EGIS
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Sodium soap : SAPO
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Small shield : ECU
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Big Russian lake : ONEGA
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Guided : PILOTED
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___ pros (drop a suit) : NOL
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Application of birch : CANING
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Brat : ENFANTTERRIBLE
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Access : ENTREE
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More robust : STOUTER
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Untwists : RAVELS
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Dispose of a purchase : RESELL
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Old or vain : GLORY
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Town Leander swam from : ABYDOS
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Like a bishop's headdress : MITRAL
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S.A. rodent : AGOUTI
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Jamesian hair-raiser : TURNOFTHESCREW
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Start of a drum sound : RAT
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Burden : ONUS
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Nostrils : NARES
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Military areas : SECTORS
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Ethiopian : AMHARA
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Troubled king : LEAR
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Salvation, for one : ARMY
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Little bit : DAB
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Warning with a point : SWORDOFDAMOCLES
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Turkish delight? : HAREM
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Unit of work : ERG
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Safe, as mushrooms : EDIBLE
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Mutiny : REVOLT
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Snuff, in Britain : SNEESH
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Simon ___ (cruel ones) : LEGREES
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Endures, in Scotland : DREES
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Agreed with : ECHOED
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Nursemaid : NANA
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Juan, Eva and Isabel : PERONS
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Beginners : TYROS
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Compound resembling another : ISOMER
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Be delirious : RAVE
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Looked like a villain : LEERED
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Mushroom with a wallop : DESTROYINGANGEL
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Claps in jail : IMPRISONS
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Boca ___ : RATON
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Beetle talisman : SCARAB
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Sprays for muggers : MACES
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Dangerous bunk : PROCRUSTEANBED
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Wild plum : SLOE
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Under control : TAMED
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Ancient Greek Olympics site : ALTIS
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Resort near Naples : BAIA
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Flat on one's back : SUPINE
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Descartes : RENE
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Gray-hair promoters : CARES
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Cracker or jerk : SODA
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Stage of progress : PHASE
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Despot : TYRANT
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Look ahead to : PLANON
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Quaker grays : ACIERS
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Animal for a nickel : BISON
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Dutch city: Abbr. : AMST
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Mardi Gras event : PAGEANT
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Ostrich or emu : RATITE
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Cleveland's waters : ERIE
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Intolerance : BIGOTRY
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Textile worker : PIECER
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Mysterious : ARCANE
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Parts of an indictment : COUNTS
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Moves gradually : EDGES
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Wallow : WELTER
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Space program : APOLLO
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Lacking ambition : DOLESS
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___ metal (nickel alloy) : MONEL
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Sawlike part : SERRA
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Bunyan : PAUL
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Involved with : INTO
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Colorless : DRAB
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Resentment : IRE
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Holmesian ambience : FOG
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Campus clinger : IVY

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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