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CONVERSATION PIECE

New York Times, Sunday, May 28, 1961

Author:
Herbert Ettenson
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 94, Avg Word Len: 5.18, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 674 (avg 1.55)
Open Squares: 118, Cheaters: 20, FITB: 8, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 26
Herbert Ettenson has 87 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1961, The New York TimesNo. 4,335
Across
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Norse god. : THOR
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Directly: Colloq. : SPANG
10
Discomfited. : ABASHED
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Query to a speeder. : WHERESTHEFIRE
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Ump's command. : BATTERUP
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Old-fashioned request in a theatre. : REMOVEYOURHAT
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Harbor call. : ALLABOARD
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"Oh, I ___ cook . . . " : AMA
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To be, in Paris. : ETRE
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Much-used solecism. : AINT
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Basset horn: Abbr. : CLAR
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Purplish-black. : SLOE
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Robert ___ Warren. : PENN
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Throat part. : TONSIL
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Buffalo Bill and Billy the Kid. : ALIASES
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Man's nickname. : LEW
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Ibsenian mother. : ASE
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Adjuvant. : AID
42
Letter. : ESS
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Minty. : THYMY
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Part of a conductor's warning. : LASTTRAIN
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Key's middle name. : SCOTT
51
Bauxite. : ORE
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Mythical fluid. : ICHOR
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Term in music. : CLEF
55
Hose shades. : TANS
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Shadowboxed. : SPARRED
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Depot: Abbr. : STA
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Tarzan's allies. : APES
63
Expunge. : ERASE
65
Climb (up). : SHIN
66
Ratite bird. : EMU
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Suppose to be. : TAKEFOR
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Dried up lake basin. : PLAYA
70
Fire chief's admonition. : STANDBACK
72
Fleuret. : EPEE
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Hebrew name meaning "pleasant." : NAOMI
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Distantmost land. : THULE
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Opinion. : IDEA
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Fictional swordsman. : ATHOS
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Grandstand request. : DOWNINFRONT
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Terriers. : SKYES
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Freight. : LOAD
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Clayish. : MARLY
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Facients. : DOERS
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Goes hastily. : HIES
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Part of a queuing direction. : LINEFORMS
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Carried. : BORNE
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Thuribles. : CENSERS
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Time-honored. : OLD
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Moon goddess. : LUNA
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Voiced disapproval. : BOOED
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English poet. : POPE
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River in Scotland. : TAY
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Canopies. : TESTERS
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Make a cooing sound. : CURR
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Garment. : SARI
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Get to work: Colloq. : DIGIN
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Halfway house. : INN
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See 70 Down. : SANDS
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Modern drug. : CORTISONE
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Apices. : ACMES
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Bow. : ARC
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Bookkeeper's abbreviation. : CRS
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Anguilla. : EEL
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Vexation. : IRE
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Greek letter. : EPSILON
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Immobilize. : FREEZE
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Downy. : SOFT
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Props. : LEGS
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Soft: Comb form. : LENI
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1823 literary name. : ELIA
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Mine strike. : LODE
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Diminutive suffix : ULA
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Part of a stewardess' direction. : SEATBELTS
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Platform man's enjoinder. : WATCHYOURSTEP
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Relative of 21 Across. : PLAYBALL
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Conductor's call. : TICKETSPLEASE
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What "my son John" wore. : ONESHOE
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June and moon. : RHYME
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Book of the Bible: Abbr. : ESTH
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Term paper. : THEME
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Hercules. : HEMAN
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Spanish gold. : ORO
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Dream: Fr. : REVE
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Sparables. : SHOENAILS
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___ de chose (trifle): Fr. : PEU
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Faint-hearted. : AFRAID
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Nothing. : NIHIL
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___ Chaco, plain of So. America. : GRAN
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Calculators. : ABACISTS
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Vessel stabilizer. : BALLAST
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Mountain range of Africa. : ATLAS
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Fixed look. : STARE
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Book of the Bible: Abbr. : HEB
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Winged youth. : EROS
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Twofoldly. : DUALLY
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Garment. : WRAP
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English or Irish ___. : SETTER
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Abecedarian. : TYRO
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Girl's name. : ETTA
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Introduction. : PROEM
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Refreshing: Poet. : DEWY
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Western alliance. : NATO
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Trig term. : SINE
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George Sand character. : LEONE
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Fleet St. to Trafalgar Sq. : STRAND
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Censures savagely. : STRAFES
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Pronoun. : HER
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Inventory. : LIST
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___ part (dissemble). : ACTA
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Ref's request. : SHAKEHANDS
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Maple genus. : ACER
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Two words from mother on rainy days. : STAYINDOORS
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Esteban's house. : CASA
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Think: Humorous. : OPINE
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Crime. : FELONY
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Word in the Decalogue. : SHALT
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Starter's command. : READYSETGO
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Toastmaster. : EMCEE
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French composer. : DUKAS
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Literary name. : POE
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Branches. : RAMI
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Dazzles. : STUNS
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Aftersong. : EPODE
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Rachets. : PAWLS
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Summer playground. : SHORE
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Two-wheelers. : BIKES
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Opera role. : NORMA
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Inclinations. : TRENDS
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Dispense. : ALLOT
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Sheer linen. : TOILE
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Mild expletives. : DARNS
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Fairway warning. : FORE
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Kind of adjournment. : SINEDIE
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Deplore. : MOURN
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Sergeant's command. : HEP
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Strip blubber. : FLENSE
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Edge: Fr. : BORD
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Coconut fiber. : COIR
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___ check. : RAIN
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Since: Scot. : SYNE
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Con game. : BUNCO
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Convert. : PROSELYTE
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Sleeper. : TIE
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Pennsylvania home of Molly Pitcher. : CARLISLE
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Historic Levantine port. : ACRE
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Map maker's abbreviation. : ISLS
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French city. : SAINTLO
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Prepared to drive. : TEEDUP
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Bothers. : AILS
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Inch. : CREEP
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Great: Comb. form. : MEGALO
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Having chinks. : CRACKY
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West Pointers. : PLEBS
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Biblical word. : SELAH
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Triton. : NEWT
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Polecat. : FITCH
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Features of some parks. : ZOOS
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___ elbows (shabby). : OUTAT
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Shade of pink : FLESH
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Notions counter item. : TAPE
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"Streetcar" hero. : STAN
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Couch. : LAIR
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A Gardner. : ERLE
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Secondary. : BYE
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Hesitate. : HEM
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His: Fr. : SES

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 15 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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