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COUNTDOWN

New York Times, Sunday, May 29, 1983

Author:
Sam Bellotto Jr.
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 76, Avg Word Len: 5.21, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 566 (avg 1.55)
Open Squares: 115, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 16
Sam Bellotto Jr. has 10 pre-Shortz puzzles and 5 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1983, The New York TimesNo. 12,255
Across
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Charon's crossing : STYX
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Domestic cat : TABBY
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Basilica part : BEMA
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Annie Oakley : PASS
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Famed race horse : NOOR
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School for Siméon : ECOLE
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Body: Comb. form : SOMAT
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Moroccan district : IFNI
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Rockweed is one : ALGA
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Mets or Yankees : NEWYORKNINE
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Stiff collar : ETON
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Schoolyard chums : PLAYMATES
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Successor to William II : HENRYI
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Party popper : CORK
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Needle for Calpurnia : ACUS
31
Playwright James or Ronald : GOW
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Parts : SEGMENTS
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Perplexing situation : PROBLEM
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Dostoyevsky's "Little Mother" : SONIA
40
Throaty notice : AHEM
41
Ancient Greek colony : IONIA
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Faith, hope, charity et al. : SEVENVIRTUES
45
Love-letter letters : SWAK
46
1.0567 liquid quarts : LITRE
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Beaked ganoid : GAR
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Leaves port : SAILS
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Abdomen: Comb. form : CELI
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Put ___ (be snobbish) : ONAIRS
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Limb's partner : LIFE
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Year in Nero's reign : LXII
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One cause of absence : ILLNESS
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Library treasures : ANAS
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Run-of-the-mill : SOSO
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Wine cask : TUN
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Welcome sound at a plant : FIVEOCLOCKWHISTLE
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I : EGO
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Guthrie : ARLO
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Martha of movies : RAYE
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Mediterranean vessels : LATEENS
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Bumpkin : LOUT
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Wall Street word : SELL
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Maidservant, in Maidstone : SLAVEY
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Mosquito's cousin : GNAT
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Tether : STRAP
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Rio Treaty seq. : OAS
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Declares : AVERS
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Give it ___ (attempt) : ATRY
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"Let grievous . . . wounds/Untwine the ___!": Shak. : SISTERSTHREE
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Lucy's landlady : ETHEL
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Thin linen : LAWN
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Is zetetic : SEEKS
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Bridge ploy : FINESSE
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End of a countdown : BLASTOFF
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B.&O. and L.I. : RRS
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Gina's darlings : CARI
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Gradient : RAMP
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Polo implement : MALLET
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Shine : IRRADIATE
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"Urbi et ___" (papal benediction) : ORBI
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This deserves another : ONEGOODTURN
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Dispatch : SLAY
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Calcar : OVEN
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Skiddoos : SCATS
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Very, to a virtuoso : ASSAI
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Garage job, for short : LUBE
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Viking target : MARS
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Kinski role : TESS
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Thermae : BATHS
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Ratites : EMUS
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Crisp cookie : SNAP
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Motorist's duty : TOLL
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Hindu asceticism : YOGA
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Bony photo : XRAY
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King-jack combination : TENACE
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Vinegar : ACETUM
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Major ___ of radio fame : BOWES
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Robert and Nellie : BLYS
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River in England : YEO
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Where Pres. Carstens works : BONN
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Arabian peers : EMIRS
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Time-study unit : MANYEAR
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"Dinner ___," 1933 song : ATEIGHT
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By dribs and drabs : PIECEMEAL
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"Flow gently, sweet ___" : AFTON
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Quick quaff : SNORT
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Submerges : SINKS
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Distorting : SKEWING
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It meets the Saône at Lyon : RHONE
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Legal offenses : MALA
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Speed-regulating device : GOVERNOR
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My, to Marius : MEUS
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Fish: Comb. form : PISCI
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Spur part : ROWEL
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Meekly creeping : ONALLFOURS
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A-test atoll : BIKINI
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Episodic : SERIAL
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Grandfatherly : AVAL
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Dep. : STA
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South Bend team, for short : IRISH
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Semiquavers : SIXTEENTHS
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Also-rans : LOSERS
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Shoe part : INSOLE
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B'klyn campus : LIU
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Break a Commandment : SIN
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Bags for Blasco : SACAS
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Circumventer : FOILER
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Emerson works : ESSAYS
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Walk in space, for short : EVA
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Frolics : SKYLARKS
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Baseball's Master Melvin : OTT
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Kind of guard : COLOR
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Entwines : WEAVES
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Ambassador : LEGATE
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Chi. transportation : ELS
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Caught : GOT
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Nostrils : NARES
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Art Deco, e.g. : STYLE
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Barnstormers' stunts : TAILSPINS
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Colleen : LASS
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Fin : VEE
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Junior's exam : PSAT
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Binaural systems, for short : STEREOS
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"Poet and Saint! . . . The ___ sacred names": Cowley : TWOMOST
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Childhood, in Cherbourg : ENFANCE
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"Leave ___ heaven": Shak. : HERTO
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Chisholm Trail town : ENID
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Actress Fawcett : FARRAH
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Natives of Isfahan : IRANIS
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Besom, e.g. : BROOM
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Pupa predecessor : LARVA
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Brownish yellow : AMBER
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Fido's tormentors : FLEAS
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Audacity : CRUST
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Illum. devices : LGTS
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"___ deal!" : ITSA
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Wight or Man : ISLE
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Styptic stuff : ALUM
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Ban : TABU
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"Hungry ___," Twitty hit : EYES
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Flounder : DAB

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 12 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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