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Eugene T. Maleska
Eugene T. Maleska

STEPQUOTE

New York Times, Sunday, June 21, 1970

Author:
Eugene T. Maleska
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 158, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.68, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 611 (avg 1.36)
Open Squares: 154, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 7, XRef: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 19
Eugene T. Maleska has 410 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
Jim Horne notes:

The stepquote reads, "Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament."

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© 1970, The New York TimesNo. 7,617
Across
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Start of a 12-word Stepquote ending at 142 Across : LIFEIS
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Infancy : CRADLE
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"Things ___ what they seem" : ARENOT
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Poet of Shakespeare's day : CAMPION
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Permissive : LENIENT
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Guernsey lilies : NERINES
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Greek port : LEPANTO
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Seminole chief : OSCEOLA
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Tennis's ___ Hard : DARLENE
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Siouan : OTO
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Devours : EATSUP
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Toned down : DRABBED
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Preacher's talk: Abbr. : SER
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Flower holder : VASE
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Pan-fries : SAUTES
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City in S.E. France : ARLES
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Spyri heroine : HEIDI
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Castle of yesteryear : IRENE
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Part of Stepquote : SPECTA
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Hears rumors about : GETSWINDOF
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Ali Baba word : SESAME
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With 13 Down, source of Stepquote : ARTICLES
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Unventilated : AIRLESS
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"___ 18," Uris novel : MILA
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Best ___ : SELLER
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Melville novel : TYPEE
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Diving ducks : SCOTERS
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Legal paper : DEED
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Flower : ROSE
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Gives a hand : AIDS
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Winnie the Pooh : BEAR
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Resumé : VITA
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Dress : TOGOUT
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Extent : DEGREE
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Follower of Mar. : APR
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Take off flab : REDUCE
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Pardon : REMIT
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Blandly urbane : SUAVE
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Visit briefly : STOPIN
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Bread spread : MARGARINE
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Office gal : STENOG
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Companion of Paul : SILAS
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Lawyer's homework : BRIEF
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Of earth: Lat. : TERRAE
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Native of: Suffix : ITE
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Diner dish : OMELET
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In the phone book : LISTED
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Judge : DEEM
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Liszt's teacher : PAER
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Sonoran Indian : SERI
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Second-hand : USED
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Port ___ : SAID
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Foreordain : DESTINE
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Cremona creation : STRAD
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Hall of Fame name : SISLER
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Waste time : FOOL
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Spongelike cake : SAVARIN
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Bruised : CONTUSED
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Spread rumors : NOISED
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Item that gives confidence : CREDENTIAL
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Part of Stepquote : ITISAP
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Scapegrace : KNAVE
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Concur : AGREE
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Head monk : ABBOT
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All : ENTIRE
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Voluble : GLIB
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Shaveling : LAD
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Forceful : DYNAMIC
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Atelier items : EASELS
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Nabokov heroine : ADA
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City in Calif. : ALAMEDA
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Naught : NOTHING
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Misleads : DELUDES
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Boxers : RINGMEN
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Magnify : ENHANCE
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Cued up : INALINE
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Italian resort : STRESA
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Faculties : SENSES
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End of Stepquote : CAMENT
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Fourth Sunday in Lent : LAETARE
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Dictates : IMPOSES
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"Conning Tower" man : FPA
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"___ Kleine Nachtmusik" : EINE
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Greek vowels : IOTAS
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Part of Stepquote : SNOTAS
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Aaron, Ruth, etc. : CLOUTERS
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Held in esteem : RESPECTED
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Olden: Abbr. : ANC
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Was left on base : DIED
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Arrowsmith's wife : LEORA
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Photo developer's device : ENLARGER
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See 48 Across : ANDESSAYS
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Decipher : READ
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Blunder : ERR
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Nonexistent : NIL
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Way-clearer's words : ONESIDE
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Aegean island : TENEDOS
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Frankish king : CLOVIS
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Sets aside, as a motion : TABLES
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Printer's cross-strokes : SERIFS
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Tree of Pacific : SUPA
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Big A action : BET
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Captivate : ENAMOR
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Surgical instrument: Var. : STILET
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Sign on : HIRE
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Form a coalition : ENLEAGUE
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Give out : EMIT
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Part of Stepquote : ACLEORAFEASTI
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Did dishes : WIPED
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Field-hockey team : ELEVEN
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Account book : LEDGER
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Dry-as-dust : ARID
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Wavered : TOTTERED
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Fencing position : SEPTIME
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Joyful singer : CAROLER
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Made a slip : STUMBLED
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Undone : RUINED
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Man from Teheran : IRANIAN
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Aficionado : DEVOTEE
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Folksinger Pete : SEEGER
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Hines, Tozzi, etc. : BASSOS
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Mite or tick : ACARID
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Skip : OMIT
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Town near Padua : ESTE
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Appear : RISE
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Troublemaker of myth : ERIS
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Hudson River sight : PALISADE
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Arrives : GETSIN
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Strong man : SAMSON
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Offshore hazard : REEF
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City on the Po : TURIN
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Thin : DILUTE
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Dam foundation : PILING
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Author of Stepquote : SANTAYANA
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Ending : DESINENCE
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Captured : TOOK
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Place for a boy's house : TREE
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Islands off New Guinea : SOLOMONS
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Presents again : RESTAGES
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Graduated : SCALAR
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Wild sheep : ARGALIS
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Green : VERDANT
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Hut: Fr. : CABANE
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Place for V.I.P.'s : DAIS
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Crusaders' foe : SALADIN
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Plain : EVIDENT
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Vitiate : DEBASE
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___ Saud : IBN
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Part of the Stepquote : PREDIC
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Tenth part : TITHE
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Former queen of Italy : ELENA
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White House monograms: 1953–61 : DDES
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Oriental Sherlock : CHAN
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Bridge bid : SLAM
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Hodges, for one: Abbr. : MGR
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Uncle: Scot. : EME
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Office holders : INS
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Rubber tree : ULE

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 16 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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