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New York Times, Friday, June 5, 1981

43-Down : Trite expression

Author:
Massi
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { F J Q }, Scrabble score: 306 (avg 1.62)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 1, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,532
Across
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Jazz improvisation : VAMP
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Against : ANTI
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Denture : PLATE
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Conductor Buketoff : IGOR
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Norman who invaded TV : LEAR
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Mr. Dithers of the comics, for one : RAGER
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Cartoonist or river : ARNO
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Skirt style : MAXI
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Structural member : IBEAM
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Madame de Staël, ___ Necker : NEE
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Does it pack a wallop in Warsaw? : POLISHVODKA
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Holds back : DETAINS
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Markham memorialized him : HOER
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Like Joe in a Foster song : OLD
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Plant disease : SMUT
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Guided : LED
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Kind of glass or house : OPERA
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Greek letters : CHIS
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A waiter for Godot : GOGO
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Lisbon born? : PORTUGUESEBREAD
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"Sempre libera" is one : ARIA
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Assist, usually nefariously : ABET
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Disorderly : ROWDY
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Billina in the Oz tales : HEN
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Clothed : CLAD
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Simba's foot : PAW
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Campbell : GLEN
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Church dignitary : PRELATE
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Senado votes? : SPANISHEYES
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Japanese sect : ZEN
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Spring bloom : LILAC
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That girl, in Gers : ELLE
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Baseball ploy : BUNT
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Religious group : AMISH
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Black : EBON
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Gaelic : ERSE
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Use a Jacuzzi : BATHE
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Goggles part : LENS
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Natty Bumppo's quarry : DEER
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Something to eat : VIAND
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Concur : AGREE
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"Cape Martin" painter : MONET
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Expert : PRO
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Nut : ALMOND
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Elaine and Patricia : NEALS
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TV sit-com : TAXI
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Fog in a Dublin bar? : IRISHMIST
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Hedge shrub : PRIVET
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Sec. Donovan's concern : LABOR
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Mellowed : AGED
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Wood for shipbuilding : TEAK
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Bombeck : ERMA
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Rice dish : PILAU
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Abode : HOUSE
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Artery : AORTA
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He wrote "Muhammad Ali" : SHEED
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Theater-chain name : LOEW
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Relative of "Zounds!" : EGAD
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Goodman, the comedienne : DODY
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Niger-Congo fish : OPAH
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Minute opening : PORE
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Where banshees wail : ERIN
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Caribbean cad? : CUBANHEEL
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Guttural sound : GROWL
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High winds : GALES
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Bonnie spots : BRAES
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Trite expression : CLICHE
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Dolls up : PREENS
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Grind one's teeth : GNASH
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Gateway building : PYLON
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Shade of blue : AZURE
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Up-tight : TENSE
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Employ an ingress : ENTER
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Thick slice : SLAB
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Cotton shirting : PIMA
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Dismounted : ALIT
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North Sea feeder : ELBE
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River bottom : BED

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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