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New York Times, Thursday, June 7, 1973

5-Down : Humdrum

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.97, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 254 (avg 1.34)
Open Squares: 77, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,699
Across
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Guile : CRAFT
6
Bathes : TUBS
10
Particle : ATOM
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Thread : LISLE
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Jacob's brother : ESAU
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Flatfish : SOLE
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Hurt : ACHED
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City south of Turin : ASTI
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Fissure : SLIT
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Turnpike sign : NOEXIT
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Do a Labrador job : RETRIEVE
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Red dye : EOSIN
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South Pacific island : EASTER
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Talk into : PERSUADE
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Assemble : SIT
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Mine yield : ORE
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Express indignation : SNORT
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Lake Geneva, to French : LEMAN
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Legal right : LIEN
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Dancer Ailey : ALVIN
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Bones : DICE
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Fisherman : EELER
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Passover feast : SEDER
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Agency of the 1930's : NRA
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Wordplay : WIT
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High-handed : CAVALIER
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Stretching muscle : TENSOR
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Milton's "Lycidas," for one : ELEGY
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Response : REACTION
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Sonata parts : RONDOS
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Solo : ARIA
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___ snuff : UPTO
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Province of Italy : UDINE
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Wire measures : MILS
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Obligation : NEED
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Keepsake : TOKEN
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Nuisance : PEST
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Slips : ERRS
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Mortimer : SNERD
Down
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Family : CLAN
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Puerto ___ : RICO
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Court man : ASHE
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Shows one's muscles : FLEXES
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Humdrum : TEDIOUS
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Oolong : TEA
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Kremlin : USSRNERVECENTER
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Subside : BATE
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Nutcracker and others : SUITES
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Seconded : ASSISTED
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House sign : TOLET
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Sacred tree of Athena : OLIVE
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Suffix for alti or chrono : METER
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Ethiopian lake : TSANA
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Marsh bird : RAIL
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Adored ones : IDOLS
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Opposing force : POLE
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One of five : ERIE
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Whirl : REEL
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Kind of basin : TIDAL
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Recent fashion : MINI
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"God's Little ___" : ACRE
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Close : NEAR
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TV offering : NEWSCAST
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"___ say die" : NEVER
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Donnybrook : RIOT
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Stews : RAGOUTS
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Three in one : TRIUNE
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Johnson : LYNDON
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Vagabond : TRAMP
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Weird : EERIE
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Captures : NAILS
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Music drama, in Berlin : OPER
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Netherlands sight : DIKE
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Outstanding thing : ONER
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Forward : SEND
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___ bodlkins, old oath : ODS

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

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