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Tap Osborn
Tap Osborn

PHONY FINALES

New York Times, Sunday, July 12, 1981

62-Down : Conceded putt

Author:
Tap Osborn
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 90, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 670 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 153, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 10
Tap Osborn has 111 known pre-Shortz puzzles, and 1 Shortz Era crossword in our database.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,569
Across
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Huge : TITANIC
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Maman's man : PERE
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"Horse designed by a committee" : CAMEL
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Loggia's cousin : STOA
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Muscle Shoals' state : ALABAMA
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Cassini : OLEG
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Overhead : ABOVE
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Overdo the toast : CHAR
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Napoleon's last words? : MAKEMINEASHORTBIER
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Tibet's "monster" : YETI
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Shoelace receiver : EYELET
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Bot. or biol. : SCI
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Spices from nutmeg : MACES
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Boat chains : TYES
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Cenozoic, e.g. : ERA
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Composer's last words? : THEBACHSTOPSHERE
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New London sight : SUB
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Word with total : TEE
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Like early press proofs : INKY
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Wire: Abbr. : TELEG
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Soup or salad item : CROUTON
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___ green : PARIS
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Chum, in Croydon : MATEY
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Joke : GAG
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Caustic critics : RAILERS
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Quechuan : INCA
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Vacillate : WAVER
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Dwarf: Comb. form : NANO
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Lacking guidance : UNLED
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Insipid : BLAH
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Doomed one : GONER
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Family name of Pope Innocent XIII : CONTI
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For shame! : FIE
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Ta-ta, in Tivoli : CIAO
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Furnace tender : FIRER
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Ornamental braid : CORDON
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"Hobo king" Livingstone's last words? : FAREWELLTOALMS
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Bailsman's activity : BONDING
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Drew water : LADED
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Springtime of life : PRIME
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Veranda : LANAI
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In harmony : ATTUNED
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Trotsky's last words? : THEENDISINCITE
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Type of pigeon : POUTER
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Tuck, e.g. : FRIAR
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A Waugh : ALEC
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Blanc or Brooks : MEL
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Proprietor : OWNER
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In turmoil : ARIOT
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Throb : PANT
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Spot for a service pin : LAPEL
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Ogden or Wallace : REID
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Decline with disdain : SPURN
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Impudent : BOLD
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War vessel : FRIGATE
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Corp. officials : TRS
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Wander about : RANGE
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Like fruits : PULPY
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Celebrant : REVELER
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Unisonally : ASONE
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Java's neighbor : BALI
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Feel out of sorts : AIL
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Ending for arch or witch : ERY
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Epitaph for Icarus? : DONTBEASOARLOSER
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Fountain order : ADE
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Comedienne from Butte : RAYE
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Vichyssoise, e.g. : PUREE
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Hoary: Abbr. : ANC
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Irish Cobbler : POTATO
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Religious statue: Var. : IKON
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Final tribute to Pavlova? : SHESOUTOFTHISWHIRL
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Printer's mach. : LINO
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Writer Michael : ARLEN
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Bakery worker : ICER
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Pointed out : DENOTED
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Grant and Cobb : LEES
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Boob-tube, in Brighton : TELLY
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Not one, country style : NARY
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Peregrination : ODYSSEY
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Domesticate : TAME
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"Now ___ me ... " : ILAY
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Track handle : TAKE
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White poplar : ABELE
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Identifier : NAMER
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Copycat : IMITATOR
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Preserve : CAN
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Trespass : POACH
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Janis or Ferguson : ELSIE
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Indian salt mixture : REH
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Extreme self-conceit : EGOMANIA
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Like some tunes : CATCHY
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Caen clerics : ABBES
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Dewy : MOIST
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Second person : EVE
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Irish sea god : LER
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This cuts a swath : SCYTHE
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Posthumous book by Bonnie? : THEYEGGANDI
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"B" western : OATER
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Coup command : ARISE
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Villa d'___ : ESTE
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Dress-shop fixtures : RACKS
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Tree that Frost swung on : BIRCH
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Aquatic fish-eater : OTTER
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___ pressure : PEER
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Not to be trusted : SLY
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Nape : SCRUFF
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Muse for Hipparchus : URANIA
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Tank for heating water : BOILER
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Conceptual being : ENS
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Latex yielder : ULE
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Do a farm job : TED
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Test film : PILOT
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Memorabilia : ANA
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Ponytail : MANE
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Claim : AVER
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Chekhov : ANTON
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On the way out : GOING
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Deteriorate : WORSEN
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Adjective for a Swede : NORDIC
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Acomous : BALD
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Conceded putt : GIMME
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Name before Doyle : CONAN
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One yielding : CEDER
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"___ Three Lives" : ILED
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Handbill : FLIER
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Shaped like some shells : CONIC
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Cleansed : ELUTED
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Baseball's "Big Poison" : WANER
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Choice : OPTION
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Buddhist monk : ARHAT
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Ignoble : BASE
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Cadence : LILT
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Left of the helm : APORT
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Sears ___, Chicago : TOWER
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Rommel's last words? : TUNISANYONE
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Fine's partner : DANDY
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Pin with a stake : IMPALE
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Seesaw : TEETER
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Queen : ELLERY
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Kin of the twist : FRUG
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To laugh: Fr. : RIRE
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Loss of breath : APNEA
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Former scourge : POLIO
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Ski spot for Killy : ALP
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Ullmann : LIV
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Census question : AGE
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Sound : SANE
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Communiqué : BULLETIN
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Pt. of "T.G.I.F." : FRI
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Backslid : RELAPSED
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Ape Sutton : ROB
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Polynesian skirt : PAREU
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Ct. group : STENOS
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Nobleman's domain : BARONY
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Shoe part : ARCH
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U.S.M.A. workout : DRILL
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Early comic actor : OAKIE
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Incantation : SPELL
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European blackbird : OUSEL
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Newsman Morley : SAFER
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Ingress : ENTRY
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Soft and fluffy : DOWNY
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Moral code : ETHOS
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Islets : AITS
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Family ___ : TREE
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Song hit of yesteryear : OLDY
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Convened : SAT
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Charlemagne's dom. : HRE
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Edible root : OCA
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Oft-heard vow : IDO

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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