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Eugene T. Maleska
Eugene T. Maleska

"STEPQUOTE"

New York Times, Sunday, July 2, 1967

Author:
Eugene T. Maleska
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 66, Avg Word Len: 5.43, Missing: { J Q X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 519 (avg 1.38)
Open Squares: 128, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 4, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 22
Eugene T. Maleska has 410 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
Jim Horne notes:

The stepquote reads, "Better three hours too soon than a minute too late."

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© 1967, The New York TimesNo. 6,532
Across
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Start of a ten-word "Stepquote" ending at 125 Across. : BETTE
6
Hebrew Scriptural exegesis. : MIDRASH
13
Cried like a baby. : MIAOWED
20
Stadium attendent. : USHER
21
Song of a kind. : ARIETTA
22
Baffling. : ELUSIVE
23
Limit. : STINT
24
Catches, in a way. : LASSOES
25
Site of Lod airport. : TELAVIV
26
Greenwich Village address. : TENTHST
28
Leader of the Clan. : SINATRA
30
Change decor. : REDO
31
Part of a joule. : ERG
32
Part of the "Stepquote." : REEH
34
Comported (oneself). : DEMEANED
37
Hairdo. : SET
38
First woman governor. : ROSS
40
Reverent congregation. : ADORERS
42
Johnny One-Note's forte. : MONOTONE
44
N.Y.'s time. : EST
46
Jardinieres. : URNS
47
Edward Stratemeyer's hero. : TOMSWIFT
48
Hurdle (a fence) on horseback. : LARK
50
Whilom : ERST
51
Very well: Colloq. : FINE
52
Just out. : NEW
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Church fixtures. : LECTERNS
55
___ Garter, famous London tavern. : STARAND
58
Scene of trials, 1942. : RIOM
61
Sailor. : HAT
62
Item on a shoe box. : WIDTH
64
A feast ___ famine. : ORA
65
Full apology, French style. : AMENDE
67
Tarzan's foes. : ANTMEN
69
Part of the "Stepquote." : OOSOONT
72
Blush. : REDDEN
73
Seaport in Alaska. : SEWARD
74
Opportune. : PAT
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Turkish sultan. : AHMED
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Churchman's degree. : STD
78
French philosopher. : ARON
79
Pungs. : SLEIGHS
83
California product. : APRICOTS
85
Junior. : SON
87
Relative of a petrel. : ERNE
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Verbal quibbles. : PUNS
90
Essence. : CORE
91
Partner of bowing. : SCRAPING
93
Arabic name for Mideast region. : SINA
94
Young'un. : KID
95
Variety, to life. : THESPICE
96
Genie of folklore. : SANDMAN
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Opera laid in Africa. : AIDA
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Rhone tributary. : AIN
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React to a blow, in comics. : SEESTARS
105
Part of the "Stepquote." : INUT
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That frau. : SIE
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Housemaid's ___. : KNEE
110
Pores in leaves. : STOMATA
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Welcomed. : GREETED
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Beg: Var. : INTREAT
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Freedom abused. : LICENSE
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Ankles. : TARSI
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London prison. : NEWGATE
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Never-ending. : ETERNAL
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Bay window. : ORIEL
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Stable brush. : GROOMER
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Certain muscles. : TENSORS
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End of the "Stepquote." : OLATE
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Word with gang or block. : BUSTER
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Spanish inlet. : ESTERO
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Objects. : THINGS
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Mongol home. : TENT
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Part of the "Stepquote." : ERTHR
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Snack bar order. : MALTED
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Gen. Eaker. : IRA
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Ph.D. ms. : DISS
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Some graduate students. : RESIDENTS
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Penitent people. : ATONERS
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Cooks. : STEAMS
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One cause of errors. : HASTE
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Poetic type of name. : METANOMEN
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O'Neill play. : ILE
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Flute: Prefix. : AUL
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Ridges, in geology. : OSAR
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Souce of the "Stepquote," for short. : WIVESOFWINDSOR
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Plain. : EVIDENT
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Set apart. : DEVOTE
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Membership. : SEAT
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Novel of 1884. : RAMONA
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Part of the "Stepquote." : HOURSTO
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Annapolis grad. : ENS
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Football term. : DOWN
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Spanish painter. : SERT
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Common carriers: Abbr. : RRS
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Like Shea Stadium. : TIERED
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Roasting pin. : SKEWER
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Capital of Albania. : TIRANA
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Almost a ringer. : LEANER
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Specific source of the "Stepquote." (See 17 Down). : ACTTWOSCENETWO
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Objective. : END
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Gambling game. : FARO
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Center of Lamaism. : LHASA
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Marmelade ingredients. : RINDS
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Nail's partner. : TOOTH
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Intrepid one. : DARER
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Character in "Swann's Way." : ODETTE
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Sets right. : MENDS
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Expectant. : HOPING
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Noted Italian family. : MEDICI
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Houses of a kind. : MANORS
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Desert plant. : SAGE
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Part of the "Stepquote." : THANAMI
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Certain legislators. : MPS
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City on the Soar River. : LEICESTER
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First name in literary lore. : ERNEST
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Misses. : SPINSTERS
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Closing chords. : CODA
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Snoozes. : NAPS
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Freud's "Totem ___ Tabu" : UND
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Tree-climbing lad. : SHINNER
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Turnover. : PIE
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Moslem. : SARACEN
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Gnarl on a tree. : KNUR
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Attractive. : TAKING
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Medieval silk fabric. : SAMITE
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Team at Anaheim. : ANGELS
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Region in Yugoslavia. : ISTRIA
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Group of shaping tools. : DIESET
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Early job for Caesar. : AEDILE
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Landlord's sign. : TOLET
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Part of the "Stepquote." : TETOO
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Hence: Lat. : ERGO
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Part of A.D. : ANNO
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Long or Warren. : EARL
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Greek undergrounders. : EAM
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Broke bread. : ATE
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Patriotic org. : SAR

Answer summary: 16 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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