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New York Times, Wednesday, July 26, 1978

5-Down : Interfere

Author:
Strassheim
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 4.95, Min Word Len: 4, Missing: { J K Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 259 (avg 1.38)
Open Squares: 72, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,574
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City SSW of Portland : SALEM
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Fencing sword : EPEE
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Tapered seam : DART
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"When ___ you an inch, you took an ell": Heywood : IGAVE
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Dorian of fiction : GRAY
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Hershfield cartoon hero : ABIE
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Dubbed : NAMED
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Wash : LAVE
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___ mecum (handbook) : VADE
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Oscar-winning film: 1931-32 : GRANDHOTEL
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Bit of news : ITEM
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Church season : LENT
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Susanna's group of snoops : ELDERS
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Marceau : MARCEL
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Tiberius's tongue : LATIN
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Charles Lamb : ELIA
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At an end : OVER
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Free from : RIDOF
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Perceived by feeling : SENSATE
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Printing process : GRAVURE
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"Love Story" author : SEGAL
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Wild plum : SLOE
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Fish dish : EELS
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Nightclub : BOITE
49
Devices in optical instruments : LENSES
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Symbol of justice : SCALES
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Christmas song : NOEL
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Classical ballet finale : CODA
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Oscar winner: 1967 : RODSTEIGER
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Favorite son in "East of Eden" : ARON
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Completed a sky dive : ALIT
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___ of India, empire builder : CLIVE
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Chagall : MARC
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German article : EINE
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Covered with fired clay : TILED
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Something to "cop" : PLEA
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Trademark, for short : LOGO
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___ Tower, Chi. (world's tallest building) : SEARS
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Vocalize : SING
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Seaweed substance : AGAR
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Religious figure : LAMA
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Nicely balanced : EVEN
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Interfere : MEDDLE
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A king of Moab : EGLON
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Idle chatter : PRATTLE
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Roof edge : EAVE
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Peephole : EYELET
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Oscar winner: 1958 : DAVIDNIVEN
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Simmer down : ABATE
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"Purple Sage" man : RIDER
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Swarms : TEEMS
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Spartan serf : HELOT
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Fountain of Trevi coin : LIRA
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Army chow : MESS
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Helm position : ALEE
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Annulus : RING
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Oscar-winning film: 1943 : CASABLANCA
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Jason's ship : ARGO
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Londoner's waistcoat : VEST
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Union payment : DUES
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Wreath on a knight's helmet : ORLE
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Actor Parker : FESS
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Drug-yielding plant : ALOE
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Find a new tenant : RELET
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___ library : LENDING
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Begin's homeland : ISRAEL
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Puts in office : ELECTS
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Rogue : SCAMP
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Shade of red : CORAL
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Worship : ADORE
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Bone: Comb. form : OSTEO
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Melange : OLIO
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Court star Nastase : ILIE
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___ monster : GILA
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Perpetually : EVER
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Cincinnati nine : REDS

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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