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OBSERVATIONS

New York Times, Sunday, August 8, 1971

Author:
Henry V. Straka
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 76, Avg Word Len: 5.21, Missing: { Q W Z }, Scrabble score: 528 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 123, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 12
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© 1971, The New York TimesNo. 8,030
Across
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Syrian city, to French : ALEP
5
Vehicle : SLED
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Pair up : MATCH
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British planes of W. W. I : SPADS
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Greek dais : BEMA
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Roofing piece : TILE
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Zola : EMILE
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Paine product : TRACT
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Indians : UTES
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Indian plum : AMRA
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Mass. port : SALEM
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Nest : AERIE
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Playboy's version of a right : THEHAPPINESSOFPURSUIT
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Harem : SERAGLIO
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Force: Lat. : VIS
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Newspaper section: Abbr. : SPTS
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Radical : RED
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Roman writer : SENECA
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Restrain : TETHER
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"I wasn't there" : ALIBI
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Flaunted : PARADED
47
Bright bird : ORIOLE
48
Tabula ___ : RASA
49
Laws: Abbr. : STATS
51
W. W. II vessel : LST
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Blue glass : SMALT
54
Coal dust : CULM
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Ankles : TALI
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Troupers : ACTORS
59
Reno leavers : EXES
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Horse : ARABIAN
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Yokel : RUBE
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Formality : RITE
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Possible query of a zoo ape : AMIMYKEEPERSBROTHER
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Sir Robert : PEEL
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Indian of West : OTOE
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The Met forbids these : ENCORES
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___ cry : AFAR
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Depletes : DRAINS
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Salinger girl : ESME
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Louvre name : LISA
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Pacific island group : SAMOA
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Guinness, e.g. : SIR
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Kind of breath : BATED
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Coins in Riga : LATS
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Three in one : TRIUNE
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Plane-engine housing : NACELLE
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Units of force : DYNES
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Reparation : AMENDS
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Nail décor : ENAMEL
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Keresan Indian : SIA
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Kind of bunt : DRAG
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Saratoga : SPA
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City near L. A. : TORRANCE
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Millionaire's pad : THEHOUSETHATJACKBUILT
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Cottontails : HARES
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Lag behind : TRAIL
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___ over lightly : ONCE
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Binge : TOOT
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Small ones: Suffix : ILLAE
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French year : ANNEE
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River to Elbe : EGER
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Instrument : OBOE
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Germs : SEEDS
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Rises high : REARS
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Time periods in Wild West : YARS
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Goes down : SETS
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Borders on : ABUTS
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River of Hades : LETHE
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Eastern prince : EMEER
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Kemal ___ : PASHA
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Basic item : STAPLE
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Serene : LIMPID
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Tucson suburb : ELRIO
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College figure : DEAN
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Scylla's strait : MESSINA
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Gathered : AMASSED
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Spanish linden : TILO
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Musical symbol : CLEF
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Rope fibers : HEMPS
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Track officials : STARTERS
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H-hour at a newspaper : PRESSTIME
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Egyptian abode of dead : AARU
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Roman 602 : DCII
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Word on a proof : STET
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Fields: Lat. : AGRI
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Baseball great : EVERS
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Capable of : UPTO
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Swift output : SATIRE
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Ancient Briton : CELT
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Gather on a surface : ADSORB
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Deception : HOAX
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She, in Paris : ELLE
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Soaks flax : RETS
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Alms box : ARCA
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Girl's name : LAURA
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Moslem faith : ISLAM
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Well-known deer : BAMBI
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Buddy : PAL
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Restrained : STAYED
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Oilers : TANKERS
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Old galley : TRIREME
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Eggs on : ABETS
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Game fish : CERO
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Removed pits : STONED
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Mischief maker : IMP
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"Once ___ a time . . . " : UPON
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Common abbr. : ETC
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Lily maid : ELAINE
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What crystal gazers do : SEEALL
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Xmas plant : HOLLY
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Of a lake area : ERIAN
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Trace: Fr. : RESTE
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Lip : SASS
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Movie dog : ASTA
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MacDonald's asset : FARM
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French friend : AMIE
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Early English Puritan : ROUNDHEAD
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Mideast land : IRAN
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Marie, for one : STE
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"Days of Wine ___" : ANDROSES
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Pasture sound : BLEAT
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Genesis name : ESAU
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Drum out of office : CASHIER
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Pierces: Var. : EMPALES
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Lulu : DARB
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Pele's game : SOCCER
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Annoying ones : IRKERS
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Spectral type : GSTAR
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Old Asian coin : TANGA
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Sedans : AUTOS
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Weeper of myth : NIOBE
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Hoof: Scot. : CLOOT
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Diminutive suffixes : ETTES
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"Now hear ___!" : THIS
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Sound : HALE
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Gardner : ERLE
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Sea bird : ERNE
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Blue Nile source : TANA
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O'Hara Pal : JOEY

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 12 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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