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New York Times, Wednesday, September 11, 1957

54-Across : Was forced to retract one's words.

Author:
Josephine Martin
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 31, Avg Word Len: 5.39, Missing: { F H J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 280 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 84, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 4, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 12
Josephine Martin has 1 pre-Shortz puzzle in our database.
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© 1957, The New York TimesNo. 2,997
Across
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Blooms in the spring. : LILACS
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Pass by succession. : DEVOLVE
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Picture. : IMAGINE
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The eighty-eight. : IVORIES
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Understatement: A figure of speech. : LITOTES
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Flavoring used in apéritifs. : BITTERS
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Native of: Suffix. : ITE
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Esculent. : EATABLE
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End. : DIE
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Auricles. : EARS
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Marx and others. : KARLS
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Common: Comb. form. : COEN
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Share. : STAKE
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Sleeper. : TIE
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Hunt for water in an unusual way. : DOWSE
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Passed. : ELAPSED
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Sinai and Everest. : MOUNTS
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On one's ___. : TOES
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Dix. : CAMP
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Yield. : ACCEDE
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Benedict and Matthew. : ARNOLDS
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Orleans' river. : LOIRE
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A vote for the affirmative. : PRO
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Oozes. : SEEPS
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Namesakes of Miss Rutledge. : ANNS
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Speak slowly. : DRAWL
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Cabbage dish. : SLAW
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Disagreeable. : BAD
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Greedy one. : GRABBER
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Macaw. : ARA
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Was forced to retract one's words. : ATECROW
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Greediness. : AVIDITY
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A pestilence, in Shakespeare's day. : MURRAIN
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Layers of the eyes. : RETINAE
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Helps. : ASSISTS
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Story. : LEGEND
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Ditto 1 Across. : LILIES
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Ape. : IMITATE
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Football pass. : LATERAL
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Past time. : AGO
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Quote. : CITE
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Move slyly. : SNEAK
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Garden tool. : DIBBLE
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Sins. : EVILS
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Suffrage. : VOTE
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Scrap. : ORT
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Command to Rover. : LIEDOWN
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Truest. : VERIEST
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The pious ones of the Dead Sea. : ESSENES
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Property possessions. : ESTATES
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Lifeless. : ARID
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Certain performers. : SKATERS
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Joins. : COUPLES
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Lyric poem. : EPODE
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Major-___. : DOMOS
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View. : SEE
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Fortify. : MAN
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Pry. : CROWBAR
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Where Montgomery is. : ALABAMA
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Natural tendency. : CONATUS
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Hot coals. : CINDERS
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Semite. : ARAB
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Dress fabric. : DELAINE
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Undaunted. : SPARTAN
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Edible shrimplike animals. : PRAWNS
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Influenced. : SWAYED
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Right: Fr. : DROIT
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On the ___ (honest). : LEVEL
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Irish sweethearts. : GRAS
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Ceremony. : RITE
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Le dernier ___. : CRI
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Sarcastic comment: Colloq. : DIG

Answer summary: 12 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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