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IMPISH INFERENCES

New York Times, Sunday, September 13, 1981

Author:
Elaine D. Schorr
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 78, Avg Word Len: 5.19, Missing: { J W Z }, Scrabble score: 519 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 125, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 19, XRef: 2, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 10
Elaine D. Schorr has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,632
Across
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Bridge bonanza : SLAM
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Wagner heroine : ELSA
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Lamb Chop's Lewis : SHARI
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City NE of Dortmund : KAMEN
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Conte : TALE
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Cause to descend : VAIL
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Bouncer, usually : HEMAN
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"South Pacific" hero : EMILE
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Gum up the works : RUIN
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Aerie dweller : ERNE
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Manliness; valor : ARETE
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Sycophants' answers : YESES
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Waiters ___ : ARESERVICEMEN
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Lares' partners : PENATES
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Cure-alls : PANACEAS
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Livy's lang. : LAT
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Jog : TROT
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Suffix with Capri : OTE
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Pt. of a monogram : INIT
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Cornell's site : ITHACA
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Highlight : ACCENT
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A conductor ___ : ISASCOREKEEPER
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Scandal-sheet info : DIRT
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Shavers : TOTS
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Ovine sire : RAM
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Worker's goal, often : RAISE
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Ottoman officials : AGAS
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"Out, damned Spot!" : SHOO
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Throw a line to an actor : PROMPT
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Food for thought : DATA
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Youmans heroine : NANETTE
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Like a "painted ship" : IDLE
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Lamb that wrote about a pig : ELIA
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Editors ___ : AREQUICKCHANGEARTISTS
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Lily plant : ALOE
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Suffix with comment : ATOR
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Stoopnagle : COLONEL
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Waist hugger : SASH
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Terrapin : TURTLE
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Explorer Tasman : ABEL
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___ bene : NOTA
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With 98 Across, forte : CUPOF
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Barracks bugaboo: Abbr. : NCO
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Catalufa : SCAD
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Symbol of strength : IRON
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Ventriloquists ___ : AREMOUTHPIECES
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Respectable : DECENT
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Spuds : TATERS
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Ely or Wight : ISLE
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See 85 Across : TEA
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Contend with : MEET
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Actor Cariou : LEN
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Go beyond; excel : OUTRANGE
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"___ du Printemps": Stravinsky : LESACRE
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Roofers are ___ : EAVESDROPPERS
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Honshu metropolis : OSAKA
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Author Lagerlöf : SELMA
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Gourmet's concern : MENU
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One of many in a blind : SLAT
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Minstrel Mr. : BONES
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Characteristic : TRAIT
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Aqueduct of Silvius, e.g. : ITER
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One of Bjorn's rivals : ILIE
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Put forth effort : EXERT
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Whereas : SINCE
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Rock piles at the peak : TORS
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Ants.' opposites : SYNS
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Hogtie : STRAP
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Author Hobson : LAURA
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Outlander : ALIEN
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Altar top : MENSA
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Man's lounging slipper : EVERETT
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Caterpillars : LARVAE
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"The wages of ___ death" : SINIS
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Actor Clunes : ALEC
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Indian medicine men : SHAMANS
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Torquemada victim : HERETIC
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Sermon finale : AMEN
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Hamelin horde member : RAT
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Malapropos : INEPT
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A pianist is a ___ : KEYNOTER
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A stockyards owner is ___ : AMEATHEAD
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Windshield wetter : MIST
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Robt. ___ : ELEE
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Famed loch : NESS
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Univ. course : ECON
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Inventor Howe : ELIAS
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Composer Satie : ERIK
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Corrida attraction : TORO
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Samoan port : APIA
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"___ la vie!" : CEST
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Neighborhood : AREA
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Turkish city on the Seyhan : ADANA
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Smoke producer : CIGAR
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Bustard's relative : CRANE
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And the following: Lat. : ETSEQ
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Five score : IOO
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Zeno follower : STOIC
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Fiber of the Philippines : RAMEE
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Allocated : EMPLACED
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Post-knockdown litany : THECOUNT
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Wading bird : STILT
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Piece of china : PLATE
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Civil War general : RENO
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Yodeling country : TIROL
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P.I. tree : TUA
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Pigeon pea : DHAL
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Part of NATO : ATL
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Crimean seaport : KERCH
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Moore or Kelly : GRACE
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Column style : IONIC
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Night noise : SNORE
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Range of the Rockies : TETON
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Virgule : SLANT
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Jazz singer's improvisation : SCAT
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Scent of roses, e.g. : AURA
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Small barracuda : SPET
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A builder is a ___ : HOMEMAKER
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African antelope : TOPI
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___ mitzvah : BAS
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An angler on the links makes a ___ : FORECAST
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Family feud, e.g. : SCENE
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Narc's target, at times : USER
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Of a certain creed : ISLAMIC
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Opposite of demote : ELEVATE
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Balzac's "Le Curé ___" : DETOURS
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Lawman of the old West : EARP
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Slave rebellion leader : TURNER
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Touchstones : TESTS
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"___ Psyche": Keats : ODETO
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Orbit point : APSIS
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"Let not poor ___ starve": Charles II : NELLY
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Tiny bit : GRAIN
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___ Park, Colo. : ESTES
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Earring locale : LOBE
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Pike and pickerel genus : ESOX
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Compos mentis : SANE
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Joie de vivre : ELAN
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Hit, old style : SMIT
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Assam silkworm : ERI

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

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