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UNCOMMON COMBOS

New York Times, Sunday, September 20, 1981

Author:
Reginald L. Johnson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 78, Avg Word Len: 5.19, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 520 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 107, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Spans: 6, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 10
Reginald L. Johnson has 36 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,639
Across
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Strikebreaker : SCAB
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Useless stuff : TRASH
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Item often barked : SHIN
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Raison d'___ : ETRE
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Bye-bye : TATA
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Pierre's income : RENTE
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Snivel : WHINE
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Foreordain : DOOM
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Mannequins posing as divorcées : ARTIFICIALGRASSWIDOWS
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Thanks giving : GRATEFUL
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Lustful glances : LEERS
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Winds : COILS
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Mideast land: Abbr. : SYR
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And not : NOR
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Mt. sometimes identified as Horeb : SINAI
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Horatian creation : ODE
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Part of a TV set : SCR
34
Skedaddle : SCOOT
35
"___ Shanter" : TAMO
37
Twice : BIS
40
Trio sharing a guffaw : THREEMENONAHORSELAUGH
46
Ruffle : ROIL
47
Soak, as flax : RET
48
"Agnus ___" : DEI
49
Town in the news: 1944 : STLO
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Big-city headline after successful antilitter drive : ASCLEANASAWHISTLESTOP
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Pod occupant : PEA
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During : AMID
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"Look here!" in France : TIENS
61
Bone: Comb. form : OSTEO
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Body that sounds scary : ERIE
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Plumber's joint : ELL
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Jet-set transportation : SSTS
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Makes a call : DIALS
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Washington was his sitter : PEALE
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Great Barrier Island : OTEA
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White Sulphur Springs, e.g. : SPA
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Exciting event at the dock : LONGSHOREMANOVERBOARD
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Tale starter : ONCE
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Wire measure : MIL
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Dull grayish brown : DUN
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Precinct : AREA
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Training places run by Vigoda : BOARDINGSCHOOLSOFFISH
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Marine raptor : ERN
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Goddess of discord : ERIS
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Le ___, French port : HAVRE
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Faiths, to Fidel : FES
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Latin paradigm : AMO
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Greek letters : BETAS
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This has a no. : RTE
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"Voi, ___ sapete," Cherubino aria : CHE
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Kind of law : CANON
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Work in concert : COACT
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Pigweed : BEETROOT
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Result of a hot-corner collision : ARUNNERONTHIRDBASEMAN
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Rajah's mate : RANI
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Hampton ___ : ROADS
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Earl Campbell is one : OILER
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"The wonderful star" : MIRA
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Suffix for room or kitchen : ETTE
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Prescribes : SETS
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Christmases : NOELS
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Sherbets' kin : ICES
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Smokers : STAGS
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Keep in stock : CARRY
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Perfume : ATTAR
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Night crawlers, e.g. : BAIT
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Having three shapes : TRIFORM
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Happen again : RECUR
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Indigo source : ANIL
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G.C. or Penn : STA
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One up to deviltry : HELLION
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River to Lake Chad : SHARI
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Villain's greeting : HISS
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The electees : INS
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Thackeray charater : NEWCOME
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Cantor : EDDIE
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Burin or dibble : TOOL
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Brawls : ROWS
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Printers' measures : EMS
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Yule decoration : WREATH
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Fagin, for one : FENCE
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Jib overlapping a mainsail : GENOA
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An antiseptic : IODOL
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Macbeth and Macduff : SCOTS
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Betray : SELL
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Sam or Ed of sports : SNEAD
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Part of a switch : TRESS
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Didion's "Play It ___ Lays" : ASIT
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Copper-mining center : BUTTE
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Arctic sight : IGLOO
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Boutique : SHOP
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Sand or mouse follower : TRAP
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Socks : HOSE
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Costa ___ : RICA
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A Ford : ERNIE
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One-eyed god : ODIN
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Aides for prins. : ASSTS
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Viscounts' superiors : EARLS
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Mennonite group : AMISH
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Spring-practice nine : ATEAM
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Novelist Cather : WILLA
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Moody or Reddy : HELEN
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Schlimazel : LOSER
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Founded: Abbr. : ESTAB
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Kind of beaver : EAGER
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Sandhurst weaponry : STENS
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Giver : DONOR
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Early dweller in Peru : INCAN
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Smug ones : PRIGS
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Fish dish : EELS
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Immature seed : OVULE
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Kálmán operetta : SARI
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V.I.P. at D.C. : PRES
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A wife of Esau : ADAH
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Division of a leaf : LOBE
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Arena at Atlanta : OMNI
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Lavender and lilac : ODORS
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Blockheads : OAFS
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Evil spirit : DEMON
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Laundry workers : IRONERS
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Flimflams : CHEATS
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Senator from Utah : HATCH
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Pavarotti's usual reception : OVATION
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Vale ___ : OFTEARS
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"Your ___ Too Big," Waller hit : FEETS
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Broadway girl : ANNIE
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Certain investments : BONDS
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Kind of yell : REBEL
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Martin or Lewis : COMIC
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Viscount Templewood : HOARE
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Heaters : ETNAS
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Partisan: Suffix : CRAT
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Margaret, to Charles : AUNT
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Blazer : COAT
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Pkg. : BDLE
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Apostle of the Franks : REMI
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Modern "art" : ARE
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Lobster coral : ROE
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Brazilian coffee : RIO

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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