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Eugene T. Maleska
Eugene T. Maleska

"STEPQUOTE," PUNNY STYLE

New York Times, Sunday, September 25, 1966

Author:
Eugene Maleska
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 66, Avg Word Len: 5.36, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 525 (avg 1.40)
Open Squares: 119, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 8, XRef: 5, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 26
Eugene T. Maleska has 410 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
Jim Horne notes:

The stepquote reads, "Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?"

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© 1966, The New York TimesNo. 6,252
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Start of a 12-word "Stepquote" ending at 130 Across. : ISITHA
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Advocate. : PLEADER
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Theatrical. : SCENIC
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Nylons' unit. : DENIER
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Cinematograph inventor. : LUMIERE
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Cottage, in Spain. : CASITA
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Rubbed out. : ERASED
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Punishes by fine. : AMERCES
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The evening star. : HESPER
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Type of talk: Abbr. : SER
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In case. : LEST
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Radio org. : RCA
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Tin foil for mirrors. : TAIN
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Player or Palmer. : PRO
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Burden. : ONUS
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Part of the "Stepquote." : RTOT
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Mediterranean food fish. : OMBERS
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Tune a radio. : DIAL
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Honored at a party. : FETED
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Atomist's concern. : ISOTOPE
44
Irreverence. : IMPIETY
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Good motor sound. : PURR
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City on the Loire. : ORLEANS
50
Italian actress. : LOREN
51
Things sought for. : DESIDERATA
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Desiccates. : DRIESUP
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Town SW of Brindisi. : ORIA
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Shaped like a spindle. : FUSOID
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Lectern. : DESK
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Dancer Shawn. : TED
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Sound on a freezing day. : BRR
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Goer. : DEPARTER
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Previously: Poet. : ERENOW
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Trades. : BARTERS
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Part of the "Stepquote." : TOTUT
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Go over again. : RETRACE
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Man with a gin. : SNARER
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Establish in a new place. : RELOCATE
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East Indian herb. : TIL
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See 107 Down. : THE
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Initials of school group. : AASA
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Go cycling again. : RERIDE
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Market. : SELL
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Wild duck. : MALLARD
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Up-down places at school. : STAIRCASES
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The ___ the beat. : COPON
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Notable Civil War diplomat. : BIGELOW
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___ were. : ASIT
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Study closely, British style. : ANALYSE
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Twelve inches. : ONEFOOT
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Grapevine tale. : RUMOR
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Town in Normandy. : STLO
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Slackens. : LETSUP
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Part of the "Stepquote." : TOOT
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Boyer role. : PEPE
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Son of Noah. : HAM
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Actress Pitts. : ZASU
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Flounder. : DAB
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Sketched. : DREW
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Steep. : RET
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Armenian capital. : ERIVAN
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Wooden peg. : TRENAIL
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Gully. : RAVINE
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Electrician's concern. : WIRING
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Catch up with: Poet. : OERTAKE
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Limits in size. : SCANTS
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One of the Forsytes. : SOAMES
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Does a cobbler's job. : RESOLES
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End of the "Stepquote." : TOTOOT
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___ March. : IDESOF
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Undisturbed. : SERENE
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Tied to a routine. : INARUT
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"___ folly to be wise." : TIS
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Place for a spur. : HEEL
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Part of the "Stepquote." : ARDER
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___ "Republic." : PLATOS
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Abner's radio partner. : LUM
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Legendary Irish beauty. : EMER
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Reduce heat, in a way. : AIRCOOL
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Fled. : DECAMPED
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Rather than. : ERE
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Remainder: Fr. : RESTE
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Split. : SCHISM
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City on the Orne. : CAEN
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Sigma. : ESS
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More tangy. : NIPPIER
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Repeat. : ITERATE
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See 69 Down. : CAROLYN
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Saddle attachments. : STIRRUPS
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Originates. : ARISES
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Brown pigment. : SEPIA
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Part of the "Stepquote." : TOOTORT
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Vandyke. : BEARD
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Oculist's unit. : DIOPTER
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Flop. : DUD
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Perfidious one. : TRAITOR
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More than one: Abbr. : PLU
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Case given a social agency. : REFERRAL
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Never: Ger. : NIE
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___ Ferry, N.Y. : DOBBS
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Wandering. : ERRANT
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Reproachful title, old style. : SIRRAH
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Sly ___ fox. : ASA
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Winged pests: Colloq. : SKEETERS
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Hinder. : DETER
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Kin on the mother's side. : ENATES
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Tractable. : DOCILE
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Letter. : DEE
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Robert's "___ Order." : RULESOF
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U.S. 1, for one. : RTE
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With 19 Down, author of the "Stepquote." : WELLS
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Virtuoso's quaver. : TREMOLO
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Part of the "Stepquote." : TORTWOT
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Part of a car. : RADIATOR
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Washington group. : CIA
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Playwright Edward and others. : ALBEES
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Capuchin monkey. : SAI
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City of anc. Greece. : ARGOS
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Was surprised: Colloq. : SATUP
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Even one. : ANY
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Strippers. : DENUDERS
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About: Abbr. : CIR
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Nuts. : CASHEWS
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Neighbor of Minnesota. : ONTARIO
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City in Colombia. : PALMIRA
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Site of naval battle, 1571. : LEPANTO
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Uses hep talk. : SLANGS
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Scads. : OODLES
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Sheep. : MERINO
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Available for. : OPENTO
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Double check. : RETEST
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With 79 Across, "Stepquote" source. : TUTOR
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Part of the "Stepquote." : TERST
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Author Grey. : ZANE
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False god. : BAAL
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Where Baylor University is. : WACO
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Vitality. : VIM
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Arikara. : REE
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Dwight. : IKE
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Tank. : VAT

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 12 debuted here and reused later, 10 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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