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WET STRENGTH

New York Times, Sunday, September 26, 1971

Author:
Virginia W. Schneider
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 88, Avg Word Len: 5.25, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 658 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 151, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 18, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 22
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© 1971, The New York TimesNo. 8,079
Across
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Fourth or real : ESTATE
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Day of prayer : EMBER
12
Badger : RIDE
16
Source of some cigars : TAMPA
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Tool : GIMLET
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Watered silk : MOIRE
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Blame : ONUS
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Of Mars : AREAN
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Fabled fritterers : GRASSHOPPERS
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Juanita Hall role : BLOODYMARY
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Wash. title : SEN
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Best ___ : SELLER
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Beings: Fr. : ETRES
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Kenya's neighbor : UGANDA
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July–August people : LEOS
35
"Some like ___" : ITHOT
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Prune, in Scotland : SNED
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Stir : ADO
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City on Hudson : TROY
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"All we can do ___" : ISTRY
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Some lenses : CONTACTS
46
Troop actions : SORTIES
48
Lizard : ANOLE
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Guilty, for one : PLEA
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Map abbr. : LAT
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Went up and away : SOARED
52
"___ Me" : COFFEETEAOR
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Suet: Prefix : SEBI
56
O'Neill heroine, et al. : ANNAS
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Words of disgust : OHROT
58
Seagoing initials : USSS
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Play for time : STALL
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Safecracker : YEGG
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Smell ___ : ARAT
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Gloves and hose: Abbr. : PRS
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Red : CLARET
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Direction : SSE
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Like bustles : OLDFASHIONED
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Plane's route : AIRWAY
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___ fire (hot shot) : BALLOF
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U. S. writer and editor : TOWNE
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Vedic god : ADITYA
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Refer to : ALLUDE
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Tools : SCREWDRIVERS
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Thine: Fr. : TES
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Mickey or Annie : ROONEY
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Young one : LAD
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Mr. Martini : NINO
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Interlock : MESH
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Peace nobelist, 1911 : ASSER
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Beat-up auto : HEAP
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Certain room : STUDY
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Creator of Ah Sin : HARTE
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Good Queen ___ : BESS
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Men who produce corn : MOONSHINERS
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Water sportsman : SURFER
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World aid org. : IRO
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British brook : BURN
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"Two hearts that beat ___" : ASONE
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Ghost story : CHILLER
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___ milk (bland) : ASMILDAS
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Commoners : PLEBS
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Police problem : RIOT
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Lowell : AMY
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Dashes about : GADS
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Centers of activity : HIVES
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Layer : TIER
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Fixed standard : ASSIZE
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Rejuvenate : RENEW
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Scout and eye : EAGLES
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Espouse : WED
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"Old ___ Sky" : BUTTERMILK
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Stolen sweet : HOTCHOCOLATE
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___-propre : AMOUR
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Auk genus : ALLE
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Expect : AWAIT
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Heavily favored : ODDSON
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Boxes : SPARS
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Trudge : PLOD
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Lab jobs : TESTS
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Singer Bobby and family : DARINS
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Nog ingredients : EGGS
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Father : SIRE
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Fed : TMAN
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Kaline and Rosen : ALS
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Hardy heroine : TESS
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The Unready : ETHELRED
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Occupy : EMPLOY
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Sulks : MOPES
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German drink : BIER
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Blunder : ERR
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Find a new home : RESETTLE
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Highland brigand : ROBROY
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Cove : INLET
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Junior combos : DUOS
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That: Sp. : ESO
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Star in Pleiades : TAYGETA
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Spanish export of 1588 : ARMADA
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Ignoble : MEAN
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Sidekick : PARD
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Writer Seton : ANYA
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Spreads : OLEOS
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Persistent creditor : DUNNER
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Pigs or R's : THREE
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"The good men do ___ interred . . . " : ISOFT
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Music pieces : SOLOS
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Analyzes : ASSAYS
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Lorna and family : DOONES
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Florida's flower : ORANGEBLOSSOM
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Gets even : TIES
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Dope : INFO
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Some tax men : CPAS
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Phillies' spring home : CLEARWATERFLA
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___ motion (set aside) : TABLEA
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Pompous : STILTY
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Certain drama: Abbr. : TRAG
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Arterial trunk : AORTA
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Banters : CHAFFS
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English painter : TURNER
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In ___ (actual) : ESSE
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Open-eyed : STARY
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Church list : ORDO
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Partly-closed eyes : SLITS
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Playing marble : ALLEY
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Thoreau milieu : POND
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H.Q. for Sadat : CAIRO
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Senior : OLDER
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Subway supports : STRAPS
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Dug : HOED
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Labor org. : IWW
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Balfour and Harum : DAVIDS
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Old French measures : AUNES
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Gainsay : DENY
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Largest peninsula : ARABIA
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Certain bridge cards : LOSERS
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Highland unit : CLAN
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Take effect : INURE
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Respect : ESTEEM
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The man who came to dinner : SHERRY
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Crumbly earth : MARL
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Israeli dances : HORAS
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Kalpas : EONS
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Insufferable ones : SNOBS
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Sawbucks : TENS
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Après sept : HUIT
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Wet-track runner : MUDDER
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Bisect : HALVE
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"___ you mean" : ISEEWHAT
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Type of food fish : SHORECOD
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Sports jackets : BLAZERS
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Taxco's sky : CIELO
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Therefore: Lat. : IGITUR
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Edged with scallops : PINKED
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Bill of ___ : RIGHTS
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Telephone call : HELLO
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Agreement of a kind : TACIT
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Coarse fabrics : ABAS
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___ pump : SUMP
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Portico : STOA
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Moon valley : RILL
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Greek letters : ETAS
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Drink additive : SODA
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"Able ___ ere . . . " : WASI
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Jacket : ETON
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Retreats : DENS
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Mug : MAP
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Have creditors : OWE
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Guide: Abbr. : LDR

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 8 debuted here and reused later, 15 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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