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New York Times, Monday, September 5, 1977

Author:
Tap Osborn
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 301 (avg 1.58)
Open Squares: 76, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 8, XRef: 0, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
Tap Osborn has 111 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Error in 27-Down clue — should be "eighths"; left as in original.

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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,250
Across
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King of the jungle : LION
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Perle ___, memorable hostess : MESTA
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Robbers' chasers : COPS
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Betel pepper : ITMO
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Fed the kitty : ANTED
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Russian range : URAL
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Start of a four-line verse : SCOURTHECOTTAGE
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Espionage device : PHONETAP
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Moved on casters : ROLLED
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Wriggly swimmer : EEL
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Grow dim : FADE
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Second line of verse : PACKFOODANDTOGS
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"___ calm ... " : ALLIS
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Chi-chi : ARTY
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Word with stick or service : LIP
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Disturb : ROIL
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Almost half of the human race : MALES
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Cloy : PALL
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Electrical unit : OHM
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Carillon item : BELL
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Jane, Henry or Peter : FONDA
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Third line of verse : LABORDAYHOLIDAY
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Platform : DAIS
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One ___ kind : OFA
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Mourn : GRIEVE
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Outdoors : ALFRESCO
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Last line of verse : WESLAVELIKEDOGS
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She, in Paris : ELLE
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Troops, for Napoleon : ARMEE
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Fence, but not for fun : DUEL
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Igor's refusal : NYET
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Timothy or Mrs. O' : LEARY
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Thereabouts : ORSO
Down
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Speech defect : LISP
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Seven-year ___ : ITCH
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Melville novel : OMOO
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Part of speech : NOUN
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___ di Bassi, Capuchins' founder : MATTEO
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Give saintly status to : ENHALO
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Stair or rung : STEP
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Gumshoe : TEC
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Worshipers : ADORANTS
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Small piece of fried or broiled meat : CUTLET
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Spoken : ORAL
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Call for over the p.a. system : PAGE
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Coaster : SLED
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Offshore hazards : REEFS
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Hot drink : TODDY
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Travel tariff : FARE
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Word of mouth : PAROL
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Greeting, in Oahu : ALOHA
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Ascent : CLIMB
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About five-eights of a mi. : KIL
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Waste time : DALLY
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Warner of "Chan" fame : OLAND
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Hayworth film: 1946 : GILDA
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Spread out : SPLAY
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___ history: A.D. 500–1500 : MEDIEVAL
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Wellaway! : ALAS
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Luau item : POI
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Costa ___, Spain : BRAVA
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Blaze : FLARE
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Short poem : ODELET
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More sacred : HOLIER
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Disharmonic : OFFKEY
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Actress Verdon : GWEN
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Count (on) : RELY
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Capri, for one : ISLE
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___ mater : ALMA
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Tarot root : EDDO
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Like a lemon : SOUR
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Horse-drawn vehicles: Abbr. : CGES
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Scandinavian city : OSLO
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Before : ERE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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