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New York Times, Tuesday, June 5, 2001

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {BCDFGHJKMPQVWXYZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 59 for Mr. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

This puzzle has the lowest average Scrabble score in the database. In fact, if you look closely at this crossword you'll see that this is a record that can never be broken. See 65 Down. Bruce Haight tied this record in this 2017 puzzle.

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© 2001, The New York TimesNo. 0605 ( 18,837 )
Across
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Besides : ALSO
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"Cómo ___ usted?" : ESTA
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City near Düsseldorf : ESSEN
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They hang around : LOITERERS
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Accustom: Var. : ENURE
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Southern lights : AURORAAUSTRALIS
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Take the conn : STEER
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Noted monologuist : LENO
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Hwys. : RTES
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W. Hemisphere grp. : OAS
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Scope : AREA
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Window bases : SILLS
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"Mon Oncle" star Jacques : TATI
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It comes before a dropped name : NEE
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29 for copper, e.g.: Abbr. : ATNO
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Choo-choo's sound : TOOT
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Lowest in importance : LEAST
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Game you can lose only once : RUSSIANROULETTE
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Fastening devices : TNUTS
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Labor : TOIL
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Roger of "Cheers" : REES
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Cardinal's insignia : STL
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Those, to José : ESOS
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Choker : NOOSE
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Out of port : ASEA
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Scull propeller : OAR
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Der ___ (Konrad Adenauer) : ALTE
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Musical Horne : LENA
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Having no chips left to bet : ALLIN
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Explosive stuff : TRINITROTOLUENE
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Sleeping perch : ROOST
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Most minuscule : TEENSIEST
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Queen ___ lace : ANNES
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"What ___?" : ELSE
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J.F.K. arrivals : SSTS
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"What a pity!" : ALAS
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Boor : LOUT
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Dam's counterpart : SIRE
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Oklahoma Indian : OTOE
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Detergent brand : ERA
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What some pups grow up to be : SEALS
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50/50 test choice : TRUE
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Org. : ASSN
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Poetic adverb : EER
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Marching band drum : SNARE
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Brunei and Oman, e.g. : SULTANATES
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Toledo's lake : ERIE
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1987 role for Costner : NESS
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Actor Flynn : ERROL
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Perfectly : TOAT
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Wirehair of film : ASTA
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Small brook : RILL
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Daring feat : STUNT
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Attic covering, maybe : INSULATION
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Found's partner : LOST
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Pamplona runners : TOROS
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Yours: Fr. : ATOI
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Cosmetician Lauder : ESTEE
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Hot seasons in Québec : ETES
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They might be fine : ARTS
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Aware of : ONTO
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Architect Saarinen : EERO
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"Gotcha" : ISEE
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It parallels the radius : ULNA
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Brining need : SALT
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Tough tests : ORALS
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Feel : SENSE
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Hall's singing partner : OATES
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Razor brand : ATRA
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"Dianetics" author ___ Hubbard : LRON
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One-named artist : ERTE
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Winter air : NOEL
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Pitcher Tiant : LUIS
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Directors Ang and Spike : LEES
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M.I.T. part: Abbr. : INST
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Captures : NETS
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"___ a girl!" : ITS
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Point value in Scrabble of every letter in this puzzle : ONE

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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