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New York Times, Monday, January 27, 1992

Author:
Evelyn Benshoof
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 44, Avg Word Len: 4.64, Missing: { H J Q X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 263 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 65, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 3, XRef: 0 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Evelyn Benshoof has 71 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1992, The New York TimesNo. 15,420

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Across
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Fiction's antithesis : FACT
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Shadowbox : SPAR
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Prank : LARK
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Pale purple : LILAC
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Albacore : TUNA
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Buck heroine : OLAN
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Palm tree having betel nuts : ARECA
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Collar or jacket : ETON
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Verne hero : NEMO
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Soon : BEFORELONG
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Pluck : GRIT
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Yemeni port : ADEN
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Top-drawer : ELITE
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Blandly urbane : SVELTE
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Seattle Seahawks. e.g. : PROS
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Resort near Venice : LIDO
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Calif. wine region : NAPA
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Amalgamate : BLEND
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Concerning : ANENT
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Marsh : BOG
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"High Noon," e.g. : OATER
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Danish comedian : BORGE
44
Signaling sound : BEEP
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Hub : NAVE
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Confront : FACE
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Dipped out : LADLED
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Ponder, with "on" : DWELL
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Scrutinize carefully : SCAN
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Seed covering : ARIL
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Start of Edward VIII's abdication statement : ATLONGLAST
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Undulate : ROLL
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Drudgery : MOIL
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Liberator : SAVER
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Performer Ray : ALDO
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Efface : UNDO
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Hackneyed : TRITE
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Sounded a horn : BLEW
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Nobleman : PEER
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One of the Aleutians : ADAK
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Slack flesh : FLAB
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English river having atmosphere? : AIRE
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Musical symbol : CLEF
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Sandwich in Sonora : TACO
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Monument of a sort : STELE
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Don : PUTON
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Ever and ___ : ANON
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Yellowstone Park employee : RANGER
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Site of Queens : LONGISLAND
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On the ball : ALERT
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Fiber from an Asian shrub : RAMIE
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Clove hitch, for one : KNOT
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Gem weight : CARAT
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Original-sin site : EDEN
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Timber wolf : LOBO
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Thick slice : SLAB
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Drink for Dante : VINO
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German reservoir dam : EDER
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"Evangeline" author : LONGFELLOW
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Congressional aide : PAGE
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Monastery head : ABBE
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"The Gold Bug" author : POE
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Cousin of etc. : ETAL
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Snow field : NEVE
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___ Scott decision : DRED
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Greenish blue : TEAL
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Design : PLAN
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Withhold information : CLAMUP
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Dread : ANGST
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Witty : DROLL
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Lady Windermere's creator : WILDE
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Playground apparatus : SLIDE
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Kind of scheme : COLOR
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Burnoose wearer : ARAB
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Accent : TONE
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Christie role: 1965 : LARA
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Dedicated : AVID
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___ precedent : SETA
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Hard journey : TREK

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