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Nancy S. Ross
Nancy S. Ross

CONTRARY CREATIONS

New York Times, Sunday, October 19, 1986

Author:
Nancy Scandrett Ross
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 76, Avg Word Len: 5.21, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 519 (avg 1.42)
Open Squares: 120, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 13
Nancy S. Ross has 34 pre-Shortz puzzles and 22 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1986, The New York TimesNo. 13,494
Across
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Costa ___ : RICA
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Diversion : SPORT
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Purpose : AIM
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Walk or trot : GAIT
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Harem rooms : ODAS
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City in Crete : CANEA
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Start of Iago's aria : CREDO
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Artifice : RUSE
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Optimistic Miller? : BIRTHOFACUSTOMER
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Scope : AREA
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Use the public library : BORROW
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Locale : SITE
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Parts of footballs : BLADDERS
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Kettle emission : STEAM
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In ___ (having difficulties) : ASPOT
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Meshed native : IRANI
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Winner's sign : VEE
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Knight's dismissal? : LADDIEGOAWAY
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"Pace, pace, mio ___," Verdi aria : DIO
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J.F.K. sight : SST
43
Roves : GADS
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Offends : SINS
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Stage comment : ASIDE
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Notebooks : CAHIERS
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A.L. triple-crown winner: 1956 : MANTLE
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Alarms : SCARES
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Reluctant : AVERSE
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Kind of shop : RETAIL
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Fit to imbibe : POTABLE
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Tennis score : LOVE
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Doctrinaires : ISTS
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Containing a nonmetallic element: Comb. form : SILICO
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Lincoln's "Cap'n ___" : ERI
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Locale of misplaced Michener tales? : NORTHATLANTIC
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Teutonic lang. : NHG
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Elite get-together : SOIREE
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Rhine tributary : AARE
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Chinese dynasty : CHOU
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Used a certain trammel : ALIGNED
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Hit with a blackjack : COSHED
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Entreat : OBTEST
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Pitched-roof features : GABLES
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Kitchen tools : PARERS
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Parade routes, often : AVENUES
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Baby boobook : OWLET
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One-time, once : ERST
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Eschew : SHUN
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Bob's partner : RAY
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Poet's word : ERE
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Writer's block à la Cole Porter? : NOTHINGCOMES
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Adage : SAW
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Public storehouse : ETAPE
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Fortuneteller's card : TAROT
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Bone hollow : FOSSA
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Thrush's song : WOODNOTE
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Author Hunter : EVAN
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Shakespeare's Sly, e.g. : TINKER
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Marie Wilson role: 1949 : IRMA
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Capote moves along? : DINNERATCARTIERS
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Photo finish : STAT
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Huge amount : OCEAN
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Sacred: Comb. form : HIERO
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Baltic island : AERO
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Reasonable : SANE
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Ensign: Abbr. : STD
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Caucasian : OSSET
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Weir of the N.H.L. : STAN
Down
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L.B.J. in-laws : ROBBS
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Dostoyevsky protagonist : IDIOT
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Tennessee Williams's "Vieux ___" : CARRE
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Like the Milky Way : ASTRAL
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Flat-bottomed boat : SCOW
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Pif-___ (card game) : PAF
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Memorable magnate : ONASSIS
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Child's offering : RECIPE
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Wrasse's cousin : TAUTOG
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Emulate Duse : ACT
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U.N.R.R.A. successor : IRO
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Eardrum, e.g. : MEMBRANE
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Alum : GRAD
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A departure for Sagan? : AUREVOIRBONHEUR
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Rhone feeder : ISERE
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Chivy or chevy : TEASE
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Timetable troubles : DELAYS
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Camus setting : ORAN
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Allegiances : HOMAGES
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Honshu city : SETO
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Pompously dull and erudite : DIDACTIC
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Does arithmetic : ADDS
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"___ Wait for You," 1965 song : IWILL
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Colonial Virginia : DARE
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___ spumante : ASTI
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Author Singer : ISAAC
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Garden pest : SCALE
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Relish : SAVOR
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H. G. Wells sequel? : THEVISIBLEWOMAN
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Gato ___ Sol, 1982 Derby winner : DEL
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Genoa-to-Rapallo dir. : ESE
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Choler : IRE
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Net : MESH
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"___ Troll," Heine poem : ATTA
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U.S.T.A. singles champ: 1972 : NASTASE
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Unaccompanied performances : SOLI
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Bas mitzvah, e.g. : RITE
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Stone : PIT
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Prune, in Perth : SNED
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Score minus one : NINETEEN
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Placer materials : ORES
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Smith or Barber : RED
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"Waiting for Godot" actor : LAHR
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Father of Diomedes : ARES
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Biblical prophet : HOSEA
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Spunky : GUTSY
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Girl watcher : OGLER
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Cigarette pkg. : CTN
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Past : AGO
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Cardinal at Boston : LAW
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Hereditary class : CASTE
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Former Met tenor : ORTH
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Egg, to Cato : OVUM
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Gala, frequently : BENEFIT
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Flammable hydrocarbons : PROPENES
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Like ___ knife through butter : AHOT
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Related on the mother's side : ENATIC
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Brackets for candles : SCONCES
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Caesar's way : ITER
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Kind of blanket : NAVAHO
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Free : GRATIS
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Actress Braga et al. : SONIAS
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Sculptor Giacometti was one : SWISS
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Way to a man's heart : AORTA
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Commotion : TODO
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Trapshooting variety : SKEET
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Famed Franciscan missionary : SERRA
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Fire marshal's concern : ARSON
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Originate : DATE
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Pony : TROT
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Actor Pendleton : NAT
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Last word : END
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Exist : ARE

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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