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CHARACTER STUDIES

New York Times, Sunday, October 23, 1988

Author:
John Greenman
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.30, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 653 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 144, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14
John Greenman has 52 pre-Shortz puzzles and 12 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 14,229
Across
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Kind of check : RAIN
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Wave modifier : TIDAL
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Cosmetician Max : FACTOR
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Erwin of early TV : STU
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Ziti topping : SAUCE
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Idolize : ADORE
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Rub with a rasp : ABRADE
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Eschew : SHUN
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EL : CITYRAILWAY
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GEE : IOOODOLLARS
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Assist at a wedding: Slang : USH
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Eyes amorously : OGLES
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Divests of honors : STRIPS
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"Lady" of song : EADIE
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Menial : PEON
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Adjust an alarm clock : RESET
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Contracts a cold : AILS
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Not impetuous : PATIENT
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Feel contrite : REPENT
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Raison d'___ : ETRE
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Spotted piece : DOMINO
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Expended effort : LABORED
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BEE : WASPSCOUSIN
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Midwinter malady : FLU
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Autumns, in Avila : OTONOS
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Kirk and Hartman : LISAS
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Yokum or Doubleday : ABNER
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Stats for Mike Greenwell : RBIS
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Authority : SAYSO
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Piquant quaff : CIDER
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Sixty-thousandths of a min. : MSECS
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Bogus : FALSE
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Building wing : ELL
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EX : FORMERSPOUSE
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These go from alpha to omega : GAMUTS
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Luge or pung : SLED
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___-do-well : NEER
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Side petals : ALAE
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Supernatural spirits : GENIES
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Wars of the ___ : ROSES
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Diagonal weave : TWILL
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Major appliance : RANGE
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With calm assurance : POISED
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Soy or Roy : BEAN
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Cuban cat : GATO
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Norman town : STLO
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Most reasonable : SANEST
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ESS : CURVEINAROAD
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Maneuverable, as a sailboat : YAR
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Puccini's forte : OPERA
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Heart's-ease : PANSY
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Houston gridder : OILER
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Fleet : RAPID
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Cheerleaders' calls : RAHS
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Kolo or merengue : DANCE
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Incense : ANGER
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Placid : SERENE
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Guido's high note : ELA
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VEE : VICTORYSIGN
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Bedroom : CHAMBER
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Pages : LEAVES
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" . . . 'E won't split on ___": Kipling : APAL
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Sheep tender : HERDER
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Cooked beans, Mexican style : REFRIED
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Egyptian dancing girl : ALME
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Oleoresin : ELEMI
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Roll top, e.g. : DESK
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To no ___ (fruitlessly) : AVAIL
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Graduates : ALUMNI
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Skating feats : AXELS
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Imitate : APE
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TEE : LINKSDEVICE
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ZEE : ZEDINLONDON
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Juillet–août periods : ETES
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Kitchen utensil : OPENER
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"___ You Glad You're You?" : ARENT
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Kind of jury : PETIT
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Actor Waterston : SAM
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Fondle : CARESS
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Circus areas : RINGS
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Comedian Mort : SAHL
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Pay hike : RAISE
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KAY : AUTHORBOYLE
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Gelid : ICY
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Laughton role: 1932 : NERO
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Concluding section : TAILEND
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Most indolent : IDLEST
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Use a divining rod : DOWSE
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Constellation near Norma : ARA
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Certain pewters : LEYS
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Oberon's subjects : FAIRIES
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Simmering : ABOIL
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Jockeys' goads : CROPS
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N.M. art colony : TAOS
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Eccentric : ODD
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___ Speedwagon (rock group) : REO
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JAY : SHADEOFBLUE
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Port on the Po : TURIN
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Not hardened : UNSET
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East Coast porgy : SCUP
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Felled, as a dragon : SLAIN
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Concurs : AGREES
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Admitted : LETIN
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Swimming-pool covers : TARPS
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Great White Way brighteners : NEONS
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Come-on : TEASER
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Models : POSES
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N. African bigwig : AMIR
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Evidence : PROOF
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Monarchs of yore : TSARS
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Blockhead : DUNCE
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Forfeits : LOSES
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To any extent : ATALL
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More expansive : WIDER
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Matter-of-fact : CASUAL
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Rotund : OBESE
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Tilts : LISTS
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Manipulates : USES
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Fla. exports : LIMES
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Textile fibers : RAMIES
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Set of beliefs : CREED
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"Night Court" actor : MOLL
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Eyetooth : FANG
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Commencement : ONSET
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"Common Sense" man : PAINE
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Capital of Liguria : GENOA
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Laundromat items : DRIERS
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Bowl at Jacksonville : GATOR
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Thessalian peak : OSSA
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More laconic : TERSER
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Undulatory : WAVY
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Less frequent : RARER
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Kind of bull : PAPAL
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EN : ONEHALFANEM
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Swindler's scheme : BUNCO
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Celebrated Greek physician : GALEN
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EM : TYPEBREADTH
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"Jezebel" popularizer : LAINE
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Money follower : ORDER
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Type of subject : SORE
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Inclinations : CANTS
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Region of ancient Asia Minor : IONIA
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Carp pettily : NIGGLE
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Anxiety : DREAD
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Walked the floor : PACED
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Pistol-packing : ARMED
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Rundown nightspot : DIVE
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Western resort : ASPEN
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Strident : SHRILL
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Lowers : VAILS
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Babbles : YAMMERS
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Unites firmly : CEMENTS
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Actors Estrada and Rhodes : ERIKS
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Voodooist's activity : HEXING
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Wheezes : RALES
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Patti LuPone role : EVITA
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Bring into agreement : ALINE
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Henry and Clare : LUCES
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Burdened : LADEN
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Turn rancid : SPOIL
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Superman's alter ego : KENT
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State : AVER
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Moslem woman's garb : IZAR
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Placebos : SOPS
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"___ Horne," Ade book : DOC
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Antipollution org. : EPA
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"___ tu," Verdi aria : ERI
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___ Filippias, Greek town : NEA

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 5 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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