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ALPHABETIC DOUBLE TALK

New York Times, Sunday, October 26, 1986

Author:
Bert H. Kruse
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 92, Avg Word Len: 5.20, Missing: { none — this is a pangram }, Scrabble score: 719 (avg 1.65)
Open Squares: 141, Cheaters: 14, FITB: 12, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 16
Bert H. Kruse has 63 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1986, The New York TimesNo. 13,501
Across
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Muscle action : SPASM
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Derisive cries : HAHAS
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Explosion noise : BANG
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Writer Earl ___ Biggers : DERR
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Land renamed Nova Scotia by the British : ACADIA
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Mulct : AMERCE
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Cupid : AMOR
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Foil's kin : EPEE
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Big bill, for short : SEVENTHLETTER
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Kind of neck : ROMANFIVE
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People, e.g. : ONES
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Plant shoots : CIONS
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Groom carefully : PREEN
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Spoken : VOICED
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Blushing : RED
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Deep-six, in a way : SHRED
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Sailing item : STAY
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Most contemptible : BASEST
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"Who's been sleeping in ___?" : MYBED
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Twain contemporary : HARTE
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Intended : AIMED
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Joseph Lash subject : ELEANOR
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English river : AHEADOFZED
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A famous Louis : JOE
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British noble name : LENNOX
49
Good : VALID
51
Conduct : MIEN
52
Oxford U. area : QUAD
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Incited, with "on" : EGGED
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Godwin's "Adventures of ___ Williams" : CALEB
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Don Adams TV role : SMART
57
Ballet ___ : RUSSE
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Early Briton : CELT
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Player who cuts the cards : PONE
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Empty : INANE
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Collections of rocks : SUITES
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Prefix for dent or color : TRI
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Actor's concern : PRECEDESAR
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Beneficial insect : MANTIS
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Big step : STRIDE
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Dido : ANTIC
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Early Mexican Indian : TOLTEC
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Barrie's "A Window in ___" : THRUMS
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Urban transit : FOLLOWSKAY
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Recede : EBB
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Bathhouse : CABANA
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Hurl fast : RIFLE
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Incursion : RAID
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Not fully shut : AJAR
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Lardy : OBESE
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Nairobi's republic : KENYA
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Budges : STIRS
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Musical music : SCORE
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"___ Sides Now," Joni Mitchell hit : BOTH
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Power : DINT
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Commands : FIATS
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Way : METHOD
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Bikini part : BRA
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Type of shirt : KINDOFBONE
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Rock star : MADONNA
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Ventures : RISKS
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Old TV program : RERUN
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Natural seeker : DICER
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Like beach attire : SCANTY
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Grampuses : ORCS
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Tough problem : POSER
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Petition : ASK
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Truckman : TEAMER
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Motif : THEME
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Yield : DEFER
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Oenochoe's cousin : OLPE
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Divorcee, for short : BEFOREWYE
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Actress Sandra : AFTERFRANKLIN
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Egyptian disk : ATEN
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Contents of some needles : SERA
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Shade : NUANCE
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Austrian state, to an Italian : TIROLO
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Bud, a Dickens heroine : ROSA
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Source : SEED
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Coasted, in a way : LUGED
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Tickle : ELATE
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Ruckus : SCENE
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Did a road job : PAVED
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Fruity quaffs : ADES
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Deadly act : SIN
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Lucifer's place : MATCHBOX
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Equipped like an angel : HALOED
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Edit : AMEND
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Extinct Argentinians : HETS
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Skill : ART
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" . . . above this ___ sway": Shak. : SCEPTRED
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Au naturel : BARE
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A king of Judah : AMON
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___ de plume : NOM
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Basis of a grievance : GRAVAMEN
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Dared : DEFIED
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Certain films : EPICS
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Face an embankment : REVET
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Water plant : REED
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Lyre's relative : ASOR
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Printers' nightmares : ERRATA
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Personnel manager : HIRER
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Edged : NOSED
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Ogled : EYED
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Church council : SYNOD
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Hindu term of respect : SAHIB
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Composer of "L'Arlésienne" : BIZET
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Zola's portraitist : MANET
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Philip Nolan's creator : HALE
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Burning : AFIRE
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Choice : ELECT
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French artist: 1881–1955 : LEGER
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Honey maker : ENGLISHBETA
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Its capital is Muscat : OMAN
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Supreme Court name : JUSTICEJOHN
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Refreshment sites : OASES
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Boston Gazette editor-patriot: 1732–1803 : EDES
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Carter Sec. of State : VANCE
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Sheltered at sea : ALEE
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Precisely : QUITE
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Some Yalies : COEDS
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Lymnaeid : SNAIL
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O'Neill's "___ Millions" : MARCO
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Small : RUNTY
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___ volta (musical direction) : PRIMA
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Agave fiber : ISTLE
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Variety of bar : SALAD
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Clip : PRUNE
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Bananas : DAFFY
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Col. Tibbets's mother : ENOLA
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Hopis or trumpeter fish : MOKIS
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Potboilers, e.g. : TRASH
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Despots : TSARS
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Biblical mountain : TABOR
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Court order : WRIT
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Cut of beef : BARON
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Netherlands city : BREDA
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Lee or lrvin : COBB
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Rips : RENDS
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Division word : INTO
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Globe employee : ACTOR
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Tightly curled : KINKY
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Skull cavity : SINUS
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Seized, in poesy : TAEN
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Passover feast : SEDER
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Trouble : DISTRESS
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Strong : FORCEFUL
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Grow thin : MACERATE
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Pittsburgh's home-run king : KINER
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Splitting tool : FROE
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Comedian Shelley : BERMAN
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Skinflint : MISER
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H. H. Jackson heroine : RAMONA
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Took off a tile : DOFFED
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Look after : SEETO
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Dining spots : CAFES
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Nez ___ Indians : PERCE
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Mete : ALLOT
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Barrel spigot : SPILE
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Gambling game : KENO
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Ski-slope item : TBAR
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British spare : TYRE
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Main : HEAD
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___ Xiaoping, China's paramount leader : DENG
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Pods often pickled : OKRA
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Minuscule : WEE
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Greek letter : TAU
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No game, in bridge : NIL

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 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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