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New York Times, Wednesday, October 7, 1992

Author:
Tap Osborn
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.97, Missing: { J Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 257 (avg 1.36)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
Tap Osborn has 111 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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Across
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Bat's hangout : CAVE
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Featherhead : FOOL
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Film having several sequels : RAMBO
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Biblical race of giants : ANAK
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Nagy of Hungary : IMRE
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Model : IDEAL
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Indefinite : UNCERTAIN
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Like a pigskin : OVATE
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Date cultivated in Egypt : SAIDI
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Holds back; demurs : HESITATES
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Pipe fitting : ELL
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Santa's lump for a brat : COAL
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Predator's pad : DEN
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Satyr's look : LEER
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What Perot has made : FORTUNE
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At sixes and sevens : INATURMOIL
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On ___ with (equal) : APAR
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Stick-on item : NOTE
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"Cruellest month" agcy. : IRS
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"___ of My Dreams" : GIRL
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Party ending : GOER
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Undecided : ONTHEFENCE
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Ambush : ENSNARE
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It's used in tobacco curing : OAST
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Caravansary : INN
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Rave's partner : RANT
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Casual greetings : HIS
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One who explodes vocally : SPUTTERER
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Emissary : AGENT
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A collectible : CURIO
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Waver : OSCILLATE
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Extrinsic : ALIEN
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Neck and neck : TIED
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Ouse feeder : AIRE
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Cluttered up : MESSY
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Within: Comb. form : ENDO
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Where hoods get goods : DROP
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Bring on : CAUSE
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Chronicle : ANNAL
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Blows hot and cold : VACILLATES
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___ out (managed barely) : EKED
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Tailor's concern : FIT
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Famed horse or city : OMAHA
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Window for plants : ORIEL
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It's behind the iris : LENS
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Mob-scene participant : RIOTER
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Edges : ADVANTAGES
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Couscous ingredient : MEAT
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Diminish : BATE
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Sounds at a "bull session" : OLES
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Houston campus : RICEU
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False god : IDOL
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Ice ace, once : ORR
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Long waiting periods, seemingly : ETERNITIES
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Plaice or dace : FISH
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Unresolved : UPINTHEAIR
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User's accuser : NARC
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A rival of Agatha : ERLE
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Pulitzer dramatist: 1953 : INGE
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Chime time : NOON
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Locale for a stope or stulm : MINE
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Leftover : ORT
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River into Bay of the Seine : ORNE
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Geology term : EON
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"___ Attraction" : FATAL
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Caesar's mourner : ANTONY
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Copal or mastic : RESIN
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On a curved path : ARCED
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Job for an emcee : INTRO
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Very costly : STEEP
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Thimblerig, e.g. : SCAM
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Pour out the whines : PULE
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"The Haj" author : URIS
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Repetition : ROTE
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Happy : GLAD
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Half a Broadway title : IDO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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