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Robert H. Wolfe
Robert H. Wolfe

MAGIC IN THE MIDDLE

New York Times, Sunday, November 13, 1988

Author:
Robert H. Wolfe
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 78, Avg Word Len: 5.19, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 518 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 123, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 19, XRef: 1, Spans: 5, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9
Robert H. Wolfe has 23 pre-Shortz puzzles and 60 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 14,250
Across
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With, to René : AVEC
5
Gains : GETS
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Maui farewell : ALOHA
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Brawl : MELEE
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___ avis : RARA
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Gershwin's "___ Rhythm" : IGOT
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Arabian desert : NEFUD
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Belgian city : ALOST
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Actress visits doctor about piercing weapon : CLARABOWANDARROWSMITH
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Dead Sea scroll guardians : ESSENES
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Prince's "Purple ___" : RAIN
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Musical three-note intervals : TRITONES
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This Mr. went to town : DEEDS
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Monza moola : LIRA
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River near Eboli : SELE
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Watchdog for 89 Across : EPA
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Actor Jeremy : IRONS
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Ibsen products : DRAMAS
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Ex-senator with former pitcher on time : FULBRIGHTANDEARLYWYNN
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Highway for Hadrian : ITER
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Steve Martin's "___ Jerk" : THE
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Dice throw : TREY
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"Vissi d'___," Puccini aria : ARTE
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Baby boys, in Barcelona : NENES
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An Alcott : AMOS
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Pony-express haul : MAIL
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Queue : BRAID
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Gazelles : ARIELS
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Role for McArdle : ANNIE
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Proverb ending : IAL
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Typing method of actress with director : LINDAHUNTANDPECKINPAW
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Hue holiday : TET
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Hymn of praise : PAEAN
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"To ___," Burns poem : AMOUSE
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Kind of race : RELAY
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Bad day for Julius : IDES
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Israeli port : ACRE
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Loren's mate : PONTI
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Oppenheimer subject : ATOM
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Environmental sci. : ECOL
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Glory or maid preceder : OLD
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Gang follower : STER
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Justice joins wife slayer; gets bruised : HUGOBLACKANDBLUEBEARD
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___ Nevada : SIERRA
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Hockey announcer's shout : SCORE
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Where kine dine : LEA
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Ham ___ (overact) : ITUP
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Medical suffix : EMIA
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Brings down the house, in Kew : RASES
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Expectorant mixture : TEREBENE
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Nothing, in Nice : RIEN
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Latent : DORMANT
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Life time of comic hero with pop singer : SPIDERMANANDBOYGEORGE
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Simon's later name : PETER
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Thrill : ELATE
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Copycat : APER
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Virginia ___ : REEL
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Connery and Penn : SEANS
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Hogan's cousin : TEPEE
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Actor from Philadelphia : GERE
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Kind of cast or vision : TELE
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Like Natural Bridge : ARCED
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"___ Triste": Sibelius : VALSE
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Clear the boards : ERASE
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Was solicitous : CARED
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Taunt : GIBE
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Vain ones' traits : EGOS
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Pull : TOW
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Kind of night : STARLIT
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Fireplace accessory : ANDIRON
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" . . . ___ hungry look": Julius Caesar : LEANAND
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Ninth-cent. Gallic language : OFR
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Wounds : HURTS
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Venerate : ADORE
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Command : MASTERY
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Sailor's saint : ELMO
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Mutton cut : LOIN
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Italian family : ESTE
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Old English letters : ETHS
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Geese genus : ANSER
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Nigerian money : NAIRA
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Uncontrolled : WILDLY
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Poe's pendulum partner : PIT
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Turkish title : AGHA
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Bristle : SETA
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"We've ___, an' a debt . . . ": J.R. Lowell : AWAR
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Dame ___ Hess : MYRA
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Oppositionist : ANTI
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Prune, in Ayr : SNED
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Ultimate : FINAL
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Wombs : UTERI
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Ulyanov : LENIN
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Multiply : BREED
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Stallone-type role : HEMAN
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Uris protagonist : ARI
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Vestige : RELIC
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Bluish gray : SLATY
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Can. province : ONT
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Breaks : SNAPS
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Mythical sorceress : MEDEA
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A colonel of cartoons : BLIMP
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Andress film : SHE
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Wycherley's "Love ___ Wood" : INA
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Alias : AKA
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City near N.Y.'s Thruway : UTICA
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Laced boot : PAC
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Matriculate : ENROL
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John Brown's bane : NOOSE
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___ Arenas, Chile : PUNTA
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Daisylike flower : ASTER
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Creepy : WEIRD
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Bowl calls : RAHS
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Ornamental case : ETUI
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Mezzanine part : LOGE
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___ patriae : AMOR
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"What's Up, ___?": Streisand film : DOC
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Wawaskeeshes : ELKS
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Jewish month : ELUL
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Click beetle : ELATER
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Actress Sandra ___ : DEE
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Some corruptive people : BRIBERS
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Needle-shaped : ACERATE
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Candidate : NOMINEE
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Sere : DRIED
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Item thrown in some games : BEANBAG
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Ballet railing : BARRE
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Like failed goals : UNMET
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"Positive Thinking" exponent : PEALE
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Spiritless : AMORT
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Hindu garment : SAREE
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TV's Georgia ___ : ENGEL
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Engraved pillar : STELE
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Recipe amts. : TSPS
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Three-sided blade : EPEE
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Beatles' lovely meter maid : RITA
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Solway Firth tributary : EDEN
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He's a hue man : DYER
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Scarebabe : OGRE
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Baize feature : NAP
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Unclose, to Shakespeare : OPE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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