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New York Times, Friday, November 16, 1990

17-Across : Shark with a useful noggin?

Author:
Kevin Boyle
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 32, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { J Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 278 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 79, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 8, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
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© 1990, The New York TimesNo. 14,983
Across
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Playwright James ___ : HERNE
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Dresden's river : ELBE
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City in the Piedmont : ASTI
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"___ of One's Own": Woolf : AROOM
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Three winning lottery numbers : TERN
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Greek letters : RHOS
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Shark with a useful noggin? : HAMMERHEAD
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Secret agent : MOLE
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Pain reliever : ASPIRIN
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British trailer : CARAVAN
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He introduced tobacco to France : NICOT
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Least covered : NUDEST
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Handled : ANSATE
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Of kings : REGNAL
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Where to find Les Cayes : HAITI
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Points of attraction : POLES
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Tip : NEB
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Ever : ONCE
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Kind of press : CIDER
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Sit : POSE
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Wild ox : YAK
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Israel's Meir : GOLDA
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Canadian peninsula : GASPE
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Bluesman Johnson : LONNIE
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"The ___ Spring": Stravinsky : RITEOF
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Nickname for baseball's Harry Walker : THEHAT
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Indian statesman Motilal ___ : NEHRU
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Blunts, as an edge : REBATES
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Pragmatic one : REALIST
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Saudi Arabian province : ASIR
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Toads with a useful pedal extremity? : SPADEFOOTS
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Spanish land mass : ISLA
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Judicious : SAGE
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Eukaryotic organisms : FUNGI
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Old ___ (a Rockefeller nickname) : NELS
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At another time : ANON
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Ruhr valley city : ESSEN
Down
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Sunken fence : HAHA
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Turning points : ERAS
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Frolic : ROMP
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Having a particular name : NOMINATE
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Retirees with honorary titles : EMERITI
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Race: Comb. form : ETHNO
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Director Spike ___ : LEE
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Bric-a-___ : BRAC
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Jeopardize : ENDANGER
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Force of 1588 : ARMADA
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Fish with a useful proboscis? : SHOVELNOSE
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Indian weights : TOLAS
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"___ thee late a rosy wreath": Jonson : ISENT
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Wedding missiles : RICE
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Roulades : RUNS
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Like beaten paths : TRODDEN
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Call at sea : AHOY
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Child's nursemaid : NANA
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Bird with a useful beak? : SICKLEBILL
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Ancient town in S Italy : ELEA
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Hairs, to biologists : PILI
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Hockey great Phil, familiarly : ESPO
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Complaint : BEEF
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Italian noblewoman : CONTESSA
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Open : PATULOUS
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Midge : GNAT
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The constellation Camelopardalis : GIRAFFE
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Tara family : OHARAS
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Korean president: 1948-60 : RHEE
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Retinue : TRAIN
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"Demian" author : HESSE
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To ground: Ger. : ERDEN
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Team : SPAN
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Charged atoms : IONS
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Pt. of a computer : STGE
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Chinese dynasty : TSIN
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Gone : AGO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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