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New York Times, Friday, November 17, 1989

35-Across : Facial opening

Author:
Christopher Page
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 4.95, Missing: { F J K Q W }, Scrabble score: 282 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 68, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Christopher Page has 9 pre-Shortz puzzles and 8 Shortz Era crosswords in our database.
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© 1989, The New York TimesNo. 14,619
Across
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Shrivel : PARCH
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Aunt, in Avila : TIA
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Content : HAPPY
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Major city on the Missouri : OMAHA
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White-tailed eagle : ERN
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"Billy Budd" or "Peter Grimes" : OPERA
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Seaport in NE Scotland : PETERHEAD
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Absolute : UTTER
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Before: Prefix : PRE
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Burro's basket : PANNIER
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Carmine : RED
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Canine's cry : YELP
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Kinshasa is its capital : ZAIRE
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Minute particles : IONS
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Actor Vidov : OLEG
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Borneo ape, for short : ORANG
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Drive back : REPULSE
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Facial opening : NOSTRIL
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Turn ___ new leaf : OVERA
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Liquid salute : TOAST
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Early : BETIMES
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Lionel of old films : STANDER
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Legislate : ENACT
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Immaculate : PURE
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Peril of northern waters : BERG
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Not verbalized : TACIT
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Steeplechasers' mothers : DAMS
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Ribbed fabric : REP
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A tile game : DOMINOS
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Brace's complement : BIT
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Redolence : AROMA
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San ___, Honduran city : PEDROSULA
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Fathered : SIRED
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Kay's successor : ELL
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Unsuccessful participant : LOSER
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Clash : SETTO
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Buck's mate : DOE
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Employ muscle power : EXERT
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Narcotic bloomer : POPPY
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" ... honor is ___ scutcheon": Shak. : AMERE
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Small carnivorous animal : RATEL
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An early supporter of Fidel : CHE
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Part of a lamp : HARP
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Adjective for a high schooler : TEENAGE
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An Azerbaijani : IRANI
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Fireplace equipment : ANDIRON
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Time period : HOUR
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Quick to learn : APT
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City renamed for Lenin : PETROGRAD
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Primp : PREEN
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Enclosures : YARDS
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Initiates plebes : HAZES
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Architect Saarinen : EERO
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Activity of a tea-party hostess : POURING
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Chanted : INTONED
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Quito quadruped : LLAMA
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"___ Is Born," 1954 film : ASTAR
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Hijack : ROB
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First lady : EVE
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Guernsey capital, with "Saint" : PETERPORT
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Suffix for expert : ISE
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Item given to the P.O. : LTR
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Prefix for derm or plasm : ECTO
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Validated : STAMPED
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Measure of yarn : SPINDLE
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Coach : TUTOR
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Word with knuckles or tacks : BRASS
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Weird : EERIE
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Heaven, to Juan : CIELO
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Vituperate : ABUSE
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Coe or Ovett : MILER
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Initiate : START
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Die : DADO
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Bottom surface of a golf club : SOLE
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Site for "Cav." : MET
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Red or White baseball team : SOX

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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