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ASSIGNING SIGNS

New York Times, Sunday, November 22, 1987

Author:
Bette Sue Cohen
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 90, Avg Word Len: 5.23, Missing: { Q }, Scrabble score: 654 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 143, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 21, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
Bette Sue Cohen has 41 pre-Shortz puzzles and 6 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1987, The New York TimesNo. 13,893
Across
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A VIRGO : LOREN
6
TV role for Kate Jackson : AMANDA
12
Confront : FACE
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Splotch : BLOB
20
Soap substitute : AMOLE
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Shade of red : MAROON
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Robert Alda's son : ALAN
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Name in fashion : BEENE
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A SCORPIO : PABLOPICASSO
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A GEMINI : COLEPORTER
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R.W.R., e.g. : PRES
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Night sound : SNORE
30
Statistic : DATUM
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Wickerwork material : RATTAN
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It's full of hot air : SAUNA
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Two-legged support : BIPOD
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Madcap : RASH
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D.C. group concerned with prices : FTC
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Hgt. : ALT
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___ rima (verse form) : TERZA
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Jeeps : BANTAMS
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"Her eyes ___ of silent prayer": Tennyson : AREHOMES
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A SAGITTARIAN : LEEREMICK
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___ glance : ATA
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Puerto follower : RICAN
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Contemptible person : TOAD
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Occupations : TRADES
57
Vestige : DREG
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Word after iron or ethyl : OXIDE
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Fool : JESTER
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Grown old : AGED
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Pilsener : LAGER
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Quannet : FILE
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Brawl : MELEE
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Alleviated : EASED
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Bribery of sorts : PAYOLA
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Mo. when 127 Across was born : FEB
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A PISCES : EDWARDALBEE
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Long, hooded cloak : CAPOTE
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More insipid : DULLER
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Women's ___ : LIB
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Duty : TARIFF
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Upset the iron horse's course : DERAIL
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AN ARIES : DEANACHESON
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Where to become an off. : OCS
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Islands of the Bahamas : BIMINI
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Free, in Marseille : LIBRE
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Place for a buttonhole : LAPEL
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Four rows at the Palace : MNOP
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Like Harvard's walls : IVIED
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Bowery denizen : WINO
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Used a lighter : SAILED
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Metric unit : LITRE
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Lofty : TALL
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Singer Easton : SHEENA
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Snick's partner : SNEE
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Peace goddess : IRENE
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Photog's blowup : ENL
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A CANCER : HENRYVIII
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Took a poll : SURVEYED
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Certain madrileñas : SENORAS
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Make into law : ENACT
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___ Dee, Carolina river : PEE
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No vote : NAY
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Emend a manuscript : EDIT
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Electronic navigational device : DORAN
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More uncommon : RARER
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Hitchcock's "Strangers on ___" : ATRAIN
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Pub game : DARTS
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Patron saint of France : DENIS
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___ Hari : MATA
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A CAPRICORN : MAOTSETUNG
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AN AQUARIAN : THOMASEDISON
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Irish patriot : EMMET
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B'way group : ANTA
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Grand Tour site : EUROPE
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Extreme : ULTRA
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Close to : NEAR
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End of a hammerhead : PEEN
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He's no nudist : WEARER
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A LIBRA : ELIOT
Down
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Finn's neighbor : LAPP
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Sharif or Bradley : OMAR
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Mantle : ROBE
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Building extensions : ELLS
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Prefix with Impressionism : NEO
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A mile ___ : AMINUTE
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City in Ga. : MACON
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Mountain in Turkey : ARARAT
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Reporter's asset? : NOSE
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___ Passos : DOS
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Subject to electrolytic action : ANODIZE
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Ipso ___ : FACTO
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Orally : ALOUD
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Storm preceder : CALM
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Opp. of WSW : ENE
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Big ___ (W.W. I cannon) : BERTHA
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Native of Riga : LETT
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A first-floor apartment : ONEA
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Swiss canton : BERN
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Gasconade : BOAST
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Sacred song : PSALM
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Gambados : PRANKS
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Independently : APART
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Rhone feeder : SAONE
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Godden's "In This House of ___" : BREDE
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Tore : RACED
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Distant : FAROFF
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Ed Norton's wife : TRIXIE
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A LEO : CECILBDEMILLE
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Walking on air : ELATED
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Sojourned : BIDED
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A TAURUS : MARGOTFONTEYN
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TV's "Remington ___" : STEELE
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Angle, in geology : HADE
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Resembling a pillar : STELAR
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Key on some typewriters : ERASE
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"Dirty Dingus ___," 1970 film : MAGEE
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Taj Mahal site : AGRA
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To dare, in Dijon : OSER
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___ Atonement : DAYOF
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Highly esteemed person : JEWEL
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Works on a chesterfield : RELINES
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Rabbit fur : LAPIN
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Year in Edward VI's reign : MDLII
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Eban of Israel : ABBA
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Word of mouth : PAROL
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Dik-dik's big cousin : ELAND
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Winglike : ALAR
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Boxed : CASED
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One of the archangels : URIEL
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Kin of wickiups : TEPEES
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Oriental royal councils : DIVANS
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Eatery : DINER
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"___ and Ivory," 1982 song : EBONY
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Facility for outpatients : CLINIC
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Sound : HALE
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Eye part : CORNEA
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Quick : SPEEDY
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Take the bait : BITE
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Mortgages : LIENS
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Bog : MIRE
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___ germ : WHEAT
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Thai, e.g. : ASIAN
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Chopped ___ : LIVER
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Lourdes attraction : SHRINE
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Prevent : AVERT
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Agitated : INASTEW
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Insurgent : UPRISER
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A.F.B. in Tex. : REESE
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Less messy : NEATER
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Pindar was one : ODIST
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Seismograph recording : TREMOR
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Beatrice's adorer : DANTE
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Spleen, e.g. : ORGAN
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"Is man ___ or an angel?": Disraeli : ANAPE
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TV sitcom : AMEN
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What Kate became : TAME
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Italia's capital : ROMA
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Where to see sea oats : DUNE
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"___ Maar Seated," by 24 Across : DORA
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Quern : MILL
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___ spumante : ASTI
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Cowfish : TORO
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Med. subject : ANAT
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Open a barrel : TAP
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Former capital of Annam : HUE
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Proper : DUE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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