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COMIC OPERAS

New York Times, Sunday, November 26, 1989

Author:
Arthur S. Verdesca
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 73, Avg Word Len: 5.33, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 517 (avg 1.40)
Open Squares: 122, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 6, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Arthur S. Verdesca has 28 pre-Shortz puzzles and 14 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1989, The New York TimesNo. 14,628
Across
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Indian name for Mount Rainier : TACOMA
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Dart : SCOOT
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Saint of Avila : TERESA
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Embodiment : AVATAR
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Food mixture in a small mold : TIMBALE
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Conceive : IDEATE
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Richard Strauss's flower pendant? : ROSEINLAVALIER
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Washing utensil : RINSER
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Tatum or Ryan : ONEAL
27
Bakery worker : ICER
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Verdi's philanderer? : GIGOLETTO
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Modified leaf : BRACT
32
Auction transaction : RESALE
33
Sharklike fish : CHIMAERA
37
Cicatrix : SCAR
39
Oater : WESTERN
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Obeisance : HOMAGE
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One of the Dakota : TETON
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Sound from 46 Down : BAA
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TV backdrop : OLEO
49
"___ Old Cowhand" : IMAN
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Wagner's advice to Elsie the cow? : LOWANDGRIN
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Service trucks : UTES
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Sri Lankan seaport : NEGOMBO
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Desert region : ERG
57
Scot's "own" : AIN
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Henry James's forte : PROSE
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Pharynx tissues : ADENOIDS
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Kin of grand slams : VOLES
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Querulous : WHINEY
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Area enframed by an arch : LUNETTE
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Muslim sacred book : ALKORAN
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Evaluate : ASSESS
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Gone up : RISEN
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Billhooks : SNAGGERS
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Midler or Davis : BETTE
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Thai language : LAO
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Palmer's org. : PGA
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Ocular pest : EYEGNAT
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Olympic hawk : ARES
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Wagnerian yuppie? : TOWNHOUSER
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Harness part : HAME
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Victory, in Berlin : SIEG
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Kersenneh : ERS
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Dialect : IDIOM
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Locust : ACACIA
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Attired : ENROBED
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Put into practice : USED
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Sire : BEGETTER
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Lagoon shapers : ATOLLS
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"___ is an island": Donne : NOMAN
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Meyerbeer's bottom line? : THEPROFIT
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River in Central Africa : UELE
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Betel palm : ARECA
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Go back : REVERT
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Wagner's short-order cook? : FRYINGDUTCHMAN
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Fielding novel : AMELIA
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Fish sauce : TARTARE
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Panay seaport : ILOILO
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The woad plant : PASTEL
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Indian antelope : SASIN
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Noted journalist, born in Scotland : RESTON
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Poi source : TARO
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Eden's earldom : AVON
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Pomander : CASE
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Great Barrier Island : OTEA
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Burden for Cliff, in "Cheers" : MAILBAG
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Prince Valiant's son : ARN
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Disconnected, as notes : STACCATO
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Spicy stew of game : CIVET
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President Bongo of Gabon : OMAR
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Rect. figure : OBL
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Pacific porgy : TAI
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W Austrian native : TIROLEAN
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Games supervisors in ancient Rome : EDILES
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M. Clair : RENE
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Shrine Bowl team : EAST
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Printer's direction : STET
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Baltic island : AERO
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French painter: 1881-1955 : LEGER
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Goddess of discord : ERIS
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Prevaricator : LIAR
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King Arthur's nephew : GAWAIN
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Her mate is ruff : REE
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South African coin : RAND
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Porcelain : CHINA
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Proceeded toward a target, with "in" : HOMED
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Icon : IMAGE
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Puccini's advice to his dallying heroine? : MANONLETSGO
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Opposite of surfeits : STARVES
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Zaire's western neighbor : CONGO
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Puccini's vacation activity in India? : TOURINGGHAT
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Singer John : ELTON
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"Tears" poet : REESE
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___ Parker (busybody) : NOSEY
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Ram's ma'am : EWE
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Sharpens, with "up" : BRISKS
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Rich source : LODE
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Highlands Celt : GAEL
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Shiner : MOUSE
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Receptacles for coal : BINS
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A virus, for short : PHAGE
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Worthless trifles : STRAWS
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Drooping : LANGUID
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Kong's first love : WRAY
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Opera trailer : TION
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Lollapalooza : ONER
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Humble : ABASE
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Canary's relative : SERIN
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Do a conn job : STEER
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Lyric poem : EPODE
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Put on : ENACT
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Fine cloth fiber : RAMIE
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Fat: Comb. form : STEAR
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"___ the Flies," Golding novel : LORDOF
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Japanese mountain : ASO
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Entire; complete : TEETOTAL
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Snake sound : HISS
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Give courage : EMBOLDEN
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Turkish chief : AGA
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Coterie : CENACLE
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"Quality Street" playwright : BARRIE
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Extreme : ULTRA
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Cassowary's cousin : EMEU
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Rescind : LIFT
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Silent-screen star : NEGRI
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Lobster pot : TRAP
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Blood: Comb. form : HEMA
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Arden and Queler : EVES
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Lucy van ___, in "Peanuts" : PELT
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Señorita's fingernails : UNAS
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Letters from Greece : RHOS
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Exude : EMIT
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A Gypsy language : CALO
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Presently : ANON
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Mos. and mos. : YRS
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Call ___ day : ITA
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Rifle range at Saint-Cyr : TIR

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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