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Eileen Lexau
Eileen Lexau

New York Times, Wednesday, November 9, 1988

51-Across : A fuel

Author:
Eileen Lexau
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { J Q W X Y }, Scrabble score: 298 (avg 1.58)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Eileen Lexau has 17 pre-Shortz puzzles and 10 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 14,246
Across
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Hits via a ray gun : ZAPS
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Watering places : SPAS
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Printer's mark : CARET
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Pitcher Hershiser : OREL
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Elegant : POSH
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Medieval French coin : OBOLE
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Character in "Dracula" : MINA
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French mountain : ALPE
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Little, e.g. : MIMIC
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Leatherworker : BEAMER
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Any which way : SLAPDASH
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Uncouth : ILLBRED
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Run away : FLEE
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Over : AGAIN
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Italian revolutionary: 1819-58 : ORSINI
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Softly, in music : PIANO
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Uncertain : VAGUE
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Gear : RIG
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... as a bug in ___ : ARUG
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Cooked pastry : BAKED
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Farm building : SILO
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Snitch : RAT
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"Five Men and Pompey" poet : BENET
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And wiser? : OLDER
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Himalayan cedar : DEODAR
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Italian cathedrals : DUOMI
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Section of Morocco : IFNI
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A fuel : PROPANE
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Exciting baseball game : SLUGFEST
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Bedded down, in Britain : DOSSED
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Danger : PERIL
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Small flute : FIFE
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Busy place : HIVE
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Class : CASTE
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Gumbo ingredient : OKRA
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Norse god : ODIN
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Coarse; unfeeling : CRASS
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Iranian coin : RIAL
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Retreats : DENS
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Evil supernatural force : ZOMBI
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Shakespearean sprite : ARIEL
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Of punishment : PENAL
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Recklessly : SLAMBANG
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"Brother, Can You ___ Dime?" : SPAREA
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Ward heeler : POL
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Vipers : ASPS
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Bookcase section : SHELF
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British emcee : COMPERE
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Stands : ABIDES
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City on the Tevere : ROMA
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A department of Greece : ELIS
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Lab attendant, for short : TECH
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Therefore : ERGO
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So as to be heard : ALOUD
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Sofa : DIVAN
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Nude : NAKED
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Lilylike plant : IRID
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Shade of green : NILE
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"Prince ___," Borodin opera : IGOR
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Cowboy's pal : PARD
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Dies ___ : IRAE
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Stanley Steamer, e.g. : AUTO
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Costume : GETUP
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He wrote "Games People Play" : BERNE
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Careless : SLIPSHOD
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Perplexes : BAFFLES
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Melville novel : OMOO
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Toes, e.g. : DIGITS
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Trial : ORDEAL
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"A ___ apple" : ISFOR
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Stage direction : ASIDE
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Composer Ethelbert : NEVIN
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Utopias : EDENS
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Youngsters' protective assn. : SPCC
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Norman of TV fame : LEAR
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Sky Bear : URSA
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First Polynesian man : TIKI
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___ Angelico : FRA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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