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Mel Taub
Mel Taub

TOM SWIFTIES REDIVIVUS

New York Times, Sunday, December 11, 1988

Author:
Mel Taub
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 72, Avg Word Len: 5.20, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 563 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 113, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 27, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 16
Mel Taub has 44 pre-Shortz puzzles and 10 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 14,278
Across
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John Webster's "The Duchess of ___" : MALFI
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Ethereal ring : HALO
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Trims away : PARES
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Silent Lillian or Dorothy : GISH
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First victim's namesakes : ABELS
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Askew : ALOP
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Rage : STORM
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Engaged in : UPTO
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"___?" asked Tom abstractly : BUTISITART
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"___," said Tom divertingly : ITSOURTURN
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Spaghetti wheat : DURUM
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Credulous : NAIF
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Raised strip : RIDGE
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Falsify : LIE
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Measures : STEPS
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Flatter, in a way : IMITATE
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Massive : BULKY
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Notice : ESPY
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"___," said Tom initially : IOWNANRCA
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Signal flares : FUSEES
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Eagle plus two : PAR
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Exclusively : ONLY
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Precise point : DOT
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Played a shrill instrument : FIFED
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"___," said Tom haltingly : ICANTGOON
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"___," said Tom unsparingly : ANOPENFRAME
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Wolf's kin : COYOTE
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Barley beard : AWN
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Underdone : RARE
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___ Friday : GAL
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Knight of TV memory : TED
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Tire print : TREAD
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The revenuers : IRS
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Wall Street figure : BULL
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Levin or Lansky : MEYER
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"___," said Tom grandly : NICEPIANO
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Avifauna : ORNIS
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Cut out of the budget : AXED
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Witticism : MOT
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Priest, to Pedro : PADRE
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"___ pig's eye!" : INA
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Doughboys' successors : GIS
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Smell ___ : ARAT
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Creek : RIA
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"That's a ___ on me!" said Tom freshly : NEWONE
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"___," said Tom dramatically : ITSALLANACT
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"___," said Tom rhetorically : BIGTALKER
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Gulf of Aqaba port : ELATH
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Dutch airline inits. : KLM
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Roald or Arlene : DAHL
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Pallid : WAN
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Mother Goose dieters : SPRATS
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"___," said Tom ravenously : NEVERMORE
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Adduce : CITE
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Silent Pola : NEGRI
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Early show : MATINEE
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Sources of ruin : BANES
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Exist : ARE
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Kin of strep : STAPH
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Acerbic : TART
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Throwaways ever since Eve : CORES
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"___," said Tom playfully : ISAWHAMLET
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"___," said Tom disarmingly : DROPTHEGUN
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Brief note : LINE
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A Reagan Attorney General : MEESE
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De Valera's republic : EIRE
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Make used to : INURE
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Glut : SATE
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Ill-fated favorite of Elizabeth I : ESSEX
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Hire out : RENT
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Trifled : TOYED
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Fairy queen : MAB
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"At once, ___, and yet a rose full-blown": Herrick : ABUD
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"___," said Tom gracefully : LETUSPRAY
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Coquettish : FLIRTY
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Progeny : ISSUE
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Cloche, e.g. : HAT
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King of comedy : ALAN
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Lake Erie city near Cleveland : LORAIN
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Most favorable situations : OPTIMA
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Omega's predecessor : PSI
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Magnetic one : ATTRACTOR
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___ Alverio (Rita Moreno) : ROSITA
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Run to seed : ERODE
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Complacent : SMUG
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Tennis-racquet strings : GUT
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"___," said Tom automatically : IPULLEDAGUN
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Alley coup : STRIKE
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Sweethearts : HONEYS
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Encroached : IMPINGED
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Blunt refusal : REBUFF
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"___," said Tom flatly : FINDANAPARTMENT
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Sans others : SOLO
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Disney film: 1982 : TRON
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Pusher's customer : USER
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Grand in scope : EPIC
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Me. city : SACO
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A neighbor of Mont. : WYO
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Bench penalties : FINES
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Weasel's kin : OTTER
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Iron: Comb. form : FERRO
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Famous : NOTED
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Pusher's scourge : NARC
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Citizen Tom : PAINE
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Algerian neighbor : MALI
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Pipe elbows : ELLS
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Bewail : WEEP
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Powerful person : TITAN
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Tramp Vladimir in "Waiting for Godot" : DIDI
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Donnybrook : BRAWL
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Wise trio : MAGI
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Stairwell sign : EXIT
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"___," said Tom privately : YESSERGEANT
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Maugham's ___ Nesbit : NORAH
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Aba wearer : ARAB
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Ryan or Tatum : ONEAL
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Snack-bar drinks : MALTS
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Red-handed : INTHEACT
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"___," said Tom dolefully : TAKETHESE
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"___," said Tom sagely : OKWISEGUY
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Not on the rocks : NEAT
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River into Donegal Bay : ERNE
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Winglike : ALAR
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Somewhat tardy : LATISH
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Romans' 156 : CLVI
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Pledge of unity : IDO
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Apparel : GARB
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Symbols of sluggishness : SNAILS
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Xerxes's realm : PERSIA
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City near Vesuvius : NAPLES
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McGuffey work : READER
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___ olde England : MERRIE
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Melville's "Benito ___" : CERENO
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Russell, Ball and Lansbury : MAMES
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Kind of game for Nolan Ryan : NOHIT
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Like a pussycat : TAME
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Asunder : TORN
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Kind of bet : SURE
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Minuscule : WEE
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Waco nickname : TEX
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Peevish fit : PET
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He's often raised : NED

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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