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Jim Page
Jim Page

New York Times, Friday, December 15, 1989

40-Down : Protium and tritium, e.g.

Author:
Jim Page
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 44, Avg Word Len: 4.64, Missing: { F J Q V W X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 258 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 44, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
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© 1989, The New York TimesNo. 14,647
Across
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Kernel's spot : COB
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Cardigan size: Abbr. : LGE
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Bridle attachment : REIN
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Actor Vigoda : ABE
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Like the worst of pittances : MEREST
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Soprano Moffo : ANNA
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Reptiles : MILKSNAKES
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"___ Help Singing," 1944 song : CANT
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Route: Abbr. : ITIN
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"Ma, He's Making Eyes ___," 1921 song : ATME
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U.S.N. rank under captain : COMMANDER
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Roll-shaped cloud : ARCUS
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Queen killed by an asp : CLEO
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Belgian Surrealist: 1860-1949 : ENSOR
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D.D.E.'s predecessor : HST
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Most astute : CANNIEST
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Fill again, as a peashooter : RELOAD
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Boa ___ : CONSTRICTOR
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Puckered fabric : PLISSE
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"There ___ in the bush": Yarronton : ISASNAKE
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Chit : IOU
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Bone: Comb. form : OSTEO
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Brief look : GLIM
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Helmet's nosepiece : NASAL
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Star clusters : ASTERISMS
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F.D.R.'s New ___ : DEAL
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Nigerian bigwigs : OBAS
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Pay attention : HEED
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Sympathizer with the C.S.A. : COPPERHEAD
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Like a groundless rumor : IDLE
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Belong : INHERE
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NOW objective : ERA
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Duct droplet : TEAR
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Adherent : IST
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Part of A.R.C. : RED
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Machine part : CAM
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Japanese sash : OBI
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Actress Barbara ___ Geddes : BEL
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Pravda founder : LENIN
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Most magnificent : GRANDEST
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Comic-strip character : EEK
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Fast-moving reptile : RACER
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Alfonso's queen : ENA
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Hostel : INN
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___ Turner, Styron hero : NAT
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River in Russia : MSTA
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___ Tower, Chicago : SEARS
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Sound seeking silence : TST
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Oriental robes : KIMONOS
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French director of finances: 1703-8 : MARETS
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Ovid's 300 : CCC
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Biographer Winslow : OLA
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Chinese expounder of Confucianism : MENCIUS
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Diary jottings : ENTRIES
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Hymn tunes : CHORALS
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Dos Passos trilogy : USA
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Norm: Abbr. : STD
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Killer whale : ORCA
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Bootmaker's concern : INSOLE
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Readings on compasses : ESES
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Somewhat like an anaconda : LONGISH
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Protium and tritium, e.g. : ISOTOPES
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It's often rolling in dough : PIN
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Mauna ___ : LOA
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Kipling classic : KIM
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Bad ___, German spa : EMS
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Hawk's claw : TALON
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Puff ___ (viper) : ADDER
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First German president : EBERT
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Uncommon : RARE
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Hero of a Handel serenata : ACI
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Broadway success : HIT
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Dutch city : EDE
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Guido's high note : ELA
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Key letter : PHI
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Poet's "always" : EER
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Exist : ARE
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Pop : DAD

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 10 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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