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Betty Jane Cometa
Betty Jane Cometa

New York Times, Saturday, December 16, 1989

Author:
Betty Jane Cometa
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.11, Missing: { J Q W Z }, Scrabble score: 302 (avg 1.60)
Open Squares: 77, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 9, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
Betty Jane Cometa has 5 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1989, The New York TimesNo. 14,648
Across
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Oddball : KOOK
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Took sides : CHOSE
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Frost's foot? : IAMB
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About : INRE
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Kind of pudding : HASTY
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Stigma : SCAR
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O'Connor's "The ___ of Sadness" : EDGE
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Odin et al. : AESIR
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Der ___ (Adenauer) : ALTE
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Explorer and theologian put squeeze on composer : VESPUCCINIEBUHR
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W.W. II abbr. : ETO
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Psychic affinity : TELE
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Hialeah bird : FLAMINGO
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Greens-bruising stroke : SCLAFF
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Reddy's "___ Woman" : IAM
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Ancient ointment : NARD
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Paten's place : ALTAR
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Writer and statesman put squeeze on composer : CHEEVERDISRAELI
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Ah Sin's originator : HARTE
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Barcelona "but" : PERO
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King in Kings : ASA
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Bearish : URSINE
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Bloomer was one : REFORMER
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Norwegian river : OTRA
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Dactyl, e.g. : TOE
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Chemist and composer put squeeze on painter : PAULINGRESPIGHI
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Siren in "East of Eden" : ABRA
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Poplar : ALAMO
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Divot, sometimes : CLOD
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Actor Preston: Abbr. : ROBT
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Whence came Hercules' lion : NEMEA
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Knit : HEAL
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Famed Eleonora : DUSE
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"___ to You," R. Nelson hit: 1963 : ITSUP
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Like some pinups : SEXY
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Chicken ___ (popular dish) : KIEV
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Ripple on La Méditerranée : ONDE
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Assns. : ORGS
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"___ Flying," Abbott and Costello film : KEEPEM
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Old Spanish dance : CHACONNE
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Hic, ___, hoc : HAEC
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Bone, in combinations : OSSI
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Assigned task : STINT
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High homes : EYRIES
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A Bergman daughter : ISABELLA
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U.S. legal-defense group : ACLU
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Part of an S.A.T. : MATH
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Rabbit, to Remus : BRER
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To use, to Cato : UTI
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Actor Dana ___ : ELCAR
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Woman's scarf : FICHU
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Mudflow deposit : LAHAR
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No. and So. followers : AMERS
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Role for Robin Williams : GARP
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Directive : ORDER
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Special Forces unit : ATEAM
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Kind of face or front : FALSE
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Franciscan : FRIAR
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Catastrophic : DIRE
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Make pale : ETIOLATE
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Twenty, in Turino : VENTI
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Butter up : SOFTSOAP
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Italian opera from a Hugo play : ERNANI
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Man of Moo : OOP
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First to Third, in Germany : REICHS
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Lacing aid : AGLET
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Roundup cohort : PARD
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___ Hassan, "Arabian Nights" sleeper : ABOU
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Roma, to Caesar : URBS
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Pistons of hydraulic presses : RAMS
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Aussie bird : EMEU
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Jollity : GLEE
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Canard : HOAX
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Without purpose : IDLY

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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