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New York Times, Wednesday, December 2, 1987

Author:
Harold B. Counts
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.92, Missing: { Q X }, Scrabble score: 279 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 75, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
Harold B. Counts has 24 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1987, The New York TimesNo. 13,903

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Across
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Yule fuel, sometimes : LOGS
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Fill : SATE
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Tree pod : CAROB
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Cruising : ASEA
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Word with Major or Minor : URSA
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Martini garnish : OLIVE
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Danube feeder : ISAR
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Parch : SEAR
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Chicago suburb : NILES
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Casino employee, perhaps : CARDSHARP
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Shies away : VEERS
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Eye: Fr. : OEIL
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N.B.A. player at Phoenix : SUN
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Doesn't own : HASNT
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Writes or says easily and quickly : REELSOFF
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"___ Want for Christmas ... " : ALLI
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Roman officials : EDILES
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Prevaricate : LIE
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Casino employee : BLACKJACKDEALER
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A, in Bonn : EIN
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Quays : LEVEES
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Actor Mark ___ Baker : LINN
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Went back over : RETRACED
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Carts on runners : SLEDS
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Single, e.g. : HIT
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Daydream : MUSE
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Hone : STROP
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Old TV game show : TWENTYONE
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Craft : TRADE
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Italian seaport : BARI
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Campus figure : COED
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Pointed a piece : AIMED
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Stulm : ADIT
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Moslem summons to prayer : AZAN
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___ nova : BOSSA
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Network of nerves : RETE
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Comb. form : TERA
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Secular : LAIC
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Greek peak : OSSA
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Rig : GEAR
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Biting : SARDONIC
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Japanese dish : SUSHI
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Of a region : AREAL
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Rigid ruler : TSAR
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Wild West hero : EARP
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Agitate : CONVULSE
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Far-out visitors : ALIENS
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Stir up anger : RILE
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Extra : OVER
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Harry's mate : BESS
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Sink like Sol : SET
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Spring best sellers : SEEDS
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Nobelist in Chemistry: 1918 : HABER
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Kate's TV friend : ALLIE
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Tilt : SLANT
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Used a kitchen gadget : RICED
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Actress Sommer : ELKE
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Stan's pal : OLLIE
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Satan : FIEND
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Polypodies : FERNS
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Oust : EJECT
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Ex-cager Bing : DAVE
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Seaport on the Baltic : KLAIPEDA
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Stray feline : ALLEYCAT
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Dodecanese capital : RHODES
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Concorde : SST
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Value : MERIT
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Knit : UNITE
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Pink : STAB
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Kingston ___ : TRIO
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N.F.L. team : RAMS
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Ski lift : TBAR
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___ into (attack strongly) : WADE
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Seep : OOZE
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Stingy : NEAR
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Poet Millay : EDNA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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