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Alex F. Black
Alex F. Black

FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING

New York Times, Sunday, December 27, 1987

Author:
Victoria Black and Alex F. Black
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { G J Q V Z }, Scrabble score: 527 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 109, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
Victoria Black and Alex F. Black have 5 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1987, The New York TimesNo. 13,928
Across
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"Golden Boy" author : ODETS
6
Coin for Khomeini : DINAR
11
Crusoe cabana : HUT
14
West German seaport : KIEL
18
Kind of approval : TACIT
19
Call it a day : RETIRE
20
Cachepot's kin : URN
21
Theater assoc. : ANTA
22
PING-PONG : ONOMATOPOEIA
24
NERVES OF STEEL : METAPHOR
26
Erbium or terbium : ELEMENT
27
Floral arrangement : SPRAY
29
Paddle : SPANK
30
Rover's restrainer : LEASH
31
Didn't dine at the diner : ATEIN
32
Tar's mop : SWAB
33
Legal rights : LIENS
35
MME. DEFARGE, KNITWIT : PARONOMASIA
38
Romulus's escort to heaven : MARS
39
Turns' partner : TOSSES
42
Land of Yeats : ERIN
43
Render, as blubber : TRY
45
"OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN . . . " : APOSTROPHE
48
"___ It Romantic?": 1932 song : ISNT
49
U.S. Open champ: 1976 : PATE
50
Japanese dollar : YEN
51
Hawk's haven : AERIE
52
Proust product : PROSE
54
Brazilian actress Braga : SONIA
55
Resident of Strasbourg : ALSATIAN
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Air : MIEN
58
Foundry worker : MELTER
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SMILING SKIES : PATHETICFALLACY
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Hindu music makers : SITARS
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Some Fuegians : ONAS
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Continental : EUROPEAN
71
Clunes and McCowen : ALECS
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South African statesman : SMUTS
74
Author Myrer : ANTON
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Degree from M.I.T. : MSE
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Spot : SITE
77
Codger : COOT
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CHASING SKIRTS : SYNECDOCHE
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Prefix for cease or charge : SUR
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Bath for Babette : BAIN
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Former labor leader's family : MEANYS
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Equal : PEER
85
PARTIAL POST : MALAPROPISM
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Dutch painter Jan : STEEN
90
Middling : SOSO
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Spars : MASTS
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Man or pumpkin follower : EATER
94
Wodehouse goodbyes : TATAS
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Frayn's "Noises Off," e.g. : FARCE
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Popeye favorite : SPINACH
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GUEST HOST : OXYMORON
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WORDS WORK WONDERS : ALLITERATION
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Model Macpherson : ELLE
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Jackie's second spouse : ARI
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Schedules : SLATES
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Like lignite : COALY
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Act : DEED
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___ culpa : MEA
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Its motto is "Friendship" : TEXAS
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Trade center in India : ERODE
Down
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A Siouan : OTO
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Native of Odense : DANE
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Branch of biol. : ECOL
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Unending : TIMELESS
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Flower part : STAMEN
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Profundity : DEPTH
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Dancer Michio ___ : ITO
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Never, in Nürnberg : NIE
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Awns : ARISTAE
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McCormick's machines : REAPERS
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Characteristic of earthlings : HUMANNESS
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Nobelist in Chemistry: 1934 : UREY
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Methyltrinitrobenzene : TNT
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Greek letters : KAPPAS
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Denizen : INHABITANT
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Thames River town : ETON
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Escapade : LARK
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Guidry and Kittle : RONS
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Sunglo and twankay : TEAS
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Nile dam : ASWAN
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Blanco or Bravo : RIO
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Chevet : APSE
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Struck, old style : SMIT
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Collar continuation : LAPEL
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Attends to pressing matters : IRONS
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Caen's river : ORNE
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Ade book: 1896 : ARTIE
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Yucatán Indian : MAYA
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Jewish law : TORAH
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State : OPINE
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Andress film: 1965 : SHE
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Calendar unit : YEAR
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Mongols : TATARS
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Specialized investment orgs. : REITS
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New Rochelle college : IONA
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Tentacled animal : POLYP
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Type types : PICAS
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Umps' kin : REFS
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Place in a race : SECOND
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Quickly : APACE
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Unused : MINT
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Morocco, to Martine : MAROC
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Ballyhoo : TOUT
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Hoffman film: 1974 : LENNY
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Paving tools : LUTES
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Back talk : SASS
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Ancient Troy : ILIUM
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Having four columns : TETRASTYLE
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Jessel role : EMCEE
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Gray : ASHEN
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___-do-well : NEER
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Evening, in Evian : SOIR
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Single-mindedness : MONOMANIA
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Author Rand : AYN
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Chief, in Chiari : CAPO
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Ervin and Nunn : SAMS
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Wheeler-dealer : OPERATOR
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Novelist Hamilton ___ : BASSO
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In the wrong role : MISCAST
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Actress Parsons : ESTELLE
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Covered with soil : LOAMED
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Standard for Snead : PAR
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Rouse : STIR
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Card sequence : TENACE
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Simon of the Met : ESTES
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Mimics : APES
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Touched a mark : TOED
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Shaft : AXLE
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Course cry : FORE
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So long, in Siena : CIAO
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Shipboard storage place : HOLD
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Sign of Aries : RAM
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Careless : LAX
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City in Paraguay : ITA
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American humorist: 1850-96 : NYE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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