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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 Down
1. "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
57. Air : MIEN
58. Foundry worker : MELTER
59. SMILING SKIES : PATHETICFALLACY
63. Hindu music makers : SITARS
66. Some Fuegians : ONAS
67. Continental : EUROPEAN
71. Clunes and McCowen : ALECS
72. South African statesman : SMUTS
74. Author Myrer : ANTON
75. Degree from M.I.T. : MSE
76. Spot : SITE
77. Codger : COOT
78. CHASING SKIRTS : SYNECDOCHE
80. Prefix for cease or charge : SUR
81. Bath for Babette : BAIN
82. Former labor leader's family : MEANYS
84. Equal : PEER
85. PARTIAL POST : MALAPROPISM
88. Dutch painter Jan : STEEN
90. Middling : SOSO
91. Spars : MASTS
92. Man or pumpkin follower : EATER
94. Wodehouse goodbyes : TATAS
96. Frayn's "Noises Off," e.g. : FARCE
97. Popeye favorite : SPINACH
100. GUEST HOST : OXYMORON
102. WORDS WORK WONDERS : ALLITERATION
106. Model Macpherson : ELLE
107. Jackie's second spouse : ARI
108. Schedules : SLATES
109. Like lignite : COALY
110. Act : DEED
111. ___ culpa : MEA
112. Its motto is "Friendship" : TEXAS
113. Trade center in India : ERODE
1. A Siouan : OTO
2. Native of Odense : DANE
3. Branch of biol. : ECOL
4. Unending : TIMELESS
5. Flower part : STAMEN
6. Profundity : DEPTH
7. Dancer Michio ___ : ITO
8. Never, in Nürnberg : NIE
9. Awns : ARISTAE
10. McCormick's machines : REAPERS
11. Characteristic of earthlings : HUMANNESS
12. Nobelist in Chemistry: 1934 : UREY
13. Methyltrinitrobenzene : TNT
14. Greek letters : KAPPAS
15. Denizen : INHABITANT
16. Thames River town : ETON
17. Escapade : LARK
19. Guidry and Kittle : RONS
23. Sunglo and twankay : TEAS
25. Nile dam : ASWAN
28. Blanco or Bravo : RIO
31. Chevet : APSE
32. Struck, old style : SMIT
33. Collar continuation : LAPEL
34. Attends to pressing matters : IRONS
36. Caen's river : ORNE
37. Ade book: 1896 : ARTIE
38. Yucatán Indian : MAYA
39. Jewish law : TORAH
40. State : OPINE
41. Andress film: 1965 : SHE
44. Calendar unit : YEAR
46. Mongols : TATARS
47. Specialized investment orgs. : REITS
48. New Rochelle college : IONA
49. Tentacled animal : POLYP
52. Type types : PICAS
53. Umps' kin : REFS
54. Place in a race : SECOND
56. Quickly : APACE
57. Unused : MINT
58. Morocco, to Martine : MAROC
60. Ballyhoo : TOUT
61. Hoffman film: 1974 : LENNY
62. Paving tools : LUTES
63. Back talk : SASS
64. Ancient Troy : ILIUM
65. Having four columns : TETRASTYLE
68. Jessel role : EMCEE
69. Gray : ASHEN
70. ___-do-well : NEER
72. Evening, in Evian : SOIR
73. Single-mindedness : MONOMANIA
74. Author Rand : AYN
77. Chief, in Chiari : CAPO
78. Ervin and Nunn : SAMS
79. Wheeler-dealer : OPERATOR
81. Novelist Hamilton ___ : BASSO
82. In the wrong role : MISCAST
83. Actress Parsons : ESTELLE
86. Covered with soil : LOAMED
87. Standard for Snead : PAR
88. Rouse : STIR
89. Card sequence : TENACE
92. Simon of the Met : ESTES
93. Mimics : APES
94. Touched a mark : TOED
95. Shaft : AXLE
96. Course cry : FORE
98. So long, in Siena : CIAO
99. Shipboard storage place : HOLD
101. Sign of Aries : RAM
103. Careless : LAX
104. City in Paraguay : ITA
105. American humorist: 1850-96 : NYE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 10 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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