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Peter Gordon
Peter Gordon

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New York Times, Sunday, December 29, 1991

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 76, Avg Word Len: 5.14, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 542 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 120, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 8, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9
Peter Gordon has 11 pre-Shortz puzzles and 91 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1991, The New York TimesNo. 15,391
Across
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Give ___ whirl (try) : ITA
4
Sahara sections : ERGS
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Wrong : AMISS
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Unbends : THAWS
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Buttonwood : SYCAMORE
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Desiccate : PARCH
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More unctuous : OILIER
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Ron Nessen was one : PRESSSECRETARY
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Bug : NETTLE
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Mentor of Luke Skywalker : YODA
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Wizened : SERE
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Setting for "Hogan's Heroes" : STALAG
30
Scott Turow book : ONEL
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Parts of sonnets : SESTETS
34
Head swellers : EGOS
35
Sydney-to-Lord Howe Island dir. : ENE
36
Puckerel : IMP
39
Avine activity : NESTING
41
It has 32 men : CHESSSET
45
Saw-toothed ridge : SIERRA
47
Bar slug : SNORT
49
Actors Costner and Kline : KEVINS
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Matthew, in Madrid : MATEO
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Clio and Edgar : AWARDS
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Got the lead out : ERASED
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Europe's longest river : VOLGA
60
North Sea feeder : YSER
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Any delicious drink : NECTAR
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Draft initials : SSS
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Coronet : TIARA
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Emulates Dennis Conner : SAILS
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Emulate Brian Boitano : SKATE
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Responsibility : ONUS
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They get cooked with vegetables : SWISSSTEAKS
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Run producer : SNAG
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Verso's opposite : RECTO
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Life-preserver stuffing : KAPOK
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Coil or curl : SPIRE
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Wino's ailment : DTS
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Bing Crosby's birthplace : TACOMA
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Jacob's-sword : IRIS
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Man : STAFF
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Shish-kebab holder : SKEWER
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Lines of cliffs : SCARPS
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Who's station : FIRST
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Nero's teacher : SENECA
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Tolerated : STOOD
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Caboose neighbor, perhaps : BOXCAR
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Phrase on many dietary foods : LESSSALT
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Like : SIMILAR
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"Kenilworth" heroine : AMY
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Thematic letter herein : ESS
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Send packing : OUST
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"We yield our . . . ___ thy soft mercy": Shak. : LIVESTO
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Townshend ___: 1767 : ACTS
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Ran-tans : SPREES
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Kinski role: 1979 : TESS
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Gimlet ingredient : LIME
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U.S.A.F. Academy cadet : DOOLIE
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Flare, sometimes : DISTRESSSIGNAL
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Attain acclaim : ARRIVE
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Paid for a hand : ANTED
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Scone movers : TEACARTS
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A and B, e.g. : TYPES
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Nobelist in Literature: 1923 : YEATS
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Erotic : SEXY
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Printemps follower : ETE
Down
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Culp-Cosby series : ISPY
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Abecedarian : TYRO
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Eagled a par-three hole : ACED
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There are two in mathematics : EMS
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Antarctic arm of the Pacific : ROSSSEA
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Addresses : GREETS
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Arcane matters : SECRETS
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Parrot : APE
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Netman Wilander : MATS
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Ticked off : IRATE
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Kind of whale : SCRAG
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Cruel creditors : SHYLOCKS
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Gather, as oysters or logs : TONG
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Step on it : HIE
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Countertenor : ALTO
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Bad place to lie : WITNESSSTAND
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Goddess of the moon : SELENE
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Botanist Gray and namesakes : ASAS
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Rent again : RELET
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Site of rods and cones : RETINA
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Glaspell's "Norma ___" : ASHE
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Implant deeply : ENROOT
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Like the top of Fuji : SNOWY
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Distinctive doctrine : ISM
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Woody's frequent co-star : MIA
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Bushes' Millie, e.g. : PET
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Polynesian apparel : GRASSSKIRTS
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Steven's modifier : EVEN
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Some form-sheet data : SIRES
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Couch potato's meals, often : SNACKS
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Gun a motor : REV
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Halloween option : TREAT
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Helps with the dishes : DRIES
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"___ Home," McCartney song : EATAT
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Sordor : DREGS
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Lille lily : LIS
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Rubberneck : GAWK
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A Met score : ARIA
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Out of ___ (grumpy) : SORTS
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Jack Nasty : SNEAK
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Horatio Alger book, e.g. : SUCCESSSTORY
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Jelly used as a garnish : ASPIC
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Gets a circuit ahead in a race : LAPS
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Vaudeville performance : SKIT
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Family of "The Minister's Wooing" author : STOWES
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Rails : SORAS
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Monterrey Mrs. : SRA
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Signs : OMENS
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Elbow grease : EFFORT
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Calculus calculation : AREA
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Damage : SPOIL
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Predicament : FIX
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Last of a familiar hebdomad : SATURDAY
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Part of a worm's body : SOMITE
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Nipper's co. : RCA
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Rick's pianist : SAM
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Taste : TRY
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Sabot's sound : CLOP
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Strips, in a way : DIVESTS
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Clarinet's large cousin : BASSSAX
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"You can ___ horse . . . " : LEADA
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Prom queen's date : ESCORT
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Tenant : LESSEE
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It's to the left of the Rive Droite : SEINE
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Seed coat : TESTA
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Actress Petrova : OLGA
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Narrow pew : SLIP
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Dates frequently : SEES
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Don't dele : STET
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Dictator's phrase : INRE
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Gold medalist Biondi : MATT
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Ultimatum word : ELSE
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Croce's "___ Got a Name" : IVE
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Kin of aves. : RDS
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Like some stares : ICY

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

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