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Kenneth Haxton
Kenneth Haxton

New York Times, Friday, December 30, 1988

31-Across : One who pads checks

Author:
Kenneth Haxton
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 44, Avg Word Len: 5.03, Missing: { B J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 252 (avg 1.39)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
Kenneth Haxton has 19 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 14,297
Across
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Young Atlantic codfish : SCROD
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Companies of singers : CHOIRS
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"Sailing on obscene wings athwart ___": Coleridge : THENOON
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Illumined by brightest day : NOONLIT
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French playground : RIVIERA
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Beforehand : ALREADY
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French friend : AMI
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Feasts : REPASTS
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Gusher : WELL
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Salamander : EFT
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Proceed on : WEND
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Condiment from evaporated ocean water : SEASALT
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One who pads checks : KITER
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Italian port city : NAPLES
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Finnish lake, to a Swede : ENARE
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"There midnight's all a-glimmer, and ___": Yeats : NOONAPURPLEGLOW
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Nobel chemist Kurt: 1950 : ALDER
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Pries : SNOOPS
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"___ the rod ... " : SPARE
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Alfresco : OUTSIDE
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Myra or Rudolf : HESS
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Knows, in poesy : WOT
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Color or duck : TEAL
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In need of a diet? : GAINING
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___-Magnon man : CRO
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Connect for service : INSTALL
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Midday stop for rest : NOONING
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" ... destruction that wasteth at ___": Psalm 91 : NOONDAY
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Spanish nobleman : GRANDEE
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Horse's gait : CANTER
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Malicious stares : LEERS
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Hat or vote preceder : STRAW
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Some doorbells : CHIMES
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Address abusively : REVILE
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U.S. maritime spy agcy. : ONI
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One who accomplishes : DOER
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Young, inexperienced person : COLT
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___ de combat : HORS
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"A Chorus Line" song : ONE
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SW Nigerian city : ILA
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Disencumber : RID
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Pigs' place : STY
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Norwegian wherewithal : ORE
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Common monkshood : NAPELLUS
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U.S. illustrator : NAST
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"The ___ of a Faun": Debussy : AFTERNOON
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N. African falcons : LANNERS
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Improvises : WINGSIT
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Catchall abbr. : ETAL
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Agrippina's son : NERO
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Sketched : DREW
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Baltic island : SAARE
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Trainee: Abbr. : APP
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Donjons : KEEPS
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Demagogue's activity : SPOUTING
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Poet Ogden : NASH
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Old Greek flask : OLPE
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Harem chambers : ODAS
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Sodom evacuee : LOT
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Resolve : DECIDE
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Breadwinner : EARNER
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Sly : WILY
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Theater parts : LOGES
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"Jalousie" composer : GADE
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Like a godwit : ALAR
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Correlative : NOR
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Aim : GOAL
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Bus. word : INC
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Profane, in Hawaii : NOA
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Manasseh, to Joseph : SON
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Explosive : TNT
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Athens-to-Bucharest dir. : NNE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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