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New York Times, Wednesday, December 30, 1992

Author:
Michael A. Rampino
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 46, Avg Word Len: 4.71, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 279 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 63, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 4, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
Michael A. Rampino has 33 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1992, The New York TimesNo. 15,758
Across
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Political group : BLOC
5
Brace : PAIR
9
" . . . Queen o' the ___" : MAY
12
Mimic Little : RICH
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Wild-rose time : SUMMER
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Pay dirt : ORE
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Middle East potentate : AGHA
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High-pitched tone : TREBLE
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Shavetails' mil. school : OCS
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Opus of 54 Across : THEFOURSEASONS
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DiMaggio's news-making 1941 feat : STREAK
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Brooch : PIN
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Temerarious : RASH
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Apple-blossom time : SPRING
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Dens : LAIRS
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Facilitate : EASE
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Addict : USER
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Incite : URGE
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Belled the cat : DARED
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Spare : SAVE
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Pumpkin time : FALL
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Cousin of a via : ITER
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Nag : SHREW
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Liquids : FLUIDS
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Whine : MEWL
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Vineyard: Fr. : CRU
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"Cheerful Little ___," 1930 song : EARFUL
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Priest who composed 19 Across : ANTONIOVIVALDI
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Baron Munchausen whopper : LIE
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Holly time : WINTER
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Shade of green : JADE
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Epinicion : ODE
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T.V.A. dam : NORRIS
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Verily : AMEN
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Bit : TAD
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Element in vacuum tubes : NEON
67
Towel word : HERS
Down
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Nursery-school scourges : BRATS
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Airy : LIGHT
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Autumnal hue : OCHER
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Abrade : CHAFE
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Manx murmur : PURR
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City on the Skunk : AMES
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Cordage fiber : IMBE
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Slipped back : RELAPSED
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"___ River," Andy Williams's theme : MOON
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Azimuths : ARCS
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Truckler's favorite word : YES
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German dive bomber : STUKA
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Taste again : RESIP
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Sweeps : OARS
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Charge or flood : ONRUSH
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Bergère : SEAT
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Where a khanum presides : HAREM
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Munich's river : ISAR
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Granular snow : NEVE
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Flourished : GREW
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Sail into the wind : LUFF
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Inland sea : ARAL
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Aleut's abode : IGLU
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Survivor : RELICT
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Withered : SERE
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U.S.S.R. crisis: 1991 : DISUNION
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Pole or Czech : SLAV
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" . . . ___ the stage with tears": Hamlet : DROWN
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Milldams : WEIRS
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Punjabi prince : RAJAH
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Sweetheart : FLAME
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Cow's mammary organ : UDDER
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Claims : LIENS
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Rival of Amneris : AIDA
55
Destitution : NEED
56
Concerning : INRE
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Other: Sp. : OTRO
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Mineral bed : VEIN
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His wife became salt : LOT

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 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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