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New York Times, Thursday, December 5, 1985

Author:
Peter Swift
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { G J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 322 (avg 1.70)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 8, XRef: 3, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
Peter Swift has 79 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 13,176
Across
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Kind of tax : POLL
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Fenced in : PALED
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Speak gruffly : BARK
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Caesar’s sister : ATIA
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Affirmed forcefully : SWORE
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Air : ARIA
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With 28 and 49 Across, a riddle : WHATKINDOFWATCH
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Cheek : NERVE
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"___ the Moon,” 1953 song : ISEE
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Hanker : YEN
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"___ deal!” : ITSA
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Arab garment : ABA
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See 17 Across : HASACCURATETIME
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Prior to : ERE
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Priestly garb : HABIT
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Meanders : ROVES
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___ Islands, off Ireland : ARAN
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Topgallants : MASTS
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Escape : MISS
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Helicopter part : ROTOR
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Dingles : DELLS
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J.F.K. abbr. : ETA
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See 17 Across : TWOTIMESEACHDAY
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Nightfall, to Donne : EVE
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To be, in Toulon : ETRE
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Expression of disbelief : HUH
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Designer Schiaparelli : ELSA
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Midterm and final : EXAMS
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Answer to riddle : ANYSTOPPEDWATCH
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Asiatic palm : NIPA
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___ Parker (busybody) : NOSEY
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Writer Mazo ___ Roche : DELA
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Dither : STEW
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Stone monument : STELE
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Erotic : SEXY
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Chess piece : PAWN
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Will-___-wisp : OTHE
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Mythomaniac : LIAR
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A Soviet republic : LATVIA
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Omega preceder : PSI
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Barley beard : AWN
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Calif. city : LODI
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Son of Aphrodite : EROS
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Down : DEFEAT
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Barnyard sound : BAA
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Chichi : ARTY
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Risotto ingredient : RICE
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Songwriter Gus : KAHN
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Sailing vessel : KETCH
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German composer: 1786–1826 : WEBER
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Con man’s ruse : SCAM
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Musical composition : AUBADE
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Jot : ATOM
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Compassion : HEART
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Weapon in “Deliverance” : ARROW
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Former intl. pact : SEATO
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Loses a lap : RISES
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English prime minister: 1945–51 : ATTLEE
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Like some walls : IVIED
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Perle ___, memorable socialite : MESTA
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Attempt : ESSAY
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Bank certificate : NOTE
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Louver part : SLAT
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Fasten securely : RIVET
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Kind of propeller : SCREW
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Some pepos : MELONS
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Groups of six : HEXADS
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German novelist Hoffmann: 1848–1909 : HANS
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Part of B.T.U. : UNIT
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Promotional gimmick : HYPE
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Predicament : SPOT
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Cathedral's east end : APSE
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To ___ (exactly) : ATEE
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CCXC quadrupled : MCLX
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Light carriage : SHAY
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Aphorism : SAW
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Wriggler : EEL
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Tincture : DYE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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