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New York Times, Tuesday, February 10, 1987

Author:
Sidney L. Robbins
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.79, Missing: { C J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 283 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 53, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 10, XRef: 1, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
Sidney L. Robbins has 153 pre-Shortz puzzles and 50 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1987, The New York TimesNo. 13,608
Across
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___ an egg (failed) : LAID
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Chills and fever : AGUE
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Patio gear : SPIT
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Cay or ait : ISLE
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Disembarks : LANDS
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Sit : POSE
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Bootblack's investment : SHOEPOLISH
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"Jacta ___ est" : ALEA
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Eucharist plate : PATEN
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Chemical compounds : ESTERS
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Uninhibited : OPEN
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Kind of hanger : STRAP
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Fin : VEE
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Fast; loose : SPORTY
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Calif.'s motto : EUREKA
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Slippery one : EEL
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Acts bored : YAWNS
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Homophone for wood : WOULD
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A combo : TRIO
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Something to read : METER
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___ on words (pun) : PLAY
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Impudent : SASSY
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Impulse : NISUS
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Uno, due, ___ : TRE
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Afro, for one : HAIRDO
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Blackmails : BLEEDS
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What the blank in 19 Across means : DIE
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"Home, Sweet Home" author : PAYNE
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Helps : AIDS
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Ruins : UNDOES
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Nautical call : AVAST
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Sick as ___ : ADOG
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Butcher's display : POLISHHAMS
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"___ is real! . . . ": Longfellow : LIFE
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Epsom and the like : SALTS
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Redact : EDIT
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Umpire's call : SAFE
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Tatum's father : RYAN
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Optimistic : ROSY
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Fleur-de-___ : LIS
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Kind of can or tray : ASH
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U.N. labor arm : ILO
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More profound : DEEPER
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"Thanks ___!" : ALOT
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High winds : GALES
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By accident : UNINTENTIONALLY
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McMahon and Sullivan : EDS
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Petty fuss : SPAT
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Reached Olympic heights : POLEVAULTED
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River to the Rhone : ISERE
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Hector : TEASE
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Use scissors : SHEAR
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Word with hose : PANTY
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Eject : SPEW
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La Scala offering : OPERA
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Disposed of quickly : POLISHEDOFF
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Stratagems : RUSES
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Cliques : SETS
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Sweet potato : YAM
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Hill, to a Boer : KOP
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One of Barrie's Darlings : WENDY
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Garnishes, in a way : LARDS
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Colors : DYES
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Explorer Johnson : OSA
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" . . . ay, there's the ___" : RUB
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Cry out sharply : YIPE
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Cut prices : SLASH
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Some files : RASPS
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Choice word : EITHER
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Pairs of tires : DUALS
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Forster's "A Passage to ___" : INDIA
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A Perón : EVITA
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Pointed arch : OGEE
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Org. : ASSN
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Gig implement : OAR
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Foofaraw : ADO
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Prefix with lead : MIS
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Eye problem : STY

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

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