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New York Times, Friday, February 17, 1984

Author:
Joe Clonick
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 270 (avg 1.41)
Open Squares: 72, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
Joe Clonick has 20 pre-Shortz puzzles and 2 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1984, The New York TimesNo. 12,519
Across
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Christie sleuth : POIROT
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Doyle's sleuth : HOLMES
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Wood coating : VARNISH
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Familiarizes one's position : ORIENTS
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Imminent : INSTORE
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Wife of Oberon : TITANIA
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Quieting sound : SSH
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Relative : SIB
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Indonesian island : WEH
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Fort ___, Calif. : ORD
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Egg-shaped : OOID
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Secret plot : CABAL
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Narrow pass in the Southwest : ABRA
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Ancient characters : RUNES
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Macadamia, e.g. : NUT
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Choice cut : FILET
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An alcohol : STEROL
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Orgiasts, e.g. : REVELERS
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Simenon's sleuth : MAIGRET
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Headlong : PELLMELL
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Machine rod : TAPPET
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Verona's river : ADIGE
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Luxury's soft place : LAP
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Tramp through mire : SLOSH
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Gists : NUBS
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Rolls up, as a flag : FURLS
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Approximately : ORSO
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Diamonds, to a thief : ICE
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Argon or xenon : GAS
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Gelada or pongo : APE
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Downing St. number : TEN
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Spanish mutton : CARNERO
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Plateful : SERVING
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He's dyeing to make a living : STAINER
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Cassavas : MANIOCS
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Queen of detectives : ELLERY
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___ Lupin, Leblanc sleuth : ARSENE
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Concludes, as hoped for : PANSOUT
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Rain ___ (in any event) : ORSHINE
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Banking abbr. : INT
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Mayo and Branco : RIOS
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Character in "Hamlet" : OSRIC
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Cadmus was one : THEBAN
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Big trouble, informally : HOTWATER
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Bay window : ORIEL
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Stone: Comb. form : LITH
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___ culpa : MEA
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Dignify; exalt : ENNOBLE
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Swizzle stick : STIRRER
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Cap bills : VISORS
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Successors to the Nassers : SADATS
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"___ Rosenkavalier" : DER
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Raffles, e.g. : BURGLAR
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Be unwell : AIL
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River at Amiens : SOMME
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Greek cheeses : FETAS
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New Guinea port : LAE
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Doggy doc : VET
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Unreal; deceptive : ILLUSORY
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Widespread, irrational fears : PANICS
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Teach : EDUCATE
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Generous : LIBERAL
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Some linemen: Abbr. : LGS
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Arafat's org. : PLO
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Part : PORTION
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Basic nature : ESSENCE
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Leather straps : THONGS
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Red Cross's need : PLASMA
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One on the move : FARER
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Hoplite's weapon : SPEAR
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Hereditary unit : GENE
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Sea fliers : ERNS
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Zilch : NIL
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Compete : VIE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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