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THE ASSET TEST

New York Times, Sunday, February 17, 1985

Author:
John Greenman
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 88, Avg Word Len: 5.19, Missing: { J X Z }, Scrabble score: 667 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 132, Cheaters: 7, FITB: 12, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 11
John Greenman has 52 pre-Shortz puzzles and 12 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 12,885
Across
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Maid of ___ : HONOR
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Mites : ACARI
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Walkway of a sort : STOA
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Mosel feeder : SAAR
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Cottonwood : ALAMO
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Largest of the Admiralties : MANUS
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Use steel wool : SCOUR
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Clam type : PISMO
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District attorney? : LEGALTENDER
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Niña, to Santa Maria? : PARTNERSHIP
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Vilification : SLANDER
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Mulligrubs : COLIC
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Company lover : MISERY
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"Grenada" songwriter : LARA
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Japanese vegetables : UDOS
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Amaryllis relative : ALOE
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Balderdash : HOOEY
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"Sail ___ Union": Longfellow : ONO
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Add-on for hip or tip : STER
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Broken transom's results? : OVERDRAFTS
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Angel's pet letters : SRO
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Separated : UNYOKED
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Deadlocks : DRAWS
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Yves's weapon : ARME
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Academic orgs. : PTAS
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Blackjack croupier : DEALER
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Sanctions : FIATS
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Baptismal acts : IMMERSIONS
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Kind of service : LIP
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Fettuccine, e.g. : PASTA
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"Lucky Jim" author : AMIS
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Tucson flora : CACTI
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Lorca play division : ACTO
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EKG output? : TICKERTAPE
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Fail suddenly, with "out" : CONK
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Group founded in 1908 : BOYSCOUTS
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Tinstones : ORES
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Architecture style : BAROQUE
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A founder of Dada : ARP
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Bread: Comb. form : ARTO
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Monsarrat's "The ___ Sea" : CRUEL
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Bend; arch : COPE
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Cry of repugnance : UGH
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Driver's cousin : BRASSIE
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Nonprofessional : LAIC
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Anatomical branch : ARTERIOLE
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Asian apparition : YETI
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In the immediate neighborhood? : ONTHEBLOCK
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Swizzle : STIR
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To love, in Lyon : AIMER
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___ gras (goose liver) : FOIE
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Bathsheba's first spouse : URIAH
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Cause for R.E.L. : CSA
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Bias : PREPOSSESS
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Jazz solo cadenza : BREAK
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Lines on a map : ROUTES
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Molecule clusters : IONS
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Geologic comb. form : CENE
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Antas : PIERS
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Payment proof : RECEIPT
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Pantry pillager : ANT
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Frog and grasshopper? : GREENBACKS
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Pumpkin or melon : PEPO
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Cry of surprise : OHO
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Sch. officials : PRINS
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Yard's yardage : AREA
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Calamitous : DIRE
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Cinch : SNAP
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Roman villa feature : ATRIUM
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Gogol's "___ Bulba" : TARAS
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Press ___ : RELEASE
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Thanksgiving time? : GRACEPERIOD
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Invoice for a zoo purchase? : BUFFALOBILL
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Richard III, to Henry VII : RIVAL
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Chile con ___ : CARNE
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"___ of dreadful note": Macbeth : ADEED
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An Arnaz : LUCIE
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Home of Iowa State : AMES
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Heroine of a d'Erlanger opera : TESS
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Regs. or dists. : TERRS
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Out of kilter : AMISS
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Lyricist David : HAL
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Huzzah for Manolete : OLE
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Hialeah has-been : NAG
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Psalteria : OMASA
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Brötchen : ROLL
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Bettered : AMENDED
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Sincerity : CANDOR
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Range over 4,000 miles long : ANDES
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Penitent : RUER
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Nat. of Tel Aviv : ISR
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Conquered the Jungfrau : SCALED
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Column-base moldings : TORI
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Surpasses in bewitchery : OUTCHARMS
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Prince Valiant's son : ARN
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Milksop : SISSY
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U.S.T.A. champ: 1968 : ASHE
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Arab prince : AMIR
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Viscous : ROPY
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Bear trails : SPOORS
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Wields a crowbar : PRIES
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More tightly stretched : TAUTER
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Rialto ham : EMOTER
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Balls of yarn : CLEWS
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Boisterous : LOUD
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Novelist Tyler : ANNE
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King's ransom? : ROYALTYPAYMENT
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Archetype : AVATAR
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"All ___," 1931 song : OFME
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Beehive : SKEP
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Deliver encomiums : ORATE
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Flaxlike fibers : RAMIES
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Literary platitude? : STOCKQUOTATION
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Bombast : RANT
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Bone: Comb. form : OSSI
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Spicy stews : OLIOS
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Patens : DISKS
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Clavichord's successor : PIANO
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Ipso ___ : FACTO
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Incite : IMPEL
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Music arranger : SCORER
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Shoshonean : PIUTE
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Bernese Alps river : AARE
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Rhyme scheme : ABAB
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Ltr. writer : CORR
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Shinto temple gateway : TORII
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"___ of Evil," Welles film : TOUCH
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Author of "Krakatit" : CAPEK
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Part of F.C.R. : CASTRO
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Bungle : BOTCH
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Jamaican citrus fruit : UGLI
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Rather, in Rostock : EHER
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Dog genus : CANIS
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Ordination, e.g. : RITE
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Raven's remark : CROAK
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Leaks : SEEPS
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Untie : LOOSEN
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R. Spencer, to J. Valentine : ALIAS
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Offspring : ISSUE
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Calif.'s motto : EUREKA
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Rabbit and Fox : BRERS
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Upolu port : APIA
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What Mr. America pumps : IRON
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Windowlike openings : FENESTRAE
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Thespian James : COCO
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Economize : SCRIMP
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Spotted : SEEN
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Shades of blue and green : BICES
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Nullify : REPEAL
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Hebrew bushel : EPHA
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Word in early telegrams : STOP
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Strollers en masse : PARADE
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Scans again : REREADS
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Thin porridge : GRUEL
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Magnates : BARONS
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Filch : PILFER
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Compositors' units : PICAS
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Capitulate : DEFER
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Gland secretion : SEBUM
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City on the Jumna : AGRA
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Svelte : TRIM
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Critic's accolade : RAVE
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Broadcasts : AIRS
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Uncouth : RUDE
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Topsoil layers : SOLA
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External: Comb. form : ECT
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Lost weekend : BAT
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Here, in Hyères : ICI
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Fleur-de-___ : LIS
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Bandleader Elgart : LES

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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