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New York Times, Friday, February 24, 1984

Author:
Lois Sidway
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 42, Avg Word Len: 4.82, Missing: { J Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 271 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Lois Sidway has 67 pre-Shortz puzzles and 18 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1984, The New York TimesNo. 12,526

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Across
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Fibrous food : BRAN
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Speckle : FLECK
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Decree : FIAT
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Frost : RIME
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Bucolic : RURAL
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Prefix with meter : ALTI
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Turkish titles : AGAS
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Set aside : ONICE
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Some stories : LIES
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Light-lunch item : COTTAGECHEESE
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Bunch of Brownies : TROOP
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Town in NE Italy : ESTE
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All smiles : RIANT
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Rose essence : ATTAR
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Tolkien creature : ORC
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Sailing craft : SLOOPS
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London lad's swing, perhaps : TYRE
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Mrs. Wakefield's tasty treat : TOLLHOUSECOOKIE
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" . . . blue skies do ___" : ISEE
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What tax payments may be in : ESCROW
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Wawaskeesh : ELK
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Espresso ingredient : CAFFE
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Site of Vulcan's workshop : AETNA
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Crushed underfoot : TROD
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Longfellow heroine : ELSIE
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Steakhouse entree : CHATEAUBRIAND
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Boris contemporary : BELA
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Bird woman of myth : HARPY
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Witt's asteroid : EROS
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Stravinsky ballet : AGON
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Banks or Pyle : ERNIE
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Not any, to Burns : NANE
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Conn. senator : DODD
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Gee-haw controls : REINS
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Cartoonist Silverstein : SHEL
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Flower part : BRACT
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Severity : RIGOR
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Italian baritone: 1879–1942 : AMATO
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King of Pylos : NESTOR
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Fastening on a belt : FROG
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"Au Clair de la ___" : LUNE
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Author Ambler : ERIC
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Hide : CACHE
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Bern artist's display : KLEES
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Register for Pavarotti : FALSETTO
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Nastase : ILIE
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Blind impulse, personified : ATE
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Scale notes : TIS
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Imitative : APISH
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J.F.K. letters : ETA
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Medicinal plant : ALOE
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Entre ___ : NOUS
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Cavaradossi's love : TOSCA
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Little feller : TYKE
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Integument : ARIL
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Give out fumes : REEK
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Auricular : OTIC
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Artist Bonheur : ROSA
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Staff sign : CLEF
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Fille's father : PERE
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William Wallace, for one : SCOT
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Devious; clumsy : LEFTHAND
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Steinbrenner, to a Yankee : OWNER
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Amendment backed by NOW : ERA
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E.T. and friends : ALIENS
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Different : OTHER
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"The Wreck of the Mary ___" : DEARE
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Singer Vaughan : SARAH
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___ fell swoop : INONE
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Detroit disappointment : EDSEL
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Blockhead : CLOD
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Female wild buffalo : ARNI
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"___ Central Park" : UPIN
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Draws for Connors : BYES
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Unsound : BAD
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I, to Claudius : EGO

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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