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New York Times, Saturday, February 27, 1988

Author:
Arthur S. Verdesca
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 46, Avg Word Len: 4.71, Missing: { J M Q Z }, Scrabble score: 277 (avg 1.55)
Open Squares: 53, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 6, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
Arthur S. Verdesca has 28 pre-Shortz puzzles and 14 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 13,990
Across
1
Writer Hecht : BEN
4
Grendel, in "Beowulf" : OGRE
8
Agt.'s cut : PCT
11
Gator's relative : CROC
13
Kind of lute : LAUD
14
Town in Iran : BAHAR
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Creator of 8 Down : SSVANDINE
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Old-womanish : ANILE
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Elephant's-ear : TARO
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Rex Stout's sleuth : NEROWOLFE
22
Caesar's last day : IDES
24
River in Spain : EBRO
25
Food preserver : CANNER
28
Leg armor : GREAVE
30
Puccini piece : ARIA
31
Does : DEER
34
Papuans of New Guinea : EKARI
36
Abélard's "___ et Non" : SIC
37
Plasterers' hawks : PALLETS
39
Nothing : NIL
40
Ollie's friend : KUKLA
42
Nora ___, memorable ballerina : KAYE
43
Behold: Lat. : ECCE
44
Quick-bread biscuits : SCONES
46
Troy escapee : AENEAS
48
Composer of "Te Deum" : ANON
49
___ de bandera (flagstaff) : ASTA
50
___ Wimsey, Sayers sleuth : LORDPETER
54
Wood sorrels : OCAS
57
Eulogize : EXTOL
58
Author of "Trent's Last Case" : ECBENTLEY
61
Teeny-___ : WEENY
62
Come in third : SHOW
63
Realty investment : SITE
64
Indian timber tree : DAR
65
Convex molding : TORE
66
Chinese Olympic diver: 1984 : TAN
Down
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A sci. degree : BCS
2
Formerly, formerly : ERST
3
A loser to Joe Louis: 1941 : NOVA
4
Experienced : OLD
5
Secures : GAINS
6
Spell caster : RUNE
7
River in W. Germany : EDER
8
Hero of "The Benson Murder Case" : PHILOVANCE
9
Young moose : CALF
10
Loquat or cycad : TREE
12
Keel : CARINA
14
Halfpennies : BAWBEES
15
Parka : ANORAK
17
Predicament : NODE
21
"___ the ramparts ... " : OER
23
Wagnerian earth goddess : ERDA
25
Butt : CASK
26
Alexandrian sect founder : ARIUS
27
Famous sleuth of the pulps : NICKCARTER
28
Zane or Jane : GREY
29
Heath : ERICA
32
Fraternal order : ELKS
33
Guidonian note : ELA
35
Seine sights : ILES
37
Full suit of armor : PANOPLY
38
Congou and hyson : TEAS
41
Holmes's home : LONDON
43
Plays : ENACTS
45
Hydrocarbon suffix : ENE
47
Shelley's school : ETON
49
Wheel spindle : ARBOR
50
Salacious : LEWD
51
Sponge spicule : OXEA
52
Invertebrate shell : TEST
53
Ring : ECHO
55
Ended hang gliding : ALIT
56
Stiff hair : SETA
59
Flock member : EWE
60
Hankering : YEN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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