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OUR FRENCH CONNECTION

New York Times, Sunday, March 10, 1991

Author:
Joan P. Leemhorst
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 176, Blocks: 108, Avg Word Len: 4.78, Missing: { J K Q W }, Scrabble score: 632 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 106, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 14, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
Joan P. Leemhorst has 1 pre-Shortz puzzle in our database.
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© 1991, The New York TimesNo. 15,097
Across
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Cinch belt's cousin : SASH
5
Economist Smith : ADAM
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Sahara filling station : OASIS
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Shoot the breeze : RAP
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C.I.O. partner : AFL
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Canyon phenomenon : ECHO
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The Venerable ___ : BEDE
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Gorge with a stream : FLUME
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Macrogametes : OVA
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Kind of brother : LAY
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Advice to Clouseau : CHERCHEZLAFEMME
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Physiotherapist : MASSEUR
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Busy place, 4:00 P.M., London : TEASHOP
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Mexican standoff : TIE
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Surroundings : MISEENSCENE
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Novel by Nabokov : DAR
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Depletion : DRAIN
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Witness : NOTER
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Indian foot soldier : PEON
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Shelley subject : MAB
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Stone pillar : STELA
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Am. equivalent of a concierge : SUPER
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Diamond point : BASE
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Locust : ACACIA
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Collars : NABS
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Moderate : BATE
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Data fed to a computer : INPUT
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Eliminate malfunctions : DEBUG
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Masonic doorkeeper : TILER
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Operated : RAN
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Immature, in a way : LARVAL
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African plant : ALOE
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Conversation à deux : TETEATETE
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Harangue : TIRADE
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Kyd work : DRAMA
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Mingle : ADMIX
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Allot : METE
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Embden and quink : GEESE
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Age, as cheese : RIPEN
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Interstices : SPACES
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Mun. official : ALD
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Justification for existence : RAISONDETRE
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Australian bird : EMU
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"Swanee" lyricist : CAESAR
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Harness part : TRACE
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Provide new weapons : REARM
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Aspersion : SLUR
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Vatican governing body : CURIA
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Wrists : CARPI
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Detroit action : RECALL
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Enamel work : CLOISONNE
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Place : SITE
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Uncover : REVEAL
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Roman household god : LAR
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Flies heavenward : SOARS
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One-tenth : TITHE
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Casino game : MONTE
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They call K's : UMPS
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Boîte de ___ (nightclub) : NUIT
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Levantine garment : CAFTAN
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Glacé : ICED
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Muddle with drink : BESOT
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Insinuating : SNIDE
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Some N.Y.C. trains : ELS
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Reared : BRED
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Apologue : FABLE
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Negotiate : TREAT
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One needing an att. : DEF
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Kin of a morganatic marriage : MESALLIANCE
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Originally called : NEE
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Tells or sells : RETAILS
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Beyond the megalopolis : EXURBAN
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Ambassador's stand-in : CHARGEDAFFAIRES
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Taste : SIP
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Suffix with verb : OSE
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To love, in Paris : AIMER
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Robert (père) or Alan (fils) : ALDA
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Fustian : RANT
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Nov. 1 group : STS
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Painter ___ Borch : TER
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Nervous : ANTSY
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Sow chow : MAST
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Purposes : ENDS
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Conventicle group : SECT
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Feel compassion : ACHE
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Strawberry's patch, once : SHEA
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Canapé : HORSDOEUVRE
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Antonym for adore : ABHOR
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Profound : DEEP
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Wood-trimming tool : ADZ
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Dissolve : MELT
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Tender : OFFER
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Part of a shandy : ALE
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Pinnacle : SUMMIT
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At hand : IMMINENT
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Spots : SEES
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Montague's son : ROMEO
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___-garde : AVANT
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Exceeds : PASSES
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Nonwindy side : ALEE
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Goatlike creature : FAUN
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Hugo's "Toute la ___" : LYRE
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Biggers hero : CHAN
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Give a leg up : AID
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Cancel : SCRUB
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Give power to : ENABLE
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A king of Judah : ASA
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Long, slender cigar : PANATELA
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Camaraderie : ESPRITDECORPS
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Unhinged : MAD
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Top of a suit : ACE
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___ au rhum : BABA
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Café au ___ : LAIT
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Superior : PAREXCELLENCE
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French state : ETAT
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French director Clair : RENE
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Puppeteer Baird : BIL
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Dead end : CULDESAC
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Borodin's prince : IGOR
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Bristle : SETA
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Chinese pagoda : TAA
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Burgundy and Bordeaux, sometimes : REDS
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Arrival at J.F.K. : LDG
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Bacon bringers : EARNERS
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Unit of elec. current : AMP
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Tante, in Spain : TIA
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Poetic contraction : EER
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First word of "Home, Sweet Home" : MID
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Sherry or Dubonnet, often : APERITIF
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Singer Davis : MAC
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Please the cordon bleu : EAT
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"To ___ With Love" : SIR
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Printemps follower : ETE
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New Deal org. : NRA
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Tried to equal or surpass : EMULATED
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Big ___, Calif. : SUR
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Peruvian plant : OCA
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Slip or trip : ERR
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___ generis (unique) : SUI
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"___ longa ... " : ARS
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Mayo and Yaqui : RIOS
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La Méditerranée, e.g. : MER
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Urbanity; tact : SAVOIRFAIRE
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Shortly : ANON
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Pocket bread : PITA
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Bldg. material : CEM
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Wodehouse's Drones ___ : CLUB
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Brocaded fabric : LAME
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Repugnance : NAUSEA
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Hibernia : ERIN
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Word feminizer : ETTE
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Was first : LED
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"A ___ time saves nine" : STITCHIN
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Belgian pilgrimage town, to a Parisian : HAL
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Annapolis grad. : ENS
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Up to now : SOFAR
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Third letter : CEE
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Type of hound : TALBOT
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Fantasized : DREAMT
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Kind of particle or ray : BETA
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World-weary : BLASE
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Grease pencil : LINER
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Wroth : ANGRY
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Peg for Peete : TEE
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Skim off grease : DEFAT
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Kind of hall : MESS
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Stage direction : EXIT
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Has dinner : SUPS
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Sports org. : NCAA
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Dutch cheese town : EDAM
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Mail rtes. : RFDS
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Persia, today : IRAN
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___-Lease Act: 1941 : LEND
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Concordes : SSTS
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Thing, in law : RES
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Carte preceder : ALA

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

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