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New York Times, Friday, March 23, 1990

Author:
Michael A. Rampino
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { F J W X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 267 (avg 1.42)
Open Squares: 88, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 0, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 1 Grid has super symmetry.
Michael A. Rampino has 33 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1990, The New York TimesNo. 14,745

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Across
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Mollify : PLACATE
8
Appetizers : CANAPES
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Government : REGIMEN
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Milky glass : OPALINE
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Famous : EMINENT
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Old soldier : VETERAN
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Shrewd : CUTE
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Clocked : TIMED
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Roof edge : EAVE
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NOW's goal : ERA
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Slit : CUT
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Children's game : TAG
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Fondles : PETS
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Yielded : CEDED
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Melodious Horne : LENA
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Dangerous African flies : TSETSES
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Ceases : DESISTS
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Bern's stream : AAR
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Chaney of silent films : LON
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Meanders : RAMBLES
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Mojave and Gobi : DESERTS
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You were: Lat. : ERAS
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Calamary : SQUID
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Rome's hot fiddler : NERO
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Truck : VAN
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Operate : USE
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Female swan : PEN
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Down with!: Fr. : ABAS
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"Divine Comedy" poet : DANTE
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Satirist Freberg : STAN
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An archangel : MICHAEL
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Hermit : EREMITE
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Capital of Sicily : PALERMO
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Brook : RIVULET
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Jogger's footwear : SNEAKER
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Ushers : SEATERS
Down
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Rule of conduct : PRECEPT
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Roman hostile spirits : LEMURES
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Stir : AGITATE
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Movie theater, in Madrid : CINE
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Soul, to Sartre : AME
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Tupik, e.g. : TENT
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Emulates Circe : ENTICES
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Broke a certain Commandment : COVETED
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Mimicked : APED
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Pendleton of old films : NAT
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Opposite of aweather : ALEE
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Henry Morgan's men : PIRATES
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Forward!: Fr. : ENAVANT
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Milkworts' dried roots : SENEGAS
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Mire : MUD
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Pierces : STABS
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Goddess of vegetation : CERES
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Removed by an editor : DELED
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Napery : LINEN
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Salt, to a pharmacist : SAL
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M'aidez! : SOS
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Makes over : REVAMPS
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Kind of horse or camel : ARABIAN
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Handcuff : MANACLE
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Wretched condition : SQUALOR
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Calorie counters : DIETERS
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Herpetologist's subject : REPTILE
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One who grabs the tab : TREATER
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Shakespeare's CLIV : SONNETS
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Waves' org. : USN
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N.Y. stadium : SHEA
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Township of Attica : DEME
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Weird-sounding lake : ERIE
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Soot or coal dust : SMUT
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Broadhorn : ARK
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Le Gallienne or Gabor : EVA

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