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New York Times, Tuesday, March 6, 1990

Author:
Wilson McBeath
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 4.82, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 278 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 74, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
Wilson McBeath has 28 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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Across
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Christie or Karenina : ANNA
5
Mosque priest : IMAM
9
Certain phantom's haunt : OPERA
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Good soil : LOAM
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Houston-based Govt. agency : NASA
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He couldn't pass the bar : TOPER
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Ancient Roman road : APPIANWAY
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Trick's alternative : TREAT
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City near Vesuvius : NAPLES
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Hold up : ROB
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Spreads hay : TEDS
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Laundry appliance : DRYER
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Precede : FOREGO
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Kin of hurrahs : OLES
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Disprove : REFUTE
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Simians : APES
37
Munched : ATE
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Spat : GAITER
39
Fall back : RELAPSE
41
Kind of race : HARNESS
42
Intern's milieu : CLINIC
43
Highland headgear : TAM
44
Bone: Comb. form : OSTE
45
Insect's eye : STEMMA
46
Monad : ATOM
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"I go to prepare ___ . . . ": John 14:2 : APLACE
50
Race tracks : OVALS
55
N.C. cape : FEAR
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Formicary dweller : ANT
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Writ no longer legal in England : ELEGIT
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Exec. branch of the U.S. Govt. : ADMIN
62
Famous street in Rome : VIAVENETO
64
Roi's mate : REINE
65
Chase, the author : ILKA
66
Lulu : ONER
67
Fund : ENDOW
68
Meadows : LEAS
69
Twain or Hopkins : MARK
Down
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Jerrold's "___ of Plenty" : ALAND
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Stock term : NOPAR
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Downy : NAPPY
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"A miss is as good as ___" : AMILE
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Taverns : INNS
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Fowl's crop : MAW
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"Red ___ is she": Coleridge : ASAROSE
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Public official : MAYOR
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Giant of a Giant : OTT
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Italian Riviera resort : PORTOFINO
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Foil's cousin : EPEE
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Perused : READ
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Crafts' partner : ARTS
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Drome preceder : AERO
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City NE of Milano : BERGAMO
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Celebration of a sort : FETE
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First, second or reverse : GEAR
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Milano's opera house : LASCALA
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Shoshone Indians : UTES
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Assay : TEST
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Old tongue : ERSE
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Curves : ARCS
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Hide : PELT
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Nobelist Wiesel : ELIE
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Oldest independent country in Europe : SANMARINO
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Procurer : PIMP
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Execrate : HATE
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Tangible : TACTILE
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Double agent : MOLE
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"___ Chorus" in "Il Trovatore" : ANVIL
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Poison : VENOM
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Rocket stage : AGENA
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Metric measure : LITER
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Mute bird : STORK
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Diet : FARE
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Place west of Nod : EDEN
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Surrounded by : AMID
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Gabor and Le Gallienne : EVAS
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Modern : NEW
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Alias : AKA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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