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IN OTHER WORDS

New York Times, Sunday, March 8, 1992

87-Down : Firmament

Author:
Kevin Boyle
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 91, Avg Word Len: 5.21, Missing: { K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 625 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 148, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 14, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
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© 1992, The New York TimesNo. 15,461
Across
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Schussboomer's spot : SLOPE
6
Frogman : DIVER
11
Swimsuit top : BRA
14
Symbol of feminine curiosity : FATIMA
20
Gave succor : AIDED
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Muslim decree : IRADE
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No, to Ho : AOLE
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Pliny the Younger, for one : ORATOR
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Detritus : FLOTSAMANDJETSAM
28
Stonecrop-family plant : ORPINE
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Raison d'___ : ETRE
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Clear : NET
31
Caesar's "I rate" : AESTIMO
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Jefferson and Paine, e.g. : DEISTS
33
Took five : RESTED
36
Comb: Comb. form : CTENO
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Dolce ___ niente : FAR
38
Big Board's big brother : SEC
41
Scottish lake or river : AWE
42
Paravanes : OTTERS
44
Soprano role in "Orfeo ed Euridice" : AMOR
46
LAX notice : ARR
49
Star assemblage : CLUSTER
51
Originate : ARISE
52
Brit. medieval pennies : STERS
53
Apiculturist's concern : BEE
54
Newsman Dan : RATHER
55
A Bobbsey twin : NAN
56
Prepare leftovers : REHEAT
58
Paraguayan tea : MATE
59
Join : ENTER
60
Braxton and Thomas of the C.S.A. : BRAGGS
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Reluctant : LOATH
64
Giant slain by Apollo : OTUS
65
Heine's sigh : ACH
66
Lardner's "___ Ike" : ALIBI
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Deprive of weapons : UNARM
69
Wife of Paris : OENONE
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"Come live with ___ ... ": Donne : MEE
72
Venezuelan prairie : LLANO
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Cor or core : HEART
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Allay inflammation : SUBDUE
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Impairs : MAIMS
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All-purpose trk. : UTE
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Whiffenpoof word : BAA
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Everglades denizen : EGRET
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Zenith : SUMMIT
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Adjusts machinery : TRAMS
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Spicy snack : NACHO
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Cry of amused surprise : OHO
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Framework : CASING
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Burning : AFIRE
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Dostoyevsky novel, with "The" : IDIOT
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Winter mo. : FEB
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Tolkien's Fangorn et al. : ENTS
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Virile fellow : HEMAN
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Parsonages : MANSES
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Sunken fences : HAHAS
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Indonesian law : ADAT
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Instants : TRICES
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Soft : LOW
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Ballerina's movement : RELEVE
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Sun. speech : SER
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"Playboy of the Western World" playwright : SYNGE
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Dress wood : PLANE
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Shrinks back : RESILES
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Actor Byrnes : EDD
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Conception : IDEA
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Naval construction worker : SEABEE
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Curvaceous letter : ESS
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Rural kin of aves. : LNS
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Nigerian native : EDO
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Stage, in Sevilla : ETAPA
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Began to use : TAPPED
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Hammerlike weapon : MARTEL
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John Evelyn was one : DIARIST
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European winter resort : PAU
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"Sustineo ___," U.S.A.F. motto : ALAS
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TNT mixture : AMATOL
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Unguentary drosophila : FLYINTHEOINTMENT
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Connected series : CATENA
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"___ and Mabel," Gable film : CAIN
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Sniggler for wrigglers : EELER
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Designer de la ___ : RENTA
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Shot follower : CHASER
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The T in R.O.T.C. : TNG
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Rummages about : ROUTS
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Ruhr city : ESSEN
Down
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Vault : SAFE
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Rhythmic swing : LILT
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Redolence : ODOR
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Lord ___ Wimsey : PETER
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Mag. chiefs : EDS
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Line of two feet : DIMETER
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Wroth : IRATE
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Fourgon : VAN
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Snorri Sturluson's work : EDDA
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Sometime action by 5 Down : REJECTING
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Violent one : BATTERER
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Substances for Strads : ROSINS
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Memorable mission : ALAMO
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Lucubratory pabulum : FOODFORTHOUGHT
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Unpaid debt : ARREARS
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South American ungulate : TAPIR
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Med. suffix : ITIS
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___ Blanc : MONT
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Homer's "scourge of mortals" : ARES
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Comedian Phillips : EMO
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Entrance of a fugue subject : ANSWER
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Famed American photorealist : ESTES
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Trencherman : EATER
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Perform peripeteia, in a way : DOANABOUTFACE
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Very funny person : SCREAM
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Kin of 104 Across : ELANCE
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Abscind brassica : CUTTHEMUSTARD
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Earlobe adjuncts : TRAGI
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U.S. Special Forces unit : ATEAM
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Headcheese, e.g. : MEAT
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Vespertilio from Abaddon : ABATOUTOFHELL
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Adjust a spinet : RETUNE
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A.F.B. in Tex. : REESE
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Andress film: 1965 : SHE
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Compendious plus melliferous : SHORTANDSWEET
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A moon of Jupiter : ELARA
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Tout le ___ (everyone) : MONDE
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Saturnalia : BLAST
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Tenth of a sen : RIN
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Implead : SUE
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Puissant spondulicks : ALMIGHTYDOLLAR
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Collars : NABS
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River in Spain : EBRO
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Portray in words : LIMN
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Take testimony : HEAR
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Ancient Greek sanctuary : SECOS
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Love-in-___ (buttercup) : AMIST
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Threefold : TRINE
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Prepared for painting : SANDED
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Hebrew letter : MEM
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Cry of despair : AIE
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Firmament : HEAVEN
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Haunt : OBSESS
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Discontinue : CEASE
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Female's friend : AMIGA
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Golfer's hole-___ : INONE
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Pelagic predator : ERNE
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Smooth and white : ALABASTER
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"Demian" author : HESSE
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Clay, today : ALI
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Primitive hunting method : SPEARING
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Wove again : RESPUN
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Record-album designation : SIDEONE
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Rabbit : LAPIN
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Betakes oneself : REPAIRS
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Remain at home : STAYIN
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Fem. suffixes : ETTES
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Israeli seaport : EILAT
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" ... every fool is not ___": Pope : APOET
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Matrons : DAMES
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Book of the Apoc. : MACC
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Eastern maid : AMAH
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Pro ___ : RATA
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U.S.A.F. decoration : DFC
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One of the Huxtables : THEO
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Optical device : LENS
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Poker payment : ANTE
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Bandleader Kenton : STAN
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Chosen, in Caen : ELU
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Due follower : TRE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 16 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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