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New York Times, Monday, April 7, 1986

Author:
Virginia L. Yates
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.92, Missing: { J K Q Z }, Scrabble score: 278 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 73, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
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© 1986, The New York TimesNo. 13,299

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Across
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Denominations : SECTS
6
Vestment : ROBE
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Toward the mouth : ORAD
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Barton or Bow : CLARA
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Mountain goat : IBEX
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Fishing rod : POLE
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Test : ASSAY
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Lends a hand : PITCHESIN
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Fauvist painter : MATISSE
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Dry : THIRSTY
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Wild plum : SLOE
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Take off : LEAVE
25
Collections of anecdotes : ANAS
27
"O, ___ is me ... ": Ophelia : WOE
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Peeve : NETTLE
33
Place for a guinea pig : LAB
34
Groom's party : STAG
36
Slight : THIN
37
Street sound : TOOT
39
"___ Venner," O. W. Holmes book : ELSIE
40
Smell ___ (suspect) : ARAT
41
NE Asian river : AMUR
42
Garret : LOFT
43
United : ONE
44
Ceremony : RITUAL
46
Mil. landing craft : LST
48
Jug : EWER
49
In a canny manner : SLILY
51
Morays : EELS
53
Carbon 14, for one : ISOTOPE
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Hit the ceiling : EXPLODE
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Creates casually : TOSSESOFF
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Cleave : SEVER
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Ending for pluto or demo : CRAT
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Pt. of a monogram : INIT
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Mountain nymph : OREAD
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Leander's lover : HERO
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Tennis units : SETS
67
Loy of film : MYRNA
Down
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Confidence game : SCAM
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"Born Free" lioness : ELSA
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Searches for : CASTSABOUT
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Follows : TRAILS
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Authority : SAYSO
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What the time is, at times : RIPE
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Kimono accessory : OBI
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Singer-actress Midler : BETTE
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Switch : EXCHANGE
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"The Student Prince," e.g. : OPERETTA
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Betsy or Diana : ROSS
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Dismounted : ALIT
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Gainsay : DENY
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Swarming place : HIVE
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___ up (get control of) : SEW
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Hurls : LETSFLY
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Place of worship : ALTAR
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Ruth's mother-in-law : NAOMI
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King Olaf's capital : OSLO
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Jilts : THROWSOVER
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Tropical vine : LIANE
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Enroll : ENTER
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Islets : AITS
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Relies on : TRUSTSTO
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Word omission, in grammar : ELLIPSIS
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African lily : ALOE
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Country music's Ritter : TEX
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Queen of whodunits : ELLERY
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Sierra ___ : LEONE
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Downs or salts : EPSOM
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Yen : ITCH
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Hot under the collar : SORE
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Glacial ridges : OSAR
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Newts : EFTS
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One of the Martins : DEAN
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Earth goddess : ERDA
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___ to be tied : FIT

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

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