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SOUNDING OFF IN THE U.S.A.

New York Times, Sunday, April 8, 1990

35-Across : Composition theme

Author:
Ernst Theimer
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 94, Avg Word Len: 5.12, Missing: { J X Z }, Scrabble score: 638 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 153, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 12
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© 1990, The New York TimesNo. 14,761
Across
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Costume : GETUP
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Gown for Calpurnia : STOLA
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Harris or Silvers : PHIL
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Buddhist mound : STUPA
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Tex. shrine : ALAMO
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Bane of grain : ERGOT
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Site of St. Columba's abbey : IONA
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Cicero's bread : PANIS
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Proper pistol handling : GUNETIQUETTE
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The skull reminded Hamlet that he ___ : KNEWYORICK
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City RR's : ELS
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Titillates : AMUSES
31
Requires : NEEDS
33
Main arteries : AORTAS
34
Loci : SPOTS
35
Composition theme : LEMMA
36
Compatriot : ALLY
37
Gypsy husband : ROM
40
"Bali ___" : HAI
41
Eagle's nest : AERIE
42
Soft cheese : BRIE
43
Actor Torn : RIP
46
Beth preceder : ALEF
48
Baghdad ruler more cantankerous : CALIPHORNERIER
52
Three ___ match : ONA
53
Find another chair for : RESEAT
55
Months after Shebats : ADARS
56
U.S.S.R. news agency : TASS
57
Rampart : WALL
58
Artist's stand : EASEL
59
Modish : CHIC
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Right, in law : DROIT
62
Poser : MODEL
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Manner : STYLE
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"Card game simple," says king of Siam : LOOEASYANNA
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Angry : IRATE
68
Gumshoe : TEC
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Comedian Sahl : MORT
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Heavy weights : TONS
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Cease : DESIST
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Rock salt : HALITE
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Thong : STRAP
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Carpentry tools : PLANES
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Justified, as margins : EVENED
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Blue Jays or Cardinals : TEAM
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Shine : GLOW
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Fleur-de-___ : LIS
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Babbitt's creator : LEWIS
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Bug the landlord : HARASSOWNER
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French seaport : BREST
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Site of a knight's fights : LISTS
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Lifeless, old style : AMORT
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Electric catfish : RAAD
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Swift brute : YAHOO
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Dairyman's anathema : OLEO
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Spades or clubs : SUIT
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Consecrate : BLESS
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Detroit headache : RECALL
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Macerate : RET
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Must be signed in ink : PENCILVAINHERE
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Within: Comb. form : ENDO
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Commercials : ADS
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Cellini's skill : ARTE
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Common solecisms : AINTS
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Greek vowel : ETA
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Lair : DEN
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Periods of note : ERAS
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Spile : STAKE
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Kind of type : IONIC
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Trim anew : RECLIP
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Stone pillar : STELE
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Turn inside out : INVERT
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Mispickel or cinnabar : ORE
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Stare at certain seascape : OGLEAHOMER
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Scales for singer Reese : DELLAWEIGHER
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"The Loved One," author : WAUGH
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Bertolucci film : LUNA
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Emulate Zayak : SKATE
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Ribs of leaves : VEINS
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Weavers' reeds : SLEYS
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Literary contest : AGON
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Cut wood : SAWED
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Indulge in cabotinage : EMOTE
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Security : GAGE
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Jewish month : ELUL
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Browns : TANS
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Japanese apricot : UME
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Dead Sea product : POTASH
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Giant redwood : SEQUOIA
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Faith : TRUST
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Curved moldings : OGEES
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Acreage : LOTS
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An A.B.A. member : ATT
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Certain tollgate employees : PIKEMEN
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Lariate eye : HONDA
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Agnes, in Avila : INES
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Boston's Cardinal : LAW
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Wire winder : SPOOLER
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Linger : TARRY
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Military force : UNIT
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Type size : PICA
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Inquires : ASKS
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Collision : IMPACT
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Preceders of febreros : ENEROS
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Elis : YALIES
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Eastern potentate : EMIR
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Annealing oven : LEHR
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Grain beard : ARISTA
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Most attenuated : RAREST
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___ of quinine : OLEATE
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Licorice eaters' dentures : MESSYCHEWSETS
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Speedily : APACE
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Egghead : BRAIN
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Worker indicating single lane, e.g. : ROADAISLEHAND
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Estuaries : INLETS
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Portable platform in a warehouse : PALLET
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Sense : FEEL
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Pakistani city : LAHORE
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Dostoyevsky's "The ___" : IDIOT
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Type of collar : ETON
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Rarebit ingredient : ALE
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More unpleasant : WORSE
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Coagulate : CLOT
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Electrical generator : DYNAMO
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Grate : RASP
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Carriage : MIEN
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Bear witness : ATTEST
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Rails : SORAS
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Kind of way : MID
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Grackle : DAW
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Philippine idol : ANITO
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Minus : LESS
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Sadr or Salm : STAR
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Satisfy : PLEASE
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C. P. Snow's title : LORD
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Site of famed rock temples in India : ELLORA
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Hidden : VEILED
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Grind : GNASH
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She sings "Liebestod" : ISOLDE
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Runner on a plant : STOLON
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Frequents : HAUNTS
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Priest's scarf : AMICE
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Meat entree : ROTI
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Small birds : WRENS
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Seeded player's delight : BYE
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Watercourse : RACE
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Celestial being : SERAPH
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Relied (on) : BANKED
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Mineral: Comb. form : LITE
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Go to bed : RETIRE
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Outcasts : PARIAHS
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Cathedral church of Rome : LATERAN
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Small bottle : VIAL
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Extended a subscription : RENEWED
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Lively : ACTIVE
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Melancholy poem : ELEGY
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Office worker : STENO
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Relative acquired : INLAW
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Egg-shaped : OVATE
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Tiers : ROWS
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Same, in Savoie : EGAL
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Guide for Holmes : CLUE
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Self-satisfied : SMUG
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Actress Chase : ILKA
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Paducah's river : OHIO
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Budget item : RENT
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Gaelic : ERSE
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Biographer Winslow : OLA
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Double curve : ESS
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Muffin : GEM

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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