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VERBAL MATH

New York Times, Sunday, May 18, 1986

Author:
Robert Katz
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.17, Missing: { J K Q Z }, Scrabble score: 516 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 108, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 18, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 13
Robert Katz has 73 pre-Shortz puzzles and 3 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1986, The New York TimesNo. 13,340
Across
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Lower : ABASE
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Whistle stop : BURG
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"Exodus" author : URIS
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Beef cut : RUMP
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Takes five : RESTS
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Fencer's need : EPEE
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Spotless, as une maison : NETTE
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Organic compound : ENOL
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Attack : SETAT
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Verdi opus : AIDA
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A/k/a : ALIAS
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Bartók or Lugosi : BELA
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Mets × little Indians2 + what September hath = : NINEHUNDREDANDTHIRTY
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Pony : TROT
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Kind of machine : SLOT
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Dynamics starter : AERO
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Saarinen : EERO
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Chaucer's ___ of Bath : WIFE
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Get one's goat : IRE
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Reduce to rags : TATTER
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Lizzie Borden's blows – "Easy Pieces" ÷ proverbial crowd = : TWENTYFIVEANDONETHIRD
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Whammy : HEX
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Family of a games expert : HOYLES
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Lab heater : ETNA
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Those, in Toulouse : CES
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"Skip to My ___" : LOU
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This is sometimes near beer : TAP
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___ swiss : DOTTED
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Indian state : ASSAM
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Philippine tree : BETIS
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Brainstormed : IDEATED
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Mrs. Astor's set ÷ Lakers + Tarkington novel = : FOURSCOREANDSEVENTEEN
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Early French-lesson word : BONSOIR
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"___ Ben Jonson!" : ORARE
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___ cotta : TERRA
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Raids the refrigerator : NOSHES
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The Greatest : ALI
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Dundee one : AIN
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Bus. status : INC
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Part of a comet's head : COMA
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Vacillates : WAVERS
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Suitable : APT
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Boxcars + blind mice2 ÷ Rome's hills × Arabian nights = : THREETHOUSANDANDTHREE
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Alchemist's concoction : ELIXIR
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A La. campus : LSU
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Not fooled by : ONTO
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Early Latin-lesson word : AMAT
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Fork part : TINE
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Ply with pie, e.g. : SATE
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Plant ailment : RUST
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Agent's fee + U.S. Senators = : ONETENTHOFONEPERCENT
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Italian city : BARI
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Cathedral section : CHOIR
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Fitzgerald from Va. : ELLA
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Prefix for said or thought : AFORE
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" . . . ___ to covet honor": Shak. : ASIN
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Broom ___, comic-strip witch : HILDA
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Another man's poison : MEAT
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Lock up : RUNIN
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For men only : STAG
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Monster's loch : NESS
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Cravings : YENS
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Sight for Noah : FLOOD
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"___ longa . . . " : ARS
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Eben's anagram : BEEN
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Italian wine center : ASTI
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Early feminist : STANTON
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Perfume ingredient : ESTER
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Make pulchritudinous : BEAUTIFY
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"___ Central Park" : UPIN
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Foxx from Mo. : REDD
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First and reverse, e.g. : GEARS
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Sans frills : UNADORNED
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Interacted realistically with : RELATEDTO
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Pack ___ (quit) : ITIN
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African village : STAD
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Renaissance, literally : REBIRTH
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Far from X-rated : UNEROTIC
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Shed feathers : MOLT
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"The thing," to Hamlet : PLAY
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Real or Fourth follower : ESTATE
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" . . . ___ played the game": Grantland Rice : HOWYOU
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Lamb : ELIA
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Winter solace : HEAT
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Old letter : ETH
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Ram's mate : EWE
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Mardi Gras figure : REX
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Cameraman's device : FILTER
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"Since ___ apples . . . ": Byron : EVEATE
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Palindromic word : ERE
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Tpks. : RDS
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Bobby of Polo Grounds fame : THOMSON
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Spy, in Spain : ESPIA
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Toronto's prov. : ONT
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Indigenous : NATIVE
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___ Porsena, Etruscan king : LARS
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Dutch commune : EDE
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William T. G. Morton was one : DENTIST
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Chanute or Vance: Abbr. : AFB
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___ Canals : SOO
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Heliophobe's bane : SUN
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Moscow menu item : BORSCH
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___-Cat (polar zone vehicle) : SNO
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"___ o'clock scholar" : ATEN
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Gerona's river : TER
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Poet's always : EER
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Gene stuff : DNA
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A.F.L. follower : CIO
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Kind of butter : DRAWN
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Early Arizonan : SALADO
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Sight from Ararat : ERIVAN
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U.N. figure in 1959 : HOO
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Some sols : EMULSOIDS
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Flavorful root bark : SASSAFRAS
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Fervor, in Falmouth : ARDOUR
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Brooklyn or Bronx ending : ITE
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Org. for Bruins et al. : NHL
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Yardsticks : CRITERIA
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Petitions : ENTREATS
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Estuary : ARM
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Pod dweller : PEA
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Asian holiday : TET
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On the way out : EXITING
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Aachen article : EINE
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Western Front feature : TRENCH
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___-da-fé : AUTO
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Odious : HATEFUL
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Hannibal, to Scipio the Elder : ENEMY
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Neck warmer : SCARF
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Nigerian rulers : OBAS
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Tweed twitter : NAST
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Attenuated : THIN
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Key follower : HOLE
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Gen. Robert ___ : ELEE
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Design : PLAN
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Censored item : NONO
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Combo size : TRIO
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Result : END

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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