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ALERT: ALTER!

New York Times, Sunday, May 2, 1993

Author:
Arthur S. Verdesca
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 172, Blocks: 90, Avg Word Len: 5.10, Missing: { J Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 586 (avg 1.33)
Open Squares: 140, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 12, XRef: 10, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 16
Arthur S. Verdesca has 28 pre-Shortz puzzles and 14 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1993, The New York TimesNo. 15,881
Across
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Author of "Gods, Graves & Scholars" : CERAM
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"___ My Souvenirs" : AMONG
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Mantles for Madrileños : CAPAS
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Beatles' "___ Fine" : IFEEL
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Farewell : ADIEU
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Roman nose : NASUS
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Wrong : AMISS
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___ prosequi (legal notice) : NOLLE
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With 27 Across, commuter transportation : RESIDENTIAL
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See 25 Across : DIESELTRAIN
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Early boat : ARK
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Island off the N.J. coast : STATEN
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Nobelist in Physics: 1959 : SEGRE
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Castle and Dunne : IRENES
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With 69 Across, what Monday-morning quarterbacks discuss : INTERCEPTORS
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Gogol tale : NOS
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Stray : ERR
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Companion of long. : LAT
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Wheys : SERA
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Italian host : OSTE
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Height: Comb. form : ACRO
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Discusses at length : DWELLSON
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Tormentor : SADIST
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Hay-fever cause : RAGWEED
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Small freshwater fishes : DACES
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Like Chablis : SEC
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Betray : SELL
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Engine sound : PURR
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Postal sect. : RLO
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Savings-acc. entries : INTS
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Cry of triumph : AHA
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Turner and Cantrell : LANAS
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Rose oil : ATTAR
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Blue-pencil : EDIT
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See 33 Across : INRETROSPECT
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Free from frost : DEICE
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A football play: Abbr. : SAF
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"All the Things You ___" : ARE
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"Alive" author : READ
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Witness : SEE
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Rode the waves : SURFED
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Map additions : INSETS
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Bite : NIP
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Deli delight : SALAMI
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Phases : FACETS
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Manor or baron attachment : IAL
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Paving stone : SETT
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Become more solid : GEL
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Garfield or Felix : CAT
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Village SW of Cedar Rapids : AMANA
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With 131 Across, health-care giver run amok : UNRESTRAINED
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Emulates Xanthippe : NAGS
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Pope's hat : MITER
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Bucolic : RURAL
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Arafat's gp. : PLO
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Suit to ___ : ATEE
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Exile Amin : IDI
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Two-year-old sheep : TEGS
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Heros : SUBS
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Decline : EBB
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Limit : STINT
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Tertiary division : NEOCENE
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Containing iron : FERRIC
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Permeable parts of trees : SAPWOODS
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Old laborer : ESNE
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"And what ___ rare ... ?": Lowell : ISSO
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Dies ___ : IRAE
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Charlotte or Norma : RAE
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Sandy's negative : NAE
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Commercials : ADS
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See 99 Across : TRAINEDNURSE
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Bristly plant : TEASEL
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Bare : EMPTY
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Kin of least : MEREST
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Connell's "___ Bridge" : MRS
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What some orators do when they 145 Across : STRIKEAPOSE
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See 143 Across : RISETOSPEAK
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Expiate : ATONE
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One who ruminates : MUSER
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Coin for Antonio : DUCAT
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Pygmy antelope : ORIBI
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Steps to success : RUNGS
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Make ___ at (flirt) : APASS
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Soap plant : AMOLE
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Reflected deeply : PORED
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Actress Williams : CARA
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River in Hesse : EDER
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Hazard : RISK
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Vowel sequence : AEI
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Footplates : MUDSILLS
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Reddish-yellow dyes : ANNATTOS
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Dull surface : MATTE
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Basketry twigs : OSIERS
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Shades of difference : NUANCES
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Collegian's monetary aid: Abbr. : GSL
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Youngest son : CADET
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Friendly hombre : AMIGO
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Buffoon : PIERROT
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Appraise : ASSESS
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Amsterdam-to-Utrecht dir. : SSE
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Job for an emcee : INTRO
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Knew beforehand : FORESAW
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Dash : ELAN
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Composer Siegmeister : ELIE
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Meniscus : LENS
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Lab burners : ETNAS
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Long and slender : LINEAR
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Gardener's tool : SPADE
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Epochs : ERAS
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Small whirlpools : EDDIES
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Kigali is its capital : RWANDA
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With 44 Down, repairman's formal statement : RECTIFICATION
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Care : TRUST
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See 38 Down : CERTIFICATION
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Tie the shoes over : RELACE
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Having a scent : ODORED
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For fear that : LEST
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Stingy : NEAR
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Misfortunes : ILLS
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Duel preceders : SLAPS
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Responsory song after the Epistle : GRADUAL
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Star of "Moonstruck" : CHER
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Goes before and leads : PACES
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Feasted : ATE
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Tipper Gore, ___ Aitcheson : NEE
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Duration : TERM
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Cholers : IRES
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Malines, e.g. : NET
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Kurosawa film: 1985 : RAN
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Horace or Pindar : ODIST
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Semitic fertility goddess : ASTARTE
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Komatik, e.g. : SLED
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Pacific goose : NENE
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Head cavity : SINUS
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Mystery writer Wahlöö : PER
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Oenologist's concern : AGE
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Acute shortage : FAMINE
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Some organic compounds : AMIDES
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Airport abbr. : ARR
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Hire : LEASE
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Choose for membership : TAP
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High silk hat : TILE
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Program : AGENDA
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Dreaded fly : TSETSE
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Presses : URGES
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Vilipend : SLUR
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Beans : NOBS
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Post-W.W. II assn. : NATO
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Isolate : ENISLE
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Very salty : BRINY
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Papa Bear, e.g. : SIRE
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Hair clasp : BARRETTE
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Tropical American fruit : SWEETSOP
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Discontinuing : CEASING
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Taiwan, once : FORMOSA
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Element resembling tin : CADMIUM
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___ Fundo, city in Brazil : PASSO
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Increase in intensity : STEPUP
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Menuhin's teacher : ENESCO
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Hockey maneuvers : DEKES
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Chevets : APSES
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Brain passages : ITERS
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Containing carbamide : UREAL
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Alexandra's Nicholas : TSAR
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"___, Brute!" : ETTU
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"East of Eden" character : ARON
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Memorable Israeli leader : MEIR
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"In the Boom Boom Room" playwright : RABE
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Airplane's runner : SKID
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Japanese woman diver : AMA
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Vitamin qty. : RDA
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Money player : PRO

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 10 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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