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New York Times, Sunday, June 5, 1988

Author:
Jeanette K. Brill
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 88, Avg Word Len: 5.25, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 619 (avg 1.40)
Open Squares: 144, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 16, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
Jeanette K. Brill has 79 pre-Shortz puzzles and 2 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 14,089
Across
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Parisian gangster : APACHE
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Cleanse thoroughly : SCOUR
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Of an armbone : ULNAR
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The Censor : CATO
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Ameche-Verdon film: 1985 : COCOON
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Department of France: 1815-1975 : CORSE
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Daughter of Tantalus : NIOBE
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Words of understanding : ISEE
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Fast player with lots of clout : TRIPLETHREAT
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Outfielder, at times : FLYCATCHER
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"___ Been a Long, Long Time" : ITS
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Shock : TRAUMA
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Lessen : ABATE
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___ double take : DOA
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Half of XIV : VII
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Ancient Celtic priest : DRUID
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Bivalve mollusk : SCALLOP
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Hammarskjöld : DAG
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Desires : WANTS
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Cast amorous glances : OGLED
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Vowel changes in verb forms : ABLAUTS
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Battologize : ITERATE
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One way for runners to score : ONTHEDOUBLE
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Hanoi holiday : TET
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Garb : ATTIRE
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Pick up the tab : TREAT
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Valley : DALE
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Get one's goat : RILE
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Don : PUTON
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Religious composition : MOTET
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Germ cell : SPORE
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Mistake : BONER
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A son of Seth : ENOS
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Criterion for Kelly : SLIDERULE
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U.S. financier-philanthropist : MELLON
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Ump's relative : REF
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This can be acute : ANGLE
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War god : ARES
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"Lili ___" : MARLENE
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Small land masses : ISLETS
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Wept : CRIED
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Concerning this : HEREOF
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Irritates : ABRADES
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Contented sounds : COOS
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Musical ennead : NONET
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"___ Sleepy People" : TWO
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Portion of bacon : RASHER
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Yogi Berra was one : HOMEGUARD
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In the distance : AFAR
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Actor John from Baltimore : ASTIN
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Stadium pentagon : PLATE
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Dispatch boat : AVISO
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Daily rat race : GRIND
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Lettuce variety : BIBB
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Player in an old song : DEER
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Gripper of sorts : CLEAT
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Art of horsemanship : MANEGE
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Laders' org. : ILA
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Strike-calling umpire : DIAMONDHEAD
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Flower part : COROLLA
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Swivel wheels : CASTERS
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Water wheel : NORIA
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Looks over hastily : SCANS
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Crandall or Ennis : DEL
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Come back in : REENTER
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More rational : SANER
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Número ___ : UNO
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Ship-shaped clock : NEF
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Position properly : ALIGN
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Will topic : ESTATE
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Wood sorrel : OCA
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What a pinch hitter will do : GOTOBATFOR
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At the end, for 25 Across : INTHELONGRUN
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Declare positively : AVER
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Baseball's Pee Wee : REESE
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Standards : NORMS
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Nicotinic acid : NIACIN
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Opposite of raves : PANS
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T. N. Page's "___ Chan" : MARSE
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Dutch jurist Huig de ___: 1583-1645 : GROOT
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Mystery awards : EDGARS
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Start of "Hamlet" : ACTI
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Larboard : PORT
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Galatea's lover : ACIS
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___ a plea : COP
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Australian Prime Minister: 1966 : HOLT
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Sap : ENERVATE
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Dutch boat : SCHUIT
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Bulb's cousin : CORM
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Mountain nymph : OREAD
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"Born in the ___" : USA
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Instructed again : RETAUGHT
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Not dulled by sunlight, as prints : UNFADED
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Gay tune : LILT
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"Drake" is his epic poem : NOYES
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Broadcasting syst. : ABC
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Unlike some scrawls : READABLE
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Homopterous insect : CICALA
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Rowan : ASH
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Peg for Peete : TEE
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Above, poetically : OER
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French critic-historian: 19th century : TAINE
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Outcry, in Rouen : TOLLE
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Spleen : BILE
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Turn : ROTATE
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Wire : CABLE
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Where to see Rickey Henderson : OUTINLEFTFIELD
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Hunter beloved by Eos : PTELEON
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Layette item : DIAPER
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Bring into harmony : ATTUNE
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Hit or walk : GETTOFIRSTBASE
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Caution : WARN
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Raid : SORTIE
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Fogies : DODOES
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"Tristram Shandy" author : STERNE
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Branco and Mayo : RIOS
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Penury : NEED
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Former Middle East org. : UAR
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Bridge charges : TOLLS
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Norse chieftain : ROLLO
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Certain NCO's : MSGTS
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Unfailing : SURE
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Entreated : PLED
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Montmartre chapeau : BERET
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Rear : RAISE
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___ nostrum (the Mediterranean) : MARE
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Standish's stand-in : ALDEN
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___-do-well : NEER
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"The evil that ___ . . . ": Shak. : MENDO
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Title in colonial India : SAHIB
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Scoter : COOT
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Songwriter Harold : ROME
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Ski jumper ___ Bulau : HORST
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Describing our numbers : ARABIC
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Situated at the foundation : BASILAR
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Styx ferryman : CHARON
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Water nymphs : NAIADS
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Falsify : WANGLE
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Severe trial : ORDEAL
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Helmets for Caesar's men : GALEAE
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Eye layer : UVEA
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American cartoonist : ARNO
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"___-porridge hot . . . " : PEASE
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Author Stanislaw ___ : LEM
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Needlefishes : GARS
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Small agricultural enterprise : DIRTFARM
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Gymnast's activity : CHINNING
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Chorus reject : MONOTONE
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Star in Cygnus : DENEB
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Emphatic negative : NOSIREE
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Kind of bunt : DRAG
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Watercourse : CANAL
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Soprano Alda's "Men, Women and ___" : TENORS
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Most adorable : CUTEST
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Olympic athlete Johnson : RAFER
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Kind of rocket : RETRO
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Opposite of a win : LOSS
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Foolish person : SHMO
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Geraint's wife : ENID
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Grampus : ORCA
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French leather : CUIR
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Sothern and Harding : ANNS
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Breach : GAP
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Eggs, to Ovid : OVA
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Derek vehicle : TEN
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Earl Grey, for one : TEA
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Correlative : NOR
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Carson quip : GAG

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 16 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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