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New York Times, Thursday, June 9, 1988

Author:
Robert O. Dillman
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.11, Missing: { F H J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 259 (avg 1.37)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Robert Dillman has 10 pre-Shortz puzzles and 16 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 14,093
Across
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___ Raton, Fla. : BOCA
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Bay of Naples isle : CAPRI
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Hostess's request, initially : RSVP
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Pronto: Abbr. : ASAP
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N.Y.city on the Allegheny : OLEAN
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Asian ruler : EMIR
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Buckles? : STRAPPARTS
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___ doble (corrida music) : PASO
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Two trios and a single : SEPTET
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One-handed a liner : SPEARED
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Peace goddess : IRENE
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In the past, in the past : ERST
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Grazed : PASTURED
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Batista's 1959 successor : CASTRO
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Follower of Paul or Ann : ETTE
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Herbs : WORTS
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Creek : RIA
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John Wayne's "___ Bravo" : RIO
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Postulation : PREMISE
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Smith and Jolson : ALS
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Urchin : IMP
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Keepsake : RELIC
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LXIII years from now : MMLI
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Instructive example : LESSON
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Colorful thorny hybrids : TEAROSES
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Belt ornament : STUD
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To be, in Toledo : ESTAR
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Hindered : IMPEDED
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Piece of news : TIDING
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Six-stringed instrument : VIOL
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The king's brew? : REGALLAGER
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Neighbor of Sask. : ALTA
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Beethoven's "Für ___" : ELISE
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Blazing star : NOVA
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Photo-finish margin : NOSE
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Get the soap out : RINSE
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Ash holder : TRAY
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Fish voice? : BASS
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Italian innkeeper : OSTE
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Find fault : CARP
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Calcium phosphate mineral : APATITE
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Whirlybird, for short : COPTER
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Neighbor of Tenn. : ALA
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According to : PER
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Informers : RATS
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Scrutinizes : INSPECTS
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Enact anew : REPASS
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Computerized streetcars? : SMARTTRAMS
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Jawed grip : VISE
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Stir : PROD
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Machu Picchu's locale : PERU
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Expunge : ERASE
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Landing post : NEWEL
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Descendant of Esau : EDOMITE
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Thin ice, e.g. : PERIL
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"Once upon ___ . . . " : ATIME
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Stain repellent's claim? : STOPSSPOTS
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Moon valley : RILLE
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Refuge for Bedouins : OASIS
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Wild and Elmer : RICES
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Supercilious : PROUD
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Fat worker : RENDERER
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Caustic in manner : MORDANT
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Monumental stones : STELAE
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Churchill's successor as P.M.: 1945 : ATTLEE
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Symbol of thinness : RAIL
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Terrible ruler : IVAN
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Origin of the Louvre's Venus : MILO
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Specialty-food store : DELI
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Borodin's prince : IGOR
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Gulf of Finland feeder : NEVA
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Gloomy : GRAY
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Vodka's rival : GIN
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Nitwit : ASS

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

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