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New York Times, Sunday, July 17, 1988

59-Across : Platitude

Author:
Norman S. Wizer
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 136, Blocks: 72, Avg Word Len: 5.43, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 548 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 131, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Spans: 5, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
Norman S. Wizer has 18 pre-Shortz puzzles and 14 Shortz Era crosswords in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 14,131
Across
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Young salmon : PARR
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Medieval estate : FEOD
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She loved Narcissus : ECHO
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British servicewoman of W.W. I : WAAC
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Woodwind : OBOE
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Up and about : ASTIR
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Porch : STOOP
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Earth goddess : ERDA
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Vulgar group avoided argument : LEWDBROODESCHEWEDFEUD
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"Die Fledermaus" maid : ADELE
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African timber tree : PEARWOOD
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Annoy : NETTLE
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Retiree's nest egg : IRA
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Reconnoiters : SCOUTS
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Plants used for raising nap : TEASELS
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Active chemical substance : REAGENT
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Choreographer Tommy : TUNE
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Where H.H.H. lived : MINN
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Four couples expect big argument : EIGHTAWAITGREATDEBATE
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French violinist: 18th century : ANET
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Behold, to Cicero : ECCE
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Precipitation in Dundee : SNA
49
Baseball stats. : RBIS
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Commanded : LED
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Solitary : LONE
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Rabbit fur : LAPIN
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Lighter and tender : BOATS
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Period of penitence : LENT
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Leone or Nevada preceder : SIERRA
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Platitude : CLICHE
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Intelligent men find fault with falsehoods : WISEGUYSCRITICIZELIES
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"Popo" author: 1980 : REEVES
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Archer's goal : TARGET
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Mamma or Peggy : CASS
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Bury : INTER
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Paludous place : MARSH
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Vents : AIRS
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Sir, in Madrid : DON
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So. state : NCAR
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Curve : ARC
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Mantle : CAPE
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Take aliment : DINE
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Silly people bilk fat relative : GEESEFLEECEOBESENIECE
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Rex or Donna : REED
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Showy performers : HAMS
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Kitchen appliance : TOASTER
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Orbs : SPHERES
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Daffy Duck, e.g. : LISPER
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Cagers' gp. : NBA
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Emulate Gulliver : TRAVEL
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Comportment : DEMEANOR
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More experienced : OLDER
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Assistant held up sober young man : AIDEDELAYEDSTAIDBLADE
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Orison finis : AMEN
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Leases : RENTS
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Galingale : SEDGE
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Portent : OMEN
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Dry run : TEST
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Tokyo drink : SAKE
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To live, to Livy : ESSE
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Proceed : WEND
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Negri of silents : POLA
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Retired : ABED
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English poet laureate: 1715-18 : ROWE
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Car stopper : REDLIGHT
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Partner of wide : FAR
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Fabulist: Var. : ESOP
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Okla. Indians : OTOES
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Preachy : DIDACTIC
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Cultural characteristics : ETHOS
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Betty of songdom : COED
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"___ now, brown cow?" : HOW
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Allowing for contingencies : OPENEND
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Woven fabrics : WEFTS
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Mountain ridge : ARETE
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" ... makes Jack ___ boy" : ADULL
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Aqua and motor endings : CADES
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Detour traffic : REROUTE
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Sea duck : SCOTER
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Chapeau for Corot : BERET
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Went for the pitch : SWUNG
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Revolutionary diplomat : DEANE
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Actress Alicia : ANA
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Rhea or Cronus : TITAN
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Kind of estate : REAL
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"___ kleine Nachtmusik" : EINE
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Ripened : AGED
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Score : TWENTY
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Lunatic : MANIAC
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Tennis coup : ACE
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___ de corps : ESPRIT
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Tumults : BROILS
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Calculators of sorts : ABACI
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A tenth part : TITHE
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Sinuous letters : ESSES
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French painter: 1881-1955 : LEGER
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Load : ONUS
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She was an O'Hara : LEIGH
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Prado offering : ARTE
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Consecrate : BLESS
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Pries : LEVERS
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Infrequent : SCARCE
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Imperfect mdse. : IRRS
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Person exercising power : CZAR
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Twist : WRING
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Pat needs this to maintain composure : IENCE
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Bristles : SETAE
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Gawked : STARED
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Most frigid : ICIEST
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Tiercel and cob : MALES
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Copy : APE
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Assembly : DIET
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Head of a tale : ONCE
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___-do-well : NEER
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Mariner's aid : COMPASS
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Nonattender : ABSENTEE
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Veto : DISALLOW
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Goofed : ERRED
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Antennae : FEELERS
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Rings : CHIMES
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Allayed : EASED
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Time period : EON
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Wealthy man : NABOB
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Hessen or Hamburg : STAAT
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Coach : PRIME
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A brother of Zeus : HADES
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Nine days' wonder, e.g. : EVENT
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Philippine island : LEYTE
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Burma and Tobacco : ROADS
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Moist and chilly : DANK
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Manipulates dishonestly : RIGS
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British title : DAME
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Whence the Pison flowed : EDEN
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Tear : REND
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Where cows browse : LEA
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Scottish river : DEE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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