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Eli Wesoff
Eli Wesoff

New York Times, Friday, July 3, 1992

24-Down : Israeli mountaintop fortress

Author:
Eli Wesoff
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 5.19, Missing: { J Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 261 (avg 1.40)
Open Squares: 73, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
Eli Wesoff has 93 known pre-Shortz puzzles, and 1 Shortz Era crossword in our database.
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© 1992, The New York TimesNo. 15,578
Across
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Nissan or Nash : CAR
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Up and about : ASTIR
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Wanton woman : TART
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Dagon or Baphomet : IDOL
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Construction-site apparatus : CRANE
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Anagram for sure : USER
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Patriarch : NASI
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Speak frankly : TALKTURKEY
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Punish : CHASTISE
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Lawman portrayer : ARNESS
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Mazel ___ : TOV
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Adjunct to a mosque : MINARET
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Modified : ALTERED
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"When I was ___ ... ": Gilbert : ALAD
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Patriot Tom : PAINE
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Change a choice : RESELECT
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Hue : TINT
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Sub detector : SONAR
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Peck role: 1956 : AHAB
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Resumed a discussion : REOPENED
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Make ___ (grimace) : AFACE
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Review, of a kind : RAVE
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Montana neighbor : ALBERTA
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Decorated walls : PAPERED
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Labor gp. : ILA
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Take it with ___ of salt : AGRAIN
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Recommendation, in a way : REFERRAL
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Stock-market activity : CROSSTRADE
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Peace Nobelist: 1984 : TUTU
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Game linked to lotto : KENO
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Ruth specialty : HOMER
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Rose's attribute : ODOR
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Espied : SEEN
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Swiss town : STANS
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Lothian uncle : EME
Down
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Pres. Bush title : CINC
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One of Esau's wives : ADAH
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Sub ___ (clandestine) : ROSA
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Functioning : ACTIVE
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Mmes., in Madrid : SRAS
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Account : TALE
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Lithography equipment : INK
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Wholesale buyer, usually : RETAILER
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Refuse advice : TURNADEAFEARTO
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Petitioner : ASKER
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Famous Dodger : REESE
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Romeo and Juliet get-together : TRYST
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Pay heed : LISTENTOREASON
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Of a sepulchral object : URNAL
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Shredded : TORE
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Israeli mountaintop fortress : MASADA
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Skillful : APT
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Hideaway : LAIR
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Prong : TINE
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Uttered in a monotone : DRONED
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Ending for ethyl : ENE
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Carbonize : CHAR
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Core of rapport : TACT
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Musical intervals : SEVENTHS
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Actress Arthur : BEA
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Slayer of Achilles : PARIS
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Competent : ABLE
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Three-time losers : LIFERS
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Prepares to move : PACKS
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Be in harmony : AGREE
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Recumbent : PRONE
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Kingly name in Thailand : RAMA
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A London protagonist : EDEN
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Unmannered : RUDE
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Molecular unit : ATOM
54
Device for Walton : LURE
56
Balderdash : ROT

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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