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New York Times, Saturday, July 31, 1993

Author:
Tap Osborn
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.25, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 299 (avg 1.58)
Open Squares: 77, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
Tap Osborn has 111 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1993, The New York TimesNo. 15,971
Across
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Do a postal job : SORT
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Shea decision : SAFE
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Sausage : WURST
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Rood anagram : ODOR
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Cigar, to George Burns : PROP
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Snail anagram : ANILS
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Start of a four-line verse : WEHADACRAZYCOOK
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Play called by Montana : REVERSE
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Washes out : ELUTES
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Endings for talk and pant : IES
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Box : SPAR
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Second line of verse : BYNAMEOFPHYLLIS
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Debacle : ROUT
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Modeling materials : CLAYS
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"___ Wednesday," 1966 film : ANY
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Nimbus : AURA
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Belle or Bart : STARR
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Rack's partner : RUIN
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City ways, briefly : STS
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"The Wreck of the Mary ___" : DEARE
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Therefore : ERGO
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Third line of verse : SHESERVEDUSFOOD
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Fit to ___ : ATEE
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Winter resort in SW France : PAU
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Bridge players' rule of ___ : ELEVEN
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Decode improperly : MISREAD
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Last line of verse : DEVISEDTOKILLUS
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Track-meet contest : EVENT
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Fire: Comb. form : IGNI
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Facility : EASE
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Diamond holders, sometimes : RINGS
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Soup vegetables : PEAS
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Newsman Pearson : DREW
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Boar's mate : SOW
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Neisse joiner : ODER
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Architect Mies van der ___ : ROHE
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"La ___," Verdi opera : TRAVIATA
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Few and far between : SPARSE
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Curvatures : ARCS
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Arm or leg preceder : FORE
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Clean-air agcy. : EPA
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Ambushes : WAYLAYS
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Go straight? : UNCURL
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Wild scene : RIOT
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Blackthorn : SLOE
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Sounds of remonstrance : TSKS
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Judge : DEEM
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Gentle breeze : ZEPHYR
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Was frugal : SPARED
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Effrontery : BRASS
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Stripling : YOUTH
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Clinton's mother was one : NURSE
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Eight-line stanza : OCTAVE
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Outburst : FLARE
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Achille ___, hijacked ship : LAURO
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Architect Jones : INIGO
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Ecclesiastical council : SYNOD
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Placid : SERENE
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Got more gas : REFUELED
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Can't stand : DETESTS
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Kind of grace : SAVING
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Lifts for those who slalom : UPSKIS
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Hindu woman's garment : SARI
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Fulda feeder : EDER
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A tribe of Israel : LEVI
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Roulette bet : EVEN
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Budget item: Abbr. : MTGE
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New Rochelle, N.Y., college : IONA
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Banned apple spray : ALAR
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Actress Eleonora : DUSE
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Brief swim : DIP
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Fasten, in a way : SEW

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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