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New York Times, Tuesday, August 13, 1991

52-Across : Downward plunge

Author:
Betty Hinman
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.79, Missing: { F Q X }, Scrabble score: 302 (avg 1.61)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
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© 1991, The New York TimesNo. 15,253
Across
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Alliance acronym : NATO
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Moist : DAMP
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Fast fliers : SSTS
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Q.E.D. segment : ERAT
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Buckeye State : OHIO
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___-de-mer (sea cucumber) : BECHE
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Exactly : ONTHENOSE
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The clear sky : ETHER
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Bouquets : NOSEGAYS
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Hags : CRONES
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Nonsense : ROT
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"In hoc ___ vinces" : SIGNO
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Author Wallace : LEW
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Thousand ___ (summer resorts) : ISLANDS
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Aries, Leo et al.: Abbr. : ZOD
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Etchers' needs : ACIDS
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"I cannot tell ___" : ALIE
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Ivan or Nicholas : CZAR
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He painted "Haystack at Giverny" : MONET
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Kennel sound : YAP
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Discoverer of Orion's fifth star : HOOKE
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German river : ELBE
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___ de vivre : JOIE
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Christmastides : YULES
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Juan Carlos I is one : REY
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Ranchers' event : ROUNDUP
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Suburb of Liège : ANS
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"Halt, you tars!" : AVAST
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___ Trang, Vietnamese port : NHA
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Akin : AGNATE
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Downward plunge : NOSEDIVE
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Actor Jeremy : IRONS
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Strait-laced ones : BLUENOSES
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Type of night club : DISCO
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Female bear, in Bologna : ORSA
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Image on a radar screen : BLIP
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Widgeon : SMEE
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Prime for a crime : ABET
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Start of a counting-out refrain : EENY
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Main St. light : NEON
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Late satirical cartoonist : ARNO
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Makes lace : TATS
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Alternate : OTHER
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Kin of Mr. Chips's portrayer : DONATS
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"Ship ___!" : AHOY
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Lass : MISS
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He wrote "The Raven" : POE
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Mother ___, U.S. saint : SETON
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Durante nickname : SCHNOZZOLA
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Quaker pronoun : THEE
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Sun. orations : SERS
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Arctic scenery : BERGS
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Believer in selfhood : EGOIST
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Slayer: Comb. form : CIDE
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Shot from ambush : SNIPED
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Debussy work : LAMER
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Paris school : ECOLE
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Beat, but barely : WINBYANOSE
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Plan : LAYOUT
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Actor Delon : ALAIN
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"The Old ___ Bucket" : OAKEN
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Woman's garment : DRESS
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Actor Billy ___ Williams : DEE
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Neck, in Nice : COU
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Kin of a dash : HYPHEN
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Tenor Carreras : JOSE
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Hoffman role in "Midnight Cowboy" : RATSO
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Oust a senator : UNSEAT
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Detective Philo : VANCE
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Baked-clay structure : ADOBE
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Assists : AIDS
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Harsh : GRIM
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Org. for workers' rights : NLRB
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A river at York : OUSE
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Offshore sight : ISLE
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Blood vessel : VEIN
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Notice : ESPY
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Feathery stole : BOA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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