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Mel Taub
Mel Taub

New York Times, Thursday, August 19, 1993

Author:
Mel Taub
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.25, Missing: { F J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 312 (avg 1.65)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 7, XRef: 3, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
Mel Taub has 44 known pre-Shortz puzzles, and 10 Modern Era crosswords in our database.
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© 1993, The New York TimesNo. 15,990
Across
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This (girl), to Brutus : HAEC
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Lifts for kanonen : TBARS
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Razorback, e.g. : HOG
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Young state : UTAH
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N.Y.S.E. acronym : ALCOA
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Four-star : AONE
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Bill, once : GOVERNORCLINTON
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Déjeuner dish : OMELETTE
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"___ Fair," 1933 song : ITISNT
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Canonized Fr. women : STES
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Impish one : SCAMP
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Billers' companions? : COOERS
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Barbara's successor : HILLARY
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Yea ___ (voter's choice) : ORNAY
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Inaugural ball, e.g. : GALA
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Flaccid : LIMP
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Ran into : MET
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Status of 16 Across's mother at his birth : WIDOW
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Sgt. or cpl. : NCO
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Scrooge-like utterances : BAHS
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U.S. composer Charles ___ : IVES
38
"Pomp and Circumstance" composer : ELGAR
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Does cryptography : DECODES
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Élève's milieu : CLASSE
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Grass cutter : MOWER
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"___ There Eyes," 1930 tune : THEM
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Renée of the silent screen : ADOREE
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Scene of destruction : SHAMBLES
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Presidential address : PENNSYLVANIAAVE
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Pamplona rahs : OLES
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Program listing : EVENT
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Set at a slant : SKEW
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Algerian ruler of yore : DEY
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Insignificant : DINKY
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V.P.'s home state : TENN
Down
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Quasimodo's creator : HUGO
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Speck : ATOM
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Projecting edge : EAVE
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Socks tender : CHELSEA
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Spouses of oncles : TANTES
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Moral flaws : BLOTS
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Area equaling 43,560 square feet : ACRE
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Elephant-eating bird of folklore : ROC
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Frankish legal code : SALICLAW
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Where 16 Across was reared : HOTSPRINGS
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"___ you noblest English!": Shak. : ONON
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Courteous chap : GENT
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Vegetable companion : ANIMAL
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Put before a new jury : RETRY
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Type abbr. : ITAL
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Missile sites : SILOS
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Grooming aid : COMB
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Mountain nymph : OREAD
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Where deficit reducers focus? : ONTHEMONEY
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Where the Acheron flowed : HADES
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Certain residences, initially : YMCAS
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Donor : GIVER
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Study steadily : PORE
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Amazed; naïve : WIDEEYED
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Shows disdain : SCORNS
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Fragrant resin : ELEMI
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Beat; censure : LAMBAST
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Has a credit-card balance : OWES
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Sea song : CHANTY
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Acknowledge appreciatively : THANK
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Like two peas in ___ : APOD
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Remove an erratum : DELE
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___ Hedin, Gobi explorer : SVEN
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Success, e.g. : LAKE
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Tied : EVEN
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Stitched : SEWN
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Age of 16 Across on Aug. 19 in MMII : LVI

Answer summary:
3 unique to this puzzle, 2 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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