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TIC-TAC-TOE

New York Times, Sunday, August 9, 1992

Author:
S. E. Booker
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 144, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 4.96, Missing: { Q }
Open Squares: 107, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 10, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
S. E. Booker has 2 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1992, The New York TimesNo. 15,615
Across
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Chap trap : VAMP
5
___-Coeur, basilica in Paris : SACRE
10
Mr. Frost : JACK
14
Magazine contents : AMMO
18
Fragrant wood : CEDAR
19
More competent : ABLER
20
"To Live and Die ___," 1985 film : INLA
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Secret retreat : LAIR
22
"___ Till Somebody Loves You" : YOURENOBODY
24
Queue cue : NEXT
25
Birthplace of Ceres : ENNA
26
Take off : REMOVE
27
Pitch in : AID
28
Buffalo Bob Smith's co-star : HOWDYDOODY
30
Nile reptile : ASP
31
Begum's spouse : AGA
33
For nothing : FREE
35
Actress Gilbert : SARA
36
They, in Lyon : ILS
37
V.I.P.'s : EXECS
38
Separate differing ingredients : UNMIX
42
Vapid verbiage : GOBBLEDYGOOK
47
Jordan feat : SLAMDUNK
50
Stagger : REEL
51
"City of Victory" : CAIRO
52
Way out : EXIT
53
Kett of the comics : ETTA
54
Bear in the air : URSA
55
Ilk : TYPE
56
In a stubborn way : CONTRARILY
58
Special editions : EXTRAS
60
First king of the English : EGBERT
63
Deutsch one : EIN
64
Hard-luck case : LOSER
65
Zealot : DIEHARD
67
Cosmic principle : KARMA
72
Doctrine : ISM
75
Surgical instrument : XYSTER
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Attacked : CAMEAT
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Not essential : EXTRANEOUS
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With 118 Across, famous name in spydom : MATA
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Woes : ILLS
85
Summit : APEX
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"The Haj" author : URIS
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Father : BEGET
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Archibald of N.B.A. fame : NATE
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Maddens : DERANGES
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Beaut : LALLAPALOOZA
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Slyly derisive : SNIDE
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Asian peninsula : MALAY
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Marshall Plan agcy. : ECA
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Cab : TAXI
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Fleming of "Rawhide" : ERIC
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Second tel. line : EXT
102
___-C.I.O. : AFL
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Like virgin territory : UNEXPLORED
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Large New Zealand parrot : KEA
112
Tot's spot : MEASLE
114
Will of "The Waltons" : GEER
115
"Les Bergeries" author : ANET
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George Burns sequel: 1980 : OHGODBOOKII
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See 82 Across : HARI
119
Dog in a Barrie play : NANA
120
Fired up : EAGER
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Former queen of Italy : ELENA
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River of Hades : STYX
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Recolors : DYES
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Mode : STYLE
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Spanish muralist : SERT
Down
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Irks : VEXES
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"What ___!": Bette Davis line : ADUMP
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"Das Kapital" author : MARX
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Reign : PREVAIL
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Little big horn : SAX
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Israel's Eban : ABBA
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Cato's 161 : CLXI
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He played Fred Sanford : REDDFOXX
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Trick ending : ERY
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Brings bad luck to : JINXES
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Once more : ANEW
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Loam lumps : CLODS
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Trevanian's "The Summer of ___" : KATYA
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Brandy cocktail : ALEXANDER
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Tailless cat : MANX
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Look after : MIND
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Describing Superman's vision : XRAY
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Author McFadden : CYRA
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Disregards : NEGLECTS
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Darn kin : HECK
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Snare, for one : DRUM
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As plain ___ : ASDAY
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Reed or Harrison : REX
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Flagrant : EGREGIOUS
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Philadelphia Orchestra conductor : MUTI
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Worldwide: Abbr. : INTL
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Approve : OKAY
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Cooked cereal : GRUEL
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Copy, in a way : XEROX
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Defeats : BESTS
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Sound loudly : BLARE
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Cried out sharply : YIPED
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Junior : SON
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Low-cal word : LITE
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Longfellow town : ATRI
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Very : EXTREMELY
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Auto attachment : CRAT
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"Diana" singer : ANKA
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Singular performance : ARIA
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Ottoman governors : BEYS
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Expressions of inquiry : EHS
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" . . . ___ greater length of chain": Goldsmith : DRAGA
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" . . . whether I am ___ or a Sphinx": Dickens : AMINX
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Hang loose : RELAX
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"Psycho-Cybernetics" author : MALTZ
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Bewildered : ATSEA
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Comfy : SNUG
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Slight : MERE
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Underground vault : CATACOMB
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St. Louis span : EADS
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Ajar : OPEN
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Actress Copley : TERI
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Hope-Crosby movie: 1947 : ROADTORIO
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Letters from Greece : XIS
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Cheyenne's home : TEPEE
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Villain, in oaters : BLACKHAT
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Lowest high tide : NEAP
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Fat : LARD
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Clay, now : ALI
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Certain paints : LATEXES
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"Let's ___ little as we can": Shak. : MEETAS
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Chan portrayer : OLAND
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Slangy negative : IXNAY
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Inquisitive one : ASKER
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Fire starter : FLINT
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Organa of "Star Wars" : LEIA
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Cries of repugnance : UGHS
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Straight up : NEAT
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Uncanny : EERY
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Lacoste of tennis : RENE
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Like custard : EGGY
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Katarina Witt feat : AXEL
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Car bar : AXLE
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Ballot marks : XES
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One of the rappers : DRE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 8 debuted here and reused later, 9 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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