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New York Times, Sunday, September 11, 1949

87-Down : So dies Desdemona.

Author:
Thomas Meekin
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.41, Missing: { Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 643 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 147, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 13, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 49
Thomas Meekin has 202 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original 63-Down clue had "Tono Bungay"; added hyphen.

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© 1949, The New York TimesNo. 396
Across
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Author of "Hedda Gabler." : IBSEN
6
Cyrano's creator. : ROSTAND
13
Helices. : SPIRALS
20
Exasperate. : ENRAGE
21
Title of O'Neill's Brutus Jones. : EMPEROR
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Wife of Orpheus. : EURYDICE
24
Describes Ebenezer Scrooge. : STINGY
25
Bent. : PRONATE
26
Part of a diary. : CREAMERY
27
Henry James' "Washington Square" has four. : SIDES
28
Author of "Endymion." : KEATS
29
Hop kilns. : OASTS
31
Scene of Sutton Vane's "Outward Bound." : LINER
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Irish mythological heroine. : EMER
33
Wife of Jacob. : LEAH
34
Laborious. : ARDUOUS
36
Evergreen tree. : TAWA
37
Hoss. : NAG
38
About the castle of Zenda. : MOAT
39
She attains Paradise in "Lalla Rookh." : PERI
41
One theme of Ibsen's "Ghosts." : DRINK
43
River in Belgium. : LYS
44
Poe's William Wilson was one. : ETONIAN
46
Triangular. : DELTOID
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Chinese ring. : TONG
50
Sitting. : SEDENT
51
She wrote "Miss Lulu Bett." : GALE
52
Employs. : USES
54
Author of "Romany Rye." : BORROW
58
Hercules' build. : ATHLETIC
60
What "S. S. San Pedro" does. : SINKS
62
Headdress. : TIARA
63
"The Second Mrs. Tanqueray." : PAULA
66
Decrees. : ENACTS
68
Offshoots. : SLIPS
70
Part of Crusoe's raft. : SPAR
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Denounce. : ABNEGATE
73
River islets. : AITS
75
"Stover at ___."—Owen Johnson. : YALE
76
___ Eulenspiegel. : TILL
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Addison's Mr. Softly in "The Tatler." : NED
78
Silkworm. : ERIA
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Course of Frankenstein's flight. : NORTH
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A mild Red. : PINK
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"___ Fligende Deutcher." : DIE
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Sigh for Yorick. : ALAS
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Monarch in Volsunga Saga. : ATLI
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Helmer's wife. : NORA
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Huge viol. : OCTOBASS
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Author of "Origines." : CATO
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"The Young ___." : LIONS
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"The Big ___." : PARADE
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Talks noisily. : RANTS
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So walks Puss in Boots. : ERECT
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Anne Brontë's "___ Grey." : AGNES
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Set. : IMBEDDED
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Applicable to Ophelia. : ADDLED
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In days of ___. : YORE
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Jack: Cribbage. : NOBS
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Rip's attire is. : RAGGED
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Esau. : EDOM
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Heels over. : CAREENS
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Wedge-shaped. : CUNEATE
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41.48 gal. units: Sweden. : AMS
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She wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin." : STOWE
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Actor Cooper. : GARY
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Works of Paddy the Beaver. : DAMS
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Dagwood's synonym. : SAP
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"Strait Is the ___."—Andre Gide. : GATE
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David's part in Goliath's fall. : SLINGER
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"Lovely ___ of Inverness."—Burns. : LASS
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Philippine tree. : BOGO
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Vulture. : AREND
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Within: Comb. form. : INTRA
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Dickens' Oliver. : TWIST
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Becomes lighter. : PALES
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Striped. : STREAKED
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Lorry's friend in "Graustark." : ANGUISH
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Withdraw. : RETIRE
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"H. M. S. ___." : PINAFORE
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Frighten. : STARTLE
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Expiated. : ATONED
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Cuddled up. : NESTLED
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Ancient Greek wine-cooler. : PSYKTER
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Fielding's Tom. : JONES
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Style of Boswell's "Johnson." : INTIMATE
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Hymen. : BRIDEGOD
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More lucid. : SANER
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Humpty Dumpty's kind. : EGGS
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"The bravest of the brave." : NEY
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Reiterate. : REPEAT
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Mohammedan lord. : OMRAH
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Damned by Lady Macbeth. : SPOT
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Playing cards. : TENS
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The Altar. : ARA
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Adjective for Moll Flanders. : NOTORIOUS
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Evoked in Nancy by Bill Sykes. : DREAD
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Zone of action. : SECTOR
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Eluded by Eliza. : PURSUIT
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Choler. : IRE
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Rose noble. : RYAL
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Receive. : ADMIT
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Splenic. : LIENAL
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Pixilated. : SCREWY
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Characters in Moore's "The Brook Kerith." : ESSENES
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Wildcats. : EYRAS
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Edmund ___, actor, 1787-1833. : KEAN
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So tapped Poe's Raven. : SUDDENLY
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Reluctant. : LOATH
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Ruskin's study. : ART
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Describes B. F.'s daughter. : SNOB
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Coinage. : MINTAGE
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Hotel in "Sorrell and Son." : PELICAN
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Choice. : ELECTION
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Tied by Gordius. : KNOT
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English divine, author (1818-66). : NEALE
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Recorded in Pepys' diary. : DATA
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Wife of Osiris. : ISIS
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Ground in "The Mill on the Floss." : GRIST
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Darwin's study. : GENEALOGY
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Legendary shadow-footed people. : SKIAPODES
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Virginian river. : RAPIDAN
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Follower of a certain method of teaching. : ORALIST
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Peaceful. : WARLESS
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Jonathan Wild's wife. : LETITIA
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Joined. : SPLICED
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Claimed for "Tono-Bungay." : PANACEA
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French scholar and theologian (1079-1142). : ABELARD
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Not timed. : UNDATED
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Sharpener. : STROP
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Forwarded. : SENT
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Russian sea. : ARAL
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Colander. : STRAINER
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Melody. : HARMONY
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Chosen people. : KOREANS
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Part of base of a statue. : SOCLE
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So dies Desdemona. : INNOCENT
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"The Red ___ of Courage." : BADGE
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Blood fluids. : SERA
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Yarns for warps. : ABBS
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Spreads grass. : TEDS
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Quirt's equals in "What Price Glory." : SERGEANTS
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Novel by James Boyd. : DRUMS
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Esses in SOS. : DOTS
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Fuel. : GASOLINE
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Cabinets. : ETAGERES
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Fate of Napoleon III. : DEPOSED
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Author of "L'Ecole des Femmes." : MOLIERE
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Bitten in "Cavalleria Rusticana." : EAR
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Actors of a play. : CAST
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Panting. : AGASP
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One of Dickens' Chuzzlewits. : MARTIN
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Creator of Tristram Shandy. : STERNE
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Blown. : WINDED
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Prancer's mate. : DASHER
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Virgilian hero. : ENEAS
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Clutch. : GRASP
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Kind of thread. : LISLE
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D'Artagnan's reward. : BATON
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Applicable to Barnaby Rudge. : DAFT
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Osmanli. : TURK
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De___ Clinton. : WITT
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Character in 2 Henry IV. : PETO
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Bengal hillman. : KOL
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Joyous. : GAY
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Reign: India. : RAJ

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 42 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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