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OOH, THAT BANANA PEEL!

New York Times, Sunday, September 22, 1991

Author:
Lawrence M. Rheingold
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 110, Avg Word Len: 4.99, Missing: { Q X }, Scrabble score: 642 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 110, Cheaters: 26, FITB: 8, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Lawrence M. Rheingold has 4 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
Jim Horne notes:

The stepquote reads, "The step is short from the sublime to the ridiculous."

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© 1991, The New York TimesNo. 15,293
Across
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Start of a Stepquote : THES
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U.K. air arm : RAF
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Agcy. dealing with nutrition, etc. : FDA
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Clayey soil : MARL
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Plant of the lily family : HOSTA
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Styptic : ALUM
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Alpine snowfield : FIRN
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Anaglyph : CAMEO
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The ___ Lewis Trio : RAMSEY
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Composer Rota : NINO
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Jejune : ARID
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Members of an I.R.A. wing : PROVOS
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A Woody work: 1973 : SLEEPER
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Pother : ADO
29
TV sales pitch : CML
30
Tear, to Tacitus : LACRIMA
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"Aïda" composer : VERDI
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By its very nature : ESSENTIALLY
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Singer Reddy : HELEN
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Phone's dial letters at "7" : PRS
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Blind cetacean : SUSU
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Reverie : DREAM
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Littoral flier : ERNE
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Actor Byrnes : EDD
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Stepquote: Part III : SHORT
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Otiose : IDLE
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Townsmen : CITS
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Partly open : AJAR
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Certain topsails : RAFFES
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Grab : SNATCH
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Hence : ERGO
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"The Way We ___" : WERE
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Bagpiper : SKIRLER
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Due follower : TRE
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Hen's pen : COOP
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Whinny : NEIGH
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Bruited : NOISED
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Tails : DRESSCOAT
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Shining examples : PARADIGMS
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Nigerian native : ARO
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Least messy : NEATEST
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"___ go bragh" : ERIN
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Stepquote: Part V : THESUBL
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Nil, in Nîmes : RIEN
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Stephen and Phil : FOSTERS
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Latin trio starter : AMO
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Another by 31 Across : RIGOLETTO
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City-bus route : CROSSTOWN
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Feral : UNTAME
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Kind of seal : PRIVY
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Smog or fog : HAZE
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Objective : AIM
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Morman missionary elder : SEVENTY
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___ fixe : IDEE
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Witnessed : EYED
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___ fatales : FEMMES
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Fastens anew : RETIES
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Ten mills : CENT
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Core of a canine : PULP
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Regan's father : LEAR
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Stepquote: Part VII : OTHER
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He may be good or bad : EGG
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"Dies ___" : IRAE
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Fragrant rootstock : ORRIS
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Air: Comb. form : AERI
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Jazz session : GIG
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Indo-European : ARYAN
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Unlike the distant future : PREDICTABLE
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Moon goddess : DIANA
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Drags one's feet : TARRIES
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Lingerie item : BRA
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Corrida cry : OLE
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Limited : STINTED
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Penumbra : SHADOW
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Gist : MEAT
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Part : ROLE
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Steels, in Savoie : ACIERS
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Expiate : ATONE
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Weapon, to Ney : ARME
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It's surrounded by glair : YOLK
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Bandleader from Barcelona : CUGAT
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Seas, to Simone : MERS
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Airport stat. : ETA
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Society-page word : NEE
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End of Stepquote : LOUS
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Old German coin : THALER
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Aaron's feats : HOMERS
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Gaul's chariot : ESSED
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Stepquote: Part II : STEPISS
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Skedaddled : RAN
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A k a : ALIAS
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Provided capital : FUNDED
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Heavens : FIRMAMENT
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Exercise for a dentist? : DRILL
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Additionally : AND
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Sousa products : MARCHES
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Juliet's emotion : AMORE
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Assail verbally : REVILE
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Appeared, as in a fog : LOOMED
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Affirmative : AYE
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Twilight times : MOONRISES
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Salon offerings : FACIALS
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Audit maker : CPA
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Invitation letters : RSVP
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Fortitude : SAND
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Drench anew : RESOAK
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Songlike : LYRIC
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Shore sport : SURFING
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Strew hay : TED
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Sermonizer's desk : LECTERN
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Ultra high resistances: Abbr. : UHRS
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Extreme : NTH
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Stepquote: Part IV : TFROMT
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Barley beard : AWN
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Army vehicle : JEEP
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Oratorio part : ARIA
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Backslid : REGRESSED
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Hebrew prophet : ELISHA
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Suffix with tank : ARD
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Oddball : ECCENTRIC
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Euros, for short : ROOS
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Ibex or markhor : GOAT
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Make a choice : OPT
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Uses logic : REASONS
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Stags : HARTS
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Actress Joanne : DRU
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Saarinen : EERO
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Lateen, e.g. : SAIL
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Macerate : STEEP
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Regimen : DIET
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Geisha's case : INRO
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"___ new world": Shak. : OBRAVE
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Cassowary's kin : EMU
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Stepquote: Part VI : LIMETO
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Contention : FRAY
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Sludge : OOZE
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Handyman : SWAMPER
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Of reproduction : GENITAL
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Flood or spring : TIDE
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Chef's need : OVEN
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Fidel's pal : CHE
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Counters game : NIM
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Guam, to U.S. : TERRITORY
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However : YET
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Extravagantly theatrical play : MELODRAMA
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Snickers : TEHEES
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Flanders river : YSER
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Nutria or marten : FUR
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Venomous-snake genus : ELAPS
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Arranged in rows : SERIATE
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Shackles : PINIONS
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Hyperbola : ARC
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Stepquote: Part VIII : RIDICUL
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Ingests : EATS
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Author of the Stepquote : GRAHAM
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Turn : GYRATE
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Carry Nation target : SALOON
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Fancy cake : GATEAU
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Noncombustible gases : INERTS
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Traipses : GADS
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Passion : ARDOR
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German President: 1919-25 : EBERT
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Prom queen : BELLE
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Architect Jones : INIGO
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Ram's dam : EWE
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U.S.A.F. body : TAC
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Ginnie or Fannie ___ : MAE
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Skimp, with "out" : EKE

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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