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BRIEF ENCOUNTER

New York Times, Sunday, September 25, 1988

Author:
Betty Jorgensen
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 86, Avg Word Len: 5.27, Missing: { Q X }, Scrabble score: 689 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 144, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 11, XRef: 2, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
Betty Jorgensen has 69 pre-Shortz puzzles and 8 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 14,201
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Town SW of Padua : ESTE
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Scrub : CLEAN
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Moroccan capital : RABAT
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Hangars : SHEDS
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Square columns : ANTAE
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Creator of Truthful James : HARTE
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___ Levant, French island : ILEDU
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Divided country : KOREA
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WHAT HE WAS DOING : STROLLINGTHROUGHTHEPARK
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Three: Prefix : TRI
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San ___, W. R. Hearst's castle : SIMEON
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Sopranos Calvé and Eames : EMMAS
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Items thrown by Eris : APPLES
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Carry on : RAVE
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"___ we forget . . . " : LEST
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Crisp topping : CRUST
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Ritual : RITE
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Kind of market : OPENAIR
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Lament : MOAN
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An act of suppression : ELIDING
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WHAT HE SAW : DREAMWALKING
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Shamus : TEC
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Stag's mate : DOE
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Railroad stations : DEPOTS
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Home on a tor : AERIE
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"Singing Cowboy" of movies : AUTRY
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Bridle part : REIN
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H. Clay, to A. Jackson : ENEMY
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Italian city on the Po : TURIN
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Dispatch boat : AVISO
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Desist : CEASE
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Mère's man : PERE
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U.S. voters since 1920 : WOMEN
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Haze-smoke mixture : SMAZE
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Pastors' homes : MANSES
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___ shrew : ERD
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Wagnerian earth goddess : ERDA
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Basso Italo ___ : TAJO
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Filly's father : SIRE
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WHAT HE ASKED : WOULDYOULIKETOTAKEAWALK
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Fixes the squeaks : OILS
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Nine: Comb. form : ENNE
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Dark-suit nemesis : LINT
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Me, to Miss Piggy : MOI
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"Oft in the ___ Night": T. Moore : STILLY
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Plied with potions : DOSED
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With 76 Down, Dino's big hit : THATS
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Part of h.c.l. : COST
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Entire : WHOLE
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Small nightclub : BOITE
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Emblem on a Greek flag : CROSS
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Street show : RAREE
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Nose-bag contents : OATS
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Liquidated Russian: 1953 : BERIA
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Prepare oysters : SHUCK
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Apt. managers : SUPERS
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Kind of virus : RNA
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Forbid : BAN
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WHAT SHE REPLIED : ILLWALKALONE
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Ancestry : DESCENT
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Unsubstantial : AIRY
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Bloch symphony : AMERICA
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Seraglio rooms : ODAS
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Opium source : POPPY
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Great: Comb. form : MEGA
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European tree : SORB
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Like some idols : FALLEN
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Bridal path : AISLE
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Cleanse the throat : GARGLE
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Bonaparte's marshal : NEY
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WHAT HE SIGHED : IMALWAYSCHASINGRAINBOWS
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Lustrous fiber : RAMIE
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A.L. home-run leader: 1944 : ETTEN
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Landed estate : MANOR
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Units of force : DYNES
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Ancient chariot : ESSED
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"Sing ___ songs for me": C. Rossetti : NOSAD
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Oscar, e.g. : AWARD
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Germ : SEED
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Try hard : STRIVE
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Chinese truth : TAO
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They're often smoked : EELS
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Impossible fancy : CHIMERA
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Bowling alleys : LANES
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Rye disease : ERGOT
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Abbr. on an envelope : ATTN
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O.T. book : NEH
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Equatorial Guinea's Mbini, formerly : RIOMUNI
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Grads : ALUMS
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Procreated, biblical style : BEGAT
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Sticky substances: Abbr. : ADHS
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Famed mummy : TUT
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Doubting Thomas : SKEPTIC
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Emulated Bugs Bunny : HOPPED
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Of an epoch : ERAL
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Streeter's "___ Mable" : DERE
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He directed "The Odd Couple" : SAKS
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One of the Reds' rivals : ASTRO
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Easter blossoms : LILIES
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Pile up the leaves again : RERAKE
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"Hotel" author : HAILEY
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Cover with a rounded roof : ENDOME
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Bobwhite : COLIN
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Kind of rocket : RETRO
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Bohemian : ARTY
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Calif. county : MARIN
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Notions : IDEAS
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Racket : NOISE
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Hereditary factors : GENES
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Member of a Kenyan secret society : MAUMAU
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"The Way We ___," Streisand movie : WERE
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Member of largest Indian group in U.S. : NAVAJO
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French Prime Minister: 1847-48 : GUIZOT
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Chauncey from N.Y.: 1834-1928 : DEPEW
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January, in Avila : ENERO
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Hidden : PERDU
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Half an African fly : TSE
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Continue a subscription : RENEW
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Commotions : TODOS
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One of a Latin I trio : AMAT
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Jeweler's weight unit : CARAT
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In a distorted way : WRYLY
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Charger : STEED
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Bearings : MIENS
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Caesar's early post : EDILE
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Vaudeville acts : SKITS
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Lazes : LOLLS
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Pope: 795-816 : LEOIII
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Put in place (second spelling) : INSTAL
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Kind of brace or bend : KNEE
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"Seward's Folly" : ALASKA
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See 87 Across : AMORE
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Also-ran : LOSER
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Buzzards' cousins : KITES
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Side arm : SWORD
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Macbeth's earned title : THANE
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Tiny amounts : IOTAS
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June bug : DOR
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For real : TRULY
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Pawn : HOCK
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Pranks : CAPERS
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Inclinations : BENTS
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Circumspect : CHARY
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Mystical poem : RUNE
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Potassium supplier : BANANA
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Heists : SWIPES
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An East African : SOMALI
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Covered with morning moisture : BEDEWED
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Region of N Europe : LAPLAND
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Ten o'clock scholar, e.g. : LAGGARD
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A sheep dog : COLLIE
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Liquid used in perfumery : IONONE
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Worked on a ship : CREWED
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Chasm : ABYSS
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Ancient people of Great Britain : PICTS
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Tessie ___, music-hall star : OSHEA
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___ Carta : MAGNA
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Mistake : ERROR
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Discharge : FIRE
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Japanese female divers : AMAS
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Mobsters' exits : LAMS
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Concerning : ASTO
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Bite like beavers : GNAW
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Finishes : ENDS
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Longing : YEN
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One of the Hoggs : IMA
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One of twins at farewell : BYE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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