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DIABOLICAL DEFINITIONS

New York Times, Sunday, September 28, 1986

Author:
D. Jones
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 86, Avg Word Len: 5.21, Missing: { X Z }, Scrabble score: 641 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 140, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 5, XRef: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9
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© 1986, The New York TimesNo. 13,473
Across
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Noah's eldest : SHEM
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Reynolds and Bacharach : BURTS
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Deride : SCOFF
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Secured by oblique nailing : TOED
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Byron work : LARA
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"Every man will be ___ . . . ": Thoreau : APOET
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Kitchen device : PARER
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Thrifty one : SAVER
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Org. : ASSN
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Magazine : STORE
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A dryad : ERATO
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Introductory text : PRIMER
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Start of a definition of 66 Down : THEACTOFREPEATING
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Wrap : STOLE
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Captured, to Cowper : TAEN
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Mimic : APE
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Proven : TESTED
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Experts : ACES
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What some maids watch : METERS
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" . . . Mahagonny" is one : OPERA
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Asian capital : HANOI
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Squeal : RAT
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Cinereous : ASHEN
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Grating : GRID
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Archetype : MODEL
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Broadway musical: 1972 : GREASE
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Imperial : CAESARIAN
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Ski lifts : TBARS
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Illegal voter : FLOATER
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Paul Newman role: 1963 : HUD
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Freshwater duck : TEAL
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Borgnine role : MARTY
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Timorous : FAINT
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Lake Geneva spa : EVIAN
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Where a Venus was found: 1820 : MELOS
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Sneezer's need, for short : HANKY
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Geom. term : QEF
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Deliverer : SAVIOR
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Code words for k's : KILOS
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Forty all : DEUCE
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Ponder : MUSE
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Lily's relative : ONION
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Definition: Part II : ERRONEOUSLY
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Sacred pictures : ICONS
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Lie at ease : LOLL
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Peregrine : ALIEN
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French naval station : BREST
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Hits hard : SMITES
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Fr. rebels in the 60's : OAS
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Glens : DELLS
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Passageway : AISLE
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Shinbone : TIBIA
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Marine polyp : CORAL
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TV backdrops : OLEOS
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Carson predecessor : PAAR
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Singing syllable : TRA
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Nightwear : PAJAMAS
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Hear (of) : LEARN
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Public disorder : COMMOTION
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Foo yong, e.g. : OMELET
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Corpsman, for short : MEDIC
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Normal resiliency : TONE
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Mortar : GROUT
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Kareem, formerly : LEW
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Coup ___ : DETAT
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Corundum : EMERY
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Inclines : SLANTS
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Angers : IRES
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Artificial fly : DOCTOR
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Orphan Annie's Oriental friend : ASP
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Secular : LAIC
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Mah-jongg counters : TILES
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End of definition : THEWORDSOFANOTHER
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Small pastry : ECLAIR
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Optometric comb. form : IRIDO
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Expunge : ERASE
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Othello's ensign : IAGO
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Vulcan's chimney : AETNA
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Spanish baby boys : NENES
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Ball-bearing grooves : RACES
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Mouthward : ORAD
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Ruin : DOOM
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City in SE Greece : ARGOS
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Vigilant : ALERT
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Hue, also called boa : NILE
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Spline : SLAT
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Mixture : HASH
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Old tongue : ERSE
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Dugongs' cousins : MANATEES
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Sews loosely : BASTES
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Civil War general : UPTON
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Gambrel, e.g. : ROOF
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Freshwater turtle : TERRAPIN
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Saturated : STEEPED
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German admiral: 1861–1914 : SPEE
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Brilliant unit : CARAT
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Emulate Crassus : ORATE
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Objects of irrational devotion : FETISHES
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Altar covering : FRONTAL
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Recipe meas. : TSP
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Rows : OARS
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Broadway hit: 1979 : EVITA
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Light farm wagon : DEMOCRAT
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Free : RELEASE
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One at ease : RESTER
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Deep red : CARNATION
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Through : PER
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O.T. book : GEN
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Resembling a Basenji or Briard : DOGLIKE
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Austrian physicist: 1838–1916 : MACH
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A son-in-law of Elon : ESAU
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"___ Dictionary," source of definition : THEDEVILS
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Nuncupative : ORAL
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Author of 41 Down : AMBROSEBIERCE
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Ferric : IRONY
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Heart cherry : GIAN
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Food staple : OATS
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Anhydrous : DRY
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Fall to : EAT
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Nurture : REAR
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Ogee molding : TALON
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Whigmaleerie : FANCY
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Stockholder's bonanza : MELON
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Imperfection : FAULT
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Stringed instrument : VIOL
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Embogs : MIRES
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West German state : HESSE
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See 29 Across : QUOTATION
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Homager's relative : ESNE
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Heraldic bar : FESS
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"Star Wars" captain : SOLO
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Puzzlers' favorite ox : ANOA
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Food for whales : KRILL
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Sworded affairs? : DUELS
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Year in the papacy of Paschal II : MCII
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Athenians' homeland : ELLAS
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Bean from Vt. : ORSON
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Confused misunderstanding : IMBROGLIO
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Charged with gas : AERATED
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Thailand, once : SIAM
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Cupolated : DOMED
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Turkish regiment : ALAI
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Docile : TAME
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Golfer Peete : CAL
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Ref. book : OED
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Tiny chorine : PONY
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Gouge out : ROUT
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Some of the hymenopterans : ANTS
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Refined : POLITE
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Ernest Bloch symphony : AMERICA
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Set with stones : JEWELLED
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Sign painter, at times : LETTERER
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Communion cloth : CORPORAL
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The act of drawing : TRACTION
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Deus ex ___ : MACHINA
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Mosaic square : TESSERA
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Londoner's dram : TOT
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Frantic : MAD
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Most sound : SANEST
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Former treaty org. : SEATO
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Due : OWING
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Copland composition : RODEO
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Light amplifier : LASER
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Chinese: Comb. form : SINO
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Exterior of bark : ROSS
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Meet squarely : FACE
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Mata ___ : HARI
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Alike, in Arles : EGAL
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Tormented : RODE
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Butter of a sort : RAM

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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