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RHYME SANS REASON

New York Times, Sunday, September 30, 1984

Author:
Harriet Gilson Rosenberg
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 94, Avg Word Len: 5.12, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 650 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 153, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 15, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Harriet Gilson Rosenberg has 24 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1984, The New York TimesNo. 12,745
Across
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Very funny comedian : PANIC
6
One of the Van Dorens : MAMIE
11
Beer type : BOCK
15
Scans : READS
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Kind of alcohol : AMINO
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Overweight : OBESE
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Amorous glance : OGLE
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Leon of films : ERROL
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A Chan's choppers : TOLERSMOLARS
27
Was Kong Fay's? : WRAYSCRAZE
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Supplement, with "out" : EKE
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Of higher rank : NOBLER
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Hit a home run : POLED
33
Blew the horn : TOOTED
34
Delight : ELATE
35
Greek city-state : POLIS
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He plays Klinger : FARR
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Kid : RIB
40
"___ Rheingold" : DAS
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Seine port : ROUEN
42
Jejune : ARID
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Furrow : RUT
46
Flat plinth : ORLO
48
Oddballs in Sid's entourage : CAESARSGEEZERS
52
First of the cardinals : ONE
53
Harrison, e.g. : BEATLE
55
" . . . Ruler of the Queen's ___" : NAVEE
56
Mongrels : CURS
57
Matures : AGES
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Join : UNITE
59
John Lindsay's "The ___" : EDGE
60
Germ : SPORE
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Dutch ___ : TREAT
63
Tibetan goat : SEROW
64
Sir Robert's monuments : PEELSSTELES
67
Buckskin, e.g. : HORSE
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Thy, in Toulon : TES
69
North Carolina cape : FEAR
70
Lemon in Detroit : CHET
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Overtook : PASSED
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Less important : PUNIER
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Turtle and oxtail : SOUPS
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Inclined : LEANED
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Outer layer : CORTEX
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A Near Island : ATTU
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Orange-red chalcedony : SARD
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Scrap for Spot : ORT
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Growing out : ENATE
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Presidential signs of exertion : GRANTSPANTS
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Word with ground or growth : UNDER
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Brightened : RAYED
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Tears : RENDS
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Cool one's heels : WAIT
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Millesecond : SIGMA
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Dyer's apparatus : AGER
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"Muy ___!" : BIEN
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Decorate : ADORN
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Epic in twelve books : AENEID
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___ Borch, Dutch painter : TER
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Author's pals : BELLOWSFELLOWS
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Former lightweight champ : ERNE
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Heraldic gold colors : ORS
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Conduit bends : ELLS
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Jot and tittle : IOTAS
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Brit. battlewagon : HMS
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Youth org. active in the 60's : SDS
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Cuckoos : ANIS
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Mural predecessor : INTER
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Sound from a ranid : CROAK
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Shrewd : ASTUTE
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Zeal : ARDOR
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Jerez product : SHERRY
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Pigs' digs : STY
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British writer's huge hands : WAUGHSPAWS
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Munro's toadies : SAKISLACKEYS
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Yellowish: Comb. form : LUTEO
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Lilylike plant : IRID
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Kunta of "Roots" : KINTE
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Vigilant : AWAKE
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Aspersions : SLURS
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" . . . ___clock scholar" : TENO
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Requested : ASKED
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Not so colorful : PALER
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Head : PATE
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In a frenzy : AMOK
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White or Blue river : NILE
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Chemical suffix : INE
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Kind of beef : CORNED
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Kenya island : MOMBASA
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___ from the blue : ABOLT
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Confused struggle : MELEE
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Danube feeder : ISAR
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Poet's "always" : EER
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Kind of knot : BOWLINE
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Mean ones : OGRES
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Iron follower : CLAD
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Clue : KEY
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Registers : RECORDS
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Slip : ERROR
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"I smell ___" : ARAT
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Catnap : DOZE
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Logger's travois : SLED
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Joplin tango : SOLACE
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Mate : SPOUSE
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These make flights : STAIRS
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Designer Cassini : OLEG
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Hit the books : PORE
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Brothers, in Bayonne : FRERES
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Full-bodied : ROBUST
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Eleuthère ___ Du Pont : IRENEE
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Actress Janet's pleas : BLAIRSPRAYERS
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"Bolero" composer : RAVEL
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Sky blue : AZURE
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Team Staubach roots for? : ROGERSDODGERS
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Disquiet : UNEASE
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Tried : TESTED
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Conductor Klemperer : OTTO
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Make beloved : ENDEAR
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More Nestorian : SAGER
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Environment sci. : ECOL
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Hoad of tennis : LEW
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Came into being : AROSE
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Weapon with a three-sided blade : EPEE
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Increase : STEPUP
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Cats and dogs : PETS
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"Easier said ___ . . . " : THAN
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___ Bluff National Monument, Neb. : SCOTTS
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Closes : SHUTS
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Predicament : FIX
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Pillion : PAD
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Say : UTTER
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Poverty : NEED
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Grit : SAND
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Hispano's kin : LATINO
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Formerly, formerly : ERST
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Horn: Comb. form : CERATO
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Medieval catapult : ONAGER
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Tangle : SNARL
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Jog the memory : REMIND
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Topic in the hot stove league : TRADES
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Applies the third degree : GRILLS
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Sways : REELS
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___ Domini : ANNO
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GI's at large : AWOLS
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Employ : USE
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Number of inches in a span : NINE
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Contradicts : BELIES
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Dessert, in Devon : AFTERS
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Costly : DEAR
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Capital of Eritrea : ASMARA
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Sea-bottom : BENTHOS
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"Rough ___ shake . . . ": Shak. : WINDSDO
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Hernando de ___ : SOTO
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Verticillate : WHORLED
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Logan luggage lugger : SKYCAP
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Borer : AUGER
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Novelist Shaw : IRWIN
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Interstice : CHINK
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Remainder, in Rheims : RESTE
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Cousins of 113 Down : AWLS
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Israel's first king : SAUL
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Garment for Susan Jaffe : TUTU
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Swiss river into the Rhine : AARE
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Vail gear : SKIS
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Ratify : SEAL
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Tad : TYKE
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North Sea feeder : YSER
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Sump : PIT
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Alias, for short : AKA
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Niger-Congo language : KWA

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 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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