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SPECTRAL ANALYSIS

New York Times, Sunday, November 21, 1993

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 150, Blocks: 86 Missing: {JX} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

The Shortz Era began with this rainbow grid from Peter Gordon, a tribute to the much-heralded Roy G. Biv. There was an earlier more straightforward rainbow theme back in 1981.

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© 1993, The New York TimesNo. 1121 ( 16,084 )
Across
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Site of the Shandog Peninsula : YELLOWSEA
5
"Closer to Fine" singers : INDIGOGIRLS
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Capital near Lake Tuz : ANKARA
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MasterCard rival : OPTIMA
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Petrarch works : SONNETS
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Took it easy : LOLLED
22
Swami routine of the old "Tonight Show" : CARNAC
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Interminable : NONSTOP
24
Some are French-cut : GREENBEANS
25
"The African Queen" scriptwriter : AGEE
26
Bud, eventually : LEAF
28
River to the Caspian : URAL
30
Polish writer Stanislaw : LEM
31
1961 Pulitzer-winning author : LEE
32
Orson's planet in 70's TV : ORK
33
TV show about agents Robinson and Scott : ISPY
35
Makes, as a living : EKESOUT
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Horned vipers : ASPS
41
Average grade : CEE
42
Pitcher Young and namesakes : CYS
43
Exploits : USES
44
Judo level : DAN
45
Grill : ASK
47
Lose control on the road : SKID
49
Srta., across the Pyrenees : MLLE
50
Retsyn-filled mint : CERT
51
Trinkets : GEWGAWS
55
Nighttime's start, in poetry : EEN
56
Verdi opera : OTELLO
58
"Bird _____ Wire" : ONA
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Salon works : DOS
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Name of 16 popes : GREGORY
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Nora Helmer's creator : IBSEN
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1968-75 Norris Trophy winner : ORR
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Dept. of the Treasury div. : IRS
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Luke was his disciple : YODA
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Make a big effort : STRIVE
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Table linen, often : DAMASK
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After-shower scene : REDORANGEYELLOWGREENBLUEINDIGOVIOLET
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Doctor : HEALER
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Toxic defoliant : AGENTORANGE
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Lover of Aphrodite : ARES
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Flight board abbr. : ARR
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Edison, e.g.: Abbr. : INV
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Tanzanian coins : SENTI
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Coquette : FLIRTER
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Actress Zadora : PIA
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Kind of ball or card : CUE
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Basketball ploy : SCREEN
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Cell stuff : RNA
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Lures into wrongdoing : ENTRAPS
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"I hear you," to a CB operator : COPY
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Fermented : HARD
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Years and years : EONS
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Josh : KID
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Coach Parseghian : ARA
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It's shocking! : VOLT
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Poivre's partner : SEL
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One-fifth of MMV : CDI
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Shoe coverer : SPAT
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Most colored by the sun : TANNEST
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Tad : IOTA
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_____ Tin Tin : RIN
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Louisville Slugger material : ASH
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Douglas, for example : FIR
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Sale place : YARD
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Mao successor : DENG
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Hugh Hefner prop : PIPE
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Negatively charged atoms : ANIONS
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Where to see 72 Across : RAINBOW
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1986 Spacek/Kline flick : VIOLETSAREBLUE
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Algiers's old quarter : CASBAH
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Run-scoring bunt : SQUEEZE
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Vonnegut's "The _____ of Titan" : SIRENS
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Name of two English kings : ETHELRED
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Made an MRI picture : IMAGED
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Letter opener? : SIRS
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It might have the heading "Vacuum-Van" : YELLOWPAGES
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Silkwood portrayer : STREEP
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"______ kleine Nachtmusik" : EINE
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Doogie Howser's org. : AMA
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They prey on small mammals : INDIGOSNAKES
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Boo-boo : GOOF
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B&B : INN
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Hosp. workers : RNS
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Pauses : LETUPS
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Floor : STORY
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"Let's Stay Together" singer : ALGREEN
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They always have titles : NOBLES
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Some MOMA paintings : KLEES
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Dessert option : ALAMODE
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Stimpy's buddy : REN
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Commercials : ADS
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Central Florida city : OCALA
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Novel that features the language Nadsat : ACLOCKWORKORANGE
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Health club : SPA
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Before, to Byron : ERE
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Stahl of "60 Minutes" : LESLEY
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More frigid : ICIER
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Actor in "The Maltese Falcon" and "Casablanca" : SYDNEYGREENSTREET
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Hull attachment : KEEL
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Old Mideast inits. : UAR
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Explosive stuff : TNT
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Wilt : SAG
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Kind of lamp : ULTRAVIOLET
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Cruel : SADISTIC
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College party essential : KEG
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Song also recorded as "Harlem Footwarmers" : MOODINDIGO
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Army atack helicopter : COBRA
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_____ gold : GOODAS
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Incense : ENRAGE
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Soldiers : WARMEN
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Draft org. : SSS
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Intellectuals : LITERATI
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Michigan Wolverine cheer : GOBLUE
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Glass ingredient : SILICA
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Tie : EVENUP
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Anxiety : NERVES
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Self-effacing people : SHRINKINGVIOLETS
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Uneasy : ANTSY
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Bridge situation : REDALERT
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Curacao ingredient : ORANGERIND
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Less brave : YELLOWER
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Imitate : APE
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Allegiance : FEALTY
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_____ Gay : ENOLA
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Kurosawa's "King Lear" : RAN
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Greek letters : RHOS
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Rural rtes. : RDS
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Socks, e.g. : CAT
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______ pro nobis : ORA
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Perch, for example : PANFISH
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Fastened with threads? : SCREWED
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Springy : VERNAL
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It explodes when wet : SODIUM
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Racket : DIN
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Sock sorter : PAIRER
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Fluttering trees : ASPENS
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Despondency : THEBLUES
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Tantalus's daughter : NIOBE
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Kirkuk native : IRAQI
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"_____ magna" (anagrams, appropriately) : ARS
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Nap : DOZE
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_____-mutuel : PARI
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King's superior : ACE
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Actor Pendleton : NAT
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Bit : SHRED
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Teachers' org. : NEA
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Petition : BEG
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Family girl : SIS

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 8 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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