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Can the neutral wire to a range or dryer be connected to the grounding wire or the frame of the appliance?

No. The 2002 NEC prohibits such grounding of the neutral:
The NEC actually prohibits grounding the neutral at equipment.
553.9 Insulated Neutral
``The grounded circuit conductor (neutral) shall be an insulated conductor identified in conformance with 200.6. The neutral conductor shall be connected to the equipment grounding terminal in the service equipment, and, except for that connection, it shall be insulated from the equipment grounding conductors, equipment enclosures, and all other grounded parts. The neutral circuit terminals in the panelboard and in ranges, clothes dryers, counter-mounted cooking units, and the like shall be insulated from the enclosures.``

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