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Robert H. Wolfe
Robert H. Wolfe

MAGIC IN THE MIDDLE

New York Times, Sunday, November 13, 1988

Author: Robert H. Wolfe
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 78, Avg Word Len: 5.19, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 518 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 123, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 19, XRef: 1, Spans: 5, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9
Robert H. Wolfe has 23 pre-Shortz puzzles and 60 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 14,250
Across Down
1. With, to René : AVEC
5. Gains : GETS
9. Maui farewell : ALOHA
14. Brawl : MELEE
19. ___ avis : RARA
20. Gershwin's "___ Rhythm" : IGOT
21. Arabian desert : NEFUD
22. Belgian city : ALOST
23. Actress visits doctor about piercing weapon : CLARABOWANDARROWSMITH
27. Dead Sea scroll guardians : ESSENES
28. Prince's "Purple ___" : RAIN
29. Musical three-note intervals : TRITONES
30. This Mr. went to town : DEEDS
31. Monza moola : LIRA
32. River near Eboli : SELE
33. Watchdog for 89 Across : EPA
36. Actor Jeremy : IRONS
38. Ibsen products : DRAMAS
43. Ex-senator with former pitcher on time : FULBRIGHTANDEARLYWYNN
50. Highway for Hadrian : ITER
51. Steve Martin's "___ Jerk" : THE
52. Dice throw : TREY
53. "Vissi d'___," Puccini aria : ARTE
54. Baby boys, in Barcelona : NENES
56. An Alcott : AMOS
59. Pony-express haul : MAIL
60. Queue : BRAID
61. Gazelles : ARIELS
63. Role for McArdle : ANNIE
65. Proverb ending : IAL
67. Typing method of actress with director : LINDAHUNTANDPECKINPAW
75. Hue holiday : TET
76. Hymn of praise : PAEAN
77. "To ___," Burns poem : AMOUSE
78. Kind of race : RELAY
82. Bad day for Julius : IDES
85. Israeli port : ACRE
87. Loren's mate : PONTI
88. Oppenheimer subject : ATOM
89. Environmental sci. : ECOL
90. Glory or maid preceder : OLD
92. Gang follower : STER
93. Justice joins wife slayer; gets bruised : HUGOBLACKANDBLUEBEARD
100. ___ Nevada : SIERRA
101. Hockey announcer's shout : SCORE
102. Where kine dine : LEA
103. Ham ___ (overact) : ITUP
106. Medical suffix : EMIA
107. Brings down the house, in Kew : RASES
112. Expectorant mixture : TEREBENE
116. Nothing, in Nice : RIEN
117. Latent : DORMANT
119. Life time of comic hero with pop singer : SPIDERMANANDBOYGEORGE
122. Simon's later name : PETER
123. Thrill : ELATE
124. Copycat : APER
125. Virginia ___ : REEL
126. Connery and Penn : SEANS
127. Hogan's cousin : TEPEE
128. Actor from Philadelphia : GERE
129. Kind of cast or vision : TELE
1. Like Natural Bridge : ARCED
2. "___ Triste": Sibelius : VALSE
3. Clear the boards : ERASE
4. Was solicitous : CARED
5. Taunt : GIBE
6. Vain ones' traits : EGOS
7. Pull : TOW
8. Kind of night : STARLIT
9. Fireplace accessory : ANDIRON
10. " . . . ___ hungry look": Julius Caesar : LEANAND
11. Ninth-cent. Gallic language : OFR
12. Wounds : HURTS
13. Venerate : ADORE
14. Command : MASTERY
15. Sailor's saint : ELMO
16. Mutton cut : LOIN
17. Italian family : ESTE
18. Old English letters : ETHS
24. Geese genus : ANSER
25. Nigerian money : NAIRA
26. Uncontrolled : WILDLY
34. Poe's pendulum partner : PIT
35. Turkish title : AGHA
37. Bristle : SETA
39. "We've ___, an' a debt . . . ": J.R. Lowell : AWAR
40. Dame ___ Hess : MYRA
41. Oppositionist : ANTI
42. Prune, in Ayr : SNED
43. Ultimate : FINAL
44. Wombs : UTERI
45. Ulyanov : LENIN
46. Multiply : BREED
47. Stallone-type role : HEMAN
48. Uris protagonist : ARI
49. Vestige : RELIC
55. Bluish gray : SLATY
57. Can. province : ONT
58. Breaks : SNAPS
59. Mythical sorceress : MEDEA
60. A colonel of cartoons : BLIMP
62. Andress film : SHE
64. Wycherley's "Love ___ Wood" : INA
66. Alias : AKA
68. City near N.Y.'s Thruway : UTICA
69. Laced boot : PAC
70. Matriculate : ENROL
71. John Brown's bane : NOOSE
72. ___ Arenas, Chile : PUNTA
73. Daisylike flower : ASTER
74. Creepy : WEIRD
78. Bowl calls : RAHS
79. Ornamental case : ETUI
80. Mezzanine part : LOGE
81. ___ patriae : AMOR
83. "What's Up, ___?": Streisand film : DOC
84. Wawaskeeshes : ELKS
86. Jewish month : ELUL
89. Click beetle : ELATER
91. Actress Sandra ___ : DEE
94. Some corruptive people : BRIBERS
95. Needle-shaped : ACERATE
96. Candidate : NOMINEE
97. Sere : DRIED
98. Item thrown in some games : BEANBAG
99. Ballet railing : BARRE
104. Like failed goals : UNMET
105. "Positive Thinking" exponent : PEALE
108. Spiritless : AMORT
109. Hindu garment : SAREE
110. TV's Georgia ___ : ENGEL
111. Engraved pillar : STELE
112. Recipe amts. : TSPS
113. Three-sided blade : EPEE
114. Beatles' lovely meter maid : RITA
115. Solway Firth tributary : EDEN
117. He's a hue man : DYER
118. Scarebabe : OGRE
120. Baize feature : NAP
121. Unclose, to Shakespeare : OPE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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