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SLEIGHT OF HAND

New York Times, Sunday, July 19, 1970

Author: Hume R. Craft
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 82, Avg Word Len: 5.32, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 638 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 128, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 22 Grid has repeated answers.
Hume R. Craft has 35 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1970, The New York TimesNo. 7,645
Across Down
1. Remains : ASHES
6. Ponselle : ROSA
10. Corn-husk contents : TAMALE
16. Rio de la ___ : PLATA
21. Diagonal line : SLASH
22. Mich. and 5th : AVES
23. Greek places : AGORAS
24. Overhangs : EAVES
25. People on certain diets : FIREEATERS
27. Puzzle : PUTINTHEDARK
29. Cabinet Dept. : AGR
30. Court jester : APER
31. Great Plains sight : TEPEE
33. ___ brief for : HOLDSNO
34. Triflers : TOYERS
36. Elec. pioneer : TESLA
38. Church platform : SOLEA
41. Lazy times in Monte Carlo : ETES
42. Early Jewish mystics : HASIDIM
44. Navy off. : ENS
46. Cat : PURRER
48. Burma's neighbor : LAOS
50. Metamere : SOMITE
52. Copper or gold: Abbr. : ELEM
54. Sailboats : SLOOPS
58. Fight ___ : ADUEL
60. Callao's land : PERU
61. British gun : STEN
62. Government program : WELFARE
63. Grassy square : SOD
64. City near Des Moines : AMES
66. Wisconsin town : RIPON
68. Mimicking bird : THRASHER
69. Adjusted sails : TRIMMED
71. Fortification : REDAN
72. ___ polloi : HOI
73. Exuded : WEPT
74. Kind of partner : SENIOR
75. One with a trained eye : SEEER
76. Italian resort : SANREMO
79. Some flutists : INDIANSNAKECHARMERS
83. Ivan et al. : DESPOTS
84. Of a bird part : LORAL
85. No-good one : BADLOT
88. Ariz. Indian : HANO
91. Slav rulers : ROS
92. McCarthy and others : GENES
93. Materialistic : SENSATE
94. Exalted : ELEVATED
97. Clothes or saw : HORSE
98. Main idea : CORE
99. Color : TAN
100. Paul's family : REVERES
101. Opera star : PONS
102. Scratch : CLAW
104. Butler : RHETT
106. Alarms : SCARES
107. Amusement park feature : RIDE
108. Tasks : CHORES
110. Singer Ed : AMES
111. Japanese trees : MATSUS
113. Relative of olé : RAH
115. Stalk : PEDICLE
117. Hindu hero : NALA
120. Virginia willows : ITEAS
122. Despicable one : BEAST
124. ___ Pointe : GROSSE
127. Neglectful one : OMITTER
129. Ties up : EVENS
131. Br. composer : ARNE
133. Opposite of ant. : SYN
134. Scavenger mollusk : MYSTERYSNAIL
137. Helps a magician : TAKESACARD
140. Radio name : ALLEN
141. Croquet term : PEELEE
142. Earl of Avon : EDEN
143. Legerdemain, in France : MAGIE
144. Activists : DOERS
145. Throws out : EGESTS
146. Word for Ben Jonson : RARE
147. Links man : SNEAD
1. ___ as a pig : ASFAT
2. Irish bay : SLIGO
3. His contracts had escape clauses : HARRYHOUDINI
4. Direction : ESE
5. Wool gatherers : SHEARS
6. Assess : RATE
7. Tie-breaking periods : OVERTIMES
8. Sun. discourse : SER
9. Helpers: Abbr. : ASSTS
10. ___ Zee : TAPPAN
11. Ailment : AGUE
12. Particles : MOTES
13. Biblical lion : ARI
14. Wool: Prefix : LAN
15. Biblical queen : ESTHER
16. Strip : PEEL
17. Stairway for leather-footed conjurers : LADDEROFSWORDS
18. Sea call : AVAST
19. Plating alloy : TERNE
20. Old Greek vase : ASKOS
26. Orbital point : APSIS
28. More raucous : HOARSER
32. Robt. ___ : ELEE
35. Let up : EASE
37. Arabian ruler : EMIR
39. Frank : OPEN
40. Radio's ___ and Abner : LUM
43. Drugged: Slang : DOPED
45. Author of nature books : SETON
47. Fitzgerald : ELLA
48. Endures : LASTS
49. Love : ADORE
51. Soup bowls : TUREENS
53. Man's nickname : LEN
55. Missouri River dam : OAHE
56. Kind of school : PREP
57. Spanish painter : SERT
59. Pie à ___ : LAMODE
61. Fireworks : SPARKLERS
62. Aviary sound : WHIRR
65. Botanical part: Suffix : MERIS
67. Intention : IDEA
68. Of melody : TONAL
70. Hypnotist's credo : MINDOVERMATTER
71. Takes a break : RESTS
72. Fences : HAHAS
75. Hairnet : SNOOD
76. Shrill cry : SCREECH
77. Hot fragment : EMBER
78. More sordid : MEANER
80. "___ moi, le . . . " : APRES
81. Ages : EONS
82. Spirit's dispatch : SLATEMESSAGE
86. Mexican grass : OTATE
87. Certain pups : TENTS
88. Linen marking : HERS
89. Guinness : ALEC
90. Soviet river : NEVA
92. Hopeless case : GONER
93. Planted : SOWED
95. Expanse : AREA
96. More irritable : TESTIER
97. Scuttle : HOD
98. Overseer : CARETAKER
101. City of Italy : PISA
103. Cuts off : LOPS
105. Medium's manifestation : HALO
107. Be sorry : RUE
108. Snow-goose genus : CHEN
109. Roadside scenery : SIGNS
112. Eng. historian : STRYPE
114. White poplars : ABELES
116. Some candies : CREAMS
117. Itinerant : NOMAD
118. Starch: Prefix : AMYLO
119. Cotton thread : LISLE
121. Cachets : SEALS
123. Fall flower : ASTER
125. Ex-member of U.A.R. : SYRIA
126. Done : ENDED
128. Sawbucks : TENS
130. Asian area, for short : VIET
132. Pierre's friend : RENE
135. Portion: Abbr. : SEG
136. Born: Fr. : NEE
138. Oklahoma city : ADA
139. U.S. neighbor : CAN

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 9 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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