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Jim Page
Jim Page

PLAYING WITH MATCHES

New York Times, Sunday, July 3, 1983

Author: Jim Page
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 523 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 98, Cheaters: 14, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
Jim Page has 84 pre-Shortz puzzles and 70 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1983, The New York TimesNo. 12,290
Across Down
1. Sailors' saint : ELMO
5. Warp yarn : ABB
8. Part of R.S.V.P. : SIL
11. Draw out : EDUCE
16. Foreign : ALIEN
17. $5 bill : VEE
18. Chemical suffix : ENE
19. Shadowboxed : SPARRED
21. Tuskincisor : CLENCHEDTEETH
24. Presidential hopeful : MONDALE
25. Sesame : TIL
26. Vega's constellation : LYRA
27. RaymondKelly : SPLICEDGENES
29. Throwshag : HOOKEDRUGS
32. Inspires wonder : AWES
33. A Gershwin : IRA
34. Brace : TWO
35. Midianite king : REBA
36. Loam deposit : LOESS
39. ___ Shams University, in Cairo : AIN
40. Fill the bases : LOAD
42. London insurance company : LLOYDS
44. Used a dory : BOATED
47. British statesman and family : BEVANS
50. Clare Boothe and Henry : LUCES
51. Beats : PULSES
52. Rub clean : ERASE
53. Platterdisk : STUCKRECORDS
56. Ho of Hawaii : DON
57. Shallow-draft vessel : SHARPIE
59. Profit's opposite : LOSS
60. Blind as ___ : ABAT
64. Same, to Seneca : IDEM
66. Three-time champ : ALI
67. Rickover was one: Abbr. : ADM
69. Book by Dos Passos : USA
70. Korean border river : YALU
71. ___ Verde National Park : MESA
72. Cornea irritant : MOTE
74. Barrel-binding group : HOOPERS
77. Sohrab, to Rustum : SON
78. Dynegravity : JOINEDFORCES
81. Straighten ranks : ALINE
83. Aaron specialties : CLOUTS
85. "___ Chan," T. N. Page book : MARSE
86. "___ Restaurant" : ALICES
87. Hilliard-Mann song: 1950 : DEARIE
88. Weedy rye grass : DARNEL
89. Feds : GMEN
90. Blotter target : INK
91. Siberian holes : MINES
92. Grim Grimm character : OGRE
94. Rheine's river : EMS
97. Memphis-to-Mobile dir. : SSE
98. Mil. units : RGTS
100. Carboniron : STEELUNION
103. Beannoodle : BUMPINGHEADS
108. Diamond from Brooklyn : NEIL
109. One of a comic trio : MOE
110. Small spaces : AREOLAE
111. CarrySenecas : UNITEDNATIONS
114. Pipe smokers' devices : REAMERS
115. ___ Tin Tin : RIN
116. Cat has one to cross : TEE
117. Makes an incised mark : RASES
118. Dates set for attacks : DDAYS
119. Bullring shout : OLE
120. Slip up : ERR
121. Pteroid : ALAR
1. Win ___, former radio emcee : ELLIOT
2. Stay in hiding : LIELOW
3. Kingsley's "___ in White" : MEN
4. "Mon ___," Tati film : ONCLE
5. Declared : AVERRED
6. Smear : BEDAUB
7. Big A venture : BET
8. Trickle through : SEEP
9. Worldwide: Abbr. : INTL
10. City near Utah Lake : LEHI
11. Pindar's last stanza, e.g. : EPODE
12. Euphemistic expletives : DANGS
13. Like some heraldic crosses : URDE
14. Having a skull : CRANIATE
15. Where congers congregate : EELERIES
16. Pituitary-gland hormone : ACTH
19. Mergansers : SMEWS
20. Rid of grit : DESAND
22. Freshwater polyps : HYDRAS
23. Hairpin turn : ESS
28. Squire in "Silas Marner" : CASS
30. Trees bearing valuable nuts : KOLAS
31. Pollster of note : GALLUP
36. Saxantler : LOCKEDHORNS
37. ___ and terminer : OYER
38. Ford's lemon : EDSEL
41. A sawbuck has 10 : ONES
43. St. ___ (Windward island) : LUCIA
44. College treasurer : BURSAR
45. Outworn : OLD
46. Ore analysis : ASSAY
47. Obscure : BEDIM
48. Wear away : ERODE
49. Roosters on spires : VANES
51. Peace officers, oater style : POSSES
53. Arty parties : SALONS
54. Like a cliché : TRITE
55. Creamy dessert : COUPE
58. Tuareg or Berber : HAMITE
61. Fundamental : BASIC
62. Byrd book : ALONE
63. Cahn-Styne products : TUNES
65. Barbara or Hoople : MAJOR
68. Common code : MORSE
73. He wrote "Philosopher's Holiday" : EDMAN
75. Black-spotted cat : OCELOT
76. Event on G.W.'s birthday : SALE
79. Quebec affirmative : OUI
80. Diet : FARE
82. Material from flax : LINEN
83. Showed disapproval : CENSURED
84. Hoover Dam formation : LAKEMEAD
86. Novel by Fielding : AMELIA
87. Expel a lawyer : DISBAR
88. Spode piece : DISH
89. Like some pastures : GREENER
91. F.H.A. concerns : MTGES
93. Neuter, for one : GENDER
95. The sensitive plant : MIMOSA
96. Squatter in 1889 : SOONER
98. The Hoosier poet : RILEY
99. Growls from Fido : GNARS
100. J.F.K. sight : SST
101. Excessive : ULTRA
102. Stack TV role : NESS
104. Fruits for Virgil : POMA
105. Kind of dollar : EURO
106. Indigo : ANIL
107. Eat in style : DINE
112. Juin, juillet et août : ETE
113. Suffix with baron or manor : IAL

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 16 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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