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CHOOSE YOUR WEAPONS

New York Times, Sunday, January 17, 1971

Author:
H. L. Risteen
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.35, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 641 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 156, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14
Herb L. Risteen has 244 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original solution grid for 122-Across/98-Down crossing had the last letter as a black square instead of an S; corrected this.

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© 1971, The New York TimesNo. 7,827
Across
1
Total: Abbr. : AGG
4
Remonstrances : AWS
7
Camelot notable : GALAHAD
14
Well-known street and others : SESAMES
21
Beach sight : PARASOL
23
Clam's big brother : ABALONE
24
Dixie river : ALABAMA
25
Behave stubbornly : STICKTOONESGUNS
27
Mideast land : LEBANON
28
Legal copy : ESTREATS
29
Stage monarch : LEAR
30
Italian philosopher : CROCE
32
Normal: Abbr. : STD
33
Water bird : ERN
34
___ tables : TIER
36
Praying figure : ORANT
37
Fare for Miss Muffet : WHEY
38
Malaccan measures : ASTAS
41
Wallet items : TENS
42
Gavroche et al. : GAMINS
44
Subjunctive and indicative : MOODS
45
U.S. balloon pioneer : LAHM
46
Calendar source : BANK
47
Bridled : CURBED
48
Binge : TOOT
49
Man's nickname : ABE
50
Wall St. purchase : BOND
51
Shetland natives : PONIES
52
Demand : CALLFOR
55
Rocks : TOTTERS
57
Ship officer : PURSER
58
Table wine : SAUTERNE
59
Odorless gas : ETHANE
60
Rare animals : PANDAS
61
Impudent : PERT
62
Bloodhound feature : NOSE
63
McKuen : ROD
64
Darnay's friend : CARTON
65
Like some excuses : LAME
66
Ferrer : MEL
67
Charges : FEES
69
Satire of 1894 : ARMSANDTHEMAN
72
Haberdashery : HATS
73
Salutation : AVE
74
Yawn : GAPE
75
Kind of biscuit : BEATEN
76
Fed. agency : AEC
77
Western team : RAMS
79
Armadillo : APAR
80
Dour : SULLEN
81
Finally : ATLAST
84
Enlightens : EDUCATES
86
Authors' concerns : TITLES
87
Merchant of drama : ANTONIO
88
Business deals : RESALES
89
Did a job in Denver : MINTED
90
Italian locale : PISA
91
Educ. group : NEA
92
Malay weapon : KRIS
93
Villella : DANCER
94
Olympian : HERA
95
Periods : EONS
96
Marksmen's sport : SKEET
98
Eel : CONGER
99
Bloom : POSY
100
Scottish stipend : ANNAT
101
Excavations : PITS
102
Noted Italian : DANTE
103
Vestment : COPE
104
Common abbr. : ETC
105
Brew : ALE
106
North Sea feeder : MEUSE
107
Book of N.T. : JOHN
109
Eating place : TEAHOUSE
114
Alaskan peak : STELIAS
116
Stabbed in a way : LOOKEDDAGGERSAT
119
"The ___ Worker" : MIRACLE
120
Recorded : ENTERED
121
Beginning : GENESIS
122
Musical groups : SESTETS
123
Beverage experts : TASTERS
124
Campus V.I.P.'s : SRS
125
Roman 151 : CLI
Down
1
Church section : APSE
2
Channels : GATS
3
Pluck : GRIT
4
Petitioners : ASKERS
5
Valhalla man : WOTAN
6
Las Vegas opening : SLOT
7
Started, in poems : GAN
8
Poplars : ABELES
9
Light beam : LASER
10
Sea growth : ALGA
11
Net time of a football game : HOUR
12
Mass. cape : ANN
13
Discovers : DESCRIES
14
Arty gatherings : SALONS
15
Decide upon : ELECT
16
"Quién ___?" : SABE
17
Jidda garb : ABA
18
His living depends on net income : MANSHOTFROMACANNON
19
Was theatrical : EMOTED
20
Scotchmen : SANDYS
22
Foaming : ACREAM
26
Manifesto city : OSTEND
31
Sally or Ayn : RAND
35
Printery supply : INK
36
Old card game : OMBER
37
Bulky cloth : WOOLEN
38
Winged : ALATE
39
Footwear : SABOT
40
Fictional gunmen : THETHREEMUSKETEERS
41
Light shades : TANS
42
Cold-war factors : GUNSANDBUTTER
43
Zodiac sign : ARIES
44
Shed : MOLT
46
Social menace : BORE
47
Bleu or sanitaire : CORDON
48
Take out slack : TAUTEN
50
Crook : BEND
51
Fencing pass : PUNTA
52
Conductor : CARMAN
53
Beginning : ONSET
54
Dances : REELS
56
N.M. tourist mecca : TAOS
57
Grammarian : PARSER
58
Pinafore people : SEAMEN
60
Grassy plains : PAMPAS
61
Russian whips : PLETES
64
Fabrics : CRAPES
67
Traveler : FARER
68
Escape : EVADE
69
Marbles : AGATES
70
Atomic expert : TELLER
71
Summoned : HALED
72
Marsh: Prefix : HELO
76
"___ boy!" : ATTA
78
Startles : SCARES
80
Because : SINCE
81
Loop in anatomy : ANSA
82
Tuscany city : SIENA
83
Banquet feature : TOAST
85
Came to rest : ALIT
86
Slight amount : TINGE
87
Delicate : AIRY
89
Short cape : MANTELET
90
Money in Madrid : PESETA
93
Juan and Quixote : DONS
94
Dance : HOP
95
Performer's thrill : ENCORE
96
Bursts of activity : SPASMS
97
Highlander : KILTIE
98
Lost ___ : CAUSES
99
Be reflective : PONDER
100
Eur. capital : ATHENS
102
Distributed : DEALT
103
Dear: Fr. : CHERE
104
Ardent : EAGER
106
Meek ones : MICE
107
Tiny quantities : JOTS
108
African weight : OKET
110
Flier's word for bombs : EGGS
111
Wash. tribunal: Abbr. : USSC
112
Jib : SAIL
113
Although: Lat. : ETSI
115
Riga coin : LAT
117
Put ___ pedestal : ONA
118
Dental degree : DDS

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 13 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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