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A. J. Santora
A. J. Santora

ON ONE'S METTLE

New York Times, Sunday, October 1, 1967

Author: A. J. Santora
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 92, Avg Word Len: 5.14, Missing: { F X }, Scrabble score: 660 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 128, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 13, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 21
A. J. Santora has 185 pre-Shortz puzzles and 68 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1967, The New York TimesNo. 6,623
Across Down
1. Loam. : SOIL
5. Twist. : WARP
9. Asian land. : TIBET
14. Flashy. : GAUDY
19. Ditty. : TUNE
20. Observable. : OVERT
22. Native of Basra. : IRAQI
23. Creator of Lady Babbie. : BARRIE
24. Girl's name. : ETTA
25. ___ hobby. : RODEA
26. Herb Alpert's band. : TIJUANABRASS
28. Not legal currency. : WOODENNICKEL
31. Jauntily. : AIRILY
32. River, Thai style. : NAM
33. Wine center of California. : NAPA
34. Ate with care. : DIETED
36. One of the Leagues: Abbr. : NATL
37. Father. : SIRE
38. Cuba, for one. : ISLA
41. Thus: Lat. : SIC
42. Former govt. agency. : ECA
44. Fall. : AUTUMN
46. Seems. : APPEARS
49. London's variety house. : THEPALLADIUM
53. Extremely quick of intellect. : STEELTRAP
55. Eastern name. : ALI
56. Break in the schedule. : OPENDATE
59. Jeanne ___. : DARC
60. Table d'___. : HOTE
61. Circa 1000 B.C. : IRONAGE
63. Binding. : TYING
64. "___ not gold . . . " : ALLIS
66. Control. : WIELD
68. Ending for law or saw. : YER
69. Cartoonist Gardner. : REA
71. Carpet. : RUG
72. N. H. city. : KEENE
73. Last Chance, for one. : SALOON
75. "___ Little Tenderness." : TRYA
77. Pairs. : SETS
78. Tiger. : CAT
80. Car of the good old days. : TINLIZZIE
83. Where: Lat. : UBI
85. Queenstown. : COBH
88. Singing bird. : WREN
90. Undertakes. : GOESAT
92. Theater name. : ALBEE
96. Nasser's union. : UAR
97. Stadium sound. : BOO
98. Stone. : GEM
101. Get hold of (with "onto"). : LATCH
102. Before: Fr. : AVANT
103. Shallow. : SHOAL
105. Egyptian tomb. : MASTABA
108. Inhabitants: Suffix. : ITES
110. This: Sp. : ESTO
111. Portulacas. : SUNROSES
113. Saxony city. : AUE
114. Sunner's color. : COPPERTAN
116. Medication. : ZINCOINTMENT
120. Spoke. : RECITED
121. Counterfeit. : PSEUDO
123. Full of: Suffix. : OSE
124. Irish group. : AOH
126. Dwarf: Prefix. : NANO
127. Workers akin to C.P.A.'s. : ACCS
128. Wander. : ROAM
131. Beverage. : EGGNOG
134. Ancient city of Sicily. : ENNA
137. Heart: Lat. : COR
138. Balkan land. : SERBIA
140. Very reliable. : ASGOODASGOLD
144. Area in the news. : IRONTRIANGLE
147. Tributary of the Orinoco. : APURE
148. Boss of a shield. : UMBO
149. Japanese Americans. : NISEIS
150. Sing songs. : CAROL
151. Passover service. : SEDER
152. Where man began. : EDEN
153. Stomach: Prefix. : GASTR
154. German name. : KLAUS
155. Wall part. : DADO
156. Impression. : DENT
1. Chowder. : STEW
2. ___ a limb. : OUTON
3. Fall ___ habit. : INTOA
4. Absolute certainty: Slang. : LEADPIPECINCH
5. Spent. : WORN
6. Bath's river. : AVON
7. Made over. : REDID
8. Summary. : PRECIS
9. Championship. : TITLE
10. Korean city. : IRI
11. ___ California. : BAJA
12. Horsy, old style. : EQUINAL
13. Triple crown. : TIARA
14. Deslys of the 1920's. : GABY
15. Equivalent of E.T.A. : ARR
16. Nabob, new style. : URANIUMAIRE
17. Make friendly. : DISARM
18. Me-tooers' kin. : YESMEN
21. ___ for granted. : TAKEIT
23. Verse form. : BALLADE
27. N. Y.'s basketball tourney. : NIT
29. Artist's need. : EASEL
30. Engrave. : ETCH
35. Set battle lines. : DEPLOY
37. Room. : STUDY
39. Plaster base. : LATH
40. Darts. : ARROWS
43. Alfie. : CAINE
45. Utah range. : UINTA
46. Start of Dickens title. : ATALE
47. Capsule. : PERLE
48. Glut. : SATIATE
50. Shell shape. : EAR
51. Ship's record. : LOG
52. Comic doings. : APERY
53. State: Abbr. : SDAK
54. Skins. : PEELINGS
57. Cousin of a U-bolt. : TNUT
58. Golden items. : EGGS
61. Hero. : IDOL
62. Done skillfully. : ARTISTIC
65. Caribbean. : SEA
67. Chaney. : LON
70. Cologne product. : EAU
74. Dress stone. : NIG
76. Atomic pile. : REACTOR
77. Eloquent. : SILVERTONGUED
79. Helium's number. : TWO
81. Nana creator. : ZOLA
82. Genus of grasses. : ZEA
84. Bleat. : BAA
85. Fellow: Slang. : CUSS
86. Island of the lei. : OAHU
87. Girl Scout award. : BRONZECROSS
89. Paris's rival. : ROMEO
91. Sword's conqueror. : THEPEN
93. Sew. : BASTE
94. Inward: Anat. : ENTAD
95. It isn't far from London. : ETON
97. Platinum ___. : BLOND
99. French states. : ETATS
100. Fort Wayne's river. : MAUMEE
104. Greek theologian. : ARIUS
106. "___ was saying . . . " : ASI
107. Drone. : BEE
109. Humane group. : SPCA
112. Tallymen. : SCORERS
115. ___ Tages (one day): Ger. : EINES
117. Insignificant. : NOMINAL
118. Henpecks. : NAGS
119. Islands of the S. Pacific. : TONGAS
121. Setting the gait. : PACING
122. Slag. : SCORIA
125. Encircled. : HOOPED
129. Mouth: Prefix. : ORI
130. Surprised (with "taken"). : ABACK
132. Dubliners. : GAELS
133. A cheese. : GOUDA
135. ___ plume. : NOMDE
136. Barkley. : ALBEN
138. Agitate. : STIR
139. City on the Jumna. : AGRA
141. A Scott. : DRED
142. Flying prefix. : AERO
143. Prohibition. : DONT
145. Veiling. : NET
146. Gehrig. : LOU

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 11 debuted here and reused later, 12 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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