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FANCY FOOTWORK

New York Times, Sunday, October 22, 1972

Author: Frank Nosoff
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 85, Avg Word Len: 5.35, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 663 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 128, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 9, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 22
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,471
Across Down
1. Defensive device : ABATIS
7. Snake : ASP
10. Russian dancer Serge : LIFAR
15. Asian hardwood : ACLE
19. Did housework : CLEANED
21. Mauna ___ : LOA
22. P. I. spirit : ANITO
23. Biblical treasure port : OPHIR
24. Dancers from an exotic island : CORPSDEBALI
26. Royal Russian ballerina : VERATSARINA
28. Foxtrot on a Russian plain : TWOSTEPPE
29. Closes : SEALS
31. Lawyer: Abbr. : ATT
32. "___ Girls" : LES
33. Small pies : TARTS
34. Dance enthusiast's ailment : BALLETPTOMAINE
37. Shoelace tips : AGLETS
40. Gaunt : LANK
41. Entrance protectors : GATEMEN
42. Horn sound : BLARE
43. Agnew : SPIRO
45. Platform : DAIS
46. Hat : PANAMA
50. "The ___ of Summer" : BOYS
51. Boss in Africa : BWANA
52. Species : KIND
53. Makes coat repairs : RELINES
54. Not present: Abbr. : ABS
55. Trolley sound : CLANG
56. Candy drop : MINT
57. Road covers : TARS
58. Annoy : IRK
59. Sauce source : SOYBEAN
61. Pass over : ELIDE
63. Pronoun : THIS
64. Sessions: Abbr. : MTGS
65. English naturalist : SLOANE
66. ___ de jambe : ROND
67. Wail : KEEN
68. Telegram : WIRE
69. Father of French twins : PASDEDEUX
71. Theater offering : MELODRAMA
73. German river : OHRE
74. Parliament man : LORD
75. Withered : SERE
76. Indefinite tense : AORIST
78. Black cuckoos : ANIS
79. Exhausts : FAGS
80. Becky : SHARP
81. Kind of flight : NONSTOP
83. Mood, in Scotland : TID
84. Fuel : COKE
85. Decree : FIAT
86. Second-raters : HACKS
88. Greek letter : ETA
89. Ballet footwear : TOESHOE
91. Mild cussword : DANG
92. Opera locations : BOXES
93. Detailed study: Abbr. : ANAL
94. Overthrow : UNSEAT
95. Store event : SALE
96. Whetstones : HONES
97. Hosiery material : LISLE
98. Prepares for burial : EMBALMS
100. Morse or zip : CODE
101. Most singular : RAREST
102. Ballet for a clumsy girl : SLIPPINGBEAUTY
106. Pitiless : CRUEL
108. One: Scot. : AIN
109. Japanese statesman : ITO
110. Unique people : ONERS
111. Prado items : PAINTINGS
115. Saloon stance : BARPOSITION
118. Hot-sofa ballet, in a way : PILLOWAFIRE
120. Tie ___ (carouse) : ONEON
121. Homecoming: Prefix : NOSTO
122. Egg: Prefix : OVI
123. Heraldic bird : MARTLET
124. Vapid : TAME
125. Relative of twixt : TWEEN
126. Pipe joint : TEE
127. Certain votes : YESSES
1. Audit man: Abbr. : ACCT
2. Play a tuba : BLOW
3. Atmosphere: Prefix : AERO
4. Bartenders : TAPSTERS
5. Put in office : INSTATE
6. Passover events : SEDERS
7. Wings : ALAE
8. Hurok : SOL
9. Native, in Southwest : PAISANO
10. Vichy premier : LAVAL
11. Graceless : INELEGANT
12. Red Cross program : FIRSTAID
13. ___ standstill : ATA
14. Take turns : ROTATE
15. Month: Abbr. : APR
16. ___ con carne : CHILI
17. Bridal gift : LINEN
18. Rub out : ERASE
20. Bureau: Abbr. : DEPT
23. Breakfast cereals : OATMEALS
25. Chess pieces: Abbr. : BPS
27. Jazz dancers : STOMPERS
30. Large deer : ELK
34. Siren of silents : BARA
35. Parts of qts. : PTS
36. Years: Lat. : ANNI
37. Eban et al. : ABBAS
38. Spheres: Sp. : GLOBOS
39. Nonclergy dancers in a ballet : LAYSYLPHIDES
40. Those who wait : LINGERERS
43. Ballet of the Old South : SWANEELAKE
44. Forest god : PAN
45. Sup : DINE
47. Grieg heroine is nervous : ANITRASTENSE
48. Unite : MERGE
49. Requests : ASKS
51. Insipid : BLAND
52. Big name in piracy : KIDD
53. Ballets on the reservation : RAINDANCES
55. ___-fire : CEASE
56. Flirtatious girl : MINX
57. Variant of Ted : THEO
60. Wild hogs : BOARS
62. Garish : LOUD
63. Menotti opera, with "The" : TELEPHONE
64. Singer's warmup notes : MIMIS
67. Writer Jean : KERR
68. Admonishes : WARNS
70. Venetian V.I.P. : DOGE
71. Dinner course : MEAT
72. Chess pieces : ROOKS
73. Bermuda, for one : ONION
75. Chase, as fly balls : SHAG
77. Adds up : TOTALS
78. Aleutian island : ATTU
79. Show-biz dance routines : FOOTBITS
80. Trig word : SINE
82. Quoit: Fr. : PALET
84. Marge or Gower : CHAMPION
85. Singer's boo-boo : FALSENOTE
87. Tool for Paul Bunyan : AXE
90. Flow through : SEEP
91. Jacques of N.Y.C. Ballet : DAMBOISE
92. Soul's partner : BODY
93. Relief operations : AIRLIFTS
95. On the seas: Abbr. : SLG
96. Nightclub : HOTSPOT
97. Fourth Sunday in Lent : LAETARE
99. Consecrate : ANOINT
100. Mongrel : CUR
101. Burlesque promenade : RUNWAY
102. Wooden shoe : SABOT
103. Climbing vine : LIANA
104. Legal term : INREM
105. Locale of John the Baptist : AENON
106. Neighbor of Ore. : CAL
107. French trial scene : RIOM
111. Ballet movement : PLIE
112. Actor Asther : NILS
113. Prize: Scot. : GREE
114. Places : SETS
116. "Raven" man : POE
117. Haul : TOW
119. "___ got you . . . " : IVE

Answer summary: 17 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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