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A. J. Santora
A. J. Santora

RACKET-BUSTING

New York Times, Sunday, December 10, 1972

Author:
A. J. Santora
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 81, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 534 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 106, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 20, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 22
A. J. Santora has 185 pre-Shortz puzzles and 68 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,520
Across
1. West Coast Indian : HOH
4. Loose cloak : CAPE
8. Intros to holidays : EVES
12. Kimono : ROBE
16. High note : ELA
17. "She's only a dream" : LAURA
18. Ironwood : TITI
19. "The Iceman ___" : COMETH
21. Concerning a sports pairing : REDOUBLES
23. Plaudits for Arthur : ASHESTOASHE
25. Certain senior citizen : OLDLADYINTENNISSHOES
27. Pipe joint : ELL
28. Red and Black : SEAS
29. Ending for hero : INE
30. Ocean: Abbr. : ATL
31. Blueprints : PLANS
34. Civil wrong : TORT
35. Creme de ___ (liqueur) : CASSIS
38. Hearing ___ : AIDS
39. Cupid : DAN
40. Faucet : TAP
43. Musical syllables : TIS
44. New Deal letters : NRA
47. Brutes : CAVEMEN
49. Smelling victory : WITHINANACEOF
53. Time period : ERA
54. U.S.A., to French : EUA
55. Do a brake job : RELINE
56. Capri allure : GROTTO
57. Village on Hudson : NYACK
59. Threatening words : ORELSE
60. Gimpy one : LIMPER
61. "___ Smile Be Your . . . " : LETA
63. Bridge position : EAST
65. Butternut : TREE
67. Gaelic : ERSE
68. Up ___ (aroused) : INARMS
70. ___ deadline : MEETSA
74. Dome player : ASTRO
76. Tug of the Mets : MCGRAW
77. Showed one's heels to : OUTRAN
78. Batter's stat. : RBI
79. Overweight : FAT
82. Last straw : BREAKINGPOINT
84. Port of Mexico : TAMPICO
86. "___, Virginia, there is . . . " : YES
87. Elected, in Paris : ELU
88. Show drowsiness : NOD
89. Her, in Berlin : IHR
90. ___ impasse : ATAN
91. Depress : SADDEN
94. Roman historian : LIVY
96. Methods: Abbr. : SYSTS
97. Hiatus : GAP
99. Altar words : IDO
100. Actress Rowlands : GENA
101. Egg ___ yong : FOO
102. Tennis-player's protection : NOFAULTINSURANCEPLAN
109. Tennis match of sorts : COURTLYLOVE
110. Certain strokes : FOREHANDS
112. Removed : OUSTED
113. Chemical endings : ENES
114. Running tracks : OVALS
115. Make lace : TAT
116. Parties : TEAS
117. ___ of guns : SONS
118. Spanish artist : GOYA
119. Limit, to some : SKY
Down
1. "Rings on ___ fingers . . . " : HER
2. Margarine : OLEO
3. San Diego quarterback : HADL
4. Plot : CABAL
5. ___ Lang Syne : AULD
6. Victimizes : PREYSON
7. Less demanding : EASIER
8. Part of 54 Across : ETATS
9. Holding device : VISE
10. Kind of humor : ETHNIC
11. Pigment : SIENNA
12. Kanga and friends : ROOS
13. U. S. Indians : OMAHAS
14. Stupefy : BESOT
15. Merman : ETHEL
17. Slow periods : LULLS
19. Coins: Abbr. : CTS
20. "___ my man" : HES
22. City in Denmark : ODENSE
24. Pancho's nap : SIESTA
26. More dapper : NATTIER
31. Yonkers event : PACE
32. Fibber : LIAR
33. In and out points : ADVANTAGES
34. Japanese leader : TANAKA
36. Where matches develop : SINGLESBAR
37. Douay Bible name : ISARI
39. Dealer's choice : DEUCESWILD
41. Salt tree : ATLE
42. Silvers : PHIL
44. Tennis earnings : NETPROFITS
45. Memory routines : ROTES
46. Preceding, old style : AFORE
48. ___ culpa : MEA
49. Did a profile on : WROTEUP
50. Kind of coffee : INSTANT
51. ___-do-well : NEER
52. Promising one : COMER
58. Australian river : YARRA
61. Full of branches : LIMBY
62. Ink for la plume : ENCRE
64. Air pollution : SMOG
66. Uninhibited : EARTHY
69. "Let's ___ Deal" : MAKEA
71. English town : ETON
72. Rock group : TRIO
73. ___ and Young : SANDLER
75. Tiny one : TIM
80. Skin ___ : ACAT
81. Weights : TONS
83. "Hair" feature : NUDITY
85. Promotional bribe : PAYOLA
89. Russian city : IVANOVO
91. Home for Leonidas : SPARTA
92. Roman officials : EDILES
93. Emphatic refusal : NONONO
95. Bewildered : INAFOG
96. Class men : SOPHS
97. Recede : GOOUT
98. Blow ___ : AFUSE
100. Conjecture : GUESS
101. "I ___ song coming on" : FEELA
102. Sgt. : NCO
103. U. S. Indians : UTES
104. Law degree : LLD
105. Writer Hedin : SVEN
106. Spiny lobster : CRAY
107. Insects : ANTS
108. Neighbor of Mont. : NDAK
111. Messy place : STY

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 12 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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