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THE PLAY'S THE THING

New York Times, Sunday, December 12, 1965

Author: Sidney Lambert
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.24, Missing: { Q }, Scrabble score: 667 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 153, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 11, XRef: 5, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
Sidney Lambert has 114 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1965, The New York TimesNo. 5,965
Across Down
1. Produced a show. : STAGED
7. Sheiks. : ARABS
12. Rinehart character. : TISH
16. Relative of "wright." : SMITH
21. Woolly. : LANATE
22. Supernatural servitor. : GENIE
23. French river. : ORNE
24. Lydia's neighbor. : IONIA
25. Type of show. : EXTRAVAGANZA
27. Type of show. : TEARJERKER
29. Sapient. : WISE
30. Tolerate. : ABIDE
31. Hemp. : BHANG
33. See 102 Across. : ORE
34. Iago's forte. : LIES
35. Mussel: Fr. : MOULE
36. ___ all. : FIRSTOF
40. Decoration. : DSC
43. Beseeches. : SUES
44. Auditions. : HEARS
45. Horne. : LENA
46. Otto's realm: Abbr. : HRE
47. Does a tailoring job. : RELINES
49. Scoters. : COOTS
50. Indulges to the full. : SATES
51. "Brother ___." : RAT
52. Bouquets. : AROMAS
53. Kind of act or song. : SHOWSTOPPER
55. Invader of Britain. : PICT
56. Garments. : WRAPS
57. Game. : CHESS
58. Bit part. : MAID
59. City on the Saale. : HALLE
60. See 69 Across. : SAKI
61. Role in "Glass Menagerie." : LAURA
62. Highland groups. : CLANS
64. Outcry: Colloq. : HOLLER
65. Hagen. : UTA
66. Describing some shows. : RIBTICKLING
68. Recipient. : DONEE
69. Colette and others. : PENNAMES
71. Indian. : REE
72. Wide open town of yore. : GOMORRAH
75. ___ sole. : DOVER
76. Type of show. : CLIFFHANGER
80. Proper. : DUE
81. Macbeth's wife and others. : LADIES
83. Beatitude. : BLISS
84. Perennial plants. : ALOES
85. Heavenly star. : MIRA
86. Examinations. : ORALS
87. On the ___. : ROAD
88. Loses weight. : SLIMS
89. Entrant in 89 Down. : MILER
90. Cutting remarks. : DIGS
91. Costume play, for one. : PERIODPIECE
94. Part of the strings. : CELLOS
95. London statue. : GOG
96. Cotton fabric. : DENIM
97. Bailiff. : REEVE
98. ___ Paix. : RUEDELA
99. Native of: Suffix. : ESE
100. ___ out. : EKES
101. Bold. : NERVY
102. Pay ___. : DIRT
103. Bolger. : RAY
104. Egyptian god. : SERAPIS
106. Contract. : LEASE
107. Trained performer. : SEAL
108. Role in "The Devils." : NUN
109. Great physicist. : FERMI
110. Many: Prefix. : MULTI
111. Caesar's utterance. : ETTU
115. Describing some shows. : AVANTGARDE
119. Types of shows. : SPECTACULARS
122. Type of show. : REVUE
123. Colette character. : GIGI
124. Headdress. : TIARA
125. Weds. : UNITES
126. Lock of hair. : TRESS
127. Natives of: Suffix. : OTES
128. Box office figures. : SALES
129. More relaxed. : EASIER
1. Did in. : SLEW
2. Street cry. : TAXI
3. Hymenoptera. : ANTS
4. Beware!: Fr. : GARE
5. Greek letter. : ETA
6. Lessens, in a way. : DEVALUES
7. Future farmers. : AGGIES
8. Studies. : READS
9. Bancroft. : ANNE
10. Show ___. : BIZ
11. Water craft. : SEABOATS
12. Computes. : TOTALS
13. Girl of song. : IRENE
14. Stumbling block. : SNAG
15. Pronoun. : HER
16. Mountains. : SIERRAS
17. Customs. : MORES
18. The red or the black. : INK
19. Foulard. : TIE
20. Port: Abbr. : HAR
26. Namesakes of Nichols hero. : ABIES
28. Carpenter. : JOINER
32. Fannie. : HURST
35. Felines sounds. : MEOWS
36. Gave a party for. : FETED
37. See 76 Across. : THRILLERDILLER
38. Omniscient one. : ORACLE
39. Shackle. : FETTER
40. Drafts in due form. : DRAWSUP
41. Notched. : SERRATE
42. Type of melodrama. : CLOAKANDDAGGER
43. Scot's snows. : SNAS
44. New England range. : HOOSAC
45. ___ lazuli. : LAPIS
48. Band of Zulu warriors. : IMPI
49. Colette character. : CHERI
50. Directly: Colloq. : SPANG
53. Ceases operation. : SHUTS
54. Where Muscat is. : OMAN
55. Less colorful. : PALER
57. Pole, in a game. : CABER
59. Bestow a Tony award. : HONOR
61. Whitewashes. : LIMES
62. Musical signs. : CLEFS
63. Willingly. : LIEF
64. See 81 Down. : HOMES
66. Favorable notices. : RAVES
67. Malay dagger. : KRIS
68. Venetian officials. : DOGES
70. Short fibers. : NOILS
72. Dwarf. : GNOME
73. Corona. : AUREOLA
74. Rumor. : HEARSAY
76. Maintain. : CLAIM
77. Adriatic resort. : LIDO
78. Operatic composer. : HALEVY
79. Albee role. : ALICE
81. Hogans. : LODGES
82. Melodic. : ARIOSE
83. Opera role. : BORIS
85. Temperate. : MILD
87. Lesage and others. : RENES
88. Kitchen device. : SIEVE
89. Athletic event. : MEET
91. Asian capital. : PEKING
92. Part of a Shakespeare title. : DREAM
93. Hangs on. : PERSISTS
94. Spiral figure. : CURLICUE
96. Delegates. : DEPUTES
98. Roundup gear. : RIATA
101. Daughter of a sea god: Lat. : NEREIS
102. Greek letters. : DELTAS
105. ___ mirabilis. : ANNUS
106. Reef. : LEDGE
107. Quito coin. : SUCRE
109. Makings of glass. : FRIT
110. Brunch. : MEAL
111. Certain collegians. : ELIS
112. French actor. : TATI
113. English actor. : TREE
114. Nureyev's land. : USSR
115. Kind of song. : ART
116. Poetry: Abbr. : VER
117. Street sign. : AVE
118. Past. : AGO
120. ___ mater. : PIA
121. Merkel. : UNA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 13 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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