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CENTER OF ATTRACTION

New York Times, Sunday, December 15, 1968

Author:
Diana Sessions
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 136, Blocks: 62, Avg Word Len: 5.57, Missing: { J X Z }, Scrabble score: 608 (avg 1.60)
Open Squares: 155, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Diana R. Sessions has 69 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original clue for 89-Across had "narwahl"; corrected it to "narwhal."

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© 1968, The New York TimesNo. 7,064
Across
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Score : TWENTY
7
U.N. concern : BIAFRA
13
Headdresses : TIARAS
19
Feted one : HONOREE
21
Performance : ACTION
22
Umbrian town : ASSISI
23
Elmer Rice play : ONTRIAL
24
Pirate's plunder : PIECESOFEIGHT
26
Self: Fr. : MOI
27
More direct route : SHORTCUT
29
Darby's Joan : WIFE
30
Sticky stuff : GOO
31
Enveloping glow : AURA
33
Dickens dwarf : QUILP
34
Lean (on) : RELY
35
Where El Misti is : PERU
36
Rung : STEP
37
Semblance : GUISE
38
Really : VERY
39
Cap : BERET
40
Ancestor : PARENT
42
Arena men: Abbr. : REFS
43
Weight : TON
44
Beau ideals : PARAGONS
47
Flax: Sp. : LINO
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Weary hiker : TRUDGER
52
Sir John Hunt's goal : EVEREST
53
Solve : FIGUREOUT
55
River into the Paraguay : APA
56
Chough's cousins : RAVENS
57
Snug-fitting : TIGHTMADE
58
Chiefly: Abbr. : PRIN
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Scallop : CRENA
60
"Ere the ___ Julius fell" : MIGHTIEST
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Salt water: Dial. : BRACK
62
Forewarning : HINT
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Worry : NIGHTMARE
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Heavy shoe : BROGUE
65
Old French coin : ECU
66
Fund-raising programs : TELETHONS
67
Ride sharers : POOLERS
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Churned : SEETHED
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1891 heroine : TESS
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Tamarin : MARMOSET
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Unite : WED
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Egyptian weight: Var. : KAAT
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Incandescent lamp : HELION
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Uncertain : ATSEA
78
Stormy : WILD
79
Seeds : GERMS
80
___ Chaco, S. A. plain : GRAN
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Chinquapin : TREE
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Pointed tool : PICK
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Guava : ARACA
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Kind of trailer : SEMI
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Obsession : TIC
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Feature of the narwhal : TUSK
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Cocktail : APERITIF
93
Jiffy : SEC
94
Reflections of a sort : AFTERTHOUGHTS
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Structure : EDIFICE
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Cupboard : CLOSET
100
Potato starch : FARINA
101
Joy : DELIGHT
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Misbelief : HERESY
103
Defoe character : FRIDAY
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English poet : SIDNEY
Down
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British poet : THOMAS
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Was successful: Colloq. : WONOUT
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Undivided : ENTIRE
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Conjunction : NOR
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Thrice: Prefix : TRIS
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Uh-huh : YEAH
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Church member : BAPTIST
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Christmas tree ornament : ICICLE
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Consumed : ATEUP
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Not genuine: Abbr. : FICT
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___ deer : ROE
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Serves : ANSWERS
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Candy : TAFFY
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Conversational comment : ISEE
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"Just ___ am . . . " : ASI
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Parachute worker : RIGGER
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On land : ASHORE
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Stay aloof from : SITOUT
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Expressive : ELOQUENT
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Suave : OILY
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Relics of the past : RUINS
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Manifest : APPARENT
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Promoters of change : REFORMERS
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Await decision : PEND
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Sum total : GROSS
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Planet inhabitants : VENUTIANS
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Attack : BOUT
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Star in Centaurus : AGENA
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Nearest the dexter side : RIGHTMOST
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Exactly : TRUE
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Alights : PERCHES
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Cupidity : AVARICE
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Profits : REVENUE
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Frivolous person : LIGHTHEAD
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Siegfried Line builder : TODT
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Repair shops : GARAGES
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Bon vivant : EPICURE
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Most extreme : RANKEST
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Coach's half-time advice : FIGHTTALK
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Slacken : EASE
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Pin in an early rifle : TIGE
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Continues : PROLONGS
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Temperate : MILD
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Remedy of a kind : BROMO
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Exigency : NEED
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Opera role : BORIS
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Girl's name : THEA
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Resembling a hand : PALMATED
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Piping note : TWEE
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Thanks: Fr. : MERCI
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Begin: Colloq. : KICKOFF
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Rumor : HEARSAY
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Bind : ATTACH
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Knickknack : TRIFLE
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Division : SECTOR
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Expression of good will : WISH
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___ Green : GRETNA
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Yield : RESIGN
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Bell's portrayer : AMECHE
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Precision : NICETY
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Cement : PUTTY
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Garden pest : APHID
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Three: Sp. : TRES
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Fields: Lat. : AGRI
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European food fish : IDES
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Thread: Prefix : FILI
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Compass point : ESE
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Middle East initials : UAR
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Topmast support : FID

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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