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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.
PS notes: Original clue for 89-Across had "narwahl"; corrected it to "narwhal."
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© 1968, The New York TimesNo. 7,064
Across Down
1. 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
48. 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
59. Scallop : CRENA
60. "Ere the ___ Julius fell" : MIGHTIEST
61. Salt water: Dial. : BRACK
62. Forewarning : HINT
63. Worry : NIGHTMARE
64. Heavy shoe : BROGUE
65. Old French coin : ECU
66. Fund-raising programs : TELETHONS
67. Ride sharers : POOLERS
68. Churned : SEETHED
70. 1891 heroine : TESS
71. Tamarin : MARMOSET
72. Unite : WED
73. Egyptian weight: Var. : KAAT
74. Incandescent lamp : HELION
75. Uncertain : ATSEA
78. Stormy : WILD
79. Seeds : GERMS
80. ___ Chaco, S. A. plain : GRAN
84. Chinquapin : TREE
85. Pointed tool : PICK
86. Guava : ARACA
87. Kind of trailer : SEMI
88. Obsession : TIC
89. Feature of the narwhal : TUSK
90. Cocktail : APERITIF
93. Jiffy : SEC
94. Reflections of a sort : AFTERTHOUGHTS
97. Structure : EDIFICE
99. Cupboard : CLOSET
100. Potato starch : FARINA
101. Joy : DELIGHT
102. Misbelief : HERESY
103. Defoe character : FRIDAY
104. English poet : SIDNEY
1. British poet : THOMAS
2. Was successful: Colloq. : WONOUT
3. Undivided : ENTIRE
4. Conjunction : NOR
5. Thrice: Prefix : TRIS
6. Uh-huh : YEAH
7. Church member : BAPTIST
8. Christmas tree ornament : ICICLE
9. Consumed : ATEUP
10. Not genuine: Abbr. : FICT
11. ___ deer : ROE
12. Serves : ANSWERS
13. Candy : TAFFY
14. Conversational comment : ISEE
15. "Just ___ am . . . " : ASI
16. Parachute worker : RIGGER
17. On land : ASHORE
18. Stay aloof from : SITOUT
20. Expressive : ELOQUENT
25. Suave : OILY
28. Relics of the past : RUINS
32. Manifest : APPARENT
34. Promoters of change : REFORMERS
35. Await decision : PEND
37. Sum total : GROSS
38. Planet inhabitants : VENUTIANS
39. Attack : BOUT
41. Star in Centaurus : AGENA
42. Nearest the dexter side : RIGHTMOST
43. Exactly : TRUE
44. Alights : PERCHES
45. Cupidity : AVARICE
46. Profits : REVENUE
47. Frivolous person : LIGHTHEAD
48. Siegfried Line builder : TODT
49. Repair shops : GARAGES
50. Bon vivant : EPICURE
51. Most extreme : RANKEST
53. Coach's half-time advice : FIGHTTALK
54. Slacken : EASE
57. Pin in an early rifle : TIGE
58. Continues : PROLONGS
60. Temperate : MILD
61. Remedy of a kind : BROMO
63. Exigency : NEED
64. Opera role : BORIS
66. Girl's name : THEA
67. Resembling a hand : PALMATED
69. Piping note : TWEE
71. Thanks: Fr. : MERCI
73. Begin: Colloq. : KICKOFF
74. Rumor : HEARSAY
75. Bind : ATTACH
76. Knickknack : TRIFLE
77. Division : SECTOR
78. Expression of good will : WISH
79. ___ Green : GRETNA
81. Yield : RESIGN
82. Bell's portrayer : AMECHE
83. Precision : NICETY
85. Cement : PUTTY
86. Garden pest : APHID
89. Three: Sp. : TRES
90. Fields: Lat. : AGRI
91. European food fish : IDES
92. Thread: Prefix : FILI
95. Compass point : ESE
96. Middle East initials : UAR
98. 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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