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THE PLAY'S THE THING

New York Times, Sunday, December 29, 1968

Author: Joseph LaFauci
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 69, Avg Word Len: 5.39, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 557 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 132, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9
Joseph LaFauci has 69 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1968, The New York TimesNo. 7,078
Across Down
1. Fit for marketing : SALABLE
8. Indian ox : GAYAL
13. Camera prop : TRIPOD
19. Swift horse : ARABIAN
20. Custom : USAGE
21. Lived up to : HONORED
23. Missouri city : SEDALIA
24. Belgian town : YPRES
25. Practice an art : ENGRAVE
26. Sauce : SOY
27. Boxed : ENCASED
29. Tea cake : SCONE
31. Wee drop : TOT
32. Where Olympus was : ELIS
34. Compared to : THAN
35. Lanky : WEEDY
36. Little one : MITE
37. Tooth: Fr. : DENT
38. Celtic name : SEAN
39. Bastinadoed : CANED
40. Eatery : DINER
41. Subdued : TAMED
43. Bird of a kind : DRAKE
45. Fawn : CRINGE
47. Light coverlet : THROW
48. Venerated : ADORED
49. Pledge : OATH
50. Armorican : BRETON
51. "Laugh-In" star : ROWAN
52. Buyer : CUSTOMER
56. Lured : LEDON
57. Fillet of a column : ORLET
58. "Fra Diavolo" role : BEPPO
59. Salutation : AVE
60. Alaska's first Governor : EGAN
61. Type of boat : SHELL
62. Seasonal symbol : HOLLY
63. Bit : SNIP
64. Big ___, California : SUR
65. Spanish ladies : DAMAS
66. Stendhal's real name : BEYLE
67. Octavia's garment : STOLA
68. Coup d'état : TAKEOVER
70. Balearic city : PALMA
71. Without heed : DEAFLY
72. Hibernia : ERIN
73. Lifework : CAREER
74. Gen. Jubal : EARLY
75. Wool : MERINO
77. In accord : ATONE
78. Gozo's neighbor : MALTA
79. Of a geometric shape : CONIC
80. Asylum : HAVEN
82. Unsubstantial : THIN
84. Caliph : IMAM
87. Subterfuge : RUSE
88. Give one's word : SWEAR
89. Hebrew lyre : ASOR
90. Appoint to office : NAME
91. Massachusetts cape : ANN
92. Abbreviated : SHORT
93. Implant: Var. : INGRAFT
96. Macadamia : NUT
97. Sports setting : STADIUM
99. Man of Meshed : IRANI
101. Wonder : MIRACLE
103. Arranged in succession : SERIATE
104. Belgian province : NAMUR
105. One more : ANOTHER
106. Indians : REDMEN
107. In the least : ATALL
108. Certain TV offerings : REPEATS
1. Spoke, in a way : SASSED
2. Small area : AREOLE
3. Kurt Weill musical : LADYINTHEDARK
4. Booksellers' group : ABA
5. Anger : BILE
6. Reclined : LAIN
7. Legislated : ENACTED
8. Burrows and Loesser show : GUYSANDDOLLS
9. Quivering : ASPEN
10. Court : YARD
11. Ripen : AGE
12. Decreased : LESSENED
13. Neil Simon success : THEODDCOUPLE
14. Man's nickname : RONNY
15. "Picnic" playwright : INGE
16. For: Sp. : POR
17. Speaking, in a way : ORATING
18. Buff : DEVOTEE
22. Discourage : DETER
28. Eureka! : AHA
30. Letter : CEE
33. Begin : STARTON
35. Stir up : WAKEN
36. Iberian river : MINHO
38. Stitched : SEWN
39. Weight unit : CARAT
40. Likewise: Colloq. : DITTO
42. NASA objective : MOON
44. Spur piece : ROWEL
46. Grating : RASPY
47. Truce: Sp. : TREGUA
48. In ___, tardy in a way : ARREAR
50. Hallowed : BLEST
52. Stock of vins : CELLAR
53. Current musical : MANOFLAMANCHA
54. Badly : EVILLY
55. Compensate : REPAY
57. Chodorov comedy : OHMENOHWOMEN
58. Spewack comedy, 1935 : BOYMEETSGIRL
61. Juniper tree : SAVIN
62. First name on Broadway : HELEN
63. Begin : STARTIN
65. Architectural style : DORIC
66. Ochs or Scarpia : BARON
67. Sigil : SEAL
69. Strange : EERIE
70. Dad to an Etonian : PATER
71. Doyen : DEAN
73. Operatic solo : CAVATINA
75. Ascender : MOUNTER
76. Catch : ENSNARE
78. Famous palace in Spain : MIRAMAR
79. Insensitive : CRASS
81. Gas: Prefix : AER
83. Jordanian mountain : HOR
85. Phylactery : AMULET
86. Rhythms : METERS
88. "On the Beach" novelist : SHUTE
89. Declare void : ANNUL
92. Musical setting : SIAM
93. Van Druten's "___ Camera" : IAMA
94. The end: Mus. : FINE
95. De ___ : TROP
98. Solved : DID
100. Bandicoot : RAT
102. Consumed : ATE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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