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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
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Fit for marketing : SALABLE
8
Indian ox : GAYAL
13
Camera prop : TRIPOD
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Swift horse : ARABIAN
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Custom : USAGE
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Lived up to : HONORED
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Missouri city : SEDALIA
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Belgian town : YPRES
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Practice an art : ENGRAVE
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Sauce : SOY
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Boxed : ENCASED
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Tea cake : SCONE
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Wee drop : TOT
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Where Olympus was : ELIS
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Compared to : THAN
35
Lanky : WEEDY
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Little one : MITE
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Tooth: Fr. : DENT
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Celtic name : SEAN
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Bastinadoed : CANED
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Eatery : DINER
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Subdued : TAMED
43
Bird of a kind : DRAKE
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Fawn : CRINGE
47
Light coverlet : THROW
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Venerated : ADORED
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Pledge : OATH
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Armorican : BRETON
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"Laugh-In" star : ROWAN
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Buyer : CUSTOMER
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Lured : LEDON
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Fillet of a column : ORLET
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"Fra Diavolo" role : BEPPO
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Salutation : AVE
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Alaska's first Governor : EGAN
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Type of boat : SHELL
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Seasonal symbol : HOLLY
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Bit : SNIP
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Big ___, California : SUR
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Spanish ladies : DAMAS
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Stendhal's real name : BEYLE
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Octavia's garment : STOLA
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Coup d'état : TAKEOVER
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Balearic city : PALMA
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Without heed : DEAFLY
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Hibernia : ERIN
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Lifework : CAREER
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Gen. Jubal : EARLY
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Wool : MERINO
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In accord : ATONE
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Gozo's neighbor : MALTA
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Of a geometric shape : CONIC
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Asylum : HAVEN
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Unsubstantial : THIN
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Caliph : IMAM
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Subterfuge : RUSE
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Give one's word : SWEAR
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Hebrew lyre : ASOR
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Appoint to office : NAME
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Massachusetts cape : ANN
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Abbreviated : SHORT
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Implant: Var. : INGRAFT
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Macadamia : NUT
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Sports setting : STADIUM
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Man of Meshed : IRANI
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Wonder : MIRACLE
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Arranged in succession : SERIATE
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Belgian province : NAMUR
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One more : ANOTHER
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Indians : REDMEN
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In the least : ATALL
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Certain TV offerings : REPEATS
Down
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Spoke, in a way : SASSED
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Small area : AREOLE
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Kurt Weill musical : LADYINTHEDARK
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Booksellers' group : ABA
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Anger : BILE
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Reclined : LAIN
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Legislated : ENACTED
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Burrows and Loesser show : GUYSANDDOLLS
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Quivering : ASPEN
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Court : YARD
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Ripen : AGE
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Decreased : LESSENED
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Neil Simon success : THEODDCOUPLE
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Man's nickname : RONNY
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"Picnic" playwright : INGE
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For: Sp. : POR
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Speaking, in a way : ORATING
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Buff : DEVOTEE
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Discourage : DETER
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Eureka! : AHA
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Letter : CEE
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Begin : STARTON
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Stir up : WAKEN
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Iberian river : MINHO
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Stitched : SEWN
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Weight unit : CARAT
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Likewise: Colloq. : DITTO
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NASA objective : MOON
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Spur piece : ROWEL
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Grating : RASPY
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Truce: Sp. : TREGUA
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In ___, tardy in a way : ARREAR
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Hallowed : BLEST
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Stock of vins : CELLAR
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Current musical : MANOFLAMANCHA
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Badly : EVILLY
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Compensate : REPAY
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Chodorov comedy : OHMENOHWOMEN
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Spewack comedy, 1935 : BOYMEETSGIRL
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Juniper tree : SAVIN
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First name on Broadway : HELEN
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Begin : STARTIN
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Architectural style : DORIC
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Ochs or Scarpia : BARON
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Sigil : SEAL
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Strange : EERIE
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Dad to an Etonian : PATER
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Doyen : DEAN
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Operatic solo : CAVATINA
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Ascender : MOUNTER
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Catch : ENSNARE
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Famous palace in Spain : MIRAMAR
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Insensitive : CRASS
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Gas: Prefix : AER
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Jordanian mountain : HOR
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Phylactery : AMULET
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Rhythms : METERS
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"On the Beach" novelist : SHUTE
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Declare void : ANNUL
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Musical setting : SIAM
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Van Druten's "___ Camera" : IAMA
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The end: Mus. : FINE
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De ___ : TROP
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Solved : DID
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Bandicoot : RAT
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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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