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PLAYING GAMES

New York Times, Sunday, February 11, 1973

Author:
John C. Laflin
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 160, Blocks: 92, Avg Word Len: 5.46, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 655 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 145, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 13, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 25
John C. Laflin has 1 pre-Shortz puzzle in our database.
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,583
Across
1. Stadium vendor's item : FRANK
6. Turkish moneys : PARAS
11. Likely : APTTO
16. In present condition : ASIS
20. ___ Soleil : LEROI
21. Relative of moola : DINERO
22. Composer Franz : LEHAR
23. Italian boy's name : GINO
24. Reconcile : ADAPT
25. Engages in : ENTERS
26. Notions : IDEAS
27. Aware of : ONTO
28. Controversial issue : POLITICALFOOTBALL
31. Right's partner : MIGHT
32. Singer Siepi : CESARE
33. Hawaiian port : HILO
34. Regatta place : HENLEY
35. Once-a-week menace : SUNDAYDRIVER
40. Devastate : SCOURGE
42. Capital of Tarn : ALBI
43. Roof worker : SLATER
45. Dullea : KEIR
46. Monk's title : FRA
49. Dalmatian : COACHDOG
54. Scorecard listing : LINEUP
56. Thwarted : STYMIED
58. Bristle : AWN
59. Insect part : OOPOD
61. Aug. 1 fete : LAMMAS
63. Contour: Fr. : GALBE
64. Baseball throw : PEG
65. Non compos ___ : MENTIS
67. Curves : ESSES
69. One of a global five : OCEAN
70. Exerts leverage: Var. : PRISES
72. Enoch or Elizabeth : ARDEN
75. Barren area : SAHARA
77. Leaves home and hearth : STRIKESOUTONONESOWN
82. Phone : RINGUP
83. Russian marshal : KONEV
84. Italian composer : BUSONI
87. Like a solid : CUBIC
90. Hillside : SLOPE
92. Lament : BEMOAN
95. Number in a minyan : TEN
96. Some golf tourneys : OPENS
97. Of deserts : EREMIC
100. Like some fans : RABID
101. Half an African group : MAU
102. Like old roofs : SAGGING
105. Lawrence's milieu : ARABIA
107. July opponents : ALLSTARS
109. Thus: Sp. : ASI
110. Barn sounds : MOOS
112. Items on a Paris menu : SNAILS
114. ___ fixe : IDEE
115. Foul smelling : NOISOME
118. Like some typed mss. : TRIPLESPACED
123. Famous Yankee : MANTLE
125. Bone: Prefix : OSSE
127. Of the past month : ULTIMO
128. "And Phoebus 'gins ___" : ARISE
129. Maneuver : JOCKEYFORPOSITION
136. Ball club : NINE
137. Oblivion : LETHE
138. Horse color : SORREL
139. Aforesaid : DITTO
140. Safecracker : YEGG
141. Giggle : TEHEE
142. Tail ___ (also-rans) : ENDERS
143. Harsh : ACERB
144. Too : ALSO
145. Boxing decisions : DRAWS
146. Tobacco and Burma : ROADS
147. Israeli dances : HORAS
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1. To-do : FLAP
2. Make over : REDO
3. Soviet sea : ARAL
4. Words for a tough task : NOPICNIC
5. Equipped, in England : KITTED
6. French table wine : PINARD
7. Stag's pride : ANTLERS
8. Offshore hazard : REEF
9. Irish cry : ARRO
10. Middling : SOSO
11. Excuse : ALIBI
12. Bike parts : PEDALS
13. Pope's "The Rape of ___" : THELOCK
14. Afrikaans : TAAL
15. Connectives : ORS
16. ___ concern : AGOING
17. Marching formation : SINGLEFILE
18. ___ doghouse : INTHE
19. Like a chimney flue : SOOTY
21. Dental problem : DECAY
29. Bible book: Abbr. : ISA
30. "___ a Horse" : THREEMENON
31. Social whirls : MERRYGOROUNDS
34. Eight, in Tours : HUIT
35. Hare, vis-â-vis tortoise : SLOWER
36. African women : UBANGIS
37. Evil : ILL
38. Let sink : VAIL
39. Heater : ETNA
41. Faroe winds : OES
42. Signature of Li'l Abner's creator : ACAPP
44. Jamaica and bay : RUMS
47. Hebrew weight : REBA
48. Arabian gulf : ADEN
50. Poetic figure of speech : HOMERICSIMILE
51. Ruins : DOESIN
52. Surgeon's forte: Abbr. : OPN
53. Received : GOT
55. Jewish festival : PASSOVER
57. Parrots : MACAWS
60. Body of expatriate Jews : DIASPORA
62. O'Casey : SEAN
66. Theater sign : SRO
68. Pronoun : SHE
71. Bean feature : STRING
73. Bogart role : DUKEMANTEE
74. W.W. II theater : ETO
76. Put up money ___ (post bond) : ASBAIL
78. Metric weights: Abbr. : KGS
79. Owl, in Berlin : EULE
80. Beak : NEB
81. Like a bed at times : NOTMADE
85. Approached : NEARED
86. Not idle : INUSE
87. ___ Nostra : COSA
88. Asian tree : UPAS
89. Early stages : BEGINNINGS
91. Private: Abbr. : PERS
93. Lamb's lament : MAA
94. Debt: Abbr. : OBL
98. Steel beam : IBAR
99. Roman 103 : CIII
103. Durante asset : NOSE
104. Slimy stuff : GOO
106. Mountain : ALP
108. Popular Latin song : TICOTICO
111. ___ path for : SMOOTHA
113. Mumbled one's words : SLURRED
116. Lake near Utica : OTSEGO
117. Avoid : ESCHEW
119. Cockney's aides : ELPERS
120. Small-runway planes : STOLS
121. Greek letters : PIS
122. Jewish benediction : AMIDAH
123. "There is ___ slip . . . " : MANYA
124. Arabian gazelle : ARIEL
126. Snow gear: Var. : SKEES
129. Mock : JEER
130. French river : YSER
131. Samoan council : FONO
132. Village of Russia : ORDA
133. Roman road : ITER
134. Other, in Spain : OTRA
135. Cribbage jacks : NOBS
137. Inc., in England : LTD

Answer summary: 18 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 16 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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