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PLAYING THE GAME

New York Times, Sunday, February 13, 1966

Author: Jack Luzzatto
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 134, Blocks: 60, Avg Word Len: 5.69, Missing: { F J Z }, Scrabble score: 580 (avg 1.52)
Open Squares: 144, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 3, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14
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© 1966, The New York TimesNo. 6,028
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1. A game of life or death. : POSSUM
7. Pointer of the finger. : ACCUSER
14. A game of no hands : SOCCER
20. These be mysteries. : ARCANA
21. Laugh, à la Lewis Carroll. : CHORTLE
22. Open, as a certain package. : UNBALE
23. Member of vitamin B complex. : NIACIN
24. Small open carriage. : CARIOLE
25. Cincinnati ballplayer. : REDLEG
26. Of the: Sp. : DEL
27. Wearer of a gun. : TOTER
29. The French say it's spinach. : EPINARD
31. Hollywood name. : AVA
32. Covenanter with Nehemiah: Neh. 10:26. : ANAN
34. Spokelike. : RADIAL
36. Game for a spelunker. : CAVE
37. Hebrew measure. : OMER
38. Kind of poker game. : STRIP
40. Part of old Spain. : LEON
41. Runner's capacity to keep going. : SECONDWIND
43. Plays the game of patience. : MARKSTIME
46. Flooding at intervals. : TIDAL
47. Granular igneous rocks. : GABBROS
50. Dazes, as with beauty. : STUNS
52. Contraption. : DEVICE
55. Artery ailment. : ANEURYSM
57. Take for oneself. : ADOPT
59. Morning people. : RISERS
61. Cleansers. : LYES
62. Prelude to a talk. : AHEM
64. Entry in the game of matrimony. : GROOM
66. Hurled. : THREW
67. Night person. : OWL
68. Hand-to-hand. : CLOSEQUARTERS
71. Natural habitat, from the Greek. : ECE
72. ___ call (visited). : PAIDA
74. Where to tame a shrew. : PADUA
75. Game no more. : TAME
76. Cómo ___ usted? : ESTA
77. Church councils. : SYNODS
79. Probers of tomorrow. : SEERS
81. More of a beauty. : LOVELIER
83. Ancient mariner. : SEADOG
85. Final statement of account. : AUDIT
87. Switches a tape recorder. : REWINDS
88. Forked-tongue tribe. : LIARS
90. Made a bigger war. : ESCALATED
92. Unadept at thinking. : ADDLEPATED
96. Complain habitually. : CRAB
97. Small cheer for King Lear. : REGAN
101. The last of the wine. : LEES
102. Game for all golfers. : OPEN
103. With love and kisses. : WARMLY
105. Halfway. : SEMI
106. All the stevedores. : ILA
107. Inability to swallow: Med. : APHAGIA
109. Parallel to a ship. : ABEAM
111. Negatively. : NOT
112. The vicar's helper. : CURATE
114. New coinage. : MINTAGE
116. Stick together. : COHERE
118. New England prep school. : EXETER
119. Oleaginous suavity. : UNCTION
120. FBI man. : HOOVER
121. Blandish girl. : SERENA
122. Rustic worker. : PEASANT
123. Political agreement. : TREATY
1. Zoo attractions. : PANDAS
2. Find oneself. : ORIENT
3. Calibrated : SCALAR
4. Manned air defense group. : SAC
5. One thing. : UNIT
6. Country place. : MANOR
7. Assents. : ACCEDES
8. Roman roadsters. : CHARIOTS
9. The heart. : COR
10. Milton's Regent of the Sun. : URIEL
11. "___ the world . . . " : STOP
12. Island group near the Gilberts. : ELLICE
13. Show how it was. : REENACT
14. Give up the game. : SURRENDER
15. United. : ONED
16. Opposite of C.O.D. : CBD
17. Quills of feathers. : CALAMI
18. An odd number for the game. : ELEVEN
19. Esteem. : REGARD
28. Discusses business. : TALKSSHOP
30. Sidestep. : AVOID
33. An aura of glamour. : NIMBUS
35. Señorita's name. : ANITA
37. Big-eyed and solemn. : OWLISH
39. Young fish. : PARR
41. Tia's title, perhaps. : SENORA
42. Lifeboat lifters. : DAVITS
44. Rare kind of flush. : ROYAL
45. Fenders. : MUDGUARDS
47. Less stately dances. : GALOPS
48. Whatever happens, rural style. : ANYWAYS
49. Shortest distance between points. : BEELINE
51. Any game. : SPORT
53. Beeswax or a substitute. : CERESIN
54. Constructed. : ERECTED
56. Western plateaus. : MESAS
58. The big take. : TOTAL
60. Vows. : SWEARS
63. Jason's sorceress. : MEDEA
65. Not to be forgotten. : MEMORABLE
68. He holds the bag, in a game. : CADDIE
69. Stood on what the British call a crocodile. : QUEUED
70. Face a levee with stone. : REVET
73. Factotums. : DOALLS
76. Leaves out. : ELIDES
78. Morning, noon and night entertainment. : SOAPOPERA
80. New rupee. : SICCA
82. Pitcher. : EWER
84. Sales chart. : GRAPH
86. Pickle seasoning. : TARRAGON
89. Prepare to boil over. : STEAMUP
91. Like a lyric flame. : LAMBENT
92. Tiny heroine and others. : ALICES
93. Lapped in luxury. : DELUXE
94. More beloved. : DEARER
95. Car part. : ENGINE
98. The war-game rules center. : GENEVA
99. Love knot of old. : AMORET
100. After-dark rendezvous. : NITERY
103. Power units. : WATTS
104. Blue-water racer. : YACHT
107. Solar disk. : ATEN
108. Old Indian chief. : INCA
110. Tie up the boat. : MOOR
113. Dined. : ATE
115. Architect's group: Abbr. : AIA
117. Farm tool. : HOE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 10 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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