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VARIABLES

New York Times, Sunday, February 18, 1973

Author: Jack Luzzatto
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 132, Blocks: 60, Avg Word Len: 5.77, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 559 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 142, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 1, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Jack Luzzatto has 292 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,590
Across Down
1. Served secretly : SPIED
6. Card games : ECARTES
13. Forcing house : HOTBED
19. Dark-room activity : SEANCE
20. Part of TNT : TOLUENE
21. Reluctant : AVERSE
22. Pregame practice : WARMUP
23. Device that measures current : AMMETER
24. Mental image : RECEPT
25. Island near Quemoy : AMOY
26. Trimming implement : RIMMER
28. Speed-trap device : RADAR
30. Exist : ARE
31. Torme : MEL
32. Sun: Prefix : HELIO
33. Redeemer : SAVIOR
35. Whirring sound: Var. : SKIR
36. High-level brat : PRIMADONNA
39. Chutzpa : GALL
40. Becomes : SUITS
41. Any new hot seller : ALATESTHIT
43. South American : LATIN
45. Wine glasses : GOBLETS
48. Jail : COOLER
50. Ice grabbers : TONGS
52. Throbbing : APULSE
53. Card game : MONTE
54. Like Wagner's output : OPERATIC
57. Pert cap : BERET
58. Dutch specialty : TULIP
59. Humiliate : ABASE
60. Daughter of Loki : HEL
61. Caen's river : ORNE
62. Poor solace : COLDCOMFORT
64. Beautiful girl : PERI
65. Headland : RAS
66. Digging animals : MOLES
67. Mass. campus : TUFTS
68. French river : LOIRE
69. In a thickheaded way : STUPIDLY
71. Kind of tax : SALES
72. Garage-shelf item : OILCAN
73. Lyric poem : EPODE
74. Not sterilized : SEPTIC
76. Weakest : PUNIEST
77. Occupation : TRADE
79. Arctic dangers : FROSTBITES
81. Old flames : ASHES
83. Upholstered piece : SOFA
85. Gets ready to sound off : HIRESAHALL
89. Schoolgirl : COED
90. Swaggers : STRUTS
92. Horse opera : OATER
93. Charge : FEE
94. Heart : COR
95. Followers of the dogs : FLEAS
96. Aircraft shed : HANGAR
98. Pole or Serb : SLAV
99. Star, in Paris : ETOILE
101. Interval of delay : TIMELAG
103. New Orleans campus : TULANE
105. Unit of doubt : SHADOW
106. Gormandized : OVERATE
107. Slick paint : ENAMEL
108. Passover feasts : SEDERS
109. Released claim to : REMISED
110. Widow's legacy : DOWER
1. Maker of joins : SEAMER
2. Parlay betting system : PAROLI
3. "I'll See You ___ Dreams" : INMY
4. Old French coin : ECU
5. Pillage : DEPREDATE
6. Cotton fabric : ETAMINE
7. Run-of-the-mill viragos : COMMONSCOLDS
8. Egyptian dancing girl : ALME
9. Sorry fellows : RUERS
10. New Year in Vietnam : TET
11. Drain of pep : ENERVATE
12. Harem : SERAIL
13. Ethiopian city : HARAR
14. Finished : OVER
15. Private eye : TEC
16. Getting the party rolling : BREAKINGTHEICE
17. Vivacity : ESPRIT
18. Checks : DETERS
19. Overwhelm : SWAMP
27. Land areas: Var. : ILOTS
29. Cute girl : DOLL
32. Healthiest : HALEST
34. Spry : AGILE
35. Hog family : SUINA
37. Australian thicket : MALLEE
38. Unaccented : ATONIC
40. Hold supplies : STORE
42. Buck-passing item : HOTPOTATO
44. Nuclear trial : ATEST
45. Hollywood film family : GABORS
46. Work : OPERATE
47. Makes time : BURNSUPTHEROAD
49. Science-fiction figures : ROBOTS
51. Jagged range : SIERRAS
53. Hornless cows : MULEYS
55. Golf scores : PARS
56. Customer : CLIENT
58. Charge at the bridge : TOLL
59. Loving : AFFECTIONATE
62. Marked for identification : CODED
63. Stubborn : MULISH
64. Suavity : POLISH
66. The original Goldfinger? : MIDAS
68. Long and narrow : LINEAR
70. Pondered : PORED
71. Lean man : SPRAT
72. Added an external section : OUTSERTED
75. Gushing : EFFUSIVE
76. Famed sculpture : PIETA
78. East, in Spain : ESTE
80. Puffed oneself up : BRAGGED
81. Approach : ACCESS
82. Calm down : SOOTHE
84. Speaker with panache : ORATOR
86. On fire : AFLAME
87. Thinner : LEANER
88. Without a slant : LEVEL
90. Scads : SLEWS
91. Body of Islamic law: Var. : SHERI
95. Wine fermenting agent : FLOR
97. Sorry cry : ALAS
98. Side dish : SLAW
100. Carplike fish : IDE
102. Hebrew letter : MEM
104. One, in Spain : UNO

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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