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VARIETY PACKAGE

New York Times, Sunday, February 6, 1972

Author: Jack Luzzatto
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 130, Blocks: 64, Avg Word Len: 5.80, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 554 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 144, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 18
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,212
Across Down
1. Solemn promise : PLEDGE
7. Sentimental fools : SOFTS
12. Multitudes : SWARMS
18. Of direct descent : LINEAL
19. Spooks : SPIRITS
21. Wind-borne : EOLIAN
22. Set free : UNCAGE
23. Mini-people country : LILIPUT
24. Near-homer : TRIPLE
25. Paltry : MEAN
26. Polite word : PLEASE
28. Nit-pick : CAVIL
30. ___ mater : PIA
31. Don't miss it : BUS
32. Serape : SHAWL
33. In a photo finish : NECKANDNECK
36. Store-ad features : SPECIALS
38. Taro roots : EDDOES
39. Takes on cargo : LADES
40. Peter : ARNO
41. Kind of remark : SNIDE
42. Taunt : TWIT
44. Lease again : RELET
46. Third-rank univ. student : TERNAR
47. From the same mother : ENATIC
51. Small valleys : DELLS
52. Criteria : CANONS
53. Rival of long standing : OLDENEMY
55. Old French coins : ECUS
56. Christmas toe : MISTLE
57. Hot-rod site : DRAGSTRIP
58. Titanic message : SOS
59. Worst of friends : MORTALENEMIES
61. Engine: Abbr. : MTR
62. Displays : EVIDENCES
64. Fond fools : DOTERS
65. Geste, e.g. : BEAU
66. Hurt in return : REVENGED
67. Country quaffs : CIDERS
68. Beer bases : WORTS
69. Thirty, in Paris : TRENTE
70. U.S. beasts : BISONS
71. Code man : MORSE
72. Tangy : TART
74. Nautical cry : AVAST
75. Girl in "La Bohème" : MIMI
76. Horrify : APPAL
79. Port of Brazil : RECIFE
81. Wisdom : SAGACITY
85. Relative of a kind : SOULBROTHER
87. Reject : SPURN
88. Speak of love : COO
89. Big ___ of Calif. : SUR
90. Limber : LITHE
91. Eur. region : IBERIA
93. Cut : HEWN
94. Poplars : ALAMOS
96. African land : ALGERIA
98. Words of sympathy : TOOBAD
100. "Merchant of ___" (movie ad villain) : MENACE
101. Nearing a culmination : NOONING
102. Infuriate : ENRAGE
103. Oodles : STACKS
104. Chain of hills : RIDGE
105. Word on a thin-ice sign : DANGER
1. Sounds the depth : PLUMBS
2. Form a queue : LINEUP
3. Put in a box : ENCASE
4. College V.I.P. : DEAN
5. Silencer : GAG
6. Peanut fancier : ELEPHANT
7. Mata Hari job, old style : SPIAL
8. Art medium : OILS
9. From "A" to "indeed" : FRIENDINNEEDISAFRIEND
10. Capsize : TIP
11. Worker on house sides : STUCCOER
12. Begin to function : SETIN
13. Urbanity : WORLDLINESS
14. Clay, today : ALI
15. Tore : RIPPED
16. Evil intent : MALICE
17. Quarterback ploys : SNEAKS
19. Great numbers : SLEWS
20. Wager : STAKE
27. Fr. composer : LALO
29. Like the ocean : VAST
32. Begets : SIRES
34. Norse sagas : EDDAS
35. Swimming : NATANT
37. Summons : CALLS
38. Sign up for : ENROLL
41. Wagner heroine et al. : SENTAS
43. Golf clubs : WEDGES
44. Make a comeback : RECOVER
45. Baffling : ELUSIVE
46. Sampled : TASTED
48. Prison inmates : TERMERS
49. Flatter in a way : IMITATE
50. Medit. island : CYPRUS
51. Forsake : DESERT
52. Pigwoman of "Odyssey" : CIRCE
53. Abalones : ORMERS
54. Beastly holes : LAIRS
56. Dealer in fish or gossip : MONGER
57. Watch lever : DETENT
59. Barrier of a sort : MENTALBLOCK
60. Knotty : NODOSE
63. Kind of floss : DENTAL
65. Eyewash acid : BORIC
67. Non-soldier: Slang : CIVIE
68. Lib worker : WOMAN
70. Footloose fellow : BACHELOR
71. Resettled : MIGRATED
73. Sulky race : TROT
75. Hawaiian island : MAUI
76. Teas of India : ASSAMS
77. Love letter: Fr. : POULET
78. Old legend of India : PURANA
80. Allen or Frome : ETHAN
81. Timber prop : SPRAG
82. Morning-after millinery : ICEBAG
83. Haul-away cost : TOWAGE
84. Wild blue ___ : YONDER
86. Ascends : RISES
87. Net : SEINE
92. Seagoing stockade : BRIG
93. Egotist's instrument : HORN
95. Sweet apple, for short : MAC
97. Honshu town : GOI
99. Turn ___ dime : ONA

Answer summary: 15 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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