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ON THE BALL

New York Times, Sunday, April 1, 1973

Author:
Anthony Morse
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 68, Avg Word Len: 5.33, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 562 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 131, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 12
Anthony Morse has 35 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,632
Across
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Concerns of sentries : FOES
5
Early French king : CAPET
10
Grouchy ones : CRABS
15
Get lost! : SCAT
19
Tule : RUSH
20
Place for Xanthippe : AGORA
21
Early viol : REBEC
22
Part of Northwest Territory : OHIO
23
“What ___ rare . . . ?” : ISSO
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Low-down thief : BASESTEALER
26
Shrill bark : YELP
27
“From Here to ___” : ETERNITY
29
Sordid : SEAMY
30
Wipes out : ERASES
32
Tooth part : DENTINE
33
Bog material : PEAT
34
Toscanini, etc. : MAESTRI
35
Villa ___ : DESTE
36
Emulated a virtuous girl : WALKEDHOME
39
Jet housing : POD
40
Toddler : TOT
41
Goddess of plenty : OPS
42
Pretenses : AIRS
43
Sea flier : ERNE
44
French soap : SAVON
47
Candlenut tree : AMA
48
Put aside : WAIVE
50
Bench, e.g. : PRO
51
Kind of joint : CLIP
52
What some girls do : DRAWPASSES
54
Regular courses : ROTES
57
Headland : RAS
58
Bearing : MIEN
59
Measure : LITER
60
Squirrel, e.g. : RODENT
61
Pearl Harbor shrine : ARIZONA
63
Early guitars : LUTES
64
Du Maurier character : REBECCA
65
Climbers aids : PITONS
66
More sensible : SANER
67
Helper : AIDE
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Dress, with “out” : TOG
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Come home : SCORE
70
Coffee leavings : WETGROUNDS
72
Links cry : FORE
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Aldo : RAY
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Constellation : ARIES
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Compass reading : NNE
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French artist and family : DORES
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Jam down : MASH
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Greek letters : PSIS
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French goose : OIE
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Kind of deal : RAW
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Connective : AND
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Trainers spar : COACHESBOX
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God of Islam : ALLAH
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TV comedy show : LAUGHIN
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Streak : VEIN
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Strings of horses : STABLES
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Texas A.&M. team : AGGIES
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Armadillos : APARS
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Friendly : SOCIABLE
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Nitwit : BOOB
99
Confidential slant : INSIDEPITCH
102
Garden pest : WEED
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Chill : AGUE
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Color of ébène : NOIRE
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“Swan Lake” character : ODILE
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Kind of drive : LINE
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Soaks : RETS
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Imposing : GRAND
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River of Ukraine : SERET
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Asterisk : STAR
Down
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Sautéed : FRIED
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Gave the thumb to : OUSTED
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Ascetic : ESSENE
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Brief visit : SHORTSTOP
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White House furniture : CABINET
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Small type : AGATE
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Nosegay : POSY
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Prior to : ERE
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Corn features : TASSELS
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Invent : CREATE
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Bevel out : REAM
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With competence : ABLY
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Get-together : BEE
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Roller-coaster sounds : SCREAMS
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Beans : SOYAS
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Cashbox guardian : CHESTPROTECTOR
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Plane-wing part : AILERON
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On deck : TOPSIDE
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Hard wood : TEAK
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Inert gas : NITON
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Dakota Indian : REE
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Tropical fruit : PAPAW
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Habits : MORES
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Eve : WOMAN
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Places for politicos : DAISES
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French winter : HIVER
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Wear away : ERODE
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Odds and ends : SCRAPS
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Visigoth king : ALARIC
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Guests’ canoe : VISITORSDUGOUT
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Playing field : AREA
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On-deck men : WAITERS
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Star: Prefix : ASTERO
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Investigation : PROBE
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Rackets : DINS
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Dive : PLUNGE
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Bonus of a sort : ENCORE
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Puts on : STAGES
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Cash : MONEY
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N.L. players : REDS
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Samson’s birthplace : ZORAH
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Somewhat tardy : LATISH
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Take a train : RIDE
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Silken : SERIC
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Wing : ANNEX
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“There ___ old . . . ” : WASAN
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U.A.W., for one : UNION
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Goose wails : FOWLBAWLS
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___ Lama : DALAI
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Region of India : MALABAR
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Mystical use of words : ANAGOGE
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Getting on the ready : POISING
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Spanish bishops : OBISPOS
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Pawl : RATCHET
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That: It. : CHE
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Stepped around : EVADED
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Withered : SERE
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Even if : ALBEIT
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State capital : HELENA
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Scoffs : GIBES
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Column part : SOCLE
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Passover event : SEDER
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Land of the Pamirs : ASIA
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Spool : PIRN
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To-do : STIR
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Connective : NOR
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Fish : IDE

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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