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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 Down
1. 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
24. 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
68. Dress, with "out" : TOG
69. Come home : SCORE
70. Coffee leavings : WETGROUNDS
72. Links cry : FORE
73. Aldo : RAY
74. Constellation : ARIES
75. Compass reading : NNE
76. French artist and family : DORES
77. Jam down : MASH
79. Greek letters : PSIS
80. French goose : OIE
81. Kind of deal : RAW
82. Connective : AND
83. Trainers spar : COACHESBOX
86. God of Islam : ALLAH
89. TV comedy show : LAUGHIN
91. Streak : VEIN
92. Strings of horses : STABLES
94. Texas A.&M. team : AGGIES
95. Armadillos : APARS
97. Friendly : SOCIABLE
98. Nitwit : BOOB
99. Confidential slant : INSIDEPITCH
102. Garden pest : WEED
103. Chill : AGUE
104. Color of ébène : NOIRE
105. "Swan Lake" character : ODILE
106. Kind of drive : LINE
107. Soaks : RETS
108. Imposing : GRAND
109. River of Ukraine : SERET
110. Asterisk : STAR
1. Sautéed : FRIED
2. Gave the thumb to : OUSTED
3. Ascetic : ESSENE
4. Brief visit : SHORTSTOP
5. White House furniture : CABINET
6. Small type : AGATE
7. Nosegay : POSY
8. Prior to : ERE
9. Corn features : TASSELS
10. Invent : CREATE
11. Bevel out : REAM
12. With competence : ABLY
13. Get-together : BEE
14. Roller-coaster sounds : SCREAMS
15. Beans : SOYAS
16. Cashbox guardian : CHESTPROTECTOR
17. Plane-wing part : AILERON
18. On deck : TOPSIDE
25. Hard wood : TEAK
28. Inert gas : NITON
31. Dakota Indian : REE
33. Tropical fruit : PAPAW
34. Habits : MORES
36. Eve : WOMAN
37. Places for politicos : DAISES
38. French winter : HIVER
43. Wear away : ERODE
44. Odds and ends : SCRAPS
45. Visigoth king : ALARIC
46. Guests' canoe : VISITORSDUGOUT
47. Playing field : AREA
48. On-deck men : WAITERS
49. Star: Prefix : ASTERO
50. Investigation : PROBE
52. Rackets : DINS
53. Dive : PLUNGE
55. Bonus of a sort : ENCORE
56. Puts on : STAGES
58. Cash : MONEY
60. N.L. players : REDS
62. Samson's birthplace : ZORAH
63. Somewhat tardy : LATISH
64. Take a train : RIDE
66. Silken : SERIC
67. Wing : ANNEX
70. "There ___ old . . . " : WASAN
71. U.A.W., for one : UNION
72. Goose wails : FOWLBAWLS
76. ___ Lama : DALAI
77. Region of India : MALABAR
78. Mystical use of words : ANAGOGE
79. Getting on the ready : POISING
80. Spanish bishops : OBISPOS
81. Pawl : RATCHET
83. That: It. : CHE
84. Stepped around : EVADED
85. Withered : SERE
87. Even if : ALBEIT
88. State capital : HELENA
90. Scoffs : GIBES
92. Column part : SOCLE
93. Passover event : SEDER
95. Land of the Pamirs : ASIA
96. Spool : PIRN
97. To-do : STIR
100. Connective : NOR
101. 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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