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ON THE MAIN LINE

New York Times, Sunday, May 13, 1973

Author:
Robert Roop
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 70, Avg Word Len: 5.38, Missing: { Q Z }, Scrabble score: 555 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 112, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 8, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 19
Robert Vaux Roop has 5 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original solution had MIMIMUM at 69-Across; corrected this to MINIMUM.

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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,674
Across
1. Discernment : TASTE
6. Loiters : IDLES
11. Doc or Sneezy : DWARF
16. Kitchen utensil : SIFTER
17. Fasten a ship's rope : REEVE
18. Competitors : RIVALS
20. Cap'n Andy's boat : COTTONBLOSSOM
22. Nasal in tone : ADENOID
24. ___ carte : ALA
25. Noun suffix : ATION
26. Captain : SKIPPER
28. Fuss : ADO
29. Spoiler : BANE
31. Zen art work : SUMIE
33. Stage direction : ENTER
34. Salary: Abbr. : STIP
35. Cake feature : ICING
37. Parrot : MACAW
39. Swiss river : AAR
40. Lorelei's home : RHINE
41. Olympus drink : NECTAR
43. Saint's namesakes : XAVIERS
45. Goings-on : DOINGS
46. Red gem, in Spain : RUBI
48. Leapin' ladies : LENAS
49. Move up ___ : ARUNG
50. News-dispatch feature : DATELINE
54. Insecticide : DDT
55. Bon Homme Richard, e.g. : FLAGSHIP
58. Trees : ASHES
59. Kennedy : TED
61. Haitian port : JEREMIE
63. Horace work : ODE
64. Certain votes : NOES
65. Tramp, for one : MERCHANTMAN
67. Natives: Suffix : ITES
68. Harbor boat : TUG
69. ___ wage : MINIMUM
70. ___ deck : SUN
71. T-bone : STEAK
72. Stretch out : ELONGATE
74. Metric units: Abbr. : MMS
76. Meanly tricky : RASCALLY
78. Loam deposit : LOESS
79. Tuscany city : SIENA
81. Ruhr yield : COAL
82. Beckett name et al. : GODOTS
84. Spanish clover varieties : MADRIDS
86. Took pot shots at : SNIPED
90. Playing area : ARENA
91. Costello : LOU
92. Boiler plates : SPUTS
94. Vista : SCENE
95. Weathercock : VANE
96. Steamboat pioneer : FITCH
98. Teen talk : SLANG
100. To-do : STIR
101. Ordinal suffix : ETH
102. Kind of oil : LINSEED
104. Moor : TIEUP
106. Arctic explorer : RAE
107. One of the classes : LEISURE
109. Mobile boardwalk of sorts : PROMENADEDECK
112. One with a trap : SNARER
113. Moslem prince : AMEER
114. Stick-ons : DECALS
115. Apparel : DRESS
116. Snide : NASTY
117. S. A. monkeys : SAKIS
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1. Headline name of 1912 : TITANIC
2. Toward the stern : AFT
3. Portico : STOA
4. Shelters : TENTS
5. Metallic element : ERBIUM
6. Sarcastic : IRONICAL
7. ___ Plaines : DES
8. Lacking: Suffix : LESS
9. Call up : EVOKE
10. Study groups : SEMINARS
11. Dry-goods man : DRAPER
12. More extensive : WIDER
13. Declare : AVER
14. Published : RAN
15. Cruise ship, in ads : FLOATINGHOTEL
16. Console : SOLACE
19. Short rail track : SIDING
20. Stateroom : CABIN
21. U. S. folklorist : LOMAX
23. Stupid ones : DOPES
27. School orgs. : PTAS
30. Main courses : ENTREES
32. Having overhangs : EAVED
34. Leg parts : SHINS
36. Caesar's subjects : GAULS
38. Talkative people : WINDJAMMERS
40. Cosmetic : ROUGE
42. Batter's abbr. : RBI
44. Consumed : EATEN
45. Sink part : DRAIN
47. Purposes' partners : INTENTS
49. Catch-all book : ALMANAC
50. Beatrice's friend : DANTE
51. "I won't tell ___" : ASOUL
52. Drake's ship : THEGOLDENHIND
53. Uncanny : EERIE
55. Leg bone : FEMUR
56. Goal : IDEAL
57. Annoying : PESKY
60. British medal : DCM
62. Stock offerings: Abbr. : RTS
65. Russian city : MIASS
66. Sultry : HUMID
67. Kind of type : ITALICS
69. Tanzanian town : MGETA
71. Looks over : SCANS
73. "___ but you" : NOONE
75. Sassy ones : SNIPS
77. Desperate letters : SOS
79. Cooking utensil : SAUCEPAN
80. Commandment topic : ADULTERY
82. Chairman's need : GAVEL
83. Declaims : ORATES
84. Witty remarks : MOTS
85. Necktie woe : STAIN
87. Stormy birds : PETRELS
88. Computers : ENIACS
89. Actor John : DEREK
91. Sea queens : LINERS
93. Sam and J. C. of golf : SNEADS
96. Gives the gate : FIRES
97. Greek image : HERMA
99. Sumerian ruler : GUDEA
102. Decoy : LURE
103. Performs : DOES
105. Hen's forte : PECK
108. Men's org. : SAR
110. N. Y. athlete : MET
111. Bao ___ : DAI

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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