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New York Times, Sunday, July 29, 1973

Author: Elmer Toro
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 86, Avg Word Len: 5.34, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 658 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 129, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 13, XRef: 0, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 29
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,751
Across Down
1. Indian state : ASSAM
6. Opera girl et al. : AIDAS
11. Old French coin : SOU
14. Old festival of Aug. 1 : LAMMAS
20. Solomon Islands bay : TIARO
21. Decrepit : SENILE
22. Number : TEN
23. Classify : ASSORT
24. White : CLIFFSOFDOVERORWITHFURY
28. Everybody : ALL
29. Eggs ___ yong : FOO
30. Hebrew month : ETANIM
31. ___ fixe : IDEE
32. Naught : NIL
33. Yellow : ROSEOFTEXASORPAGES
37. "___ happens . . . " : ITSO
38. Bagnold : ENID
39. Newcastle's river : TYNE
40. Curve : ESS
41. W. W. II plane : STUKA
43. Take pot shots at : SNIPE
45. Bede and Smith : ADAMS
49. Place : PUT
51. Clamor : NOISE
54. Ruler : TSAR
55. Slept : REPOSED
58. Champion : WINNER
59. Dumas hero : ATHOS
61. Black : MAGICORKNIGHT
65. Social : BEE
66. Council city : TRENT
67. Woes : ILLS
68. Snake eyes : ONCE
69. Red, in Italy : ROSSO
71. Country follower : TIS
72. Confederate : ALLY
73. Once more : ANEW
74. Hingle : PAT
75. "The ___ have it" : AYES
78. Roman needle : ACUS
80. Gold : ILOCKSORSMITH
83. Site of Frogner Park : OSLO
84. Split : RENT
85. Slowing, in music: Abbr. : RIT
86. Give it ___ : ATRY
87. Continent, to French : ASIE
88. Columbus campus : OSU
89. Glossy cloth : SATIN
91. Enjoys Chamonix : SKIS
92. Old chest : ARCA
93. Do burlesque work : STRIP
95. Chem. suffix : ABE
97. Pink : ELEPHANTORGIN
100. Tatter's products : LACES
101. Science course : BOTANY
103. Thicket : BOSKAGE
104. Land parcels : SOLA
105. Meat cuts : CHOPS
106. Britain's Bonar : LAW
107. Dinner course : ROAST
110. Jerk : TWERP
112. Peewee : REESE
114. Cairo initials : UAR
117. Anklebones : TALI
119. Dirk : SNEE
121. Tennis shots : LOBS
123. Purple : PEOPLEEATERORHEART
129. Gardner : AVA
130. Snapshots, for short : PICS
131. Put in a hopeless spot : ENTRAP
132. Scented plant : RUE
133. Honshu city : TSU
134. Blue : BIRDOFHAPPINESSORPERIOD
139. Give ___ approval : ANODOF
140. Cumberland, for one : GAP
141. Burton role : ANTONY
142. Blackmore girl : DOONE
143. Kind of box : SENTRY
144. Self : EGO
145. British guns : STENS
146. Moon crater : SINAS
1. " . . . heart that laughs ___" : ATCARE
2. Furrows: Fr. : SILLONS
3. Red : SAILSINTHESUNSETORBARON
4. Sandy's bark : ARF
5. Singer Anna : MOFFO
6. W. W. I force : AEF
7. Like most reference books : INDEXED
8. Old amphora : DIOTA
9. Edison name et al. : ALVAS
10. "___ evil" : SEENO
11. Jazz pieces : STOMPS
12. Word in poems : OER
13. Remove a toupee : UNWIG
14. Most recent : LATEST
15. Tennis pro : ASHE
16. Ecological degree : MSF
17. Green : MOUNTAINBOYSORCARNATION
18. Column ridge : ARRIS
19. Pillar: Prefix : STYLO
21. Like a chimney : SOOTY
25. Easier : SOFTER
26. Laugh, in Paris : RIRE
27. Common Latin phrase : IDEST
34. Menlo Park name : EDISON
35. Spanish queen : ENA
36. Quivery trees : ASPENE
37. Image : IKON
42. Single things : UNITS
44. One of the tenses : PAST
46. Onassis et al. : ARIS
47. Garage man: Abbr. : MEC
48. Silver : SPOONORSTAR
50. Caucasian tongue : UDI
52. Note : SEE
53. Prior to : ERE
56. Cantankerous : ORNERY
57. Swerves : SKCWS
58. "___ devil do you think you are?" : WHOTHE
59. Rose oil : ATTAR
60. Instant : TRICE
61. Advertising-rate base : MILLINE
62. Prorate : ALLOT
63. Sweet: Prefix : GLYC
64. Roman emperor : GRATIAN
70. Saint, in Brazil : SAO
72. In a light manner : AIRILY
73. Raise ___ about : ASTINK
74. Fish: Prefix : PISCI
76. Miss Venner : ELSIE
77. Heavy fogs : SOUPS
79. Depot: Abbr. : STA
81. N. Z. parrots : KAKAS
82. Border, for short : MARG
90. Taut : TENSE
91. Appear : SHOWUP
92. ___ code : AREA
93. Not busy : SLOW
94. Writer Gay : TALESE
95. Basics : ABC
96. Tokyo drama : BOH
98. Police org. : PBA
99. Space initials : OGO
102. Imitates : APES
104. Agitate : STIRUP
106. Parasite : LEECH
108. Family hand-me-down : STEPSON
109. Feather's pal : TAR
111. ___ non grata : PERSONA
113. Smart : SPIFFY
115. Syrian city : ALEPPO
116. Italian painter : RENI
118. Truck, in London : LORRY
120. Compositions : ETUDES
121. Over there: Fr. : LABAS
122. Sheeplike : OVINE
124. Siouan Indian : OSAGE
125. Lab vessels : ETNAS
126. Common contraction : ARENT
127. Kind of bud : TASTE
128. Listens to : HEEDS
130. Straitened : POOR
135. Insecticide : DDT
136. ___ and Cav (opera double-bill) : PAG
137. Switch readings : ONS
138. French monarch : ROI

Answer summary: 24 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 13 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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