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CLOSE CALLS

New York Times, Sunday, September 17, 1972

Author: Threba Johnson
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 132, Blocks: 76, Avg Word Len: 5.53, Missing: { J Q V X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 536 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 131, Cheaters: 14, FITB: 12, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 19
Threba Johnson has 31 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,436
Across Down
1. Worries : FRETS
6. In ___ by itself : ACLASS
12. Clover yield : NECTAR
18. Creator : AUTHOR
20. Plot anew : REHATCH
21. Strong flow : ONRUSH
22. Plan : SCHEME
23. Awns : ARISTAE
24. Clay houses : ADOBES
25. Film about a Texas town : THELASTPICTURESHOW
28. Antitoxins : SERA
29. Exclamations : OHS
30. Proprietors : OWNERS
31. Untamed : FERAL
35. Certain : SURE
37. Pronoun : SHE
38. Like a mad hen : WET
40. Tokyo's old name : EDO
41. Camel's nemesis : LASTSTRAW
46. Condition: Suffix : OSIS
49. Islamic month : SHABAN
51. Edgar and C.P. : SNOWS
52. Of the ear : AURAL
54. ___ continuum : SPACETIME
56. Novice: Var. : TIRO
57. Crichton novel : THETERMINALMAN
59. Group in Bond movie : SMERSH
62. Mars: Prefix : AREO
63. Plains home: Var. : TIPI
64. Heel-___ : ANDTOE
66. "Grecian Urn" man : KEATS
68. Wise counselor : MENTOR
72. O'Neill girl : OONA
74. River to Caspian : URAL
75. Depilate : DEHAIR
77. Beckett play : KRAPPSLASTTAPE
83. Son of Isaac : ESAU
84. Cruel : HEARTLESS
85. Virile one : HEMAN
86. Scottish dance : FLING
87. Lace collar : BERTHA
88. Auditory : OTIC
90. Cobblers' gear : SHOELASTS
92. Chem. suffix : ANE
93. Telepathy : ESP
95. ___-jongg : MAH
97. Merkel et al. : UNAS
98. ___ novarum : RERUM
100. Arouse : INCITE
103. Place for a car key: Abbr. : IGN
104. Man of Indochina : THAI
108. Go whole hog : PULLOUTALLTHESTOPS
112. African fly : TSETSE
115. Irish port and bay : TRALEES
116. Kind of speech sound : APICAL
117. Jargon : PATOIS
118. Baltic land : ESTONIA
119. Modest : DEMURE
120. Position : STANCE
121. Onslaughts : SIEGES
122. Mae and Rebecca : WESTS
1. Goes without food : FASTS
2. Pleated trim : RUCHE
3. Anesthetic : ETHER
4. Reigning fad : THELASTWORD
5. Immortality potion : SOMA
6. Atmosphere: Prefix : AERI
7. A Marx and others : CHICOS
8. Stewart Brand compilation : LASTWHOLEEARTHCATALOG
9. Adjusts : ATTUNES
10. Kind of crow : SCARE
11. Utter : SHEER
12. Webster : NOAH
13. Place to get off : ENDOFTHELINE
14. Poet John ___ Ransom : CROWE
15. Bathing place : TUB
16. Ibsen character : ASE
17. Backfield men: Abbr. : RHS
19. Last ___ : RESORT
20. Medium sounds : RAPS
26. "___ that ate the malt" : THERAT
27. Compass point : SSW
32. Measure of Algeria : REBIA
33. Doesn't give ___ : ADAMN
34. Sole : LONE
36. Ship initials : USS
39. Got away : ESCAPED
41. War craft of '40's : LSTS
42. Soul : ANIMA
43. Kierkegaard : SOREN
44. Cry of disgust : AUH
45. Inflict : WREAK
47. Doctrine : ISM
48. Barbecue part : SPIT
50. Vapor: Prefix : ATM
53. Father of Menelaus : ATREUS
55. Lively, in music: Abbr. : ANIM
58. Turn : ROTATE
60. Onetime radio show : STOPTHEMUSIC
61. To-dos : HOOPLAS
65. Else, in Scotland : ENSE
67. Bridge scores : SLAMS
69. Start of a song about Paris : THELASTTIME
70. Water hole : OASIS
71. Laughing : RIANT
73. Besides : ALSO
76. Kirmans : RUGS
77. N.H. city : KEENE
78. More unusual : RARER
79. Sculpture, etc. : ART
80. Time zone east of N.Y. : AST
81. Cry of contempt : PAH
82. Sufficient : ENOUGH
84. Flanged beam : HBAR
86. State: Abbr. : FLA
89. Copy : IMITATE
91. Group of nine : ENNEAD
94. Hair: Prefix : PIL
96. Girl's name : HELENE
99. Sinclair : UPTON
101. Short letters : NOTES
102. Vulgar: Sp. : CURSI
103. "___ shame!" : ITSA
105. Cheat : HOCUS
106. Divergent : APART
107. British ___ : ISLES
109. ___-majesty : LESE
110. Garlands : LEIS
111. Gush : SPEW
112. Scout groups: Abbr. : TPS
113. Posed : SAT
114. Greek letter : ETA

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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