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WET STRENGTH

New York Times, Sunday, September 26, 1971

Author: Virginia W. Schneider
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 88, Avg Word Len: 5.25, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 658 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 151, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 18, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 22
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© 1971, The New York TimesNo. 8,079
Across Down
1. Fourth or real : ESTATE
7. Day of prayer : EMBER
12. Badger : RIDE
16. Source of some cigars : TAMPA
21. Tool : GIMLET
22. Watered silk : MOIRE
23. Blame : ONUS
24. Of Mars : AREAN
25. Fabled fritterers : GRASSHOPPERS
27. Juanita Hall role : BLOODYMARY
29. Wash. title : SEN
30. Best ___ : SELLER
31. Beings: Fr. : ETRES
33. Kenya's neighbor : UGANDA
34. July–August people : LEOS
35. "Some like ___" : ITHOT
36. Prune, in Scotland : SNED
37. Stir : ADO
40. City on Hudson : TROY
41. "All we can do ___" : ISTRY
42. Some lenses : CONTACTS
46. Troop actions : SORTIES
48. Lizard : ANOLE
49. Guilty, for one : PLEA
50. Map abbr. : LAT
51. Went up and away : SOARED
52. "___ Me" : COFFEETEAOR
55. Suet: Prefix : SEBI
56. O'Neill heroine, et al. : ANNAS
57. Words of disgust : OHROT
58. Seagoing initials : USSS
59. Play for time : STALL
60. Safecracker : YEGG
61. Smell ___ : ARAT
62. Gloves and hose: Abbr. : PRS
63. Red : CLARET
64. Direction : SSE
65. Like bustles : OLDFASHIONED
70. Plane's route : AIRWAY
71. ___ fire (hot shot) : BALLOF
73. U. S. writer and editor : TOWNE
74. Vedic god : ADITYA
76. Refer to : ALLUDE
78. Tools : SCREWDRIVERS
81. Thine: Fr. : TES
84. Mickey or Annie : ROONEY
85. Young one : LAD
86. Mr. Martini : NINO
87. Interlock : MESH
88. Peace nobelist, 1911 : ASSER
89. Beat-up auto : HEAP
91. Certain room : STUDY
93. Creator of Ah Sin : HARTE
94. Good Queen ___ : BESS
95. Men who produce corn : MOONSHINERS
98. Water sportsman : SURFER
99. World aid org. : IRO
100. British brook : BURN
101. "Two hearts that beat ___" : ASONE
102. Ghost story : CHILLER
103. ___ milk (bland) : ASMILDAS
105. Commoners : PLEBS
106. Police problem : RIOT
107. Lowell : AMY
108. Dashes about : GADS
109. Centers of activity : HIVES
110. Layer : TIER
111. Fixed standard : ASSIZE
114. Rejuvenate : RENEW
115. Scout and eye : EAGLES
117. Espouse : WED
120. "Old ___ Sky" : BUTTERMILK
122. Stolen sweet : HOTCHOCOLATE
125. ___-propre : AMOUR
126. Auk genus : ALLE
127. Expect : AWAIT
128. Heavily favored : ODDSON
129. Boxes : SPARS
130. Trudge : PLOD
131. Lab jobs : TESTS
132. Singer Bobby and family : DARINS
1. Nog ingredients : EGGS
2. Father : SIRE
3. Fed : TMAN
4. Kaline and Rosen : ALS
5. Hardy heroine : TESS
6. The Unready : ETHELRED
7. Occupy : EMPLOY
8. Sulks : MOPES
9. German drink : BIER
10. Blunder : ERR
11. Find a new home : RESETTLE
12. Highland brigand : ROBROY
13. Cove : INLET
14. Junior combos : DUOS
15. That: Sp. : ESO
16. Star in Pleiades : TAYGETA
17. Spanish export of 1588 : ARMADA
18. Ignoble : MEAN
19. Sidekick : PARD
20. Writer Seton : ANYA
26. Spreads : OLEOS
28. Persistent creditor : DUNNER
32. Pigs or R's : THREE
35. "The good men do ___ interred . . . " : ISOFT
36. Music pieces : SOLOS
37. Analyzes : ASSAYS
38. Lorna and family : DOONES
39. Florida's flower : ORANGEBLOSSOM
40. Gets even : TIES
41. Dope : INFO
42. Some tax men : CPAS
43. Phillies' spring home : CLEARWATERFLA
44. ___ motion (set aside) : TABLEA
45. Pompous : STILTY
47. Certain drama: Abbr. : TRAG
48. Arterial trunk : AORTA
52. Banters : CHAFFS
53. English painter : TURNER
54. In ___ (actual) : ESSE
55. Open-eyed : STARY
57. Church list : ORDO
59. Partly-closed eyes : SLITS
61. Playing marble : ALLEY
62. Thoreau milieu : POND
63. H.Q. for Sadat : CAIRO
65. Senior : OLDER
66. Subway supports : STRAPS
67. Dug : HOED
68. Labor org. : IWW
69. Balfour and Harum : DAVIDS
72. Old French measures : AUNES
75. Gainsay : DENY
76. Largest peninsula : ARABIA
77. Certain bridge cards : LOSERS
79. Highland unit : CLAN
80. Take effect : INURE
82. Respect : ESTEEM
83. The man who came to dinner : SHERRY
87. Crumbly earth : MARL
89. Israeli dances : HORAS
90. Kalpas : EONS
91. Insufferable ones : SNOBS
92. Sawbucks : TENS
93. Après sept : HUIT
95. Wet-track runner : MUDDER
96. Bisect : HALVE
97. "___ you mean" : ISEEWHAT
98. Type of food fish : SHORECOD
100. Sports jackets : BLAZERS
102. Taxco's sky : CIELO
104. Therefore: Lat. : IGITUR
105. Edged with scallops : PINKED
106. Bill of ___ : RIGHTS
109. Telephone call : HELLO
110. Agreement of a kind : TACIT
111. Coarse fabrics : ABAS
112. ___ pump : SUMP
113. Portico : STOA
114. Moon valley : RILL
115. Greek letters : ETAS
116. Drink additive : SODA
117. "Able ___ ere . . . " : WASI
118. Jacket : ETON
119. Retreats : DENS
121. Mug : MAP
123. Have creditors : OWE
124. Guide: Abbr. : LDR

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 8 debuted here and reused later, 15 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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