ALPHABETIC DOUBLE TALK

New York Times, Sunday, October 26, 1986

Author:Bert H. Kruse
Editor:Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 92, Avg Word Len: 5.20, Missing: { none — this is a pangram }, Scrabble score: 719 (avg 1.65)
Open Squares: 141, Cheaters: 14, FITB: 12, XRef: 0
Bert H. Kruse has 43 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.

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© 1986, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Muscle action : SPASM
6. Derisive cries : HAHAS
11. Explosion noise : BANG
15. Writer Earl ___ Biggers : DERR
19. Land renamed Nova Scotia by the British : ACADIA
20. Mulct : AMERCE
22. Cupid : AMOR
23. Foil's kin : EPEE
24. Big bill, for short : SEVENTHLETTER
26. Kind of neck : ROMANFIVE
28. People, e.g. : ONES
29. Plant shoots : CIONS
30. Groom carefully : PREEN
32. Spoken : VOICED
33. Blushing : RED
34. Deep-six, in a way : SHRED
35. Sailing item : STAY
36. Most contemptible : BASEST
37. "Who's been sleeping in ___?" : MYBED
38. Twain contemporary : HARTE
39. Intended : AIMED
40. Joseph Lash subject : ELEANOR
43. English river : AHEADOFZED
45. A famous Louis : JOE
48. British noble name : LENNOX
49. Good : VALID
51. Conduct : MIEN
52. Oxford U. area : QUAD
53. Incited, with "on" : EGGED
54. Godwin's "Adventures of ___ Williams" : CALEB
55. Don Adams TV role : SMART
57. Ballet ___ : RUSSE
58. Early Briton : CELT
59. Player who cuts the cards : PONE
60. Empty : INANE
61. Collections of rocks : SUITES
62. Prefix for dent or color : TRI
63. Actor's concern : PRECEDESAR
66. Beneficial insect : MANTIS
67. Big step : STRIDE
69. Dido : ANTIC
70. Early Mexican Indian : TOLTEC
71. Barrie's "A Window in ___" : THRUMS
72. Urban transit : FOLLOWSKAY
74. Recede : EBB
77. Bathhouse : CABANA
78. Hurl fast : RIFLE
80. Incursion : RAID
81. Not fully shut : AJAR
82. Lardy : OBESE
83. Nairobi's republic : KENYA
84. Budges : STIRS
86. Musical music : SCORE
87. "___ Sides Now," Joni Mitchell hit : BOTH
88. Power : DINT
89. Commands : FIATS
90. Way : METHOD
91. Bikini part : BRA
92. Type of shirt : KINDOFBONE
95. Rock star : MADONNA
96. Ventures : RISKS
97. Old TV program : RERUN
98. Natural seeker : DICER
99. Like beach attire : SCANTY
101. Grampuses : ORCS
102. Tough problem : POSER
103. Petition : ASK
106. Truckman : TEAMER
107. Motif : THEME
109. Yield : DEFER
110. Oenochoe's cousin : OLPE
111. Divorcee, for short : BEFOREWYE
113. Actress Sandra : AFTERFRANKLIN
116. Egyptian disk : ATEN
117. Contents of some needles : SERA
118. Shade : NUANCE
119. Austrian state, to an Italian : TIROLO
120. Bud, a Dickens heroine : ROSA
121. Source : SEED
122. Coasted, in a way : LUGED
123. Tickle : ELATE
1. Ruckus : SCENE
2. Did a road job : PAVED
3. Fruity quaffs : ADES
4. Deadly act : SIN
5. Lucifer's place : MATCHBOX
6. Equipped like an angel : HALOED
7. Edit : AMEND
8. Extinct Argentinians : HETS
9. Skill : ART
10. " . . . above this ___ sway": Shak. : SCEPTRED
11. Au naturel : BARE
12. A king of Judah : AMON
13. ___ de plume : NOM
14. Basis of a grievance : GRAVAMEN
15. Dared : DEFIED
16. Certain films : EPICS
17. Face an embankment : REVET
18. Water plant : REED
19. Lyre's relative : ASOR
21. Printers' nightmares : ERRATA
25. Personnel manager : HIRER
27. Edged : NOSED
31. Ogled : EYED
34. Church council : SYNOD
35. Hindu term of respect : SAHIB
36. Composer of "L'Arlésienne" : BIZET
37. Zola's portraitist : MANET
38. Philip Nolan's creator : HALE
39. Burning : AFIRE
40. Choice : ELECT
41. French artist: 1881–1955 : LEGER
42. Honey maker : ENGLISHBETA
44. Its capital is Muscat : OMAN
45. Supreme Court name : JUSTICEJOHN
46. Refreshment sites : OASES
47. Boston Gazette editor-patriot: 1732–1803 : EDES
49. Carter Sec. of State : VANCE
50. Sheltered at sea : ALEE
52. Precisely : QUITE
54. Some Yalies : COEDS
55. Lymnaeid : SNAIL
56. O'Neill's "___ Millions" : MARCO
57. Small : RUNTY
59. ___ volta (musical direction) : PRIMA
60. Agave fiber : ISTLE
61. Variety of bar : SALAD
63. Clip : PRUNE
64. Bananas : DAFFY
65. Col. Tibbets's mother : ENOLA
66. Hopis or trumpeter fish : MOKIS
68. Potboilers, e.g. : TRASH
70. Despots : TSARS
71. Biblical mountain : TABOR
73. Court order : WRIT
75. Cut of beef : BARON
76. Netherlands city : BREDA
77. Lee or lrvin : COBB
78. Rips : RENDS
79. Division word : INTO
81. Globe employee : ACTOR
83. Tightly curled : KINKY
84. Skull cavity : SINUS
85. Seized, in poesy : TAEN
86. Passover feast : SEDER
88. Trouble : DISTRESS
89. Strong : FORCEFUL
90. Grow thin : MACERATE
92. Pittsburgh's home-run king : KINER
93. Splitting tool : FROE
94. Comedian Shelley : BERMAN
95. Skinflint : MISER
96. H. H. Jackson heroine : RAMONA
98. Took off a tile : DOFFED
99. Look after : SEETO
100. Dining spots : CAFES
102. Nez ___ Indians : PERCE
103. Mete : ALLOT
104. Barrel spigot : SPILE
105. Gambling game : KENO
106. Ski-slope item : TBAR
107. British spare : TYRE
108. Main : HEAD
109. ___ Xiaoping, China's paramount leader : DENG
110. Pods often pickled : OKRA
112. Minuscule : WEE
114. Greek letter : TAU
115. No game, in bridge : NIL

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