TAKE IT FROM THE TOP

New York Times, Sunday, December 11, 1983

Author: Bert Rosenfield
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 82, Avg Word Len: 5.06, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 491 (avg 1.37)
Open Squares: 108, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 13, XRef: 1
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© 1983, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Bhang or ramie : HEMP
5. Soapstone : TALC
9. One-third of ML : CCCL
13. Card for Carmen : TAROT
18. ___ Mts., in Kirghiz : ALAI
19. Mudfish genus : AMIA
20. Nimbus : AURA
21. "___ Louisa," 1931 song : ILOVE
22. Rotate : TURN
23. Lansbury role : MAME
24. Plunger becomes embezzler : SPECULATOR
26. Singapore ___ (gin drink) : SLING
28. ___ de café (cup of coffee, in Chambéry : TASSE
30. Feeling odium : DETESTING
32. Disciple becomes master : PARTISAN
34. Comme ci, comme ça : SOSO
35. Port on the IJsselmeer : EDAM
36. Surgical instrument : TROCAR
38. Tohubohu : RIOT
40. Volatile chemical compound : PICRATE
43. Contemptibility : BASENESS
46. Early publication becomes late one : PREPRINT
49. Novelist Deighton : LEN
50. Turkish chieftain : AGA
51. Works on a bone : GNAWS
53. Medieval verses : BALLADES
55. ___ Tafari (Haile Selassie) : RAS
56. Girl's nickname : ETTIE
57. Scale notes : LAS
58. Where two dozen merls wound up : INAPIE
62. Anglers' baskets become their spools : CREELS
63. Cardboard bx. : CTN
64. Cryptographers : CODERS
65. " . . . ___ of troubles": Hamlet : ASEA
68. Hateful act becomes joyous one : SLAUGHTER
72. "___ Ideas," 1951 song : IGET
73. Performer becomes nonperformer : MIDLER
76. G.I. cops : MPS
77. Excite : AROUSE
80. Easternmost Great Lakes port : OSWEGO
81. Witty saying : MOT
82. Soup made with okra pods : GUMBO
83. Dallas campus letters : SMU
86. City inside Houston : BELLAIRE
89. Indian, for one : OCEAN
90. Cough: Sp. : TOS
91. Dec. 24, 1983 : SAT
94. Calumnies become columnist : SLANDERS
96. Certain rear seats : TONNEAUS
98. Henchman : ABETTOR
100. Main St. brightener : NEON
102. Cotton-mill employee : GINNER
103. Moreover : ALSO
104. Famous nom de plume : SAND
107. One ballplayer becomes four : WINFIELD
110. Electrical-circuit devices : RESISTORS
113. Prefix with cede : INTER
114. Utensil for bolting : SIEVE
117. Tactician becomes musician : WELLINGTON
119. Sans ___ (matchless) : EGAL
121. Ski resort in Colo. : VAIL
122. Tailward : AREAR
123. Coxswain's command : OARS
124. Red Sox second sacker : REMY
125. U.S. sky eye : ESSA
126. Three-striper, familiarly : SARGE
127. Fox or dog follower : TROT
128. Montand from Monsummano : YVES
129. Word from Gromyko : NYET
1. "___ off!" : HATS
2. Jewish month : ELUL
3. Opahs and sego lilies : MARIPOSAS
4. Ship's boat : PINNACE
5. Headgear at St. Andrews : TAM
6. Teacher of Stradivari : AMATI
7. Big beans : LIMAS
8. ___ Rodney, Declaration signer : CAESAR
9. Ablative or dative : CASE
10. Ryder or Stanley : CUP
11. Start of Iago's Act II aria in "Otello" : CREDO
12. Intertwines : LACES
13. Mah-jongg counter : TILE
14. Lackaday! : ALAS
15. Unappealing person becomes appealing animal : ROTTER
16. Egg-shaped : OVOIDAL
17. One of the Moluccas : TERNATE
25. Never-never land : UTOPIA
27. Farm worker becomes Garden player : GRANGER
29. Smarty-pants : SNIP
31. Federal fuzz : GMEN
33. Monte Carlo's ___-et-quarante : TRENTE
34. Cat man's requisite : STEALTH
36. Skier's uphill assister : TBAR
37. Hindu musical form : RAGA
39. Neptune or Pluto : ORB
41. Language branch including Sanskrit : INDIC
42. Combiner meaning "comb" : CTENO
44. Stuffs : SATES
45. Refuse : SWILL
47. Roadside weed : PLANTAGO
48. Monogram of J. Silver's creator : RLS
52. Bone shaped like a certain seed : SESAMOID
54. Hawkins or Thompson : SADIE
59. Cribbage item : PEG
60. Wrath : IRE
61. Id adherent : EST
62. Joshua's co-survivor : CALEB
63. Abbr. re ergs, etc. : CGS
65. Amas preceder : AMO
66. Lucy, to Linus : SIS
67. Son of Geo. : EDW
69. Favorable economic sign : UPTREND
70. Behave like Krakatoa : ERUCT
71. Slayer of Paris : ROMEO
74. Relative of 70 Down : EGEST
75. Psychologist May : ROLLO
78. River on Zaire's boundary : UBANGI
79. Young boys : SONNIES
81. Aristotle's "political animal" : MAN
83. Command from Montgomery : STANDEASY
84. Grimace : MOUE
85. Kazakh, Uzbeck et al. : USSR
87. Lie-detector inventor becomes a crime : LARSON
88. Hamlet's "before" : ERE
91. Mosel feeder : SAAR
92. Start of a famous palindrome : ABLEWAS
93. Mosaic piece : TESSERA
95. Distributed : SOWN
97. Animate : ENLIVEN
99. Vassal becomes vessel : TOILER
101. Supper club : NITERY
105. Cant : ARGOT
106. Very red heavenly body : NSTAR
108. Desert in Israel : NEGEV
109. Bowler's "inning" : FRAME
111. Dross : SLAG
112. Flag : TIRE
113. R.P.I. is one : INST
115. Saw-filer's need : VISE
116. Gulf of Aqaba port : ELAT
118. "___ y Plata," Montana's motto : ORO
120. Battle of the ___: 1918 : LYS

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