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Mel Taub
Mel Taub

TOM SWIFTIES REDIVIVUS

New York Times, Sunday, December 11, 1988

Author: Mel Taub
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 72, Avg Word Len: 5.20, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 563 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 113, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 27, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 16
Mel Taub has 44 pre-Shortz puzzles and 10 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1988, The New York TimesNo. 14,278
Across Down
1. John Webster's "The Duchess of ___" : MALFI
6. Ethereal ring : HALO
10. Trims away : PARES
15. Silent Lillian or Dorothy : GISH
19. First victim's namesakes : ABELS
20. Askew : ALOP
21. Rage : STORM
22. Engaged in : UPTO
23. "___?" asked Tom abstractly : BUTISITART
25. "___," said Tom divertingly : ITSOURTURN
27. Spaghetti wheat : DURUM
28. Credulous : NAIF
30. Raised strip : RIDGE
31. Falsify : LIE
32. Measures : STEPS
34. Flatter, in a way : IMITATE
36. Massive : BULKY
38. Notice : ESPY
40. "___," said Tom initially : IOWNANRCA
42. Signal flares : FUSEES
43. Eagle plus two : PAR
44. Exclusively : ONLY
45. Precise point : DOT
46. Played a shrill instrument : FIFED
47. "___," said Tom haltingly : ICANTGOON
50. "___," said Tom unsparingly : ANOPENFRAME
54. Wolf's kin : COYOTE
55. Barley beard : AWN
57. Underdone : RARE
58. ___ Friday : GAL
59. Knight of TV memory : TED
60. Tire print : TREAD
62. The revenuers : IRS
63. Wall Street figure : BULL
64. Levin or Lansky : MEYER
67. "___," said Tom grandly : NICEPIANO
69. Avifauna : ORNIS
70. Cut out of the budget : AXED
71. Witticism : MOT
72. Priest, to Pedro : PADRE
73. "___ pig's eye!" : INA
74. Doughboys' successors : GIS
75. Smell ___ : ARAT
77. Creek : RIA
78. "That's a ___ on me!" said Tom freshly : NEWONE
82. "___," said Tom dramatically : ITSALLANACT
86. "___," said Tom rhetorically : BIGTALKER
89. Gulf of Aqaba port : ELATH
90. Dutch airline inits. : KLM
91. Roald or Arlene : DAHL
92. Pallid : WAN
93. Mother Goose dieters : SPRATS
95. "___," said Tom ravenously : NEVERMORE
98. Adduce : CITE
99. Silent Pola : NEGRI
100. Early show : MATINEE
101. Sources of ruin : BANES
103. Exist : ARE
104. Kin of strep : STAPH
106. Acerbic : TART
108. Throwaways ever since Eve : CORES
110. "___," said Tom playfully : ISAWHAMLET
113. "___," said Tom disarmingly : DROPTHEGUN
116. Brief note : LINE
117. A Reagan Attorney General : MEESE
118. De Valera's republic : EIRE
119. Make used to : INURE
120. Glut : SATE
121. Ill-fated favorite of Elizabeth I : ESSEX
122. Hire out : RENT
123. Trifled : TOYED
1. Fairy queen : MAB
2. "At once, ___, and yet a rose full-blown": Herrick : ABUD
3. "___," said Tom gracefully : LETUSPRAY
4. Coquettish : FLIRTY
5. Progeny : ISSUE
6. Cloche, e.g. : HAT
7. King of comedy : ALAN
8. Lake Erie city near Cleveland : LORAIN
9. Most favorable situations : OPTIMA
10. Omega's predecessor : PSI
11. Magnetic one : ATTRACTOR
12. ___ Alverio (Rita Moreno) : ROSITA
13. Run to seed : ERODE
14. Complacent : SMUG
15. Tennis-racquet strings : GUT
16. "___," said Tom automatically : IPULLEDAGUN
17. Alley coup : STRIKE
18. Sweethearts : HONEYS
24. Encroached : IMPINGED
26. Blunt refusal : REBUFF
29. "___," said Tom flatly : FINDANAPARTMENT
33. Sans others : SOLO
35. Disney film: 1982 : TRON
37. Pusher's customer : USER
38. Grand in scope : EPIC
39. Me. city : SACO
41. A neighbor of Mont. : WYO
42. Bench penalties : FINES
44. Weasel's kin : OTTER
46. Iron: Comb. form : FERRO
48. Famous : NOTED
49. Pusher's scourge : NARC
51. Citizen Tom : PAINE
52. Algerian neighbor : MALI
53. Pipe elbows : ELLS
56. Bewail : WEEP
60. Powerful person : TITAN
61. Tramp Vladimir in "Waiting for Godot" : DIDI
63. Donnybrook : BRAWL
64. Wise trio : MAGI
65. Stairwell sign : EXIT
66. "___," said Tom privately : YESSERGEANT
67. Maugham's ___ Nesbit : NORAH
68. Aba wearer : ARAB
69. Ryan or Tatum : ONEAL
71. Snack-bar drinks : MALTS
73. Red-handed : INTHEACT
76. "___," said Tom dolefully : TAKETHESE
79. "___," said Tom sagely : OKWISEGUY
80. Not on the rocks : NEAT
81. River into Donegal Bay : ERNE
83. Winglike : ALAR
84. Somewhat tardy : LATISH
85. Romans' 156 : CLVI
87. Pledge of unity : IDO
88. Apparel : GARB
93. Symbols of sluggishness : SNAILS
94. Xerxes's realm : PERSIA
95. City near Vesuvius : NAPLES
96. McGuffey work : READER
97. ___ olde England : MERRIE
98. Melville's "Benito ___" : CERENO
100. Russell, Ball and Lansbury : MAMES
102. Kind of game for Nolan Ryan : NOHIT
105. Like a pussycat : TAME
107. Asunder : TORN
109. Kind of bet : SURE
111. Minuscule : WEE
112. Waco nickname : TEX
114. Peevish fit : PET
115. He's often raised : NED

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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