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COUNTDOWN

New York Times, Sunday, January 17, 1960

Author: Threba Johnson
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 72, Avg Word Len: 5.35, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 540 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 116, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 14, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 26
Threba Johnson has 31 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1960, The New York TimesNo. 3,838
Across Down
1. “Four Quartets” author. : ELIOT
6. “Twice-told ___.” : TALES
11. Commander in War of 1812. : BIDDLE
17. The 49th. : ALASKA
18. “The Second Mrs. Tanqueray” author. : PINERO
19. Instructed. : EDIFIED
21. “Four Saints in Three Acts” author. : GERTRUDESTEIN
23. The 130th asteroid. : ELECTRA
24. Title. : AGA
25. Axillary. : ALAR
26. Accompanied. : ESCORTED
28. Thrice a day, in prescription parlance. : TID
29. Audrey Hepburn role. : RIMA
31. Rara ___. : AVIS
33. Of a joint: Comb. form. : ARTHR
34. Jar. : OLLA
35. Type of belief. : DEISM
37. Words expressing ratio. : ISTO
39. Palm. : SAGO
40. Zane and Jane. : GREYS
41. This measures by sixties. : SECONDHAND
44. “New World Symphony” composer. : DVORAK
46. Adored one. : IDOL
47. Sandy color. : BEIGE
50. Foreign. : EXOTIC
52. Launching platform. : PAD
55. The 433d asteroid. : EROS
57. Priggish. : SMUG
58. Nasal ailment. : NASITIS
60. Particle. : ATOM
62. Bide ___. : AWEE
64. “To ___ human.” : ERRIS
66. ___ voce. : SOTTO
67. Clean again. : REWASH
69. Famous 5th and others. : AVENUES
71. Worn out. : DONEIN
72. Obsession. : MANIA
73. Flaps. : SLATS
74. French actor Jacques ___. : TATI
76. Cut: Scot. : SNEG
77. Silly. : ASININE
79. Ingenuous. : NAIF
81. River of a storied bridge. : KWAI
83. Conscription system: Abbr. : SSS
84. In one piece. : ENBLOC
85. Roman garment. : STOLA
87. “The joke’s ___.” : ONME
89. The No. 1 followed by 100 zeros. : GOOGOL
91. Fourth estate. : NEWSPAPERS
95. Relative of first mate. : BOSUN
97. Is off one’s guard. : NAPS
100. “Two Years Before the Mast” author. : DANA
101. Awkward. : INEPT
103. Rigan. : LETT
104. Of Old Norse writings. : EDDIC
105. Ruling family, 1461–85. : YORK
107. 55-mi. river to North Sea. : YSER
108. “___ Town.” : OUR
109. Pronounce in a certain way. : SIBILATE
112. Auricular. : OTIC
114. More than one: Abbr. : PLU
115. Excessive application. : OVERUSE
117. Words following “Twelfth Night.” : ORWHATYOUWILL
120. Irons. : PRESSES
121. Sharp tips. : SPIRES
122. “The Seven-___ Mountain.” : STOREY
123. Extinguished: Fr. : ETEINT
124. Chemist’s liquid. : ESTER
125. Soared: Colloq. : KITED
1. Threnodies. : ELEGIES
2. Wyoming peak, 9,020 ft. : LARAMIE
3. Noun suffix. : IST
4. Bendy plant. : OKRA
5. Ancient stone table. : TAULA
6. Poetic contraction. : TIS
7. Stake. : ANTE
8. F. F. V.’s. : LEES
9. Heath shrubs. : ERICAS
10. Arizona’s neighbor. : SONORA
11. A famous Fifth. : BEETHOVENS
12. Dillydallier. : IDLER
13. What S. Grundy did on Saturday. : DIED
14. Air Force award: Abbr. : DFC
15. Three who had cold paws. : LITTLEKITTENS
16. Weirdly. : EERILY
17. 2d name of Henry Wallace. : AGARD
18. End. : PERISH
20. Baby’s first syllables. : DADAS
22. British cartoonist. : DAVIDLOW
27. Football position: Abbr. : RTGD
30. Spore sacs. : ASCI
32. Pierce. : STAB
34. Discourses. : ORATIONS
36. Fashion. : MODE
38. Singles. : ONES
40. Mato ___, Brazil. : GROSSO
42. Girl’s name. : NORAH
43. A famous fourth. : DIMENSION
45. Chemical combining form. : OXA
48. Teacher in India. : GURU
49. White bird. : EGRET
51. Dickens wrote about two. : CITIES
52. A kind of violet. : PARMA
53. Relaxed. : ATEASE
54. Famous No. 10. : DOWNINGSTREET
56. “The Seventh ___.” : SEAL
59. Lieder. : SONGS
61. Boxing event. : MAINBOUT
63. George Eliot’s name. : EVANS
65. “Seven Gothic Tales” author’s first name. : ISAK
68. “___, O Ship of State!” : SAILON
70. State: Fr. : ETAT
71. The moon. : DIANA
73. Kind of bed Shakespeare left to his wife. : SECONDBEST
75. Describing our political system. : TWOPARTY
78. Wooden pin. : NOG
80. Ran away. : FLED
82. Band of Zulu warriors. : IMPI
86. Off. : AWAY
88. Counting-out word. : EENY
90. ___-da (dandyish). : LADI
92. Grimaces: Colloq. : SNOOTS
93. Breathe. : RESPIRE
94. Signified. : SPELLED
95. Howl: Radio. : BLOOP
96. Hors d’___. : OEUVRE
98. Hairy. : PILOSE
99. Steep declivities. : SCARPS
102. In fact. : TRULY
104. Iron: Ger. : EISEN
106. Where to buy 91 Across. : KIOSK
109. Striped cotton fabric. : SUSI
110. Taunting reminder. : TWIT
111. Honor: Ger. : EHRE
113. Skin: Comb. form. : CUTI
116. Royal Society of Edinburgh: Abbr. : RSE
118. Air: Comb. Form. : AER
119. Know: Archaic. : WOT

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 17 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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