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VERBAL VAGARIES

New York Times, Sunday, January 22, 1956

Author:
H. L. Risteen
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 176, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.06, Missing: { Q Z }, Scrabble score: 681 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 126, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 13, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 19
Herb L. Risteen has 244 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1956, The New York TimesNo. 2,399
Across
1. Waterfront of Buenos Aires. : PLATA
6. Edith's follower. : FLORA
11. ___ Flow. : SCAPA
16. Maintain. : ARGUE
21. Cheerful. : ROSECOLORED
23. Only living species of its genus. : HOMOSAPIENS
25. Kind of jam. : APPLEBUTTER
26. Not informed. : UNINITIATED
27. Monoplane Winnie ___. : MAE
28. Airplane. : JET
29. Diving birds. : LOONS
31. Works with a shuttle. : TATS
32. Shale product. : TAR
33. Tennis maneuvers. : STROKES
36. Sham attack. : FEINT
37. Must for a college football coach. : WINS
38. Church court. : ROTA
39. Snare. : PIT
40. Truths. : FACTS
41. Clumsy ones. : OAFS
42. Conducts. : WAGES
43. Treated. : DOSED
46. Man's nickname. : BERT
47. Little Gavroche, for example. : WAIF
48. Substitute for currency. : TOKEN
49. All-American Ameche. : ALAN
50. Breakwaters. : MOLES
51. Large, clumsy boats. : ARKS
52. Square-meshed net. : FILET
53. ___ and kin. : KITH
54. Uninteresting. : ARID
55. Attacked with sharp words. : BLISTERED
57. Flowering vine. : HOP
60. Jacqueline Cochran. : AVIATRIX
62. Sin, in theology. : DEBT
63. Campus girl. : COED
64. Juicy fruit. : PEAR
65. Cheese-making ingredients. : RENNETS
66. ___ cracker. : SODA
67. Cherished. : FOND
68. Originator of tricky political device. : GERRY
69. Opportunity. : DAY
70. Climbing, flowering plants. : SWEETPEAS
72. Monte Rosa. : ALP
73. Western state capital. : SALEM
76. Pronoun. : THIS
77. Go on loudly. : RANT
78. Threw forth. : ERUPTED
82. Bible name. : OBED
83. Favor. : BOON
84. Savings item. : BOND
85. Theater section. : PARTERRE
86. United Nations notable. : DAG
87. Christian festival. : PENTECOST
89. One of the Delanos. : SARA
90. Support zealously: Slang. : ROOT
91. In agreement. : ATONE
93. Contemporary of Cuyp and Douw. : HALS
94. Throws. : CASTS
95. Vogue: Fr. : MODE
96. Sweetheart. : FLAME
97. Red ___. : CENT
98. Soothe. : HUSH
99. Treacherous person. : VIPER
100. Arrangement. : SETUP
101. A damage, in law. : TORT
102. Michigan ___. : STATE
104. Card game. : GIN
105. Headman: Abbr. : PRES
106. Nomadic Moslem. : KURD
107. Mrs. Harriman. : MARIE
108. Noisy. : BLATANT
112. Receptacle. : URN
113. Notch in a key. : WARD
114. Foretell. : AUGUR
115. Barnyard sound. : BAA
116. ___ World. : NEW
117. Diversionary devices. : REDHERRINGS
120. Anything insignificant. : SMALLCHANGE
124. Crossbar on ship's masthead. : TRESTLETREE
125. Household accessory. : TAPEMEASURE
126. Varieties. : SORTS
127. Lizette Reese sonnet. : TEARS
128. Describing January. : SNOWY
129. Serb name for Spalato. : SPLIT
Down
1. Park transportation. : PRAMS
2. Former Yankee pitcher. : LOPAT
3. Old coin of Turkey. : ASPER
4. ___ Aviv. : TEL
5. First–rate. : ACE
6. Shafts. : FLUES
7. Former U. S. tennis star. : LOTT
8. Scrap. : ORT
9. Chooses again. : REELECTS
10. Dexterous. : ADROIT
11. Railroad switch. : SHUNT
12. Studies. : CONS
13. Bon ___. : AMI
14. High priest. : PONTIFF
15. Pakistanis. : ASIANS
16. Honeybee genus. : APIS
17. Estuary: Sp. : RIA
18. Informal party. : GETTOGETHER
19. Left on the plate. : UNEATEN
20. Name in the Apocrypha. : ESDRAS
22. ___ d'art. : OBJET
24. Barristers: Abbr. : ATTS
30. Sides of the wicket. : ONS
34. Generous. : OPENHANDED
35. Young animal. : KID
36. Got on. : FARED
37. Article of attire. : WAISTCOAT
38. Search through carefully. : RAKE
40. Famous feline. : FELIX
41. Dumbarton ___. : OAKS
42. Treeless plain. : WOLD
43. West African seaport. : DAKAR
44. Evergreen tree. : OLIVE
45. Silk cloth. : SATIN
46. Former King in Sophia. : BORIS
47. Holy ___. : WRIT
48. Obligated. : TIED
50. Borgnine role. : MARTY
51. Web-footed sea bird. : ALBATROSS
52. Actor MacMurray. : FRED
55. Anglo-Saxon historian. : BEDE
56. From here to eternity. : EONS
58. Blade, loom, handle. : OAR
59. Crowbar. : PRY
61. Join together. : TEAM
62. Game animals. : DOES
64. Kind of candy. : PEPPERMINT
66. Animal tender. : SWINEHERD
67. Repel (with "off"). : FEND
68. Great quantity. : GLUT
70. Guess. : SHOT
71. Engine puff. : PANT
72. Historic city of N. France. : ARRAS
73. The ground. : SOD
74. Arab garb. : ABA
75. Money. : LEGALTENDER
76. ___ poem. : TONE
78. Planet. : EARTH
79. Walk. : TROOP
80. Wear away. : ERODE
81. Hinder. : DETER
83. Well: Comb. form. : BENE
84. Short arrow. : BOLT
85. What Davy Crockett is to some. : PASSE
87. Magnificence. : POMP
88. Song of Songs: Abbr. : CANT
89. Cooked in a certain way. : SAUTE
92. Greek letters. : TAUS
94. Job for Sam Rayburn. : CHAIRMAN
96. Italian man of letters. : FERRERO
97. Smokeless gunpowder. : CORDITE
99. Travel direction. : VIA
100. Jets. : SPURTS
101. Aircraft cockpit. : TURRET
102. Decline in value. : SAG
103. Obligations. : TRUSTS
104. Covered with frosting. : GLACE
106. Sen. Mundt. : KARL
107. Mt. Helicon dwellers. : MUSES
108. Soothing. : BALMY
109. Destroy the force of. : ANNUL
110. Silent movie siren. : NEGRI
111. Bird call. : TWEET
113. Foes of Amendment XVIII. : WETS
114. Antiquing device. : AGER
115. Boasted: Slang. : BLEW
118. Headline initials. : HST
119. Agency of F. D. R. era. : NRA
121. Overseas mailing symbols. : APO
122. Takes. : HAS
123. Example of 99 Across. : ASP

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 17 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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