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A FEW WORDS

New York Times, Sunday, January 9, 1955

Author:
Israel Gitter
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 85, Avg Word Len: 5.35, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 637 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 130, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 6, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 27
Israel Gitter has 32 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
PS notes: Original grid entry for 130-Across was SALA; corrected this to SAGA.
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© 1955, The New York TimesNo. 2,021
Across
1. Bridges. : SPANS
6. Luxuriant. : LUSH
10. Rodzinski et al. : ARTURS
16. Certain tennis games: Abbr. : DBLS
20. Moslem god. : ALLAH
21. Cretan port. : CANEA
22. Controversial figure of W. W. II. : DARLAN
23. Asian range. : ALAI
24. Play by G. B. S. : CAESARANDCLEOPATRA
27. U. S. novelist. : WOUK
28. Former Defense aide. : KYES
29. Poet-critic-dramatist. : ELIOT
30. Uninteresting. : ARID
31. Labrador's new riches. : IRONORE
33. Minstrel performers. : ENDMEN
35. Used a crystal ball. : PREDICTED
37. German "the." : DAS
38. Highway menace. : HOTROD
41. Building tool. : LEVEL
43. Stock exhange members. : TRADERS
45. Tree. : ASH
46. Teachers' group. : NEA
48. French general. : ELY
49. European capital. : WIEN
50. Famous warden. : LAWES
53. ___ du Diable. : ILE
54. Bulb plant. : SEGO
56. Do invisible mending. : REWEAVE
58. Powdered lime and clay. : CEMENT
59. Poster painters. : LETTERERS
62. He wrote "Tomorrow." : WYLIE
63. Gallery event. : ARTSALE
64. Meteorologist's concern. : RAIN
65. Attempt. : SEEK
67. ___ nisi bonum (nothing but good). : NIL
68. College degrees: Abbr. : BBAS
69. Part of bronze. : TIN
70. ___ majesty. : LESE
72. 18th century novelist. : STERNE
74. Ukrainian capital. : KIEV
75. Japanese volcano. : ASO
76. Twentieth century. : PRESENTTIME
79. Sharecroppers. : LANDTENANTS
83. Where 49 Across is: Abbr. : AUS
84. Property claim. : LIEN
85. Embarked. : SAILED
87. Ointment. : NARD
88. L ___ P. : MNO
89. Pantry shelf items. : CANS
90. Aggregate. : SUM
91. Escaped. : FLED
93. Cake garnish. : NUTS
95. Break, as a law. : INFRACT
97. American painter. : HOMER
99. Sports event. : TRACKMEET
102. Rewater the lawn. : REHOSE
103. An attraction at 99 Across. : MILERUN
105. Blackthorn. : SLOE
106. Islands near New Guinea. : ARU
107. Mail drops. : SLOTS
108. Jokers. : WAGS
109. World labor group. : ILO
110. Noun suffix. : INE
111. White fiber of an orange. : RAG
112. Moderately well. : FAIRISH
114. Small change. : CENTS
117. Esoteric wisdom. : GNOSIS
119. Away from. : OFF
121. Symbol of Minnesota. : NORTHSTAR
124. Nonconformism. : HERESY
126. Fruit dish. : COMPOTE
128. Pearl Buck heroine. : OLAN
129. Purger who got purged. : BERIA
130. Long story. : SAGA
134. Wings or side petals. : ALAE
135. Historic milestone. : AMERICANREVOLUTION
139. Join. : LINK
140. Useful china. : TEASET
141. Crisp baked shells. : CONES
142. French city. : SEDAN
143. Nautical rating. : AONE
144. Matriculates. : ENTERS
145. Balance of probability. : ODDS
146. Conductor at the Met. : EREDE
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1. Dry, white wine. : SACK
2. "Festival," for instance. : PLAY
3. Away from the wind. : ALEE
4. Premier in Cairo. : NASSER
5. Indian sheep. : SHA
6. French statesman. : LANIEL
7. Incomplete. : UNDONE
8. Group. : SECT
9. Man's nickname. : HAL
10. Idolize. : ADORE
11. Quick. : RAPID
12. Conventional. : TRADITIVE
13. Final: Abbr. : ULT
14. New Jersey river. : RARITAN
15. Trapped. : SNARED
16. Time of day. : DAWN
17. Historic trio of W. W. II. : BLOODSWEATANDTEARS
18. Novelist Hobson. : LAURA
19. Dickens villain. : SIKES
21. Tranquillity. : CALM
25. Relative of the wapiti. : REDDEER
26. World Series pitcher. : EARLYWYNN
32. Short verses. : ODELETS
34. Hocus-pocus. : NONSENSE
35. Pacific islands: Var. : PELEW
36. Canadian Indian. : CREE
38. Part of an old song's refrain. : HAIL
39. Famous physician. : OSLER
40. Popular light opera. : THETALESOFHOFFMANN
42. Translation: Abbr. : VER
44. Sheep. : RAMS
47. Matures. : AGES
49. Nursery sound effect. : WAIL
51. Get the help of. : ENLIST
52. Office workers. : STENOS
55. Electra's brother. : ORESTES
57. Hebrew song. : ELIELI
58. Poltroon. : CRAVEN
60. Oxfords. : TIES
61. Begin. : SETIN
63. Instigate. : ABET
66. Former Senator. : KEM
68. Auction customers. : BIDDERS
71. Enfold. : ENLACE
73. A summing up. : RESUME
74. Used a prie-dieu. : KNELT
76. Mountains of Asia. : PAMIRS
77. Brook. : RUNNEL
78. Hue. : TINT
80. Man's nickname. : ALF
81. Cotton cloths. : NANKEENS
82. Cuckoopint. : ARUM
86. Museum pieces. : AMERICANA
89. City S. of Rome. : CASSINO
90. What to spend in Peru. : SOLS
92. Spanish painter. : DALI
94. Eastern inn. : SERAI
96. High church tribunal. : ROTA
97. Mood of arrogance. : HIGHHORSE
98. Potentate. : RULER
100. Solidify. : CONGEAL
101. Harbor sights. : TUGS
103. Part of a derrick. : MAST
104. Sine qua ___. : NON
108. Long line workers. : WIREMEN
113. Take turns. : ROTATE
115. Silent film's last words. : THEEND
116. Badminton plays. : SERVES
118. ___ Bay. : OYSTER
119. Florida city. : OCALA
120. Ledger page. : FOLIO
122. More cunning. : SLIER
123. Delicate perceptions. : TACTS
125. Orinoco, Bravo, Negro. : RIOS
127. Small dog. : PEKE
129. Actor Crawford. : BROD
131. Staff member. : AIDE
132. Driving impulse. : GOAD
133. Last Stuart monarch. : ANNE
136. Break bread. : EAT
137. Corporal: Abbr. : NCO
138. Habit. : USE

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 17 debuted here and reused later, 10 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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