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Mel Taub
Mel Taub

SOLITAIRE

New York Times, Sunday, October 24, 1954

Author:
Mel Taub
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 136, Blocks: 68, Avg Word Len: 5.49, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 574 (avg 1.54)
Open Squares: 117, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 5, XRef: 2, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 26
Mel Taub has 44 pre-Shortz puzzles and 10 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1954, The New York TimesNo. 1,944
Across
1. Participant in spring hearings. : CARR
5. Rinehart heroine. : TISH
9. Sparkling. : AGLOW
14. Marine fish. : SPET
18. Duck in "Peter and the Wolf." : OBOE
19. Of the teeth: Comb. form. : DENTO
20. Try out. : PROVE
21. Hawaii port. : HILO
22. Drudge. : PLOD
23. Surpass. : EXCEL
24. Tureen item. : PUREE
25. Badly. : ILLY
26. Novel of 1891. : TESSOFTHEDURBERVILLES
30. Wraithlike. : EERIE
31. Hel was ___ daughter. : LOKIS
32. "Show Boat" hit song. : BILL
33. It means "snow-clad." : NEVADA
35. Siegfried and others. : LINES
36. Prohibited. : ILLICIT
40. ___ de France. : ILE
41. Liberate. : UNTIE
43. Bristlelike. : SETAL
46. Empty. : INANE
47. Clay pot. : OLLA
49. Banquet proposition. : TOAST
51. Imitators of a Public Enemy No. 1. : DILLINGERS
53. Hollywood first name. : BETTE
55. Before. : UNTIL
57. Singer. : BASSO
58. Favorite. : PET
59. Fodder preservation. : ENSILAGE
61. Recording strips. : TAPES
63. Address to a duchess. : MILADY
65. Monumental stone: Archaeol. : LECH
66. Store official. : BUYER
67. Where padre lives. : CASA
68. Jerk. : TWITCH
71. Hem in. : BESET
72. Cavalier. : ROYALIST
76. Hebrew measure. : HIN
77. Shinbone. : TIBIA
79. Coat anew with metal. : RETIN
81. ___-Poo. : NANKI
82. With 50 Down, a drama circa 1589. : ANDRONICUS
85. Fray. : RAVEL
87. Spinnaker. : SAIL
88. Colder. : ICIER
89. Book-size. : SEXTO
91. Arctic transportation. : KAYAK
93. Man's nickname. : MEL
94. Persian "bravo!" : SHABASH
96. ___ Ford. : EDSEL
98. Stringencies. : RIGORS
100. Polynesian deity. : ATEO
101. Projecting cornices. : DRIPS
102. Coquette in action. : OGLER
103. Tragedy, circa 1600. : HAMLETPRINCEOFDENMARK
110. With frenzy. : AMOK
111. Jiffy. : TRICE
112. Creepers. : IVIES
113. Printer's abbreviation. : ITAL
114. Lasted. : WORE
115. Gay songs. : LILTS
116. Schools. : SECTS
117. Wheel hub. : NAVE
118. Cordial. : KIND
119. Fame. : ECLAT
120. Rialto signs. : SROS
121. Phrase of understanding. : ISEE
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1. Eastern Christian. : COPT
2. Effective. : ABLE
3. Hagedorn's subject. : ROOSEVELTS
4. One end of the Suez Canal. : REDSEA
5. Printed version: French. : TEXTE
6. A very small amount. : INCH
7. Hardest. : STEELIEST
8. Persist. : HOLDON
9. Notified. : APPRISED
10. Uproots. : GRUBS
11. Knowledge. : LORE
12. Charges excessively. : OVERBILLS
13. Plantation scourge. : WEEVIL
14. A bob, in London. : SHILLING
15. Relative of a tablet. : PILL
16. French pronoun. : ELLE
17. Doll's houses. : TOYS
19. Challenging. : DEFIANT
27. Turkish army corps. : ORDU
28. Thrummers' items. : UKES
29. Governor Stratton. : ILLINOISAN
33. Daughter of Tantalus. : NIOBE
34. Locinvar's lady. : ELLEN
35. Climbing plant. : LIANE
37. Onion: Lat. : CAEPA
38. How cardinals are garbed. : INRED
39. Irascible. : TESTY
42. Hard to bear. : TOUGH
44. Historic river. : TIBER
45. Word of regret. : ALAS
48. Off to one side. : ATILT
50. See 82 Across. : TITUS
52. NATO Secretary-General. : ISMAY
54. American public in November. : ELECTORATE
56. Hen. : LAYER
60. Region in Sumatra. : ACHIN
62. Mary Martin role. : PETER
64. Musical syllables. : LALAS
66. Suitors. : BEAUX
67. ___ Island. : CONEY
68. Natives of Bangkok. : THAIS
69. Hoisting device. : WINCH
70. Locale for "Kim." : INDIA
71. Grayish blue. : BICE
72. Emulator. : RIVAL
73. Casanova's ladies. : INAMORATAS
74. Sun Valley vacationist. : SKIER
75. Cultivates. : TILLS
78. Episcopacy. : BISHOPRIC
80. Assumes control. : TAKESOVER
83. Thwarted a second time. : REBALKED
84. Most inexorable. : STERNEST
86. Bounty. : LARGESS
90. Of a poetic form. : ODIC
92. Furnace. : KILN
95. Compose. : SETTLE
97. Smelting mixture. : SPEISS
99. Zodiac twins. : GEMINI
101. Dogmatic principles. : DICTA
102. Playwright Clifford. : ODETS
103. Kite's relative. : HAWK
104. Of mine: Fr. : AMOI
105. Time of day. : MORN
106. Rivulet. : RILL
107. Trivial thing. : FICO
108. Praiseful commendation. : RAVE
109. Swiss painter. : KLEE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 19 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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