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LITERARY BITS

New York Times, Sunday, November 5, 1972

Author: Hume R. Craft
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 91, Avg Word Len: 5.21, Missing: { J Z }, Scrabble score: 643 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 128, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 21
Hume R. Craft has 35 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,485
Across Down
1. Hiding place : CACHE
6. Fire extinguisher : FOAM
10. Yokum's creator : CAPP
14. Calls : VISITS
20. Frome or Allen : ETHAN
21. Places of wealth : ELDORADOS
23. Unit for My Son John : ONESHOE
25. Start of a familiar poem : IWANDEREDLONELYASACLOUD
28. Nobleman : LORD
29. Scottish mushes : BROSES
30. Salt deposit : LICK
31. Rates of speed : TEMPI
32. Church land : GLEBE
34. Sickle users : SWISHERS
38. Pitched high : ALT
39. Sports gear : EPEES
41. Headache source : TENSION
45. Packs : ENCASES
48. Bess et al. : GOODQUEENS
50. Try to convince : REASONWITH
54. Lummox : OAF
55. Crime statistics : ARRESTS
57. Fuel : PEAT
58. Gathers : REAPS
61. Weekday: Abbr. : THUR
64. News-agency founder : REUTER
66. Kukla's friend : FRAN
67. Tuna, in France : THON
68. Jeweler's sales : TIEPINS
72. Dear ones : SIRS
76. British medal : DSO
77. Brants : GEESE
78. Odor: Prefix : OSMO
79. Antitoxins : SERA
82. ___-wear : READYTO
84. Easing : ALLEVIATION
87. Upset : DISCOMPOSED
89. Aircraft : GLIDERS
90. Ted's relative : THEO
92. House plant : FERN
93. Dominiques : FOWLS
94. Carriage : GIG
95. Cape Cod sights : NETS
97. Humorist Ward : ARTEMUS
99. French numbers : UNES
100. Glass oven : LEHR
102. Winter wear : ULSTER
105. Tavern sales : ALES
106. Bar, in law : ESTOP
108. Maple genus : ACER
109. Greetings for a rajah : SALAAMS
114. Sauce : SOY
117. Songbird : BLUETHROAT
120. Atmospheric halo : ANTISELENE
123. Mrs. King : CORETTA
125. Word with warm or hard : HEARTED
127. Shrew : VIXEN
128. German measure : IMI
129. Most quiet : STILLEST
133. Intended : MEANT
135. Burmese natives : NAGAS
138. Sambar : DEER
139. Deck hand : SAILOR
143. Comfort : EASE
146. English lit-course reading : CHAUCERSCANTERBURYTALES
151. "And so the poor dog ___" : HADNONE
152. Relative of once more : OVERAGAIN
153. G-man : AGENT
154. Furniture piece : SETTEE
155. Cape : NESS
156. Sacred chests : ARKS
157. Beau ___ : GESTE
1. Do a plaster job : CEIL
2. Sundered, old style : ATWO
3. Poem inspired by London Times account : CHARGEOFTHELIGHTBRIGADE
4. Directed : HANDLED
5. Terminate : END
6. Persistent sleuth : FERRETER
7. Table spread : OLEO
8. Totals : ADDS
9. Pier : MOLE
10. Half a dance : CAN
11. "Flower of my heart" : ADELINE
12. Greek city-state : POLIS
13. Bridge ploy, for short : PSYCH
14. Yours: Fr. : VOS
15. Miss Claire : INA
16. Suffix for inter or bi : SECT
17. Map listing : ISLE
18. Victorian short stories : THOMASHARDYSWESSEXTALES
19. Degummed silk : SOUPLE
22. Comedian Steve : ROSSI
24. Red-pencils : EDITS
26. Reflux : EBB
27. Mayan ruins in Mexico : AKE
33. Henry Esmond or H. M. Pulham : ESQ
35. Deteriorates : WORSENS
36. Monthly bill : RENT
37. Wintry cover: Abbr. : SNW
39. Self-esteem : EGO
40. Blue grass : POA
42. Poet's word : EER
43. Compass point : NNE
44. Draft initials : SSS
46. About: Abbr. : CIR
47. Osiris's crown : ATEF
49. Sadat's land: Abbr. : UAR
51. Likely : APT
52. Call, in poker : SEE
53. Men in a shell : OARS
56. Prefix with pod : TRI
59. Soft shades : PASTELS
60. Hairnets : SNOODS
62. Wet down : HOSED
63. Ragged : UNEVEN
65. Second-hand : USED
67. BBC receivers : TELLIES
68. Banquet feature : TOAST
69. Adherent: Suffix : IST
70. Give off : EMIT
71. Robin's pal : POOH
73. One-to-nine items : IRONS
74. Radiation dosage : REM
75. Like sugar maples : SAPFUL
77. Goosy group : GAGGLE
80. Widespread : RIFE
81. Ancient alloy : ASEM
83. Blackmore heroine : DOONE
85. Boiling state : IRE
86. Adroit : NEAT
88. French vineyard : CRU
91. Tragic Greek : ORESTES
96. "___ crust!" : SUCH
98. Refrain syllable : TRA
101. Actor's quest : ROLE
103. Sea god : LER
104. Sign of a hit : SRO
105. Quadruped : ASS
107. Throw the shot : PUT
108. Rat-___ : ATAT
110. Home god : LAR
111. Insect : ANT
112. Had a bite : ATE
113. Poetic times of the day : MIDMORNS
115. Billfold item : ONE
116. Longing : YEN
118. French connectives : ETS
119. Actor Brian and family : AHERNES
121. Le Gallienne : EVA
122. Ancestry : LINEAGE
123. Sure thing : CINCH
124. U. S. Indians : OMAHAS
126. Bewildered : ATSEA
130. Psyche parts : IDS
131. Ecole exercise : LECON
132. Furlough : LEAVE
134. Business: Suffix : ERY
136. Family member : AUNT
137. Highlander : SCOT
140. River in Spain : ARGA
141. Building beam : IBAR
142. Liège, on Flemish maps : LUIK
144. Remitted : SENT
145. Punta del ___ : ESTE
147. Sailor's way : ENE
148. Female ruff : REE
149. Soldiers: Abbr. : TRS
150. Child's game : TAG

Answer summary: 16 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 15 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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