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Mel Taub
Mel Taub

New York Times, Tuesday, December 27, 1955

Author: Mel Taub
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { F J Q V W X Z }, Scrabble score: 272 (avg 1.42)
Open Squares: 78, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
Mel Taub has 44 pre-Shortz puzzles and 10 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1955, The New York TimesNo. 2,373
Across Down
1. Military group: Abbr. : ROTC
5. Low shoes. : PUMPS
10. At ___ (quarreling). : ODDS
14. Above: German. : UBER
15. Rhee or Nehru. : ASIAN
16. Air. : ARIA
17. ___ purpose (with little effect). : TONO
18. French drama, "La ___." : RONDE
19. Abound. : TEEM
20. Hector's mother. : HECUBA
22. Imagines: Colloq. : DREAMSUP
24. Sioux Indian. : OSAGE
26. Rapacious birds. : ERNES
27. Vault device. : TIMELOCK
30. Commencements. : STARTS
33. Place for a brassard. : ARM
34. Business phrase. : INRE
35. Attentive. : ALERT
36. Drop. : BEAD
38. Shrub used in dying. : SUMAC
41. O. W. Holmes' "chaise." : SHAY
42. Boleyn and others. : ANNES
44. Malayan canoe. : PROA
46. One: German. : EIN
47. Helper for Fleck. : CADDIE
49. Outward indication of a secret. : TELLTALE
51. One thousandth part of: Comb. form. : MILLI
53. Snake. : ADDER
54. Shut out. : PRECLUDE
57. Menotti opera (with "The"). : CONSUL
60. Hebrides isle. : IONA
61. Girl in "A Gift of the Magi." : DELLA
63. Way. : LANE
64. Singer Eartha. : KITT
65. Lightens. : EASES
66. Symbolic island. : ELBA
67. Different. : ELSE
68. Drastic cut. : SLASH
69. Nieuport's river. : YSER
1. Book of the Bible. : RUTH
2. Hautboy. : OBOE
3. Forthcoming De Mille spectacle (with "The"). : TENCOMMANDMENTS
4. America playwright. : CROUSE
5. Models of perfection. : PARAGONS
6. Servicemen's group. : USO
7. Look after. : MIND
8. Chaplain. : PADRE
9. Manifests contempt. : SNEERS
10. Breakfast foods. : OATMEALS
11. Theatrical ordeals. : DRESSREHEARSALS
12. ___ vous garde. : DIEU
13. Coarsely ground corn. : SAMP
21. Island south of Borneo. : BALI
23. Theatrical group. : ANTA
25. Light color. : ECRU
27. Ingredient of a cigare. : TABAC
28. Poetic queen of Ireland. : IRENA
29. Combed: now used only with un-. : KEMPT
31. Spoor. : TRAIL
32. Composer Jule. : STYNE
37. Set apart for a special purpose. : DEDICATE
39. Zone. : AREA
40. A form of dough. : COLDCASH
43. Threshold. : SILL
45. Actor Ray. : ALDO
48. Baffles. : ELUDES
50. Skating star Albright. : TENLEY
52. Perfect. : IDEAL
54. Spear of yore. : PIKE
55. Displease. : ROIL
56. Wagner heroine. : ELSA
58. Lack being. : UNBE
59. Cordelia's father. : LEAR
62. Guitarist Paul. : LES

Answer summary: 8 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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