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GUESSING GAME

New York Times, Sunday, February 28, 1954

Author: Roberta Morse
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 74, Avg Word Len: 5.17, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 544 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 129, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 5, XRef: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 16
Roberta H. Morse has 64 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1954, The New York TimesNo. 1,706
Across Down
1. Nickname for a former boxer. : SUGAR
6. Short form for short forms. : ABBRS
11. Catty remark. : SLAP
15. Author Sholem. : ASCH
19. Lehman was its head. : UNRRA
20. Exponent of Apartheid. : MALAN
21. Winged: Her. : AILE
22. Capital of Okinawa. : NAHA
23. Needing patches or shingles. : LEAKY
24. Churchill’s forte. : PROSE
25. Notion. : IDEA
26. Mollusk. : CLAM
27. Hissed sounds of caution. : TSTS
28. April 25th activity for many. : SETTHECLOCK
30. Impair. : HARM
31. Single point. : ACE
32. Arsonists: Slang. : PYROS
33. Great ___ river in Turkey. : ZAB
34. Hit sign. : SRO
36. Ogier and others. : NORSEMEN
38. Bacterium needing oxygen for life. : AEROBE
41. Man’s name. : ORSON
45. Winning bridge cards. : TOPS
46. Shorten. : CURTAIL
47. “___ Triste.” : VALSE
48. Inhabitant of Olympus. : ATHENA
51. Granary pest. : RAT
52. Field general. : STRATEGIST
54. Golden shiner. : CHUB
55. Turn: Comb. form. : TROPO
57. Six on a die. : SISE
58. Greek letters. : ETAS
59. Start of refrain of an old song. : HERESHECOMES
63. Betelgeuse, for instance. : STAR
65. Dinner dishes. : ENTREES
66. Recorded in a modern manner. : TAPED
68. Singing group. : OCTETTE
73. “___ boy!” : ATTA
75. This follows 59 Across. : THERESHEGOES
77. Virginia Senator. : BYRD
81. Charged atoms. : IONS
83. Receiver. : DONEE
84. Small antelopes of Asia. : GOAS
85. Symbol of authority. : ROYALCROWN
88. Noun suffix. : IST
89. Be irritating. : RANKLE
91. Amaryllis plant. : AGAVE
92. The Lily Maid and others. : ELAINES
94. Fjord, inlet of the Skagerrak. : OSLO
95. President of the National League. : GILES
96. Mamie’s home town. : DENVER
97. One way to play a chord. : ARPEGGIO
101. Sign of maiden name. : NEE
103. About 2 lbs. in India. : SER
104. Emancipates. : FREES
105. Capt. Winnie Gibson’s group. : ANC
106. Comic strip creator. : CAPP
109. Advocate of a certain foreign policy. : COLONIALIST
113. Supernatural being: Fr. : ANGE
114. Mélange. : OLIO
115. Sen. Johnston of S. C. : OLIN
116. New growth. : SHOOT
117. Low Hindu caste. : SUDRA
118. See 20 Across. : BOER
119. Archbishop of Canterbury, 1928–42. : LANG
120. Pickled pigs’ feet. : SOUSE
121. Relative of a beaker. : STEIN
122. Actor Lytell. : BERT
123. Reptiles. : EFTS
124. Lew of the movies. : AYRES
125. Libretto. : WORDS
1. Ruler. : SULTAN
2. U. N. agency. : UNESCO
3. Kitchen gadget. : GRATER
4. Big, awkward boats. : ARKS
5. First name of 1 Across. : RAY
6. Electrical units. : AMPERES
7. Organizer of A. R. C. : BARTON
8. Unsightly things. : BLOTS
9. Impetuous. : RASH
10. Allergic one. : SNEEZER
11. Participants in regattas. : SAILBOATS
12. Italian resort. : LIDO
13. Actor Guinness. : ALEC
14. Annapurna and Everest. : PEAKS
15. Alaskan city. : ANCHORAGE
16. Parlor: Span. : SALA
17. Burn up. : CHAR
18. Ruhr city. : HAMM
28. Congenial. : SYMPATHETIC
29. Vehicles. : CARTS
32. Laborer. : PEON
35. Wander. : ROVE
37. Metropolitan star. : STEBER
38. Eating place. : AUTOMAT
39. Cheap Indian cigarettes. : BIRIS
40. Biochemist’s proteose. : ELASTOSE
42. Opening. : SLIT
43. Peak in Greece. : OSSA
44. Trawler equipment. : NETS
46. Win all the tricks in piquet. : CAPOT
48. Suffer. : ACHE
49. Accordingly. : THEN
50. Injure. : HURT
51. Fabulous bird. : ROC
53. Most unpopular student. : TEACHERSPET
56. Cured. : RESTORED
60. Marmara or Coral. : SEA
61. Man’s nickname. : EPH
62. Feeling worse: Colloq. : SEEDIER
64. Road map term: Abbr. : RTE
67. Refuse. : DROSS
69. Christmas potable. : EGGNOG
70. Occupied. : TOOK
71. Small duck. : TEAL
72. Existence. : ESSE
74. Lizard. : ANOLE
76. Noun suffix. : ENT
77. Crow in triumph. : BRAG
78. ___ Berra. : YOGI
79. Old English coin. : RYAL
80. City in Iowa. : DAVENPORT
82. Final creative works. : SWANSONGS
86. ___ majesty. : LESE
87. Actor David. : NIVEN
90. Malt potables. : ALES
93. Portia’s companion. : NERISSA
94. Minoso of the White Sox. : ORESTES
97. Having melody. : ARIOSE
98. Canadian airport. : GANDER
99. Mrs. Rossellini. : INGRID
100. Large amounts: Slang. : OCEANS
102. School: Fr. : ECOLE
104. Flapjack makings. : FLOUR
106. “The Georgia Peach.” : COBB
107. Lily plant. : ALOE
108. Actress Angeli. : PIER
110. Crown Prince of Norway. : OLAF
111. Fluff. : LINT
112. Hailing call. : AHOY
113. Sedan. : AUTO
117. Compass point. : SSW

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 9 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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