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Mel Taub
Mel Taub

New York Times, Wednesday, February 29, 1956

Author: Mel Taub
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 35, Avg Word Len: 5.28, Missing: { F J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 285 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 68, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 2, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
Mel Taub has 44 pre-Shortz puzzles and 10 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1956, The New York TimesNo. 2,437
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1. Hire. : TAKEON
7. One of the Gemini. : CASTOR
13. Roman Athena. : MINERVA
14. Becomes attached. : ADHERES
16. Sinister. : OMINOUS
17. Thoroughfare. : ROADWAY
18. Kinsman: Abbr. : REL
19. It was abolished by Amendment XIII. : SLAVERY
21. Old cloth measure. : ELL
22. French monarchs. : ROIS
24. Choice part of a group. : ELITE
25. Radar signal. : BLIP
26. 1/16 pint. : OUNCE
28. Plural ending. : IES
29. Of the people of Cardiff. : WELSH
30. Proverbial places for tempests. : TEAPOTS
32. Narrow gorge. : CHASM
33. Pronoun. : THEY
34. No: German. : NEIN
35. Go by car. : MOTOR
37. Rouses to action. : BESTIRS
40. Was low in spirits. : MOPED
41. Relative of “borrow” and “steal.” : BEG
42. Percolates. : SEEPS
44. River into Baltic Sea. : ODER
45. Eurasian chain. : URALS
47. Clubs or spades. : SUIT
48. Wrongdoing. : SIN
49. Hydrogen or oxygen. : ELEMENT
51. Navigator’s direction. : NNE
52. Substance. : ESSENCE
54. Tammany’s De Sapio. : CARMINE
56. Adorned with knobs. : STUDDED
57. He pays the check. : TREATER
58. Greek magistrates. : EPHORS
59. Roasting accessory. : SKEWER
1. Cessation in sports. : TIMEOUT
2. Colorles dye-making liquid. : ANILINE
3. Range of knowledge. : KEN
4. Olympian bowman. : EROS
5. Seed part of plant. : OVULE
6. Certain speech quality. : NASALITY
7. Proofreader’s marks. : CARETS
8. Think the world of. : ADORE
9. Variant of “chaise.” : SHAY
10. Bandleader Lewis. : TED
11. “Animal Farm” and “1984” are ___ works. : ORWELLS
12. Tendency to face facts. : REALISM
13. ___ Castle, in Havana harbor. : MORRO
15. Graceful girl. : SYLPH
20. Tries to outdo. : VIES
23. Sow. : SCATTER
25. Headgear for freshmen. : BEANIES
27. Ancient Hebrew vestment. : EPHOD
29. Jots. : WHITS
31. Poetic contraction. : OER
32. These: Fr. : CES
34. Is remiss. : NEGLECTS
35. Dressmaker. : MODISTE
36. Unfolds. : OPENSUP
37. Building timber. : BEAM
38. Link anew. : REUNITE
39. Shiny fish lure. : SPINNER
40. Subject of Michelangelo masterpiece. : MOSES
41. Originates. : BREEDS
43. Direct. : STEER
45. Worrier’s ailment. : ULCER
46. Lewis Carroll creature. : SNARK
49. Within: Comb. form. : ENDO
50. Banyan. : TREE
53. Anglo-Saxon letter. : EDH
55. Throat. : MAW

Answer summary: 5 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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