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New York Times, Sunday, February 5, 1961

Author: Dortha F. Marks
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 160, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.61, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 623 (avg 1.39)
Open Squares: 179, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 20
Dortha F. Marks has 1 pre-Shortz puzzle in our database.
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© 1961, The New York TimesNo. 4,223
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1. Overseers of a sort. : STRAWBOSSES
12. Covered with lichen. : MOSSY
17. Conspirator in "Julius Caesar." : CASCA
22. Sports commentator. : PEEWEEREESE
23. Summon. : EVOKE
24. Deal out. : ALLOT
25. Historic period in Europe. : RENAISSANCE
26. Ladylove, in poetry. : DELIA
27. Point of view. : SLANT
28. Make ___ of (insist on). : APOINT
29. Band equipment. : SNAREDRUMS
31. Seed covering. : TESTA
32. Small amphibian. : NEWT
33. Drudge : MOIL
34. Flaps, as a sail. : SLATS
35. Superior. : HIGHER
36. Biologic factor. : GENE
37. Too much, in music. : TANTO
38. Far off: Prefix. : TELE
39. Duellist of 1804. : BURR
40. Mythical huntress. : DIANA
42. Very pale gray. : PEARL
44. Hot winds of the tropics. : SIMOONS
47. Denizen of Gilbralter. : APE
50. Cute children. : DOLLS
52. Pronoun. : ITS
53. Tunic worn with armor. : GIPON
54. Greek letter. : ETA
56. Pithy. : CONCISE
58. Grow smaller. : WANE
60. Father. : PATER
61. Decorative drape. : SWAG
62. Agnes de Mille ballet. : RODEO
63. Saint-___. : SAENS
65. Fort McIntosh is here. : LAREDO
66. Advance obliquely. : EDGE
67. Choose. : ELECT
68. Relative of treason. : SEDITION
70. Conveyances of 19th c. : SURREYS
72. "Jewel Song." : ARIA
74. Proclaim. : CELEBRATE
77. Hindu god. : SIVA
78. Hot wind from Africa. : SIROCCO
81. Bell sound. : DINGDONG
83. Insect's feelers. : PALPS
86. Ostentatious display. : POMP
87. 17th c. diarist. : EVELYN
90. "I am the Ruler of the Queen's ___." : NAVEE
91. Obligations: Lat. : ONERA
92. Native Americans. : UTES
93. Part of a roof. : RIDGE
94. Mislay. : LOSE
95. Man ___, a non-entity. : OFSTRAW
97. Made regular trips. : RAN
98. Clergymen. : ABBES
99. Transgression. : SIN
100. Small fish. : SPRAT
102. Method: Abbr. : SYS
103. Post assigned. : STATION
105. Llanos de ___, region of Chaco. : MANSO
107. Saint of January 21. : AGNES
109. Ball players, for short. : NATS
110. Large amount: Colloq. : PILE
111. Farm animals. : MARES
113. Small flaps. : TABS
117. With impunity. : SAFELY
120. African. : BANTU
121. History's concern. : ERAS
122. Lamb. : ELIA
123. Mohammedan council. : ULEMA
124. Speciality of the Haida Indians. : TOTEMPOLES
126. Affectionate gesture. : CARESS
128. Boca ___, Fla. : RATON
129. Arrowtip poison: Var. : URARI
130. Certain passages in opera. : RECITATIVES
132. Catkin. : AMENT
133. Gigantic. : TITAN
134. Law enforcement agency. : STATEPOLICE
135. Where the Owl and the Pussycat went. : TOSEA
136. Balance. : SCALE
137. Certain payments. : ASSESSMENTS
1. Announced unexpectedly. : SPRANG
2. Early American home. : TEEPEE
3. Exalted fame. : RENOWN
4. Expected. : AWAITED
5. Wine: Ger. : WEIN
6. Utmost. : BEST
7. Conjunctions. : ORS
8. Describing certain sports. : SEASONAL
9. Cordage used on shipboard. : SENNIT
10. Bake with crumbs. : ESCALOP
11. Crystal-gazer. : SEER
12. Busybodies. : MEDDLERS
13. Including everything. : OVERALL
14. Substance dissolved in fluid. : SOLUTE
15. Glides lightly. : SKIMS
16. Ayes. : YEAS
17. Metal. : CASTIRON
18. Richard Rodgers musical. : ALLEGRO
19. Aftermath of a forest fire. : SLASH
20. Tale. : CONTE
21. Essence. : ATTAR
30. Property. : ESTATE
33. Describing a wallflower. : MANLESS
35. Jocular. : HUMOROUS
37. Pueblo in New Mexico. : TAOS
39. Men. : BIPEDS
41. Inane : IDIOTIC
43. Co-worker of Bohr, Fermi, etc. : EINSTEIN
44. Place. : SITE
45. Followers of certain policies. : NEWDEALERS
46. Theatrical. : STAGY
47. Crusaders' seaport. : ACRE
48. Still, deep place in a stream. : POOL
49. Sweetheart, for one. : ENDEARMENT
51. Scandinavian. : SWEDE
53. Needlefish. : GAR
55. Miocene and Eocene. : AGES
57. Legendary founder of Athens. : CECROPS
59. Coloring for cloth. : ANILDYE
60. Dishes made with bread crumbs. : PANADAS
61. Houseman. : SERVANT
64. Gov't agency: Abbr. : AEC
65. Eyeglasses. : LORGNONS
69. Saud of Arabia. : IBN
71. Witty retort. : RIPOSTE
73. Sharpness. : ACERBITY
75. Jabberwocky word. : TOVES
76. Compass point: Abbr. : ENE
78. Siding. : SPUR
79. Jots. : IOTAS
80. Genus of Arctic muskox. : OVIBOS
82. M. Clemenceau. : GEORGES
84. Implore. : PRAY
85. Adages. : SAWS
88. Former British P. M. : EDEN
89. Beach attendants: Abbr. : LGS
94. Police procedure. : LINEUP
96. Punkahs. : FANS
98. Fleet-footed maid of myth. : ATALANTA
99. Place of banishment. : SALTMINE
101. Orchid, for example. : PARASITE
104. State flower of South Dakota. : ANEMONE
105. Uranium. : MINERAL
106. Short order dishes. : OMELETS
108. Ineffective. : STERILE
110. Vegetable, in Italy. : PATATA
112. Betel palms. : ARECAS
114. Newly hatched salmon. : ALEVIN
115. Cut in two. : BISECT
116. Defies verbally: Slang. : SASSES
117. Silk-producing city of India. : SURAT
118. Historic mission. : ALAMO
119. Wines and dines. : FETES
120. Kind of acid. : BORIC
124. Sounds of impatience. : TUTS
125. She-bear: Ital. : ORSA
126. Surpasses. : CAPS
127. Particle. : ATOM
131. Thy: Fr. : TES

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