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Harold T. Bers
Harold T. Bers

NUMBERS OF WORDS

New York Times, Sunday, April 18, 1954

Author:
Harold T. Bers
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 83, Avg Word Len: 5.37, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 659 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 148, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 5, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 26
Harold T. Bers has 138 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1954, The New York TimesNo. 1,755
Across
1
Light talk. : CHAFF
6
Dana's 2 years were before it. : MAST
10
On fire. : AFLAME
16
Their noses point skyward. : SNOBS
21
Building clay like adobe. : TAPIA
22
Poker custom. : ANTE
23
Weather conditions in France. : CLIMAT
24
French city, pop. 179,778. : LILLE
25
Split. : CLEFT
26
Instigate. : GOAD
27
Marvel comparable to Temple of Diana, etc. : EIGHTHWONDER
29
Intuition. : SIXTHSENSE
31
See 97 Across. : THE
32
Mme. Pompadour's favorite painter. : NATTIER
33
Tophet. : HELL
34
Quonsets, Nissens, etc. : HUTS
37
Prepare for a bout. : TRAIN
39
Miss Lamarr. : HEDY
40
Cabinet member. : BROWNELL
44
Picnic lake in Westchester. : MOHANSIC
46
___ America. : MISS
47
Well supplied. : RICH
48
Little lost boy. : WAIF
50
Chorals dating from 1300. : MOTETS
51
Shade. : TAN
52
Source of the Phoenix' rebirth. : ASHES
54
Ingenuous. : NAIF
56
Twosomes: Abbr. : PRS
57
Word in James Jones' title. : ETERNITY
62
Sponsor for certain TV shows. : CEREAL
64
Thomas Merton. : TRAPPIST
67
Following. : RETINUE
68
Garden structure. : TRELLIS
70
Type of throat affliction. : STREP
71
Sparkle. : ELAN
73
Wendy's dog. : NANA
74
TV's Mr. Cooke. : ALISTAIR
76
Avoid, socially. : SNUB
77
C. B. de Mille's noted niece. : AGNES
78
Finished. : DID
81
Disposed to laugh. : RISIBLE
82
Skeleton of a crossword puzzle. : PATTERN
84
Id ___. : EST
85
Oneness. : UNITY
87
Foretell: Scot. : SPAE
88
Tied with a rope. : TETHERED
89
Branch of physical science: Abbr. : MECH
90
Movie close-up. : KISS
91
Jewish holiday. : PURIM
92
Ankle cartilage. : TARSALE
97
An. : ARTICLE
99
Greek philosopher, believer in happiness. : EPICURUS
102
London "bobby." : PEELER
103
Like a dark night. : STARLESS
105
Cousin of the puffin. : AUK
106
Famed fabulist: Var. : ESOP
108
Cake covering. : ICING
109
Suitable. : DUE
110
Today. : EASTER
113
He lived 905 years. : ENOS
115
Combining form of 8. : OCTO
116
Proceed slowly. : WADE
118
Colonial Governor of N. J. : CARTERET
120
Most untrained. : GREENEST
122
Split. : RIVE
123
Italian aviator and Fascist. : BALBO
124
Insult. : SLAP
126
Guard. : TEND
127
What idolatry is to dilatory. : ANAGRAM
129
Man's name. : IRA
131
Proverbially gifted one. : SEVENTHSON
136
The Press. : FOURTHESTATE
139
Leading. : MAIN
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Singer's gamut. : RANGE
141
Year: Fr. : ANNEE
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What anglers do. : REELIN
143
School: Abbr. : ACAD
144
Accustom. : ENURE
145
Detests. : HATES
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Apprehend. : ARREST
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Norse name. : NELS
148
Inched. : EDGED
Down
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Training camps of 1920's: Abbr. : CTCS
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Sea: Comb. form. : HALI
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Summit. : APEX
4
Somebody superfluous. : FIFTHWHEEL
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"Nine, ten, a big ___." : FATHEN
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Famous navigator. : MAGELLAN
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Later. : ANON
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Put away: Slang. : STASH
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Old Christian hymn. : TEDEUM
10
Four Goren points. : ACE
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Flutter about. : FLIT
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Levity. : LIGHTNESS
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Coolidge's alma mater. : AMHERST
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Hempen fabric. : MAT
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Of mankind's races. : ETHNIC
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Editor's desk: Slang. : SLOT
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Figuratively, the last chance. : NINTHINNING
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Songs of a past era: Slang. : OLDIES
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Pages printed to the edge. : BLEEDS
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Crowd together. : SERRY
28
Ashen. : WAN
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A lot: Colloq. : SLEW
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Justice Clark. : TOM
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Department store employe. : SHOPPER
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Ease: Fr. : AISE
40
Flower leaf. : BRACT
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Part of a step. : RISER
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Dark yellow. : OCHRE
43
Girl in "South Pacific." : LIAT
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Just hove clear, as an anchor. : ATRIP
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Trading center. : MART
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Frustrated ones fail to reach it. : FIRSTBASE
51
Number suffix. : TEEN
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Important yearly figure. : SALARY
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"Femme ___," : FATALE
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Leading tennis player. : TRABERT
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Silly. : INANE
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"Tea for Two," "Three Little Words," etc. : TUNES
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Fermenter. : YEAST
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Leslie Caron role. : LILI
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"Je vous en ___" (I beg you): Fr. : PRIE
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Sappho. : TENTHMUSE
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Nice Nellies. : SISSIES
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Old stringed instrument. : LUTE
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Drinks delicately. : SIPS
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A play like "The Rivals." : SATIRE
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Mr. Vishinsky. : ANDREI
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Creator of a famous three. : DUMAS
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Motionless. : INERT
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Pronunciamentos. : DICTA
82
Where to spend a sol. : PERU
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Gather. : REAP
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Excessively severe examination. : THIRDDEGREE
88
Sewing machine attachments. : TUCKERS
90
German painter, died 1940. : KLEE
91
Indian. : PIUTE
93
Indirect. : SECONDHAND
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T. R.'s first wife. : ALICE
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Fast periods. : LENTS
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Rye fungus. : ERGOT
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Inkling. : CLUE
100
Beethoven's Sixth. : PASTORALE
101
Melody. : SONG
104
Leather. : SEAL
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Foreshadows. : PORTENDS
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Umpire. : ARBITER
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Unit of reluctance. : REL
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Observed. : SEEN
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Minnesota city. : WINONA
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Shakespearean "scram!" : AVAUNT
118
Recorder of Everest climb. : CAMERA
119
Dutch explorer in the Pacific. : TASMAN
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Main course. : ENTREE
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Egypt-Israel border town. : RAFAH
123
Rubbish! : BAH
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1,000-mi. river in Canada. : PEACE
128
Marked roads: Abbr. : RTES
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Monkshood. : ATIS
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Small bottle. : VIAL
133
Comfortable. : SNUG
134
Fearful villain. : OGRE
135
Require. : NEED
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Indian weight. : SER
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Noun suffix. : ENT

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 19 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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