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BATTER UP!

New York Times, Sunday, May 1, 1949

Author: Edward Buckler
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 107, Avg Word Len: 5.02, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 628 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 130, Cheaters: 28, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 51
Edward J. Buckler has 25 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1949, The New York TimesNo. 377
Across Down
1. Wordy debate on the ball field. : RHUBARB
8. Famine of base hits that may afflict even best batsmen. : SLUMP
13. Crown. : DIADEM
19. Vassal. : HOMAGER
20. Indians. : PIUTES
21. Device used to expose offenders to public scorn. : PILLORY
22. Better. : IMPROVE
23. Pitcher and catcher. : BATTERY
24. The spitball is. : ILLEGAL
25. Clear of all charges. : NET
26. Something prized. : GEM
27. Puts up. : ANTES
28. Invokes. : CALLS
30. ___ Bay, Japan. : ISE
31. Before. : ERE
32. Descendants of a son of Jacob. : LEVITES
34. Short space of time. : WHILE
35. Understands. : SEES
36. Puts in order. : SETS
39. Observer. : NOTER
40. The ___, Ingrid Bergman's role. : MAID
41. Dibble. : DAP
43. Miss Naldi of pre-talkie era. : NITA
45. Red Sox star. : TED
46. What the umpire's tones are not. : DULCET
48. ___ leagues, the minors. : BUSH
51. Employe of Bill Veeck who flies his own plane. : FELLER
53. Motion by pitcher in violation of rules. : BALK
54. Made vigilant. : ALERTED
57. The garden. : OUTFIELD
60. For catchers and first basemen. : MITTS
61. Nervous. : FLUTTERY
62. Reared. : TRAINED
63. Native U. S. citizen of Japanese parentage. : NISEI
64. Give utterance to. : EMIT
65. Mystery story pioneer. : POE
66. Mountain lake. : TARN
67. Ball which, when hit, flies through air in nearly straight path not far from ground. : LINER
68. Great tenor. : CARUSO
70. Residences of diplomatic ministers. : LEGATIONS
74. Retarders. : HINDERERS
78. Boil, roast, etc., over again. : RECOOK
79. Garden workers. : HOERS
81. Secure. : NAIL
83. Ones holding office. : INS
86. Birds of cuckoo family. : ANIS
87. Contends. : COPES
88. Furnish. : PROVIDE
91. Pitcher's pitching arm. : SOUPBONE
93. Ball hit into air without much force, offering easy chance for catch. : POPUP
94. Assured. : PROMISED
95. Effective. : TELLING
96. Colors. : HUES
97. In ___, meaning "in prosperity." : CLOVER
98. Gull-like bird. : SKUA
99. The keystone. : SECOND
102. New Deal agency. : NRA
103. Mr. Slaughter. : ENOS
105. Explosive. : TNT
107. If squeeze play would succeed, this has to be good. : BUNT
108. Decrees. : FIATS
110. Rebuff. : SNUB
112. Group of musicians. : TRIO
115. Shaded fabric: Fr. : OMBRE
117. Athletic teams. : ELEVENS
119. Kindred. : SIB
121. Third base, the ___ corner. : HOT
122. Entrap. : NOOSE
123. New United States Ambassador to France. : BRUCE
124. Unit of electrical resistance. : OHM
126. ___ coal. : PEA
127. Egg dishes. : OMELETS
129. Declared. : AVERRED
131. The fans. : ROOTERS
133. Eliminates. : REMOVES
134. Strives. : LABORS
135. Defeat decisively. : TROUNCE
136. Mailed. : POSTED
137. Wary: Slang. : LEERY
138. Advances. : STRIDES
1. Bingen's river. : RHINE
2. Johnny Mize specialties. : HOMERS
3. Large indeterminate number: Humorous. : UMPTEEN
4. Except. : BAR
5. Astir. : AGOG
6. Noisy celebration. : REVEL
7. Port on the Weser. : BREMEN
8. New form of employment. : SITTER
9. Stringed instruments. : LUTES
10. Indians. : UTES
11. Sea: French. : MER
12. Sensitive to nonphysical forces. : PSYCHIC
13. Calmed: Scot. : DILLED
14. Misfortunes. : ILLS
15. Beverage. : ALE
16. Motherless calf in range herd. : DOGIE
17. Expunge. : ERASE
18. Mr. Standish. : MYLES
20. Yearned. : PANTED
21. The baseball. : PILL
23. Heckler. : BAITER
29. Military assistant. : AIDE
33. Expressed preference. : VOTED
34. Free tickets to first. : WALKS
35. Jet. : SPURT
37. Quarreling in small way. : TIFFING
38. Expatriate author who was an M. D. : STEIN
40. Many: Comb. form. : MULTI
42. Supporter. : ABETTOR
44. On quarter toward which wind blows. : ALEE
46. Instrument used in postoffice. : DATER
47. Body of Jewish law. : TALMUD
49. Rank. : STEP
50. Gene Bearden, in recent war and world series. : HERO
52. Law degree. : LLD
53. Cold dry wind of France and Italy. : BISE
55. Miss Rainer, actress. : LUISE
56. Stain. : DYE
57. Predecessor of The Lip. : OTT
58. Russian river. : URAL
59. Biblical weed. : TARE
60. Capital of White Russia. : MINSK
61. Bracken, brake, etc. : FERNS
63. Boy: Sp. : NINO
67. Disconnected. : LOOSE
68. Birdie's sound. : CHEEP
69. Exposes. : AIRS
71. Iraqi's neighbor. : ARABIAN
72. Member inserted into mortise. : TENON
73. Frostings. : ICINGS
75. Surround. : ENVIRON
76. Moslem title. : RAIS
77. Aspect. : SIDE
79. Trusted. : HOPED
80. Musical work. : OPUS
82. Guided. : LED
83. Noun suffix. : IST
84. Denials. : NOES
85. Become morose. : SULK
87. Sforza's title. : COUNT
88. Affirmative vote. : PRO
89. Ramble. : ROVE
90. Auguries. : OMENS
92. Remotest planet. : PLUTO
93. Call. : PHONE
94. What base runner hopes to reach. : PLATE
97. Longed for. : CRAVED
100. Slackens. : EBBS
101. Panacea. : CUREALL
102. Close relatives. : NIECES
104. Stop temporarily. : SUSPEND
106. Blew a horn. : TOOTED
108. Commotion. : FLURRY
109. Laughs loudly. : SNORTS
111. American journalist, author (1842–1914?). : BIERCE
112. Hamlet: used in names of places. : THORP
113. He slew Tybalt in a duel. : ROMEO
114. Details. : ITEMS
116. Mr. Hart, playwright. : MOSS
117. Cause of loss of many a ball game. : ERROR
118. Peewee Reese's post. : SHORT
120. What a grand slam depopulates. : BASES
122. Field of granular snow. : NEVE
123. Girl's name. : BEBE
125. North African. : MOOR
128. He escaped from Sodom. : LOT
130. Alas!: Lat. : VAE
132. Philippine tree. : TUI

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 49 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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