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CONVERSATION PIECE

New York Times, Sunday, May 28, 1961

Author:
Herbert Ettenson
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 94, Avg Word Len: 5.18, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 674 (avg 1.55)
Open Squares: 118, Cheaters: 20, FITB: 8, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 26
Herbert Ettenson has 87 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1961, The New York TimesNo. 4,335
Across
1. Norse god. : THOR
5. Directly: Colloq. : SPANG
10. Discomfited. : ABASHED
17. Query to a speeder. : WHERESTHEFIRE
21. Ump's command. : BATTERUP
23. Old-fashioned request in a theatre. : REMOVEYOURHAT
24. Harbor call. : ALLABOARD
26. "Oh, I ___ cook . . . " : AMA
27. To be, in Paris. : ETRE
28. Much-used solecism. : AINT
29. Basset horn: Abbr. : CLAR
30. Purplish-black. : SLOE
31. Robert ___ Warren. : PENN
33. Throat part. : TONSIL
35. Buffalo Bill and Billy the Kid. : ALIASES
38. Man's nickname. : LEW
39. Ibsenian mother. : ASE
41. Adjuvant. : AID
42. Letter. : ESS
43. Minty. : THYMY
45. Part of a conductor's warning. : LASTTRAIN
49. Key's middle name. : SCOTT
51. Bauxite. : ORE
52. Mythical fluid. : ICHOR
53. Term in music. : CLEF
55. Hose shades. : TANS
56. Shadowboxed. : SPARRED
60. Depot: Abbr. : STA
61. Tarzan's allies. : APES
63. Expunge. : ERASE
65. Climb (up). : SHIN
66. Ratite bird. : EMU
67. Suppose to be. : TAKEFOR
69. Dried up lake basin. : PLAYA
70. Fire chief's admonition. : STANDBACK
72. Fleuret. : EPEE
73. Hebrew name meaning "pleasant." : NAOMI
74. Distantmost land. : THULE
75. Opinion. : IDEA
76. Fictional swordsman. : ATHOS
78. Grandstand request. : DOWNINFRONT
80. Terriers. : SKYES
81. Freight. : LOAD
82. Clayish. : MARLY
83. Facients. : DOERS
84. Goes hastily. : HIES
85. Part of a queuing direction. : LINEFORMS
87. Carried. : BORNE
88. Thuribles. : CENSERS
91. Time-honored. : OLD
92. Moon goddess. : LUNA
93. Voiced disapproval. : BOOED
94. English poet. : POPE
95. River in Scotland. : TAY
96. Canopies. : TESTERS
98. Make a cooing sound. : CURR
99. Garment. : SARI
101. Get to work: Colloq. : DIGIN
103. Halfway house. : INN
104. See 70 Down. : SANDS
105. Modern drug. : CORTISONE
107. Apices. : ACMES
110. Bow. : ARC
111. Bookkeeper's abbreviation. : CRS
112. Anguilla. : EEL
113. Vexation. : IRE
114. Greek letter. : EPSILON
118. Immobilize. : FREEZE
120. Downy. : SOFT
124. Props. : LEGS
126. Soft: Comb form. : LENI
127. 1823 literary name. : ELIA
129. Mine strike. : LODE
131. Diminutive suffix : ULA
132. Part of a stewardess' direction. : SEATBELTS
134. Platform man's enjoinder. : WATCHYOURSTEP
137. Relative of 21 Across. : PLAYBALL
138. Conductor's call. : TICKETSPLEASE
139. What "my son John" wore. : ONESHOE
140. June and moon. : RHYME
141. Book of the Bible: Abbr. : ESTH
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1. Term paper. : THEME
2. Hercules. : HEMAN
3. Spanish gold. : ORO
4. Dream: Fr. : REVE
5. Sparables. : SHOENAILS
6. ___ de chose (trifle): Fr. : PEU
7. Faint-hearted. : AFRAID
8. Nothing. : NIHIL
9. ___ Chaco, plain of So. America. : GRAN
10. Calculators. : ABACISTS
11. Vessel stabilizer. : BALLAST
12. Mountain range of Africa. : ATLAS
13. Fixed look. : STARE
14. Book of the Bible: Abbr. : HEB
15. Winged youth. : EROS
16. Twofoldly. : DUALLY
17. Garment. : WRAP
18. English or Irish ___. : SETTER
19. Abecedarian. : TYRO
20. Girl's name. : ETTA
22. Introduction. : PROEM
25. Refreshing: Poet. : DEWY
32. Western alliance. : NATO
34. Trig term. : SINE
36. George Sand character. : LEONE
37. Fleet St. to Trafalgar Sq. : STRAND
40. Censures savagely. : STRAFES
44. Pronoun. : HER
45. Inventory. : LIST
46. ___ part (dissemble). : ACTA
47. Ref's request. : SHAKEHANDS
48. Maple genus. : ACER
49. Two words from mother on rainy days. : STAYINDOORS
50. Esteban's house. : CASA
51. Think: Humorous. : OPINE
54. Crime. : FELONY
56. Word in the Decalogue. : SHALT
57. Starter's command. : READYSETGO
58. Toastmaster. : EMCEE
59. French composer. : DUKAS
62. Literary name. : POE
64. Branches. : RAMI
65. Dazzles. : STUNS
68. Aftersong. : EPODE
69. Rachets. : PAWLS
70. Summer playground. : SHORE
71. Two-wheelers. : BIKES
73. Opera role. : NORMA
74. Inclinations. : TRENDS
76. Dispense. : ALLOT
77. Sheer linen. : TOILE
78. Mild expletives. : DARNS
79. Fairway warning. : FORE
80. Kind of adjournment. : SINEDIE
82. Deplore. : MOURN
84. Sergeant's command. : HEP
86. Strip blubber. : FLENSE
87. Edge: Fr. : BORD
88. Coconut fiber. : COIR
89. ___ check. : RAIN
90. Since: Scot. : SYNE
93. Con game. : BUNCO
94. Convert. : PROSELYTE
97. Sleeper. : TIE
98. Pennsylvania home of Molly Pitcher. : CARLISLE
100. Historic Levantine port. : ACRE
102. Map maker's abbreviation. : ISLS
104. French city. : SAINTLO
106. Prepared to drive. : TEEDUP
107. Bothers. : AILS
108. Inch. : CREEP
109. Great: Comb. form. : MEGALO
111. Having chinks. : CRACKY
115. West Pointers. : PLEBS
116. Biblical word. : SELAH
117. Triton. : NEWT
118. Polecat. : FITCH
119. Features of some parks. : ZOOS
121. ___ elbows (shabby). : OUTAT
122. Shade of pink : FLESH
123. Notions counter item. : TAPE
125. "Streetcar" hero. : STAN
128. Couch. : LAIR
130. A Gardner. : ERLE
133. Secondary. : BYE
135. Hesitate. : HEM
136. His: Fr. : SES

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 15 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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