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BIRD IN THE HAND

New York Times, Sunday, July 25, 1954

Author:
Jules Arensberg
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 85, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { Q X }, Scrabble score: 721 (avg 1.62)
Open Squares: 108, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 8, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 34
Jules Arensberg has 95 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Early litzer noted the following: Taken from NYT Magazine (2/16/1992) 50 Years of Crossword Puzzles. Described as an "inner clue" puzzle created by a postal worker and inveterate puzzle maker from the Bronx.

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© 1954, The New York TimesNo. 1,853
Across
1
Considering. : SINCE
6
Predecessor of MVD. : OGPU
10
Neighbor of Yap. : TRUK
14
Arabians wear them. : ABAS
18
Ingredient of soap. : ACIDOIL
20
All's well (with "The"). : GOOSEHANGSHIGH
23
Color pictures. : CHROMOS
24
Situation eliminated by 20th Amendment. : LAMEDUCKSESSION
26
Enfield or Browning. : RIFLE
27
Actor Walter. : ABEL
29
Advanced in grade. : RISEN
30
Author di Donato. : PIETRO
31
Grège. : ECRU
32
Mother Gynt. : ASE
33
Roll. : LIST
35
Wagnerian character. : WOTAN
37
Welch or Jenkins: Abbr. : ATT
38
High Himalayan peak. : KAMET
40
Pachyderm's specialty. : SKIN
42
Part of a watch. : JEWEL
43
Noun suffix. : STER
44
Ball point. : PEN
45
Abiding. : RESTING
47
City in N. H. : KEENE
48
Dramatic event. : SCENE
49
Atahualpa. : INCAN
51
Game counter. : TILE
52
An instant. : WINK
53
Indochinese language. : THAI
55
Resident of Mayor Kennelly's city. : CHICAGOAN
57
Cordage fiber. : PITA
58
Be shrewish. : HENPECK
62
Determinant. : TEST
63
___-king. : ERL
64
Hilton's "Horizons." : LOST
65
Part of the grandstand. : TIER
67
Zoological suffix. : IDAE
68
Give allegiance to. : ADHERE
70
Doggies, collectively. : PUPPYDOM
72
Relative of wampum. : COWRY
73
Watchdog's retort. : GRR
74
Wireless man. : MARCONI
76
More felicitous. : HAPPIER
79
Blurbs. : ADS
80
Perfumes: Var. : ATARS
82
Oft-performed ballet. : SWANLAKE
84
Good-luck charm in Africa. : GRIGRI
86
Rustic name. : ZEKE
87
Kilns: Var. : OSTS
89
Talks back to the ump. : JAWS
90
Portuguese title: Abbr. : SNR
91
Miss Ferber. : EDNA
93
Soprano Patti. : ADELINA
95
Mark IV, for example. : TANK
96
It's outlawed in warfare. : POISONGAS
98
Conservative Briton. : EDEN
99
Hopalong Cassidy. : BOYD
100
Gum flavoring. : MINT
101
Actress Oberon. : MERLE
102
Obsequies. : OBITS
105
High chiefs of sports. : TSARS
107
Black hole. : DUNGEON
109
Eggs. : OVA
110
French commune. : SENS
111
Glances. : PEEKS
112
King Haakon's son. : OLAF
113
Haloes. : NIMBI
115
Speed a motor. : REV
116
Pièce par Villon. : POEME
117
Sprigtail. : SMEE
119
Oft-proposed conscription bill. : UMT
121
Affectations. : AIRS
123
Part of an O'Neill title. : ICEMAN
125
Upshot. : ISSUE
127
Conte. : TALE
129
Columbian vessel. : PINTA
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Talented contemporary of Pepys. : CHRISTOPHERWREN
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Silences. : SHUTSUP
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In a direct line. : ASTHECROWFLIES
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Stars of "Porgy and Bess." : NEGROES
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"Simple Simon ___ pieman." : META
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Winning cards. : TOPS
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FDR's mother. : SARA
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To eat: Ger. : ESSEN
Down
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Commander of the "Golden Hind." : SIRFRANCISDRAKE
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Fallacy, in logic. : IDOLUM
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Alaskan city. : NOME
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Ruether's outfit. : CIO
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Lanchester and others. : ELSAS
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Leer. : OGLE
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The "O" yard stripe. : GOALLINE
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Small dog. : POM
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Consumers. : USERS
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Sic. : THUS
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Time for stakes and handicaps. : RACEWEEK
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Inconnu. : UNKNOWN
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Bbls. : KGS
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Bret Harte's Chinaman. : AHSIN
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Mistral. : BISE
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Verb for a firebrand. : AGITATE
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Abridge. : SHORTEN
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Crusaders' port. : ACRE
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Lily-livered. : CHICKENHEARTED
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Do newspaper work. : EDIT
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Flower leaf. : SEPAL
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___ Dame. : NOTRE
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Inhuman. : BESTIAL
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Breakfasted. : ATE
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Verb suffix. : ING
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Cut molars. : TEETHE
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Berger of the Met. : ERNA
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Furnace. : KILN
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Scene of Napoleonic victory. : JENA
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Victor at Carthage. : SCIPIO
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Ancient Briton. : PICT
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Hoarder. : STORER
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Headline place, Dec. 17, 1903. : KITTYHAWK
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___ Juan. : SAN
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Wonder drug. : ACTH
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Mere handful. : WISP
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Pronoun. : HER
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German city. : GERA
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Beau Brummells. : POPINJAYS
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"Little Caesar." : EDWARDGROBINSON
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Prudence or temperance. : CARDINALVIRTUE
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Coral islets. : KEYS
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Moon goddess. : LUNA
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Soup-fin shark. : TOPE
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Devilkin. : IMP
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German river. : EMS
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Captured soldiers. : POWS
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Two states: Abbr. : DAKS
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Le dernier ___. : CRI
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Where Samson died. : GAZA
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Chicago time: Abbr. : CST
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Touch off. : IGNITE
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Bobbles. : ERRS
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Subleases. : RELETS
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Settle. : LAND
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Mr. Tunney. : GENE
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Next to nothing. : ONE
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Rival of Bannister. : SANTEE
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Melodious. : SONGFUL
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Cruising. : ASEA
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Noun suffixes. : IDS
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Crags. : TORS
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Spanish cloth. : PINA
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All: Comb. form. : OMNI
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Pastry store. : BAKESHOP
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Skinner. : MULETEER
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Courtier in "Hamlet." : OSRIC
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British conductor. : BEECHAM
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Opposite. : INVERSE
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Sandlotter. : SEMIPRO
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Fictitious plaintiff. : DOE
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Canadian province: Abbr. : ONT
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___ Vecchio, Florentine bridge. : PONTE
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___ d'hôtel. : MAITRE
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Eastern title. : PASHA
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___ duck. : SURF
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Whines. : MEWLS
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Middle: Law. : MESNE
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Ninnies. : SAPS
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Berra's equipment. : MITT
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Embroiders. : SEWS
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Handle. : ANSA
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Small dogs. : PUGS
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Month: Abbr. : OCT
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Inlet. : RIA
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Men. : HES

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 28 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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