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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
130. Talented contemporary of Pepys. : CHRISTOPHERWREN
133. Silences. : SHUTSUP
135. In a direct line. : ASTHECROWFLIES
136. Stars of "Porgy and Bess." : NEGROES
137. "Simple Simon ___ pieman." : META
138. Winning cards. : TOPS
139. FDR's mother. : SARA
140. To eat: Ger. : ESSEN
Down
1. Commander of the "Golden Hind." : SIRFRANCISDRAKE
2. Fallacy, in logic. : IDOLUM
3. Alaskan city. : NOME
4. Ruether's outfit. : CIO
5. Lanchester and others. : ELSAS
6. Leer. : OGLE
7. The "O" yard stripe. : GOALLINE
8. Small dog. : POM
9. Consumers. : USERS
10. Sic. : THUS
11. Time for stakes and handicaps. : RACEWEEK
12. Inconnu. : UNKNOWN
13. Bbls. : KGS
14. Bret Harte's Chinaman. : AHSIN
15. Mistral. : BISE
16. Verb for a firebrand. : AGITATE
17. Abridge. : SHORTEN
18. Crusaders' port. : ACRE
19. Lily-livered. : CHICKENHEARTED
21. Do newspaper work. : EDIT
22. Flower leaf. : SEPAL
25. ___ Dame. : NOTRE
28. Inhuman. : BESTIAL
32. Breakfasted. : ATE
34. Verb suffix. : ING
36. Cut molars. : TEETHE
39. Berger of the Met. : ERNA
41. Furnace. : KILN
42. Scene of Napoleonic victory. : JENA
43. Victor at Carthage. : SCIPIO
44. Ancient Briton. : PICT
46. Hoarder. : STORER
47. Headline place, Dec. 17, 1903. : KITTYHAWK
48. ___ Juan. : SAN
50. Wonder drug. : ACTH
52. Mere handful. : WISP
54. Pronoun. : HER
56. German city. : GERA
57. Beau Brummells. : POPINJAYS
59. "Little Caesar." : EDWARDGROBINSON
60. Prudence or temperance. : CARDINALVIRTUE
61. Coral islets. : KEYS
64. Moon goddess. : LUNA
65. Soup-fin shark. : TOPE
66. Devilkin. : IMP
69. German river. : EMS
70. Captured soldiers. : POWS
71. Two states: Abbr. : DAKS
72. Le dernier ___. : CRI
73. Where Samson died. : GAZA
75. Chicago time: Abbr. : CST
77. Touch off. : IGNITE
78. Bobbles. : ERRS
81. Subleases. : RELETS
83. Settle. : LAND
85. Mr. Tunney. : GENE
87. Next to nothing. : ONE
88. Rival of Bannister. : SANTEE
90. Melodious. : SONGFUL
92. Cruising. : ASEA
94. Noun suffixes. : IDS
95. Crags. : TORS
96. Spanish cloth. : PINA
97. All: Comb. form. : OMNI
99. Pastry store. : BAKESHOP
100. Skinner. : MULETEER
102. Courtier in "Hamlet." : OSRIC
103. British conductor. : BEECHAM
104. Opposite. : INVERSE
106. Sandlotter. : SEMIPRO
107. Fictitious plaintiff. : DOE
108. Canadian province: Abbr. : ONT
111. ___ Vecchio, Florentine bridge. : PONTE
114. ___ d'hôtel. : MAITRE
116. Eastern title. : PASHA
117. ___ duck. : SURF
118. Whines. : MEWLS
120. Middle: Law. : MESNE
122. Ninnies. : SAPS
124. Berra's equipment. : MITT
126. Embroiders. : SEWS
128. Handle. : ANSA
129. Small dogs. : PUGS
131. Month: Abbr. : OCT
132. Inlet. : RIA
134. 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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