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Mel Taub
Mel Taub

SESQUIPEDALIAN

New York Times, Sunday, August 13, 1961

Author:
Mel Taub
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 66, Avg Word Len: 5.28, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 555 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 125, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 5, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Mel Taub has 44 pre-Shortz puzzles and 10 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1961, The New York TimesNo. 4,412
Across
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Editorial matters. : CUTS
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Proverbially, stubborn things. : FACTS
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Sudden burst of activity. : SPASM
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Black. : INKY
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Pillow fight. : ROMP
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"To fetch ___ of water." : APAIL
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Nome in Greece. : PELLA
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Mrs. Helmer. : NORA
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Eastern name. : OMAR
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Crackling. : CREPITATION
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Humbug. : FLAM
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Churchill novel, 1906. : CONISTON
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Doggy sound. : GRR
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Art treasure. : MONALISA
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Kind of sign. : NEON
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Wheatears. : CHATS
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Armadillo. : PEBA
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Burrowing animal. : BADGER
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Snoozes. : CATNAPS
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Lax. : REMISS
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Afghan VIP. : AMEER
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Miss Smith and others. : KATES
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Suffix in zoology. : EAE
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Principle. : TENET
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Throw about. : TOSS
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Unfathomable. : INSCRUTABLE
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Marquee name. : STAR
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Shout: Fr. : CRI
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Known: Archaic. : COUTH
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Russian composer. : BORODIN
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Greek letter. : ETA
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Watering places. : HYDRANTS
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Dot in a lake. : ISLET
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Scopes' defense. : DARROW
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Wraithlike. : EERIE
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Vary. : ALTER
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Island group SE of Honshu. : BONIN
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First conquistador. : CORTEZ
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Deal with. : TREAT
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Talks glibly. : PALAVERS
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Eureka! : AHA
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Pahlevi's capital. : TEHERAN
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Aegean gulf. : SAROS
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Trophy. : CUP
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Hamelin's problem. : RATS
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Pleasure. : DELECTATION
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See 112 Across. : LIMA
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Philosopher's quest. : TRUTH
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One of the Stevensons. : RLS
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Entomb. : INURN
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Grantor. : DONOR
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Mr. Pickwick. : SAMUEL
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Beaches. : STRANDS
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Takers of 39 Across. : DOZERS
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Lackluster. : DRAB
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Cloys. : SATES
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Take a spouse. : WIVE
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Beams. : RADIATES
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Salt: Fr. : SEL
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Where Godiva rode. : COVENTRY
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Exchange premium. : AGIO
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Irregular change. : VICISSITUDE
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Mother Earth. : GAEA
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Member of OAS. : PERU
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Altogether. : INALL
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African port. : DAKAR
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And elsewhere: Abbr. : ETAL
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Uno, dos, ___. : TRES
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Come to terms. : AGREE
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Worn out. : SPENT
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Unchanged. : SAME
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Reptile, for short. : CROC
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Man: Ital. : UOMO
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Operative: Colloq. : TMAN
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Snares. : SPRINGES
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Agent. : FACTOR
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Stage area. : APRON
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Norman city. : CAEN
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Point. : TIP
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Less important. : SLIGHTER
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City on the Eurotas. : SPARTA
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Especially liked. : PET
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Learned man of Islam. : ALIM
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Regatta entry. : SLOOP
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Habit. : MANNER
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How Troy perished. : INFLAMES
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___ me tangere. : NOLI
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Indian apes. : KRAS
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Hindu god. : YAMA
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Changes into another form. : TRANSUBSTANTIATES
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Teiresias, for one. : SEER
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Urge on. : ABET
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Ball play. : CATCH
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Lance man. : SPEARER
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Quantity. : BATCH
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Author Cleveland. : AMORY
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Something wanted. : DESIDERATUM
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Directs. : CASTS
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Peasant shoe. : SABOT
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Mutually destructive. : INTERNECINE
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Free world alliance. : SEATO
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Symbol of triviality. : STRAW
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Coach Rockne. : KNUTE
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Old times, in old times. : ELD
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Subjected to electrolysis. : IONIZED
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House ___. : TOLET
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Phantom. : EIDOLON
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Editorial mark. : CARET
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Pram pushers. : NANAS
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Not active: Abbr. : RET
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Of part of the intestine. : ILEAC
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Stream: Abbr. : RIV
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Holds. : ARRESTS
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Noble. : BARON
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Conveys. : CARTS
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Contemporary novelist. : OHARA
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Enumerates. : TELLS
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Poker cards. : PAIRS
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Talk of a sort. : RUMOR
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Booms. : SPARS
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Pronoun. : HER
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Nailheads. : STUDS
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Attentive. : STUDIOUS
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Earthworms, leeches, etc. : ANNELIDS
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Diamonds. : LOZENGES
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Ares' mother. : HERA
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Cote dweller. : DOVE
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Soviet annexation of 1940. : LATVIA
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Grapple: Dial. : RASSLE
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Shunt. : DIVERT
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Entity. : BEING
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Frigga's spouse: Var. : WODAN
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Transported. : RAPT
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Field: Lat. : AGER
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Ill-boding. : DIRE
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Cliff. : SCAR
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Vegetable, for short. : CUKE
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Bye-bye. : TATA
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Quantity of paper. : REAM
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Bowles' alma mater. : YALE
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___ d'Oléron in Bay of Biscay. : ILE
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Spile. : TAP

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 10 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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