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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 Down
1. Editorial matters. : CUTS
5. Proverbially, stubborn things. : FACTS
10. Sudden burst of activity. : SPASM
15. Black. : INKY
19. Pillow fight. : ROMP
20. "To fetch ___ of water." : APAIL
21. Nome in Greece. : PELLA
22. Mrs. Helmer. : NORA
23. Eastern name. : OMAR
24. Crackling. : CREPITATION
26. Humbug. : FLAM
27. Churchill novel, 1906. : CONISTON
29. Doggy sound. : GRR
30. Art treasure. : MONALISA
32. Kind of sign. : NEON
33. Wheatears. : CHATS
35. Armadillo. : PEBA
36. Burrowing animal. : BADGER
39. Snoozes. : CATNAPS
41. Lax. : REMISS
45. Afghan VIP. : AMEER
46. Miss Smith and others. : KATES
47. Suffix in zoology. : EAE
49. Principle. : TENET
50. Throw about. : TOSS
51. Unfathomable. : INSCRUTABLE
54. Marquee name. : STAR
55. Shout: Fr. : CRI
56. Known: Archaic. : COUTH
57. Russian composer. : BORODIN
59. Greek letter. : ETA
60. Watering places. : HYDRANTS
62. Dot in a lake. : ISLET
63. Scopes' defense. : DARROW
65. Wraithlike. : EERIE
66. Vary. : ALTER
67. Island group SE of Honshu. : BONIN
68. First conquistador. : CORTEZ
70. Deal with. : TREAT
71. Talks glibly. : PALAVERS
74. Eureka! : AHA
75. Pahlevi's capital. : TEHERAN
77. Aegean gulf. : SAROS
78. Trophy. : CUP
79. Hamelin's problem. : RATS
81. Pleasure. : DELECTATION
83. See 112 Across. : LIMA
84. Philosopher's quest. : TRUTH
86. One of the Stevensons. : RLS
87. Entomb. : INURN
88. Grantor. : DONOR
89. Mr. Pickwick. : SAMUEL
91. Beaches. : STRANDS
93. Takers of 39 Across. : DOZERS
94. Lackluster. : DRAB
96. Cloys. : SATES
97. Take a spouse. : WIVE
98. Beams. : RADIATES
102. Salt: Fr. : SEL
103. Where Godiva rode. : COVENTRY
107. Exchange premium. : AGIO
108. Irregular change. : VICISSITUDE
111. Mother Earth. : GAEA
112. Member of OAS. : PERU
113. Altogether. : INALL
114. African port. : DAKAR
115. And elsewhere: Abbr. : ETAL
116. Uno, dos, ___. : TRES
117. Come to terms. : AGREE
118. Worn out. : SPENT
119. Unchanged. : SAME
1. Reptile, for short. : CROC
2. Man: Ital. : UOMO
3. Operative: Colloq. : TMAN
4. Snares. : SPRINGES
5. Agent. : FACTOR
6. Stage area. : APRON
7. Norman city. : CAEN
8. Point. : TIP
9. Less important. : SLIGHTER
10. City on the Eurotas. : SPARTA
11. Especially liked. : PET
12. Learned man of Islam. : ALIM
13. Regatta entry. : SLOOP
14. Habit. : MANNER
15. How Troy perished. : INFLAMES
16. ___ me tangere. : NOLI
17. Indian apes. : KRAS
18. Hindu god. : YAMA
25. Changes into another form. : TRANSUBSTANTIATES
28. Teiresias, for one. : SEER
31. Urge on. : ABET
33. Ball play. : CATCH
34. Lance man. : SPEARER
36. Quantity. : BATCH
37. Author Cleveland. : AMORY
38. Something wanted. : DESIDERATUM
39. Directs. : CASTS
40. Peasant shoe. : SABOT
42. Mutually destructive. : INTERNECINE
43. Free world alliance. : SEATO
44. Symbol of triviality. : STRAW
46. Coach Rockne. : KNUTE
48. Old times, in old times. : ELD
51. Subjected to electrolysis. : IONIZED
52. House ___. : TOLET
53. Phantom. : EIDOLON
56. Editorial mark. : CARET
58. Pram pushers. : NANAS
61. Not active: Abbr. : RET
62. Of part of the intestine. : ILEAC
64. Stream: Abbr. : RIV
66. Holds. : ARRESTS
67. Noble. : BARON
68. Conveys. : CARTS
69. Contemporary novelist. : OHARA
70. Enumerates. : TELLS
71. Poker cards. : PAIRS
72. Talk of a sort. : RUMOR
73. Booms. : SPARS
76. Pronoun. : HER
77. Nailheads. : STUDS
80. Attentive. : STUDIOUS
82. Earthworms, leeches, etc. : ANNELIDS
83. Diamonds. : LOZENGES
85. Ares' mother. : HERA
88. Cote dweller. : DOVE
90. Soviet annexation of 1940. : LATVIA
92. Grapple: Dial. : RASSLE
93. Shunt. : DIVERT
95. Entity. : BEING
97. Frigga's spouse: Var. : WODAN
98. Transported. : RAPT
99. Field: Lat. : AGER
100. Ill-boding. : DIRE
101. Cliff. : SCAR
103. Vegetable, for short. : CUKE
104. Bye-bye. : TATA
105. Quantity of paper. : REAM
106. Bowles' alma mater. : YALE
109. ___ d'Oléron in Bay of Biscay. : ILE
110. Spile. : TAP

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