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Harold T. Bers
Harold T. Bers

HORSE OPERA

New York Times, Sunday, August 19, 1956

Author:
Harold T. Bers
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 174, Blocks: 79, Avg Word Len: 5.17, Missing: { Q }, Scrabble score: 702 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 132, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 16, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 24
Harold T. Bers has 138 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original PDF missing clues after 83-Down; clues are from reprint of puzzle in a book. Original 117-Across clue had "B. A."; changed this to "S. A." Original 122-Across clue had "Identation"; corrected this to "Indentation."

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W
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P
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L
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B
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D
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D
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© 1956, The New York TimesNo. 2,609
Across
1
Reveal unintentionally. : BETRAY
7
Bored. : BLASE
12
City on the Caspian. : BAKU
16
Essential. : BASAL
21
Inspirer of the Parthenon. : ATHENA
22
Judges's attire. : ROBES
23
Work animals. : OXEN
24
Papal fanon. : ORALE
25
Operatic riders. : THEVALKYRIES
27
In some versions, one of the Four Horsemen. : PESTILENCE
29
Present. : HERE
30
Proffered. : TENDERED
32
Task assigned. : STINT
33
Grand Bank catch. : COD
34
English cathedral city. : ELY
35
Alerts. : WARNS
36
Logging term. : SNIB
38
Kind of verb: Abbr. : REG
39
___ Addams. : CHAS
40
Cutting tool. : DIE
42
Col. Sosthenes ___, former I. T. and T. chief. : BEHN
44
School: Fr. : ECOLE
46
Continental prefix. : AFRO
48
Picturesque. : SCENIC
51
Trial town in France. : RIOM
53
Little hill. : KNOLL
55
Reindeer drivers. : LAPPS
58
Carpenter or mason. : WORKMAN
60
Capital of Lancashire. : PRESTON
62
Cousin of a paradox. : ANOMALY
64
Interstate agency. : ICC
65
On the crest of. : ATOP
67
Gray: Ger. : GRAU
68
For whom Bert Lahr waited. : GODOT
70
Miss Fabray. : NAN
71
He rode out with Dawes and Prescott. : PAULREVERE
74
Aids for athletes. : TRAINERS
76
Go at an angle. : ZIG
77
See. : ESPY
78
Not quite obsolete. : RARE
79
His statue was one of Seven Wonders. : JUPITER
80
Winged. : ALATE
82
Legal thing. : RES
84
Grain: Comb. form. : SITO
86
Founder of city famed for a horse. : ILUS
87
___ Chiang. : MME
88
Mr. Gallagher's pal. : SHEAN
91
Broadway's first "St. Joan." : LENIHAN
93
___-dos. : DOSA
95
Air opening. : VENT
99
___ Aviv. : TEL
100
M or G. : THOUSAND
102
Substitute ballplayer: Slang. : BENCHRIDER
104
Aries. : RAM
105
Pessimist's expectation. : WORST
106
Star basketballer. : GOLA
108
Gust. : GALE
109
Animal. : DOE
110
Madrid street. : AVENIDA
112
City north of Agra. : ALIGARH
115
Cheap golf ball. : REPAINT
117
Exile from S. A. : PERON
118
South African province. : NATAL
120
Big bird: Var. : EMEU
122
Indentation. : RECESS
123
Light-Horse Harry's family. : LEES
125
Largo, adagio, presto, etc. : TEMPI
127
Played in opera. : SANG
129
Meadow. : LEA
130
A saurel. : SCAD
132
Frequently. : OFT
134
White ___. : PINE
136
Lateen-rigged boats. : DHOWS
138
Bob and ___. : RAY
141
Compensate. : PAY
142
Creator of Flicka. : OHARA
144
Knotty or knobby. : NODULOSE
146
43,560 sq ft. : ACRE
147
Equestrian figure of legend. : LADYGODIVA
150
Novelist Sir Henry ___. : RIDERHAGGARD
152
Eastern official. : AMEER
153
Windsor's neighbor. : ETON
154
Hallow. : BLESS
155
Gave a look. : LEERED
156
French aunt. : TANTE
157
Fender flaw. : DENT
158
Meaning. : SENSE
159
Notable conquistador. : DESOTO
Down
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Envelop. : BATHE
2
Peg Lynch role. : ETHEL
3
An international team golf match. : THERYDERCUP
4
French dream. : REVE
5
Literary collection. : ANA
6
Black Sea spa. : YALTA
7
Celluloid king of Siam. : BRYNNER
8
Title of peers. : LORDSHIP
9
Miss Murphy's spouse. : ABIE
10
Oracles. : SEERS
11
Dweller by the Dead Sea. : ESSENE
12
Music of the Fifties. : BOP
13
Choppers. : AXES
14
Falcon. : KESTREL
15
Loosen. : UNTIE
16
Golfer Tommy ___. : BOLT
17
Common verb. : ARE
18
He rode Dapple. : SANCHOPANZA
19
Town in Tennessee. : ALCOA
20
British industrial city. : LEEDS
26
Street edge, in Britain. : KERB
28
Germanic girl's name. : INGA
31
He rode Black Bess. : DICKTURPIN
35
Republic overthrown in 1933. : WEIMAR
37
Pro ___ publico. : BONO
39
Stuff. : CRAM
41
Artist's medium. : INK
43
Native name of Lie's land. : NORGE
45
E or W from Greenwich. : LONGITUDE
47
Driftage. : FLOTSAM
48
Plagiarize: Slang. : SWIPE
49
Shrubs with chewable leaves. : COCAS
50
Provides food, service, etc. : CATERS
52
Sea: French. : MER
54
Freight handler. : LADER
56
Braid. : PLAIT
57
He wrote "Riders to the Sea." : SYNGE
59
___ Scotia. : NOVA
61
___ Mare, city of Rumania. : SATU
63
It accentuates the negative. : NOR
66
He rode Pegasus to save Andromeda. : PERSEUS
69
Number from "Snow White." : ONESONG
72
Vega's constellation. : LYRA
73
Take off probation. : REINSTATE
75
Bother. : AIL
79
Cowper's famous ride. : JOHNGILPIN
81
Son of Jacob. : LEVI
83
Wreathe. : ENTWINE
85
___ Juana. : TIA
87
He wrote ten symphonies. : MAHLER
88
Belt. : STRAP
89
Toss. : HEAVE
90
One of ND's "Four Horsemen." : ELMERLAYDEN
91
Navigation aid. : LORAN
92
"When ___ bites a man . . . " : ADOG
94
Rocky eminence. : SCAR
96
Rider of Derby winners. : EDDIEARCARO
97
Gaudy lights. : NEONS
98
Waste allowances. : TRETS
101
Mason's utensil. : HOD
102
Yeasts. : BARMS
103
Wards off. : REPELS
107
New Guinea port. : LAE
111
Denied. : NOED
113
Furniture store item. : LAMP
114
Ichabod Crane's horseman. : HEADLESS
116
Hole-in-one. : ACE
119
Opposite of contrite. : ATTRITE
121
Overthrow. : UNHORSE
124
Part of London. : SOHO
126
Enspheres. : INORBS
128
Euphemistic exclamation. : GOSH
130
Chair part. : SPLAT
131
Hartebeest. : CAAMA
133
Passé. : FADED
135
Roman official. : EDILE
137
The ___, area of S. England. : WEALD
139
Court decree. : ARRET
140
Former name of Tokyo. : YEDDO
142
Monster. : OGRE
143
Bristol's river. : AVON
145
Town near Hertogenbosch. : UDEN
146
Times. : AGES
148
However. : YET
149
White ___. : ANT
151
Letter. : GEE

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 12 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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