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Mel Taub
Mel Taub

CHARACTERISTICS

New York Times, Sunday, August 25, 1957

21-Across : Comprehensive.

Author:
Mel Taub
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 62, Avg Word Len: 5.49, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 552 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 144, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 14, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Mel Taub has 44 pre-Shortz puzzles and 10 Shortz Era crosswords in our database.
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© 1957, The New York TimesNo. 2,980
Across
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Spiral shell. : CONCH
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Not more than. : ATBEST
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Egyptian god of healing. : SERAPIS
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As ___ (usually). : ARULE
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He wrote "The Swan." : MOLNAR
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Comprehensive. : OVERALL
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Uncompromising hostility. : INTRANSIGENCE
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City on Puget Sound. : SEATTLE
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Jazz dance. : STOMP
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Records, figuratively. : PAGES
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Clubs: Abbr. : ASSNS
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Direction. : ESE
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"___ Marlene." : LILI
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Scoffed. : GIBED
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Long-legged bird. : STILT
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School, for short. : PREP
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Back: Prefix. : ANA
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Give in return. : YIELD
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Fictional ship. : CAINE
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Portsider's sobriquet. : LEFTY
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Respectful. : MANNERLY
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Tree trunks. : BOLES
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"Ah, ___ a man's reach should exceed hs grasp ... " : BUTA
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Inventor of the diving bell. : EADS
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Certain rules of etiquette. : DONTS
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Dewey ___ System. : DECIMAL
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Native horsemen of India. : SOWARS
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Domineering: Colloq. : BOSSY
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Supposed. : PUTATIVE
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Quercine fruit. : ACORN
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Show surprise. : SITUP
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Penchants. : BENTS
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Spanish article. : LAS
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Several Popes. : LEOS
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Obdurateness. : IMPENITENCE
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Papal name. : PIUS
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Nothing but. : ALL
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Flout. : SNEER
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Meat: Span. : CARNE
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___ of Glamis. : THANE
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Improvised a bookmark. : DOGEARED
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Peppery sauce. : CURRY
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Doleful: Fr. : TRISTE
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Destroys by deprivation. : STARVES
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Spoils. : BOOTY
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Welcome. : HAIL
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Stepped on. : TROD
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Broadway production. : REVUE
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WAC ___, Army missile. : CORPORAL
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Dark yellow. : OCHER
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Plants of the mustard family. : COLES
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Pens. : FOLDS
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Rio de ___, Africa. : ORO
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Answered negatively. : NOED
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___ House. : BLAIR
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Licorice. : CANDY
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Albert the Alligator's friend. : POGO
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Aaron's burial place. : HOR
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"___ Else But You." : NOONE
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Soubise, for example. : SAUCE
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Was a member of. : SATON
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Nourishment. : ALIMENT
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Prophecies. : VATICINATIONS
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City destroyed in 612 B. C. : NINEVEH
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French architect's plans. : EPURES
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Commenced. : BEGUN
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Humble. : DEGRADE
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Be the sign of. : DENOTE
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Where Cnossus is. : CRETE
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Saloon, in Tia Juana. : CANTINA
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Bobolink. : ORTOLAN
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Famed Olympic track star. : NURMI
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Thunder sound. : CLAP
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Mud ___, a coot. : HEN
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Good-naturedly. : AMIABLY
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Dressed (up). : TOGGED
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Suffer. : BLEED
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River into the Danube. : ENNS
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Indian. : SAC
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Diplomatic feats. : TREATIES
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Mess: Dial. : SOSSLE
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Outcome. : EVENT
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Cartoons by Gardner. : REAS
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Poetic verb form. : ART
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Father. : PATERFAMILIAS
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Poorly arranged. : ILLSET
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Bashful's brother. : SLEEPY
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Responsibility of Aga Khan IV. : ISLAM
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Talks: Slang. : SPIELS
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"His ___ were scarlet, but his books were read." : SINS
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Equips. : GIRDS
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Piquant. : SALTY
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Minor, in law. : PETIT
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Hanker. : YEARN
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Noteworthy. : CONSPICUOUS
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Ex-Senator from Illinois. : LUCAS
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Approaches. : NEARS
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Member of the crew. : BOSUN
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Hollywood first name. : BETTE
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Foolish lover. : DOTER
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Addlepate. : DUNCE
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Begone!: Archaic. : AVAUNT
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Tenant. : LESSEE
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Chef's specialties. : SALADS
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Spotted wildcat. : OCELOT
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Purposeless thinking. : WOOLGATHERING
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Two-legged creature. : BIPED
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Copper. : PENNY
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Pintails. : SMEES
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Tomato. : BERRY
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"The Lady ___." : INRED
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Item in French cookery. : TARTE
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Sleuth Vance. : PHILO
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Distinctive quality. : SAVOR
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Dances. : TRIPS
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Miscalculated. : ERRED
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Take in. : COVER
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Moving slowy. : TARDY
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Trusted. : BELIEVED
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1953 Oscar winner. : HOLDEN
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Chestnut's relative. : ROAN
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Laconic. : CONCISE
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Eradicate. : ROOTOUT
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Wooded ridge in N France. : ARGONNE
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Shrieking divers. : LOONS
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Present. : ONHAND
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Laborer. : COOLIE
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Invest. : CLOTHE
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Tap. : FAUCET
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Describing certain collars. : BONED
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Africa's largest city. : CAIRO
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Comedy star Janis. : PAIGE
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River into Gulf of Finland. : NEVA
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Astound. : STUN
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Depreciatory suffix. : STER
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Mal de ___. : MER
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"The Hairy ___." : APE
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Fundamentals. : ABC

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 9 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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