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A PUZZLEMENT

New York Times, Sunday, August 4, 1957

Author:
Thomas Meekin
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 160, Blocks: 85, Avg Word Len: 5.55, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 636 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 160, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 17 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Thomas Meekin has 202 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1957, The New York TimesNo. 2,959
Across
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Dog. : BOWWOW
7
Light blow. : SPAT
11
City district. : WARD
15
Exploit (an asset) successfully. : PARLAY
21
Girl's name meaning silvery. : ARIANA
22
Subject for a college song. : ALMAMATER
24
Ball player. : ORIOLE
25
Slenderer. : LANKER
26
Press reports, write-ups, ballyhoo. : PUBLICITY
27
Warless world. : UTOPIA
28
Queen ___ style. : ANNE
29
Rotators. : MUSCLES
31
Lowest point. : NADIR
33
Checks: Colloq. : TABS
34
Bypast. : AGO
35
Lothario. : RAKE
36
Place. : REGION
38
Wren's relative. : TIT
39
Row of stables. : MEWS
41
Reading material. : MAGS
42
Fasting and others. : PENANCES
44
Not awkward. : EASY
45
Sao ___, Brazil. : PAULO
47
Sea in Asia. : ARAL
48
Strong paper. : KRAFT
50
Appearances. : ASPECTS
53
Teacher's job. : GRADING
56
Adriatic port. : TRIESTE
60
Excellent. : SELECT
61
Forgiveness. : REMISSION
63
Ask for. : DESIRE
64
Character in Byron's "Don Juan." : HAIDEE
65
Aits in the Seine. : ILES
66
Jewish month. : TEBET
68
Union general in Civil War. : SIGEL
69
And so on. : ETC
70
Hargrove, for one. : PRIVATE
72
Turned around a pivot. : SLEWED
74
Genus of ducks. : ANAS
75
Historic name in New Jersey. : CARTERET
77
Former rulers. : TSARINAS
79
Declare by general opinion. : VOTE
80
Ridicule. : DERIDE
83
Refitted for electric service. : REWIRED
85
Unwieldy ship. : TUB
87
"Of two ___ we take the less." : EVILS
89
Cotton drilling. : DENIM
90
Phrase of comprehension. : ISEE
91
Essence. : NATURE
93
Depends. : RELIES
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Serious difficulty. : DEEPWATER
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Red Bordeaux. : CLARET
98
Military commissions. : BREVETS
100
Spruce up. : SMARTEN
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___ white. : CHINESE
102
Ambler and others. : ERICS
104
Welles role. : LEAR
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Chiggers. : FLEAS
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Oxford fellows. : DONS
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Inexorable. : RUTHLESS
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Vanished. : FLED
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Tubers. : YAMS
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Before. : ERE
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Most constant. : TRUEST
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Norway's Crown Prince. : OLAF
120
Cheer. : RAH
121
The wherewithal. : CASH
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Role in "Arms and the Man." : RAINA
124
Kansas county. : LABETTE
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Heavy knife. : BOLO
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Harmonize. : ATTUNE
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Contract. : AGREEMENT
132
Quake. : TREMOR
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Describing lava. : MOLTEN
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Deep affection: Fr. : TENDRESSE
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The Green Wave. : TULANE
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Magician's command. : PRESTO
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Gaelic. : ERSE
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Visited. : SEEN
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Humbles. : ABASES
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Biblical prophet. : BALAAM
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Evergreen tree. : ORANGE
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Blow away. : WINNOW
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Historic atoll. : WAKE
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Unit. : ONE
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Cordial. : WARM
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Hard green Swiss cheese. : SAPSAGO
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Tugs. : PLUCKS
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Easy gait. : AMBLE
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Romance. : TALE
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Army branch. : WAC
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Florida burfish. : ATINGA
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Keep in mind. : RETAIN
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Newport News installation. : DRYDOCK
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Swarm. : POUR
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Craft. : ART
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Turmoil. : RIOT
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Phillies' catcher. : LOPATA
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Excuses. : ALIBIS
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Spumy, as water. : YEASTY
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Interprets falsely. : MISREADS
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Where Ufa is. : URALS
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Dormant. : INERT
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Gets the help of. : ENLISTS
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Modern mania. : SPEED
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Grumbled. : MUTTERED
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First word of several Psalms. : PRAISE
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Kind of quartz. : SARD
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Annual: Said of winds. : ETESIAN
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Take up. : ACCEPT
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Hinged helmet. : ARMET
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Exclamations. : FIES
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Revolutionary patriot. : ASHE
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Car appurtenance. : SEATCOVER
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Capable of being folded. : PLICATILE
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Substances in cookery. : GELATINES
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French marshal (1802–69). : NIEL
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Agent. : GOBETWEEN
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John Hancock. : SIGNATURE
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Holds dear. : TREASURES
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Elvers. : EELS
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Supplied with streams. : RIVERED
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Describing some dailies. : NEWSIER
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Pull apart. : TEAR
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Provoked to anger. : IRED
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Soaked. : DRENCHED
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Thinks about the past. : RELIVES
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Large butterfly. : IDALIA
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111 Down, for example. : VERB
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President of Vietnam. : DIEM
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Pierces: Var. : EMPALES
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Lariats. : RIATAS
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Laboratory item. : ESTER
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Silly: Fr. : BETE
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Predictor. : SEER
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Strong-scented herb. : TANSY
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Bustle. : STIR
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Type of TV performer. : WRESTLER
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Horny plates of reptiles. : SCUTA
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Cloven. : CLEFT
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Grooved. : STRIATE
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Squash. : FLATTEN
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Abscond. : DECAMP
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Antony's role, Act III, "Julius Caesar." : ORATOR
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Snuggle. : NESTLE
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Crave. : HUNGER
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Memorizes. : LEARNS
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Strip (a seal) of blubber. : FLENSE
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Savory odors. : AROMAS
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Oscar-winning actress. : MALONE
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Banks. : SHORES
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Chubby plus. : OBESE
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Quonsets. : HUTS
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Civil War brigadier. : RENO
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Iowa town. : AMES
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Girl's name. : ETTA
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Actor Lugosi. : BELA
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Opposite of gross. : NET
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Holland town. : EDE
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Sandpaper. : RUB

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 10 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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