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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.
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© 1957, The New York TimesNo. 2,959
Across Down
1. 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
95. Serious difficulty. : DEEPWATER
97. Red Bordeaux. : CLARET
98. Military commissions. : BREVETS
100. Spruce up. : SMARTEN
101. ___ white. : CHINESE
102. Ambler and others. : ERICS
104. Welles role. : LEAR
105. Chiggers. : FLEAS
106. Oxford fellows. : DONS
109. Inexorable. : RUTHLESS
112. Vanished. : FLED
113. Tubers. : YAMS
117. Before. : ERE
118. Most constant. : TRUEST
119. Norway's Crown Prince. : OLAF
120. Cheer. : RAH
121. The wherewithal. : CASH
123. Role in "Arms and the Man." : RAINA
124. Kansas county. : LABETTE
127. Heavy knife. : BOLO
128. Harmonize. : ATTUNE
130. Contract. : AGREEMENT
132. Quake. : TREMOR
134. Describing lava. : MOLTEN
135. Deep affection: Fr. : TENDRESSE
136. The Green Wave. : TULANE
137. Magician's command. : PRESTO
138. Gaelic. : ERSE
139. Visited. : SEEN
140. Humbles. : ABASES
1. Biblical prophet. : BALAAM
2. Evergreen tree. : ORANGE
3. Blow away. : WINNOW
4. Historic atoll. : WAKE
5. Unit. : ONE
6. Cordial. : WARM
7. Hard green Swiss cheese. : SAPSAGO
8. Tugs. : PLUCKS
9. Easy gait. : AMBLE
10. Romance. : TALE
11. Army branch. : WAC
12. Florida burfish. : ATINGA
13. Keep in mind. : RETAIN
14. Newport News installation. : DRYDOCK
15. Swarm. : POUR
16. Craft. : ART
17. Turmoil. : RIOT
18. Phillies' catcher. : LOPATA
19. Excuses. : ALIBIS
20. Spumy, as water. : YEASTY
23. Interprets falsely. : MISREADS
30. Where Ufa is. : URALS
32. Dormant. : INERT
37. Gets the help of. : ENLISTS
40. Modern mania. : SPEED
41. Grumbled. : MUTTERED
42. First word of several Psalms. : PRAISE
43. Kind of quartz. : SARD
44. Annual: Said of winds. : ETESIAN
46. Take up. : ACCEPT
47. Hinged helmet. : ARMET
49. Exclamations. : FIES
50. Revolutionary patriot. : ASHE
51. Car appurtenance. : SEATCOVER
52. Capable of being folded. : PLICATILE
53. Substances in cookery. : GELATINES
54. French marshal (1802–69). : NIEL
55. Agent. : GOBETWEEN
57. John Hancock. : SIGNATURE
58. Holds dear. : TREASURES
59. Elvers. : EELS
61. Supplied with streams. : RIVERED
62. Describing some dailies. : NEWSIER
67. Pull apart. : TEAR
71. Provoked to anger. : IRED
73. Soaked. : DRENCHED
76. Thinks about the past. : RELIVES
78. Large butterfly. : IDALIA
79. 111 Down, for example. : VERB
81. President of Vietnam. : DIEM
82. Pierces: Var. : EMPALES
83. Lariats. : RIATAS
84. Laboratory item. : ESTER
86. Silly: Fr. : BETE
88. Predictor. : SEER
92. Strong-scented herb. : TANSY
94. Bustle. : STIR
96. Type of TV performer. : WRESTLER
99. Horny plates of reptiles. : SCUTA
101. Cloven. : CLEFT
103. Grooved. : STRIATE
105. Squash. : FLATTEN
106. Abscond. : DECAMP
107. Antony's role, Act III, "Julius Caesar." : ORATOR
108. Snuggle. : NESTLE
110. Crave. : HUNGER
111. Memorizes. : LEARNS
112. Strip (a seal) of blubber. : FLENSE
114. Savory odors. : AROMAS
115. Oscar-winning actress. : MALONE
116. Banks. : SHORES
119. Chubby plus. : OBESE
122. Quonsets. : HUTS
123. Civil War brigadier. : RENO
125. Iowa town. : AMES
126. Girl's name. : ETTA
127. Actor Lugosi. : BELA
129. Opposite of gross. : NET
131. Holland town. : EDE
133. 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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