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Harold T. Bers
Harold T. Bers

FITTING AND PROPER

New York Times, Sunday, September 18, 1960

Author: Harold T. Bers
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 76, Avg Word Len: 5.39, Missing: { K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 705 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 145, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 23
Harold T. Bers has 138 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
PS notes: Original clue for 83-Down had "Madison Ave's. customers." Corrected this to "Madison Ave.'s customers."
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© 1960, The New York TimesNo. 4,083
Across Down
1. Pakistan's third city. : DACCA
6. Mae of Ngaio. : MARSH
11. Shadow. : UMBRA
16. Sixth minor prophet. : MICAH
21. Kind of squash. : ACORN
22. Astaire's birthplace. : OMAHA
23. Oral. : PAROL
24. Soap plant. : AMOLE
25. Sort of snob. : NAMEDROPPER
27. Almost any Merman number. : SHOWSTOPPER
29. Bureau. : DRESSER
30. I.e. : IDEST
32. Apparel. : WEAR
33. Uncloses: Poet. : OPES
34. What Koko has. : LIST
35. Alençon, Brussels, etc. : LACES
37. Saroyan's alter ego. : ARAM
39. Marble city. : BARRE
41. Girl's name. : EDA
42. Severity. : RIGOR
43. Titania's spouse. : OBERON
45. Brahman precepts. : SUTRAS
48. Henry VIII's fourth's home. : CLEVES
50. Discarded. : SCRAPPED
52. Dividing walls. : SEPTA
53. Predicaments. : SCRAPES
55. Clan symbol. : TOTEM
56. Airborne soldier. : PARATROOP
58. Called. : PHONED
59. Marquand character. : MOTO
60. Fair friend: Fr. : BELAMI
61. Townships: Abbr. : TPS
62. Buttonhole site. : LAPEL
63. Relatives of flippers. : PAWS
64. Pentacle. : STAR
66. Retainers. : FEES
68. Matterhorn. : ALP
69. Where Neunkirchen is: Fr. : SARRE
71. N. C. cape. : FEAR
72. Movement of a ship backward. : STERNWAY
76. Yorkshire river. : TEES
78. Lies shamelessly. : TELLSAWHOPPER
81. Split. : RIVE
82. Rigorously. : STRICTLY
84. Frankfurt's river. : ODER
85. Jute leader. : HORSA
87. Nothing. : NIL
88. ___ in one's ear. : FLEA
89. Fed lines to. : CUED
90. Champ de ___, Paris. : MARS
91. Author of "The Best Man." : VIDAL
93. Spanish Mrs. : SRA
96. Opening bars. : INTROS
98. Proper. : JUST
99. Consecrate. : DEVOTE
100. Bill or Cora Baird. : PUPPETEER
102. Flash flood. : SPATE
104. Made strong again. : RENEWED
105. Colorado resort. : ASPEN
106. Soft job. : SINECURE
108. Thoughtless. : REMISS
109. Bermudas. : SHORTS
111. Inquires: Scot. : SPEERS
112. Prepare food. : CATER
113. Common verb. : HAS
116. Hemp. : SISAL
118. Ancient wine pitcher. : OLPE
119. Foxier. : SLYER
120. Caesar's former consort. : COCA
121. Calculating device: Var. : ABAC
123. Lather. : SOAP
125. Electrical inventor. : TELSA
127. Heart beat. : PITAPAT
129. Café society peripatetic. : TABLEHOPPER
132. Thorne Smith creation. : COSMOTOPPER
134. British ___. : ISLES
135. Annoyance: Colloq. : PEEVE
136. Creator of Happy Hooligan. : OPPER
137. Chaperon: Span. : DUENA
138. Game. : CHESS
139. Violin, for short. : STRAD
140. Seed covering. : TESTA
141. Shoulder ___. : STRAP
1. Knee-bounce. : DANDLE
2. Mite or lick. : ACARID
3. Falls headlong. : COMESACROPPER
4. Ridge. : CREST
5. Connectives. : ANDS
6. Places for boat stopovers. : MOORAGES
7. Electrical unit: Abbr. : AMP
8. Sword. : RAPIER
9. Hangars. : SHEDS
10. Run fast. : HARE
11. Against the current. : UPSTREAM
12. Part of Chinese game name. : MAH
13. Word for a hard worker. : BROWMOPPER
14. "Schoolboy" pitcher. : ROWE
15. Great horse of 1942. : ALSAB
16. Chinese name. : MAO
17. International businessman. : IMPORTER
18. Kitchen item. : COPPERPOT
19. Nautical term. : ALEE
20. Towel embroidery. : HERS
26. Went through again. : RELIVED
28. Refrain syllables. : TRAS
31. Jet plane. : SABRE
36. ___ Cob, Conn. : COS
38. London wartime sign. : ARP
40. Stiffer in action. : RUSTIER
42. Forces back. : REPELS
43. Numerical prefix. : OCTO
44. Man's name. : NEAL
46. Sleep like ___. : ATOP
47. Weakens. : SAPS
49. Thruway unit. : LANE
50. Tipplers. : SOTS
51. Makers of plans. : DRAFTERS
53. Chair parts. : SPLATS
54. Alpine abode. : CHALET
55. Second's accessory. : TOWEL
57. Moslem's rulers. : AMEERS
59. Clayey. : MARLY
60. Weight: Comb. form. : BARO
63. Important clerics. : PRELATES
64. Stitched. : SEWED
65. Asiatic goat. : TAHR
67. Portuguese Mr. : SNR
70. Heedful: Archaic. : ATTENT
71. Wane. : FADE
72. Wear: Colloq. : SPORT
73. Uncommitted prospect. : WINDOWSHOPPER
74. Fly. : AVIATE
75. Howled. : YELLED
77. Wife of Thor. : SIF
79. Under: Fr. : SOUS
80. Transitory state. : PHASE
83. Madison Ave.'s customers. : CLIENTS
86. Future: Fr. : AVENIR
89. Utensil of a sort. : CORNPOPPER
90. Silent. : MUTE
92. Insuranceman-composer. : IVES
93. Watering places. : SPAS
94. Busyness. : RUSH
95. Descriptive of the human thumb. : APPOSABLE
97. Former Brazilian money. : REIS
98. Cupboard items. : JARS
99. Adverse point. : DEMERIT
101. VIP of 450 B.C. : PERICLES
102. Invested with royal power. : SCEPTRED
103. Smooth food. : PUREE
104. Coral-like animals: Zool. : RETEPORA
107. Fish. : EEL
108. Glimmer. : RAY
110. Obi. : SASH
112. Fastenings. : CLASPS
114. Shrub genus. : ACAENA
115. Despotic subordinate. : SATRAP
117. Closed curves. : LOOPS
119. Skiing site. : SSOPE
120. Head. : CAPUT
121. Of the kind of: Suffix. : ATIC
122. Hit: Colloq. : BASH
124. Egyptian goddess. : APET
126. Bobbie Burns. : LCOT
128. Clumps. : TODS
130. Letter. : ESS
131. Little ___. : EVA
133. B'way at 39th. : MET

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 12 debuted here and reused later, 12 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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