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LETTER PERFECT

New York Times, Sunday, September 22, 1963

Author:
Barbara Brasure
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 162, Blocks: 89, Avg Word Len: 5.43, Missing: { J X }, Scrabble score: 650 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 160, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 12, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 17
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© 1963, The New York TimesNo. 5,166
Across
1. Hand grip. : CLASP
6. Reprimands. : SLAPS
11. Abruptly: Colloq. : SPANG
16. Zagreb. : AGRAM
21. B.C. prophet. : HOSEA
22. Tilt. : TIPUP
23. Kitchen gadget. : CORER
24. Treasure ___. : TROVE
25. U.S. industry. : STEEL
26. Many ___. : ATIME
27. Queen: Fr. : REINE
28. Porch, on Kauai. : LANAI
29. Phrase from Revelation. : IAMALPHAANDOMEGA
32. City near Smyrna. : AYDIN
33. Purloined. : STOLEN
34. Certain ranchers. : DUDES
35. Victorian trimming. : TASSELS
37. Well-known letters in Washington. : PMG
40. ___ lamb. : EWE
41. UCLA payments. : FEES
42. Shopping center. : MART
43. Byron poem. : LARA
45. Machinery parts. : STATORS
48. Quick. : AGILE
50. Formerly Queenstown. : COBH
54. In ___ (bewildered). : ADAZE
56. Something unique. : ONER
57. Ancient language. : SEMITIC
59. Dance. : HULA
60. Fictional psychiatrist. : CAPTAINNEWMANMD
63. Historian of 1st cen. : TACITUS
65. Bokhara chieftains. : EMEERS
66. List entry. : ITEM
67. "Whither thou ___ . . . " : GOEST
69. Dull. : INERT
70. Sing. : DESCANT
72. Map letters. : ENE
73. Language of the Elder Edda. : OLDNORSE
75. Groups. : COHORTS
77. Vegetable. : PEABEAN
80. Came to rest. : ALIGHTED
84. Report card entry: Abbr. : AVG
85. Mineral used in paints. : ANATASE
90. Pomme de ___. : TERRE
91. Emulate Penelope. : WEAVE
95. Iguana's relative. : GILA
97. Stands fast. : ABIDES
98. Conceives a liking for. : TAKESTO
100. Be on good behavior. : MINDONESPSANDQS
103. French preposition. : AVEC
104. Agreement. : ENTENTE
106. Viand, old style. : CATE
107. Petition again. : RESUE
108. Fix over. : REDO
109. Locale of Hersey novel. : ADANO
110. Feelings of uncertainty. : TREMORS
113. ___ gun. : STEN
114. One kind of car. : USED
115. Stowe novel. : DRED
116. Queen's name. : MAB
118. Spaniard's cry. : OLE
119. Drainage opening in a ship's side. : SCUPPER
123. "___ the coach wheel," self-important one. : FLYON
125. Turned. : SLEWED
128. Western wolves. : LOBOS
129. Former popular radio series. : FBIINPEACEANDWAR
134. "Only ___." : AROSE
135. Mountains in Utah. : UINTA
136. Old-time fourpence. : GROAT
137. Auspices. : AEGIS
139. Brown shade. : TOAST
140. Burrows. : LAIRS
141. Uneven. : EROSE
142. Moslem scholars. : ULEMA
143. Diminutive endings. : ETTES
144. Caucasian. : OSSET
145. Swindled. : DUPED
146. Pasture sound. : BLEAT
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1. Bk. parts. : CHS
2. Well-known nom de plume. : LOTI
3. Sailing. : ASEA
4. Appears. : SEEMS
5. Intellectual taste. : PALATE
6. Staten Island community. : STAPLETON
7. Flexible. : LITHE
8. Of bees. : APIAN
9. Bagheera's relative. : PUMA
10. Poet Stephen. : SPENDER
11. Young fishes. : SCRODS
12. Work by 49 Down. : POEME
13. Zodiac sign. : ARIES
14. R.I., N.H., etc. : NENG
15. Nursery rhyme letters. : GREATALITTLEA
16. Finally. : ATLAST
17. Certain horses. : GRAYS
18. Round: Fr. : RONDE
19. Profit. : AVAIL
20. Chow ___. : MEINS
30. Pasture sounds. : LOWS
31. Falsehood, in "The Faerie Queene." : DUESSA
36. Betel palm. : ARECA
37. Finished second. : PLACED
38. See 62 Down. : MADAME
39. Certain berries. : GRAPES
41. Gave up. : FORWENT
42. Cambridge initials. : MIT
44. Nahua. : AZTEC
46. Years: Lat. : ANNI
47. Waver. : TEETER
48. Shot and shell. : AMMO
49. Famous man of letters. : GIDE
50. Uniform material. : CHINO
51. Target part. : OUTER
52. Dims. : BLURS
53. Waste-maker. : HASTE
55. Otologist's concern. : EARACHES
58. Important study: Abbr. : ENG
61. Has no being. : ISNOT
62. The ladies: Abbr. : MMES
64. Ore of mercury. : CINNABAR
68. Weep. : SOB
71. Thurber book. : THEWONDERFULO
74. 19th century writers. : DANAS
76. Lyric. : ODE
77. Part of name of Tutuila port. : PAGO
78. Indicated. : EVINCED
79. Shining. : AGLEAM
80. Perfume. : ATTAR
81. Set out. : LEAVE
82. Troubled. : IRKED
83. El ___. : GRECO
86. Spikes. : TINES
87. Enlarges. : ADDSTO
88. Aftermath. : SEQUEL
89. Mystic of the year one. : ESSENE
92. Expression of approval. : AMEN
93. Giuseppe's beverage. : VINO
94. Noun ending. : ENT
96. Concerning. : ASTO
99. Urge. : TEASE
101. Unwanted: Fr. : DETROP
102. Spread. : PERMEATED
105. Child. : TAD
111. Failed to follow suit. : RENEGED
112. Cut. : SAWN
114. Defeats. : UPSETS
115. Elizabeth I, for one. : DYNAST
117. Overdecorate. : BEDAUB
119. Blue shade. : SLATE
120. Ville d'Avray painter. : COROT
121. Sub. : UBOAT
122. Western group. : POSSE
123. Last page. : FINIS
124. Metric unit. : LITRE
125. Ladle. : SCOOP
126. Common contract. : LEASE
127. Reside. : DWELL
130. Partiality. : BIAS
131. Island group of Indonesia. : ARRU
132. American novelist. : AGEE
133. Terza ___. : RIMA
138. Perched. : SAT

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 10 debuted here and reused later, 12 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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