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TIMELY TOPICS

New York Times, Sunday, September 6, 1959

Author: Anthony Morse
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 172, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.17, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 637 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 134, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 16, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 22
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© 1959, The New York TimesNo. 3,705
Across Down
1. Member of the wedding. : BESTMAN
8. Tammy cloth. : ESTAMIN
15. East Africans. : SOMALIS
22. Mounted. : ASTRIDE
23. Ecole ___. : NORMALE
24. Pie ___. : ALAMODE
25. One of 154 Across. : STRIKER
26. Phrase from "Battle Cry of Freedom." : THEUNIONFOREVER
28. White or Black. : SEA
29. Outskirts of a town. : ENVIRONS
31. Quaker grays. : ACIERS
32. Adjective ending. : EST
33. Albion's neighbor. : ERIN
35. Important date. : ERA
36. Emblem of dawn. : DEW
38. Outer: Prefix. : ECT
39. "___ Pinafore." : HMS
41. Voice quality. : TONE
42. Ordinance. : EDICT
44. Comedienne Carol ___. : HANEY
46. Seaweed. : ALGA
49. Merged labor group. : AFL
51. Revered woman: Abbr. : STE
52. Fictions. : TALES
53. One of the Twin Cities. : STPAUL
55. Rebounds. : CAROMS
58. Transpositions, wrong font, etc. : ERRATA
60. Asian tongue. : THAI
62. Common suffix. : BLE
63. Without exception. : ALL
64. Receipt: Fr. : RECU
66. G. & S. role. : MIKADO
68. Interruption in a trip. : STOPOFF
70. Show of confidence. : BOLDFRONT
73. A "treasure." : GEM
74. Eight: Prefix. : OCTO
76. Slav. : RUSS
77. Engaged in hostilities. : ATWAR
78. Toward the mouth. : ORAD
80. Author of "Wessex Tales." : HARDY
82. Of nerves: Prefix. : NEUR
84. Resort area. : SHORE
85. Fringe benefit arrangement. : PENSIONPLAN
88. Answer to a roll call: Lat. : ADSUM
91. Canadian rebel, 1884. : RIEL
93. Commotion. : STORM
94. Less, in music. : MENO
95. "I cannot ___ lie." : TELLA
96. Wheel. : DIKE
98. East: Span. : ESTE
100. Congressman: Abbr. : REP
102. "___ of sixpence . . . " : SINGASONG
104. Fruits. : ORANGES
106. Make a fluff. : SLIPUP
109. Sidewalk feature. : CURB
110. Monkey. : SAI
111. Stretched. : RAN
112. Totals. : ADDS
114. Shooters. : AGATES
116. South Pacific queen. : SALOTE
118. West ___. : INDIES
120. Present time. : TODAY
122. Function. : ACT
124. Trawl. : NET
125. Chinese: Comb. form. : SINO
126. German poet and patriot (1769–1860). : ARNDT
127. Most insignificant. : LEAST
129. Savoir-faire. : TACT
133. Absent. : OUT
135. Aeronautics group: Abbr. : CAA
136. Seed-bearing spike. : EAR
139. Grain exchange. : PIT
140. Eskers. : OSAR
141. Unit in electricity: Abbr. : AMP
143. Namesakes of Scarlett's spouse. : RHETTS
146. Cuddly ones. : NESTLERS
150. Twisted. : WRY
151. Worker from the comic strips. : TILLIETHETOILER
154. Practicing protestants. : PICKETS
156. Rove about idly: Dial. : TRAIPSE
157. For ___ (for eternity). : ALLTIME
158. Oyster product. : PEARLET
159. Edible seed. : SOYBEAN
160. Spun. : ROTATED
161. Finishing strokes. : ENDALLS
1. Hound. : BASSET
2. Inlet: Span. : ESTERO
3. Melody ___. : STRAIN
4. Numerical prefix. : TRI
5. TV necessity: Slang. : MIKE
6. "___ of thieves." : ADEN
7. Gave courage to. : NERVED
8. Interlude. : ENTRACTE
9. London's foreign quarter. : SOHO
10. Course. : TREND
11. Divert. : AMUSE
12. Person. : MAN
13. Hip bones. : ILIA
14. Part of the Tertiary Period. : NEOCENE
15. Football score. : SAFETY
16. Swan genus. : OLOR
17. Where alders grow. : MARSH
18. Soul: Fr. : AME
19. Comedy of 1594. : LOVESLABOURSLOST
20. Day in ancient Rome. : IDES
21. Spanish artist. : SERT
27. Most pleasant. : NICEST
30. Blue flag. : IRIS
34. Not real but very like. : NEAR
37. Exclamation of admiration. : WHATAMAN
40. Mercator's concern. : MAP
42. Sinclair Lewis hero. : ELMER
43. Name. : TERM
45. "When I was ___ . . . " : ALAD
47. California and Mexico. : GULFS
48. Hebrew letters. : ALEFS
50. Like an Annie Oakley. : FORFREE
52. The weekly envelope. : TAKEHOMEPAY
53. Squelched: Slang. : SATON
54. Uncle: Span. : TIO
55. Samite. : CLOTH
56. Proverbial recipe for dullness. : ALLWORKANDNOPLAY
57. News beat. : SCOOP
59. Horse and buggy. : RIG
61. Presidential initials. : HST
63. Clothes for Arabs. : ABAS
65. Disquiet. : UNREST
67. Lots: Slang. : OODLES
69. Extreme Victorians. : PRUDES
71. Connecticut town. : DARIEN
72. Members of "la famille." : TANTES
75. ___ acid. : CYANIC
79. Award for valor. : DSO
81. Motor speed: Abbr. : RPM
83. Fit for the palate. : EATABLE
86. Water. : IRRIGATE
87. The ninth: Lat. : NONUS
89. Arm bones. : ULNAE
90. Wise men. : MAGI
92. Yorkshire city. : LEEDS
96. Operatic role. : DORIS
97. People of Asia. : IRANI
99. Pope's title: Abbr. : SSD
101. Place. : PUT
103. First U.S. general. : GRANT
105. Go: Scot. : GAE
107. Hollywood star. : LADD
108. Ring out. : PEAL
113. Wide river valley: Scot. : STRATH
115. Having authority. : SCEPTRED
117. Eight: Ital. : OTTO
119. Evidence of debt. : IOU
121. Go ___ (indulge in a spree). : ONATEAR
123. End. : TAIL
126. Bridge hand honors. : ACETEN
128. Vast level tract in S E Europe. : STEPPE
130. In addition. : ASWELL
131. Business combine. : CARTEL
132. Meetings. : TRYSTS
134. Menu item. : TRIPE
137. Santa ___. : ANITA
138. Ignited again. : RELIT
141. Legal agents: Abbr. : ATTS
142. New Zealand timber tree. : MIRO
144. "For ___ jolly good fellow . . . " : HESA
145. French city. : STLO
147. Spangled, in Heraldry. : SEME
148. Nothing: Fr. : RIEN
149. Cigarfish. : SCAD
152. Ad ___. : LIB
153. Tributary of the Danube. : OLT
155. Long-tailed ape. : KRA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 14 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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