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MATCHWIT
April 18, 1955
Matchwit is the only duet crossword in the world. To solve it, couples may sit opposite each other at a card table or well-balanced lapboard. At the signal, both contestants start solving. The definitions are daffy—watch out for puns, anagrams and persiflage; let your mind wander. Some of the words link the two puzzles together, permitting one player to do the other in the eye. Save these till last. If both players get stuck, the puzzles may be reversed and the solving resumed. First one finished wins. It's designed for two but one can play it alone.
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April 18, 1955

Matchwit

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Matchwit is the only duet crossword in the world. To solve it, couples may sit opposite each other at a card table or well-balanced lapboard. At the signal, both contestants start solving. The definitions are daffy—watch out for puns, anagrams and persiflage; let your mind wander. Some of the words link the two puzzles together, permitting one player to do the other in the eye. Save these till last. If both players get stuck, the puzzles may be reversed and the solving resumed. First one finished wins. It's designed for two but one can play it alone.

ACROSS

1. Something hard to break.
6. Alter altar.
11. Cur's last name
14. Half of California turns up in Florida.
15. Baffle.
16. Chop off part of your taxes.
17. Status of well-known street after ticker-tape parade.
19. Kind of type.
20. At least 13 points in Scrabble.
21. They're on loan from the Aquarium.
22. Hair unapparent.
23. Iranian coin.
25. Words of a certain yesman.
26. Where to pick up pins.
27. Little fishes.
29. Change title.
31. Kid often takes them.
33. Red in the T.D. set.
36. Friend of B. Moan.
39. Holy lady in Ostend.
40. This carries little weight.
42. Swiss part of Turin.
43. When you're in it, you're up to no good.
46. Man in the middle of Niagara.
47. Kind of pond.
49. January stone, and it isn't hail.
50. Foxy.
51. Fancy footwork.
53. They're partly passages.
55. Girls' dorm down East.
56. Street sign.
58. A four-handkerchief movie.
61. Trip in a Black Maria.
64. John Doe and friends.
67. German river.
68. Sulky people.
69. How poor Ted marched.
71. Wise bird.
73. B.Q.'s first name.
74. Do this with the lids closed.
76. Weather map line.
78. Duck late.
79. It's linked to a fire.
81. It separates Ralph from Emerson.
85. He's always two feet.
88. Roll the pram up this.
90. He's both Lefty and Whitey.
91. Vehicle for sending telegrams.
92. Man with a cent.
94. West of Las Vegas.
95. Home of a famous hall.
97. Noah's Jersey setup.
98. Does he write on rice paper?
99. They're always clinging.
100. Near and Far.
101. Senorita's parent.

DOWN

1. Friend of Rhoda W.
2. Evangeline's address.
3. French bookmaker.
4. Kind of humor.
5. Heel and toe decor.
6. Concerning couples.
7. Product of a reluctant poet.
8. Who's yer favorite author.
9. Lemon follower.
10. Small backward state.
11. This is deadly.
12. He's been put out.
13. Darling daughter.
18. Sounds of surprise.
22. It's all mixed up.
24. She sounds as though she'd lost weight.
26. Kind of tory.
28. Pa's last name in Jersey.
30. Ridge made of a tree.
32. This is a nuisance.
34. Possible state of a green housewife.
35. Bird that is almost a bird dog.
36. This can give you a jolt.
37. Indian in the middle of the Series.
38. Oscar's stable.
39. Rose by another arrangement.
41. Willie repeat.
44. No good will come of this.
45. Look here.
48. Story teller.
52. Kind o' gram.
54. Rope trick.
56. What Van Winkle was.
57. Go way back.
59. Printers let it stand.
60. Inert city in Italy.
61. Ida's first name.
62. Drops on the lawn.
63. Famous Gardner.
65. Citified.
66. Places for bored people.
70. All square in the ring.
72. Game of hand holding.
75. Friend of Sven and Nels.
77. Bridgework.
78. They're often lost.
80. Fold or flap.
82. It's Scotch and water.
83. Bureau member.
84. Hans Andersen's home town.
85. What they call B-pictures in Athens.
86. Cries for pastry chefs.
87. All the style in Alaska.
89. Chance's first name.
92. Partly local drink.
93. This calls for an answer.
95. Third row.
96. Juana bet.

ACROSS

1. Mr. and Mrs.
6. Mr. Polite's first name.
11. Alpha's ante.
14. Army mascot.
15. Ready to nap.
16. Baba talk.
17. It's derived from an ice bag.
19. Queen among friends.
20. Bella's first name.
21. Nosy animals.
22. Nancy's neighbor in France.
23. Type of ads.
25. It can follow good or bad.
26. Stroll in Yosemite.
27. Nocturnal enterprise.
29. What a secretary keeps.
31. A market in a market.
33. Could-be greeting to Clifton or Jack.
36. A depression on the face of it.
39. West End of Southampton.
40. It's found in the larder.
42. Taxing office: Abbr.
43. Law more than state-wide.
46. Pool item.
47. Musically, it's "all here."
49. Named a wreath.
50. The whole darn family.
51. Oil can silence him.
53. M.I.T. and others.
55. Men of Salem.
56. Sign up, Loren!
58. Workers with ores.
61. Contents of the 5-foot shelf.
64. Run into expense in the end.
67. The tide has turned.
68. Sharp crack, sometimes wise.
69. Old Fashioned girl.
71. Letter from Athens.
73. People from the Combo.
74. Opposite of best: Poet.
76. Bad business for the batting average.
78. Kind of pro.
79. Best S.A. dog.
81. Spins backward.
85. Reversible signal.
88. This is most common.
90. Insect is ant plus.
91. National brassworks.
92. Ate fast and left and party.
94. One end of a golf club.
95. The big thing around capitalists.
97. Do this after 25,000 miles.
98. What Dora R. has.
99. Wielded a bat in Dizzy Dean talk.
100. Ana and Buda.
101. Hive talk.

DOWN

1. Scottish parrots.
2. An Aesop ending.
3. Two-lane U.
4. E.R. Berry's first name.
5. In, inter or bi.
6. Leaves in a heap.
7. Status of Chicago, 1871.
8. Silver-lined phenomenon
9. Saucer-factory site.
10. Top choice.
11. They could be full of sable.
12. The 400 type.
13. 'Tis he, in a dither.
18. He's half a loafer
22. Highway sign.
24. Little degrees held in contempt.
26. A little meow.
28. The best of friends.
30. Way to get places.
32. Second scene in the movies.
34. Football player goes into second base.
35. Spread the news via Tribune.
36. Miner operations.
37. Country in quatrain.
38. The size of yesterday's heroes.
39. Kind of dust.
41. Where the cubs live.
44. Sane suffixes.
45. Miser in the East.
48. One of a shifty lot.
52. No wooden horse this, though made of balsa.
54. Rudolph, the Reindeer's trademark.
56. She knows Max well.
57. Famous dancer.
59. A real gone GI
60. Mr. Shriner's using dialect.
61. It's used on locks.
62. Quote part of ticket.
63. Flag follower in opera.
65. Summer depositories for small fry.
66. Your present occupation.
70. Party to which M.D.'s belong.
72. Gavilancestry.
75. Kind of leader.
77. Broken arm.
78. Use stars to make these.
80. Part of telescope used to catch fish.
82. Heap big ball player.
83. Impossible on the links.
84. Not for giving.
85. If this were plural, it would be Grand.
86. Supermarket, in the year 1.
87. They're full of brains.
89. It follows Hit or But.
92. He's of small caliber.
93. 100 yards.
95. Handy hat.
96. Matchwit solvers.

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