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COMMUNIQUE

New York Times, Sunday, January 23, 1944

145-Across : Gigantic.

Author:
Jackson Cross
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 74, Avg Word Len: 5.35, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 637 (avg 1.40)
Open Squares: 160, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 96
Jackson Cross has 1 known pre-Shortz puzzle in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original 21-Down clue had "calender"; changed to "calendar." In 106-Down clue, added hyphen after year.

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© 1944, The New York TimesNo. 102
Across
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Describing the coming front. : WESTERN
8
Attack. : ASSAULT
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Gathering forces. : MASSING
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Inactivity. : INERTIA
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City bird. : SPARROW
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Awakener. : AROUSER
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Mopped up. : CLEANED
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Rumanian oil city smashed by Fifth Air Force. : PLOESTI
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Space for goods. : STORAGE
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Undressed steer hide. : KIP
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Girl's name meaning bird. : AVIS
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Key city, central Sicily. : ENNA
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Shoestring. : LACE
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King spared by Saul. : AGAG
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Pertaining to grandparents. : AVAL
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Clothed as kings. : ERMINED
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Fabulously wealthy land of the Zuñis. : CIBOLA
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Siouan Indian. : OTO
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Kings: Latin. : REGES
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Irrational. : SURD
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Faucet. : SPIGOT
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Wrathful fellow. : RAGER
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River boundary between Bessarabia and Ukraine: Russian spelling. : DNESTR
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Artist-colony town, New Mexico. : TAOS
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Island of Pearl Harbor. : OAHU
54
Gluttonous. : GREEDY
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Plant germ. : SEED
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Neptune's staff. : TRIDENT
59
Amphibian plane. : BOAT
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Wood used for oars. : ASH
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Concise. : TERSE
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Written reminder. : MEMO
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Cotton fabrics, usually printed. : PERCALES
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With the, a challenge. : GAUNTLET
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Bad ___ to ye'. : CESS
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City between Kharkov and Orel. : KURSK
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Grampus. : ORC
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Siberia-Mongolia mountain range. : ALTAI
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Père ___, Balzac's King Lear, 1834. : GORIOT
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Beleaguerment. : SIEGE
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Maple genus. : ACER
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Effective spacing of gags. : TIMING
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Sail above the skysail. : MOONRAKER
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Mexican blanket cape. : SERAPE
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St. ___, near Penzance, Cornwall. : IVES
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Mightily. : AMAIN
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Countess in "Twelfth Night." : OLIVIA
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Strong point. : FORTE
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Girl's name. : NAN
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Caves. : GROTS
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Vital French city on the Rhone. : LYON
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Tuned in. : LISTENED
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South American rancho. : ESTANCIA
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Part of to be. : BEEN
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Airplanes. : AEROS
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Alleged forces. : ODS
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Vex. : ROIL
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Thicken. : COARSEN
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Wild plum. : SLOE
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Where Lieut. Gen. Brett commands. : PANAMA
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Author of "The Magic Mountain." : MANN
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Trees yielding tannin. : OAKS
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Coalfield area of Ukraine. : DONETS
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Monsieur Zola. : EMILE
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Name. : REPUTE
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Place occupied by anything. : SEAT
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Banished Navy officer of Hale's novel, 1863. : NOLAN
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Warp yarn. : ABB
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Tableaux. : SCENES
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Comes forth. : EMERGES
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Antitoxins. : SERA
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Seaport of Irish Free State. : COBH
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Sumac genus. : RHUS
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Seed coat. : ARIL
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Whirring. : AHUM
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Joke. : GAG
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Girl's name meaning cheerful. : HILARIA
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Jap islands bombed from Attu. : KURILES
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What the USAAF is doing. : RAIDING
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The Axis. : ENEMIES
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Gigantic. : IMMENSE
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Female performer. : ARTISTE
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Somewhat harsh. : RASPISH
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Most nigh. : NEAREST
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Swimmer. : NATATOR
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Secretary of Agriculture. : WICKARD
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Animate. : ENLIVEN
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Soaking through. : SEEPAGE
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Small Malay coin. : TRA
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Former battleground. : ETNA
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Rend apart: Var. : RIEVE
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Lowest points. : NADIRS
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Cleopatra's slayer. : ASP
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Glory. : SPLENDOR
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River, joins the Rhone at Lyon. : SAONE
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Bearded vultures of South Africa. : ARENDS
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Either one of the Bears. : URSA
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Fortune. : LOT
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Evening dusk. : TWILIGHT
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Good luck pup. : MASCOT
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Russian labor union. : ARTEL
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Sault Ste. Marie canal. : SOO
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Koran chapter. : SURA
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Introduction. : ISAGOGE
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Nullified. : NEGATED
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He introduced our calendar, 1582. : GREGORY
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Scandalous reading. : SMUT
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"___ Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)" : ABOU
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Minus. : LESS
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Angered. : IRATE
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Italian Foreign Minister, executed at Verona. : CIANO
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Liquor of the Orient. : ARRACK
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Bombed Prussian seaport. : STETTIN
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Lyrics. : POEMS
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Philippine Negrito. : AETA
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Haul in a fish. : REEL
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Successor to King Boris. : SIMEON
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Common spiny shrubs of England. : GORSES
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Residue. : DREG
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Nemesis of U-boats. : DESTROYER
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Visitant from polar seas. : BERG
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Like chalcedony. : AGATINE
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Digestive juices. : SALIVAS
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Soldiers' cabins. : HUTMENT
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Breathing pores. : STOMATA
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Childish. : PUERILE
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Scene of Peace Pact, Switzerland, 1925. : LOCARNO
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Snatched away: Rare. : EREPTED
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Harangues. : SCREEDS
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River nymph. : NAIS
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Shoot of a plant. : CION
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Russian rail center on the Dnieper. : KIEV
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Kings: French. : ROIS
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Cuticle. : SKIN
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Islands off southwest coast of New Guinea. : AROE
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Cuban general who received a message from McKinley. : GARCIA
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King of Naples in "The Tempest." : ALONSO
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Soon afterward: Archaic. : EFTSOON
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Drudge. : MOIL
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Affectations. : AIRS
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Gremlin-like dwarfs. : GNOMES
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Rested against. : LEANT
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Betrayed. : SOLD
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U.S.S.R. sea on the Kirghiz Steppe. : ARAL
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Soldier's pay, extra. : BONUS
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Old Dutch liquid measure. : ANKER
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Glove leather from goats. : CAPESKIN
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Needing comfort. : EASELESS
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Seth's 905-year-old son. : ENOS
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Stool pigeon. : PEACHER
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Naval base, Moluccan Islands. : AMBOINA
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Tugs at the bait. : NIBBLES
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Bill of fare. : MENU
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Norse epic. : SAGA
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Poet writing dirges. : ELEGIST
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Naval base on Italy's heel. : TARANTO
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Stocking tearer. : SNAGGER
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Serve up old stuff. : REHASH
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Weirder. : EERIER
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City near southern shore of Caspian. : TEHRAN
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Proclaims. : CRIES
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Bay on eastern tip of Papua. : MILNE
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Libyan port, 66 miles west of Tripoli. : SUARA
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Where Smith College is: Colloq. : HAMP
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First word of the Aeneid. : ARMA
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Catcher's glove. : MITT
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Canals of Venice. : RII
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Japanese apricot. : UME
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Clique. : SET
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Through: Prefix. : DIA

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 87 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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