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COMMUNIQUE

New York Times, Sunday, January 23, 1944

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 pre-Shortz puzzle in our database.
PS 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 Down
1. Describing the coming front. : WESTERN
8. Attack. : ASSAULT
15. Gathering forces. : MASSING
22. Inactivity. : INERTIA
23. City bird. : SPARROW
24. Awakener. : AROUSER
25. Mopped up. : CLEANED
26. Rumanian oil city smashed by Fifth Air Force. : PLOESTI
27. Space for goods. : STORAGE
28. Undressed steer hide. : KIP
29. Girl's name meaning bird. : AVIS
31. Key city, central Sicily. : ENNA
32. Shoestring. : LACE
34. King spared by Saul. : AGAG
35. Pertaining to grandparents. : AVAL
37. Clothed as kings. : ERMINED
39. Fabulously wealthy land of the Zuñis. : CIBOLA
41. Siouan Indian. : OTO
42. Kings: Latin. : REGES
44. Irrational. : SURD
45. Faucet. : SPIGOT
47. Wrathful fellow. : RAGER
49. River boundary between Bessarabia and Ukraine: Russian spelling. : DNESTR
51. Artist-colony town, New Mexico. : TAOS
53. Island of Pearl Harbor. : OAHU
54. Gluttonous. : GREEDY
55. Plant germ. : SEED
57. Neptune's staff. : TRIDENT
59. Amphibian plane. : BOAT
60. Wood used for oars. : ASH
63. Concise. : TERSE
65. Written reminder. : MEMO
66. Cotton fabrics, usually printed. : PERCALES
70. With the, a challenge. : GAUNTLET
72. Bad ___ to ye'. : CESS
73. City between Kharkov and Orel. : KURSK
74. Grampus. : ORC
75. Siberia-Mongolia mountain range. : ALTAI
76. Père ___, Balzac's King Lear, 1834. : GORIOT
78. Beleaguerment. : SIEGE
79. Maple genus. : ACER
80. Effective spacing of gags. : TIMING
82. Sail above the skysail. : MOONRAKER
84. Mexican blanket cape. : SERAPE
86. St. ___, near Penzance, Cornwall. : IVES
87. Mightily. : AMAIN
89. Countess in "Twelfth Night." : OLIVIA
91. Strong point. : FORTE
92. Girl's name. : NAN
93. Caves. : GROTS
94. Vital French city on the Rhone. : LYON
95. Tuned in. : LISTENED
97. South American rancho. : ESTANCIA
99. Part of to be. : BEEN
100. Airplanes. : AEROS
101. Alleged forces. : ODS
102. Vex. : ROIL
103. Thicken. : COARSEN
105. Wild plum. : SLOE
107. Where Lieut. Gen. Brett commands. : PANAMA
110. Author of "The Magic Mountain." : MANN
111. Trees yielding tannin. : OAKS
113. Coalfield area of Ukraine. : DONETS
117. Monsieur Zola. : EMILE
118. Name. : REPUTE
120. Place occupied by anything. : SEAT
122. Banished Navy officer of Hale's novel, 1863. : NOLAN
123. Warp yarn. : ABB
124. Tableaux. : SCENES
126. Comes forth. : EMERGES
129. Antitoxins. : SERA
130. Seaport of Irish Free State. : COBH
132. Sumac genus. : RHUS
133. Seed coat. : ARIL
134. Whirring. : AHUM
136. Joke. : GAG
137. Girl's name meaning cheerful. : HILARIA
139. Jap islands bombed from Attu. : KURILES
142. What the USAAF is doing. : RAIDING
144. The Axis. : ENEMIES
145. Gigantic. : IMMENSE
146. Female performer. : ARTISTE
147. Somewhat harsh. : RASPISH
148. Most nigh. : NEAREST
149. Swimmer. : NATATOR
1. Secretary of Agriculture. : WICKARD
2. Animate. : ENLIVEN
3. Soaking through. : SEEPAGE
4. Small Malay coin. : TRA
5. Former battleground. : ETNA
6. Rend apart: Var. : RIEVE
7. Lowest points. : NADIRS
8. Cleopatra's slayer. : ASP
9. Glory. : SPLENDOR
10. River, joins the Rhone at Lyon. : SAONE
11. Bearded vultures of South Africa. : ARENDS
12. Either one of the Bears. : URSA
13. Fortune. : LOT
14. Evening dusk. : TWILIGHT
15. Good luck pup. : MASCOT
16. Russian labor union. : ARTEL
17. Sault Ste. Marie canal. : SOO
18. Koran chapter. : SURA
19. Introduction. : ISAGOGE
20. Nullified. : NEGATED
21. He introduced our calendar, 1582. : GREGORY
30. Scandalous reading. : SMUT
33. "___ Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)" : ABOU
36. Minus. : LESS
38. Angered. : IRATE
39. Italian Foreign Minister, executed at Verona. : CIANO
40. Liquor of the Orient. : ARRACK
43. Bombed Prussian seaport. : STETTIN
46. Lyrics. : POEMS
48. Philippine Negrito. : AETA
50. Haul in a fish. : REEL
52. Successor to King Boris. : SIMEON
54. Common spiny shrubs of England. : GORSES
56. Residue. : DREG
58. Nemesis of U-boats. : DESTROYER
59. Visitant from polar seas. : BERG
60. Like chalcedony. : AGATINE
61. Digestive juices. : SALIVAS
62. Soldiers' cabins. : HUTMENT
64. Breathing pores. : STOMATA
66. Childish. : PUERILE
67. Scene of Peace Pact, Switzerland, 1925. : LOCARNO
68. Snatched away: Rare. : EREPTED
69. Harangues. : SCREEDS
71. River nymph. : NAIS
72. Shoot of a plant. : CION
73. Russian rail center on the Dnieper. : KIEV
77. Kings: French. : ROIS
78. Cuticle. : SKIN
79. Islands off southwest coast of New Guinea. : AROE
81. Cuban general who received a message from McKinley. : GARCIA
83. King of Naples in "The Tempest." : ALONSO
85. Soon afterward: Archaic. : EFTSOON
88. Drudge. : MOIL
90. Affectations. : AIRS
93. Gremlin-like dwarfs. : GNOMES
94. Rested against. : LEANT
96. Betrayed. : SOLD
98. U.S.S.R. sea on the Kirghiz Steppe. : ARAL
99. Soldier's pay, extra. : BONUS
100. Old Dutch liquid measure. : ANKER
103. Glove leather from goats. : CAPESKIN
104. Needing comfort. : EASELESS
106. Seth's 905-year-old son. : ENOS
107. Stool pigeon. : PEACHER
108. Naval base, Moluccan Islands. : AMBOINA
109. Tugs at the bait. : NIBBLES
110. Bill of fare. : MENU
112. Norse epic. : SAGA
114. Poet writing dirges. : ELEGIST
115. Naval base on Italy's heel. : TARANTO
116. Stocking tearer. : SNAGGER
118. Serve up old stuff. : REHASH
119. Weirder. : EERIER
121. City near southern shore of Caspian. : TEHRAN
125. Proclaims. : CRIES
127. Bay on eastern tip of Papua. : MILNE
128. Libyan port, 66 miles west of Tripoli. : SUARA
131. Where Smith College is: Colloq. : HAMP
133. First word of the Aeneid. : ARMA
135. Catcher's glove. : MITT
138. Canals of Venice. : RII
140. Japanese apricot. : UME
141. Clique. : SET
143. 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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