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A FEW WORDS

New York Times, Sunday, January 9, 1955

Author:
Israel Gitter
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 85, Avg Word Len: 5.35, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 637 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 130, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 6, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 27
Israel Gitter has 32 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original grid entry for 130-Across was SALA; corrected this to SAGA.

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© 1955, The New York TimesNo. 2,021
Across
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Bridges. : SPANS
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Luxuriant. : LUSH
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Rodzinski et al. : ARTURS
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Certain tennis games: Abbr. : DBLS
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Moslem god. : ALLAH
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Cretan port. : CANEA
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Controversial figure of W. W. II. : DARLAN
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Asian range. : ALAI
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Play by G. B. S. : CAESARANDCLEOPATRA
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U. S. novelist. : WOUK
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Former Defense aide. : KYES
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Poet-critic-dramatist. : ELIOT
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Uninteresting. : ARID
31
Labrador's new riches. : IRONORE
33
Minstrel performers. : ENDMEN
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Used a crystal ball. : PREDICTED
37
German "the." : DAS
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Highway menace. : HOTROD
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Building tool. : LEVEL
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Stock exhange members. : TRADERS
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Tree. : ASH
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Teachers' group. : NEA
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French general. : ELY
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European capital. : WIEN
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Famous warden. : LAWES
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___ du Diable. : ILE
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Bulb plant. : SEGO
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Do invisible mending. : REWEAVE
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Powdered lime and clay. : CEMENT
59
Poster painters. : LETTERERS
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He wrote "Tomorrow." : WYLIE
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Gallery event. : ARTSALE
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Meteorologist's concern. : RAIN
65
Attempt. : SEEK
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___ nisi bonum (nothing but good). : NIL
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College degrees: Abbr. : BBAS
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Part of bronze. : TIN
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___ majesty. : LESE
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18th century novelist. : STERNE
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Ukrainian capital. : KIEV
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Japanese volcano. : ASO
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Twentieth century. : PRESENTTIME
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Sharecroppers. : LANDTENANTS
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Where 49 Across is: Abbr. : AUS
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Property claim. : LIEN
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Embarked. : SAILED
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Ointment. : NARD
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L ___ P. : MNO
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Pantry shelf items. : CANS
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Aggregate. : SUM
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Escaped. : FLED
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Cake garnish. : NUTS
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Break, as a law. : INFRACT
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American painter. : HOMER
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Sports event. : TRACKMEET
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Rewater the lawn. : REHOSE
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An attraction at 99 Across. : MILERUN
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Blackthorn. : SLOE
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Islands near New Guinea. : ARU
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Mail drops. : SLOTS
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Jokers. : WAGS
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World labor group. : ILO
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Noun suffix. : INE
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White fiber of an orange. : RAG
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Moderately well. : FAIRISH
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Small change. : CENTS
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Esoteric wisdom. : GNOSIS
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Away from. : OFF
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Symbol of Minnesota. : NORTHSTAR
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Nonconformism. : HERESY
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Fruit dish. : COMPOTE
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Pearl Buck heroine. : OLAN
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Purger who got purged. : BERIA
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Long story. : SAGA
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Wings or side petals. : ALAE
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Historic milestone. : AMERICANREVOLUTION
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Join. : LINK
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Useful china. : TEASET
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Crisp baked shells. : CONES
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French city. : SEDAN
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Nautical rating. : AONE
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Matriculates. : ENTERS
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Balance of probability. : ODDS
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Conductor at the Met. : EREDE
Down
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Dry, white wine. : SACK
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"Festival," for instance. : PLAY
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Away from the wind. : ALEE
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Premier in Cairo. : NASSER
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Indian sheep. : SHA
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French statesman. : LANIEL
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Incomplete. : UNDONE
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Group. : SECT
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Man's nickname. : HAL
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Idolize. : ADORE
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Quick. : RAPID
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Conventional. : TRADITIVE
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Final: Abbr. : ULT
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New Jersey river. : RARITAN
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Trapped. : SNARED
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Time of day. : DAWN
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Historic trio of W. W. II. : BLOODSWEATANDTEARS
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Novelist Hobson. : LAURA
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Dickens villain. : SIKES
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Tranquillity. : CALM
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Relative of the wapiti. : REDDEER
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World Series pitcher. : EARLYWYNN
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Short verses. : ODELETS
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Hocus-pocus. : NONSENSE
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Pacific islands: Var. : PELEW
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Canadian Indian. : CREE
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Part of an old song's refrain. : HAIL
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Famous physician. : OSLER
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Popular light opera. : THETALESOFHOFFMANN
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Translation: Abbr. : VER
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Sheep. : RAMS
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Matures. : AGES
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Nursery sound effect. : WAIL
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Get the help of. : ENLIST
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Office workers. : STENOS
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Electra's brother. : ORESTES
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Hebrew song. : ELIELI
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Poltroon. : CRAVEN
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Oxfords. : TIES
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Begin. : SETIN
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Instigate. : ABET
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Former Senator. : KEM
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Auction customers. : BIDDERS
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Enfold. : ENLACE
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A summing up. : RESUME
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Used a prie-dieu. : KNELT
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Mountains of Asia. : PAMIRS
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Brook. : RUNNEL
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Hue. : TINT
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Man's nickname. : ALF
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Cotton cloths. : NANKEENS
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Cuckoopint. : ARUM
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Museum pieces. : AMERICANA
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City S. of Rome. : CASSINO
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What to spend in Peru. : SOLS
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Spanish painter. : DALI
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Eastern inn. : SERAI
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High church tribunal. : ROTA
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Mood of arrogance. : HIGHHORSE
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Potentate. : RULER
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Solidify. : CONGEAL
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Harbor sights. : TUGS
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Part of a derrick. : MAST
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Sine qua ___. : NON
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Long line workers. : WIREMEN
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Take turns. : ROTATE
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Silent film's last words. : THEEND
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Badminton plays. : SERVES
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___ Bay. : OYSTER
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Florida city. : OCALA
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Ledger page. : FOLIO
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More cunning. : SLIER
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Delicate perceptions. : TACTS
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Orinoco, Bravo, Negro. : RIOS
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Small dog. : PEKE
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Actor Crawford. : BROD
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Staff member. : AIDE
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Driving impulse. : GOAD
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Last Stuart monarch. : ANNE
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Break bread. : EAT
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Corporal: Abbr. : NCO
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Habit. : USE

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 17 debuted here and reused later, 10 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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