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New York Times, Wednesday, October 14, 1953

Author:
Roberta Morse
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { J }, Scrabble score: 295 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 65, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Roberta H. Morse has 64 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original 31-Across clue had comma after "lecturer"; removed it.

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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,578
Across
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Pish and tush! : BOSH
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Chief god of Memphis. : PTAH
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Member of a mob scene. : EXTRA
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Combining form for a number. : OCTA
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Killer whale. : ORCA
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Concern of Smokey, the bear. : FIRES
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Donald Gordon's word for certain reading matter. : WHODUNITS
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Decrees. : FIATS
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Time. : ERA
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Child's garment. : NIGHTIE
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Member of G. A. R. : VET
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Make one's home. : SETTLE
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Adlai Stevenson's Dalmatian. : ARTIE
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Plant that is planted again. : RESET
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Famous writer and lecturer Helen Adams ___. : KELLER
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Capital of French Morocco. : RABAT
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Division of the earth's surface. : ZONE
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Shirley Booth's role in "Come Back, Little Sheba." : LOLA
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"As snug as ___ in a rug." : ABUG
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Member of old religious order in Britain. : DRUID
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Ill-favored. : UGLY
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Thames estuary. : NORE
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Galley power. : OARS
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Quadrupeds. : ASSES
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Former coin of the Netherlands. : GULDEN
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Phantom. : SHADE
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Judicial circuits. : EYRES
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Decorated a lower wall with a molding. : DADOED
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Exclamations. : AHS
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Uncharged particle. : NEUTRON
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Department of France, where Toulon is. : VAR
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Close-fitting hat. : TOQUE
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"Life Can Be Beautiful." : SOAPOPERA
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Some race track devotees. : TOUTS
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Entrance. : ADIT
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Part of an inventory. : ITEM
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Form of trapshooting. : SKEET
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Opposite of "ouis." : NONS
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Desk equipment. : PADS
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M. C. of the original Amateur Hour. : BOWES
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Yellowish pigment. : OCHRE
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Valuable fur animal. : STOAT
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Retained. : HAD
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Shaggy Shetland animals. : PONIES
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In good condition. : TRIG
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Wonder drug. : ACTH
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___ la vista (good-by): Span. : HASTA
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Worn out. : EFFETE
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A dozen. : XII
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Certain educational movie programs. : TRAVELOGS
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Plexus: Anat. : RETE
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Co-worker: Abbr. : ASST
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Unusual state of a small apartment. : UNLET
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Annoyed. : IRKED
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"Death of a Salesman," for instance. : TRAGEDY
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Treated badly. : ILLUSED
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Actor Stone. : EZRA
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City on the Loire. : TOURS
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French pronoun. : ELLE
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Messrs. Bolger and Robinson. : RAYS
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Phoned. : RANG
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Oriental name. : ABOU
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What made Minsky famous. : BURLESQUE
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Yugoslav city. : NISH
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Receiver of a gift. : DONEE
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Fictional bell town. : ADANO
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First name of "Papa" H. : ERNEST
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Selects and takes. : ADOPTS
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Lazy ___. : SUSAN
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First name of a Cabinet member. : OVETA
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Describing a turned-down page corner. : EARED
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Small weights. : DRAMS
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Legists: Abbr. : ATTS
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Pirate captain in "Peter Pan." : HOOK
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Fuss-budget's forte. : TODO
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Shower. : RAIN
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Indian. : UTE
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Cabin boy in "Moby Dick." : PIP

Answer summary: 9 debuted here and reused later, 2 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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