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New York Times, Monday, December 11, 1950

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.11, Missing: { F J V X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 260 (avg 1.38)
Open Squares: 81, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1950, The New York TimesNo. 540
Across
1. What Signe Hasso does. : ACTS
5. Thick slice. : SLAB
9. Out of line. : ASKEW
14. British commander at Malta in World War II. : GORT
15. Another name for Sheba's kingdom. : SABA
16. Meaning. : SENSE
17. His essays appeared in 1820–25. : ELIA
18. N. Y. bridge completed in 1939. : WHITESTONE
20. Of high moral character. : NOBLE
22. What Rommel did in Africa. : RETREATED
23. Dwarfs or giants of Teutonic myth. : TROLLS
25. Other. : ELSE
26. Streamlet. : RILL
27. Very: French. : TRES
28. Roll of paper money. : WAD
31. Old ___, the frigate "Constitution." : IRONSIDES
34. Native of Jutland. : DANE
35. Either Fairbanks. : DOUG
36. English sandy tracts. : DENES
38. Noted Italian family. : ESTE
39. Hangs back. : LAGS
40. Firmer. : STAUNCHER
42. Anglo-Saxon letter. : EDH
43. Famous Speaker. : TRIS
45. Glamorous island near Java. : BALI
46. Alice ___ Miller. : DUER
47. What a "modern" parent never does. : SPANKS
50. Young man at a gas station. : ATTENDANT
55. Slang. : ARGOT
56. Bridge over Welfare Island. : QUEENSBORO
58. To be: Fr. : ETRE
59. Arrow poison: Var. : URARE
60. Lover's ___. : LEAP
61. Went horsebacking. : RODE
62. Man's name meaning helmet. : ANSEL
63. Trees in O'Neill title. : ELMS
64. Dressmaker's gadget. : SNAP
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1. Official. : AGENT
2. Newcomer to television. : COLOR
3. N. Y. bridge over two rivers and assorted kills. : TRIBOROUGH
4. Co-author of "What Price Glory." : STALLINGS
5. Compass point. : SSW
6. Comedian Bert. : LAHR
7. He married Rose. : ABIE
8. Large borough of London. : BATTERSEA
9. Estimate the value of. : ASSESS
10. Bristles. : SETAE
11. Nautical mile, 6,080.20 ft. : KNOT
12. Serf. : ESNE
13. Quack grass. : WEED
19. Mrs. Al Jolson. : ERLE
21. House additions. : ELLS
24. Glided. : SLID
27. Overnight hike equipment. : TENTS
28. Bridge whose span is 3,500 feet. : WASHINGTON
29. Pre-poker-deal assessment. : ANTE
30. Bambi's family. : DEER
31. At liberty. : IDLE
32. Off-Broadway theatre. : ROAD
33. Pleasing; agreeable. : DESIRABLE
34. Bidders in bridge. : DECLARERS
37. Second-string players. : SUBS
41. California wine valley. : NAPA
43. N. Y.'s newest is at the Battery. : TUNNEL
44. Ultraradicals. : REDS
46. Play producer Dwight ___ Wiman. : DEERE
48. Knighted British film producer. : KORDA
49. Drench. : STEEP
50. Water, in pharmacy. : AQUA
51. Act, at the Palace. : TURN
52. British meals. : TEAS
53. Mr. Coward. : NOEL
54. Trolley's English cousin. : TRAM
57. Goddess of harvest. : OPS

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 12 debuted here and reused later, 4 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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