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TIMELY TOPICS

New York Times, Sunday, December 11, 1955

Author: W. E. Jones
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 156, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.71, Missing: { J Q W Z }, Scrabble score: 616 (avg 1.38)
Open Squares: 178, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 2, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 20
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© 1955, The New York TimesNo. 2,357
Across Down
1. Released on security. : BAILED
7. Spat. : TIFF
11. Uraeus décor. : ASPS
15. Related on the mother's side. : ENATIC
21. Verdi opera. : ERNANI
22. Sacred peak in China. : OMEI
23. Dam. : MARE
24. Cunningly vicious horse. : LADINO
25. Jockey club official. : HANDICAPPER
27. Symbol on U. N. flag. : OLIVEBRANCH
29. Unclose: Poet. : OPE
30. Choreographer of "Oklahoma!" : DEMILLE
31. Untwisted. : RAVELED
32. Converse fondly. : COO
33. Cooking fat. : LARD
35. Rich: Span. : RICO
36. Dodger and family. : SNIDERS
38. Resulted. : CAME
39. Pat McCormick's specialty. : DIVES
41. Florida county. : DADE
43. Erg, for instance. : UNIT
44. Palatial furniture. : THRONES
47. Riot: Fr. : EMEUTE
49. Word books. : LEXICONS
51. Standee's support. : RAIL
52. Air Force supersonic missiles. : RASCALS
54. Class of words in grammar: Abbr. : DECL
55. Novelist Welty. : EUDORA
58. Indians. : ERIES
60. Owner of a solar boat. : CHEOPS
64. Apocryphal book. : ESDRAS
65. Unchanging things. : CONSTANTS
69. Type of shoes. : SABOTS
71. ___ lazuli. : LAPIS
73. Mountain: Comb. form. : ORO
74. Ice pinnacle. : SERAC
76. Ornament with rosette: Arch. : ROSACE
78. Minneapolis suburb. : EDINA
79. Flexible. : LITHE
82. Cabinets for decanters. : CELLARETTES
84. Auguste of France. : RODIN
85. Works of a French artist. : DORES
86. Gaping. : ASTARE
87. Wagnerian heroine. : SENTA
89. To: Colloq. : AND
90. Aspersions. : SLURS
91. Periodical feature. : SERIAL
93. Amphibians. : SEAPLANES
96. Ants. : EMMETS
99. Churchman. : DEACON
101. Plagiarize. : STEAL
102. Of the backbone. : SPINAL
103. Oxfords. : TIES
105. Printer's slip. : ERRATUM
109. Numerical prefix. : OCTO
110. Relevant. : APPOSITE
114. Widow Robbins, in "Porgy." : SERENA
115. Thinnest. : LEANEST
118. Departing traveler. : GOER
119. Source of obsidian. : LAVA
121. Voiceless consonants. : SURDS
122. Other. : ELSE
123. Most incredible: Colloq. : TALLEST
126. Movie: Span. : CINE
128. Hillmen of Arakan. : MRUS
129. Part of R. S. V. P. : SIL
130. Succeed. : PREVAIL
132. Hint. : INKLING
135. Tavern tap. : ALE
136. Vaudeville number. : ADAGIODANCE
138. Member of the Felidae. : DOMESTICCAT
140. Spotted animals. : GENETS
141. Cake decorator. : ICER
142. Call it ___. : ADAY
143. Abyssinian banana. : ENSETE
144. Candidate for the pound. : ESTRAY
145. Smaller. : LESS
146. Smooth: Phon. : LENE
147. Highway worker. : ROADER
1. Looker-on. : BEHOLDER
2. Giant river fish of S. America. : ARAPAIMA
3. Invigorates. : INNERVES
4. Man or boy. : LAD
5. Oklahoma city. : ENID
6. Kitchen utensil. : DICER
7. Kind of crossword. : TOPICAL
8. Burst inwardly. : IMPLODED
9. Consider. : FEEL
10. Excites. : FIRES
11. Cupid, in art. : AMORINO
12. Character in "The Talisman." : SALADIN
13. Hedge plants. : PRIVETS
14. Break off. : SEVER
15. Dresden's river. : ELBE
16. Ointment. : NARD
17. Ohio college town. : ADA
18. Commodity container. : TINCAN
19. Wages. : INCOME
20. City near Albany, N. Y. : COHOES
26. Among. : AMID
28. English cinema center. : ELSTREE
34. Cards. : DEUCES
37. Power plants of Nautilus and Sea Wolf. : NUCLEARREACTORS
38. Sen. Allott's state. : COLORADO
40. Jump. : START
42. Officer: Colloq. : EXEC
45. Frau's home. : HAUS
46. Rebus propounder. : RIDDLER
48. Inventer Howe. : ELIAS
50. German pronouns. : ICHS
53. Finger Lake. : SENECA
56. River in Virginia. : RAPIDAN
57. Stupid. : ASININE
59. Feminine suffix. : STRESS
61. Hautboy. : OBOE
62. Newels. : POSTS
63. The roll call for Cow Palace. : STATES
65. Sneezles and wheezles. : COLDS
66. St. Louis Browns' successors. : ORIOLES
67. Contract bid. : NOTRUMP
68. Seasoned. : SALTED
70. Episodes. : SCENES
72. Beaches. : SANDS
75. Irish county. : CLARE
77. Millionaire's home. : ESTATE
80. Character in "Winter's Tale." : HERMIONE
81. Perfume. : ESSENCE
83. Diva's showpiece. : ARIA
88. Copycats. : APERS
92. Grandmother of Timothy: Bib. : LOIS
94. Guardian spirits. : LARES
95. Old-time warning. : ALARUM
97. Makes knotted lace. : TATS
98. Having narrow grooves. : SLOTTED
100. Shaggy phantom, in "Topper." : NEIL
104. Gasworks smokejack. : STACKMAN
106. Tiered. : TERRACED
107. Move like a wave. : UNDULATE
108. Lower jaw muscle. : MASSETER
110. Glimpsing. : AGLANCE
111. Keeps orderly. : POLICES
112. Bobbies. : PEELERS
113. Harmful power, in an ancient superstition. : EVILEYE
115. 18th century novelist. : LESAGE
116. Leaves out. : ELIDES
117. Obliquely. : ASLANT
120. Cuckoos. : ANIS
124. Benefit. : AVAIL
125. Type of wave. : TIDAL
127. Stage direction. : ENTER
130. Century plant. : PITA
131. Bright. : ROSY
133. Knob. : NODE
134. Opera expert Prato. : GINO
137. Language: Abbr. : GER
139. G. A. R.'s opponents. : CSA

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 13 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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