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New York Times, Sunday, December 15, 1946

Author:
Charles Cross
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 172, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.17, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 693 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 153, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 72
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© 1946, The New York TimesNo. 253
Across
1. Ology. : SCIENCE
8. Prime Minister of Australia. : CHIFLEY
15. Appropriator. : ASSUMER
22. Blare of a horn. : TANTARA
23. Goatlike. : HIRCINE
24. Tropical shrub of verbena family. : LANTANA
25. Releases from enclosure. : UNCAGES
26. Ouster. : EVICTOR
27. Reddish-brown horses. : BAYARDS
28. Cuculiform bird. : ANI
29. Deflects. : SWERVES
31. Winter squash. : HUBBARD
33. Elephant in cartoons. : GOP
34. Chide. : RATE
36. Elves. : FAYS
37. Churchillian desideratum. : CIGAR
38. Mineral abrasive. : EMERY
40. Twirling toy. : TEETOTUM
43. Daughter of Laban. : LEAH
44. Old card game of Spanish origin. : OMBRE
47. Loot. : HAUL
48. Touch along border. : ABUT
50. Cicatrix. : SCAR
51. Premier of Hungary. : NAGY
55. Religious basing of conduct on moral law. : NOMISM
58. Overhasty. : PRECIPITATE
61. ___ Royale, Lake Superior. : ISLE
62. Precept. : EDICT
63. Colonel at head of WAC. : BOYCE
64. Surrounded by. : AMIDST
65. A world in transition. : ASIA
66. Headland. : NESS
67. Rich Russian peasant. : KULAK
68. Curtain. : DRAPE
69. Attenuates. : SLIMS
70. Tough problem. : NUT
71. President of NAM. : WASON
72. Bellini's heroine, 1831. : NORMA
73. Province. : REALM
75. Guesses: Colloq. : IMAGINES
77. River banks. : RIPAS
78. Liking. : FANCYING
81. Sharpers. : KITES
82. Feed greedily. : RAVEN
83. News commentator, former head of OWI. : DAVIS
84. New Guinea port. : LAE
85. Thick slices. : SLABS
87. Of the period 1485–1603 in England. : TUDOR
88. Cut into tapering form. : GORED
89. Low. : BASE
90. Director of the Budget. : WEBB
91. Diverts. : AMUSES
93. Wild plums. : SLOES
94. Greek letters. : BETAS
95. Ineffectual. : IDLE
96. Wardens for animals. : GAMEKEEPERS
98. Daughter of Cadmus. : SEMELE
99. Farer. : GOER
100. Worlds. : ORBS
101. U. S. Ambassador to Italy. : DUNN
102. Gaucho weapon. : BOLA
103. English composer (1857–1934). : ELGAR
105. Bankrupt. : RUIN
107. Consisting of small compartments. : CELLULAR
111. Fashionable boulevard in Madrid. : PRADO
114. Issue. : EVERT
116. Hurry. : TROT
118. Bail. : LADE
119. Chastisement. : ROD
120. Famed ballerina (1885–1931). : PAVLOVA
123. Length expressed in certain units. : FOOTAGE
126. Ad ___. : HOC
127. Pattern. : EXAMPLE
129. Clement. : LENIENT
131. Senator from W. Virginia. : KILGORE
133. Fool: Colloq. : SAPHEAD
134. Where Massawa is. : ERITREA
135. Guarantees. : ENSURES
136. City in NW Oregon. : ASTORIA
137. Furthers. : SECONDS
138. Stars of ice show. : SKATERS
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1. U. S. Ambassador to China. : STUART
2. Field of Hannibal's victory, 216 B. C. : CANNAE
3. Spur. : INCITE
4. Greek letter. : ETA
5. Henpecks. : NAGS
6. Assemblage. : CREW
7. Comfortable. : EASEFUL
8. English hunt. : CHEVY
9. Stores up. : HIVES
10. Rainbow. : IRIS
11. Supervisor of communications. : FCC
12. ___ water. : LITHIA
13. Basta! : ENOUGH
14. Herb: Sp. : YERBA
15. Cetatea ___. : ALBA
16. Where Neunkirchen is. : SAAR
17. Secretary of Treasury. : SNYDER
18. Genus of lizards. : UTA
19. Border: Poet. : MARGE
20. Ancient village SE of Nazareth. : ENDOR
21. Raucous. : RASPY
30. Butt violently. : RAM
32. Rich fabric with raised design. : BROCADE
35. Moral principles. : ETHICS
37. Of the whale. : CETI
39. Servilely. : MENIALLY
41. Hop or malt kiln. : OAST
42. Sound of plucked string. : TUM
43. Representative from Nutmeg State. : LUCE
45. Wrestling cushions. : MATS
46. ___ Harte. : BRET
48. Assumed parent tongue of Indo-European languages. : ARYAN
49. Bidding. : BECK
50. Genus of grasses. : STIPA
52. Absorb. : ASSIMILATE
53. Light: Slang. : GLIM
54. Pros. : YEAS
55. Foreign Minister of Italy. : NENNI
56. Roman theatre. : ODEUM
57. Liable to be misinterpreted. : MISTAKABLE
58. Headdress of Greek goddesses. : POLOS
59. Surgeon General of U. S. Public Health Service. : PARRAN
60. Mohammedan priests. : IMAMS
63. Vehicles. : BUSES
67. American arctic explorer (1820–1857). : KANE
68. Judger: Slang. : DOPER
69. Indians of upper Mississippi R. : SACS
71. Epigrammatists. : WITS
72. Month in former French calendar. : NIVOSE
73. Storms. : RAVES
74. City in Oklahoma. : ENID
76. Chattered foolishly. : GIBBERED
77. Russian writer and politician. : RADEK
78. Happens. : FARES
79. Rhinal. : NASAL
80. Blockheads. : GEESE
82. Artifices. : RUSES
83. Wilhelm II's exile spot. : DOORN
85. Drink. : SWIG
86. ___ Road. : LEDO
87. Farmer's cart. : TUMBREL
88. Secluded vale. : GLEN
89. Beat soundly. : BEMAUL
91. Excited. : AGOG
92. Australian tribesman. : MARA
93. Whirled. : SPUN
94. Member of Price Decontrol Board. : BELL
97. Redact. : EDIT
98. Rep. Bloom, N. Y. : SOL
102. Goes: Used reflexively. : BETAKES
104. Trimmer. : LOPPER
105. City on Massachusetts Bay. : REVERE
106. Celestial. : URANIC
107. Crude bed. : COT
108. Capital of Punjab. : LAHORE
109. Swain. : ADORER
110. Set back. : RECESS
111. Musical sign. : PRESA
112. President of Philippine Republic. : ROXAS
113. Adjust. : ADAPT
115. Ratlike rodents. : VOLES
116. Blended in color. : TONED
117. Rosters. : ROTAS
121. Mountains in Kirghiz, Russia. : ALAI
122. Ancient Hindu literature. : VEDA
123. Seedless plant. : FERN
124. Eccentric person: Slang. : GINK
125. Bride of Lohengrin. : ELSA
128. Electric unit of conductance. : MHO
130. Japanese statesman (1841–1909). : ITO
132. Narrow pass. : GUT

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 66 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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