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ON THE CURRENT SCENE

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
Charles Cross has 25 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1946, The New York TimesNo. 253
Across
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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
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Wardens for animals. : GAMEKEEPERS
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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
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Length expressed in certain units. : FOOTAGE
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Ad ___. : HOC
127
Pattern. : EXAMPLE
129
Clement. : LENIENT
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Senator from W. Virginia. : KILGORE
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Fool: Colloq. : SAPHEAD
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Where Massawa is. : ERITREA
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Guarantees. : ENSURES
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City in NW Oregon. : ASTORIA
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Furthers. : SECONDS
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Stars of ice show. : SKATERS
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U. S. Ambassador to China. : STUART
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Field of Hannibal's victory, 216 B. C. : CANNAE
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Spur. : INCITE
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Greek letter. : ETA
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Henpecks. : NAGS
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Assemblage. : CREW
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Comfortable. : EASEFUL
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English hunt. : CHEVY
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Stores up. : HIVES
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Rainbow. : IRIS
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Supervisor of communications. : FCC
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___ water. : LITHIA
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Basta! : ENOUGH
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Herb: Sp. : YERBA
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Cetatea ___. : ALBA
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Where Neunkirchen is. : SAAR
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Secretary of Treasury. : SNYDER
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Genus of lizards. : UTA
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Border: Poet. : MARGE
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Ancient village SE of Nazareth. : ENDOR
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Raucous. : RASPY
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Butt violently. : RAM
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Rich fabric with raised design. : BROCADE
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Moral principles. : ETHICS
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Of the whale. : CETI
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Servilely. : MENIALLY
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Hop or malt kiln. : OAST
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Sound of plucked string. : TUM
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Representative from Nutmeg State. : LUCE
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Wrestling cushions. : MATS
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___ Harte. : BRET
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Assumed parent tongue of Indo-European languages. : ARYAN
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Bidding. : BECK
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Genus of grasses. : STIPA
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Absorb. : ASSIMILATE
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Light: Slang. : GLIM
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Pros. : YEAS
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Foreign Minister of Italy. : NENNI
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Roman theatre. : ODEUM
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Liable to be misinterpreted. : MISTAKABLE
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Headdress of Greek goddesses. : POLOS
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Surgeon General of U. S. Public Health Service. : PARRAN
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Mohammedan priests. : IMAMS
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Vehicles. : BUSES
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American arctic explorer (1820–1857). : KANE
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Judger: Slang. : DOPER
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Indians of upper Mississippi R. : SACS
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Epigrammatists. : WITS
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Month in former French calendar. : NIVOSE
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Storms. : RAVES
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City in Oklahoma. : ENID
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Chattered foolishly. : GIBBERED
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Russian writer and politician. : RADEK
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Happens. : FARES
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Rhinal. : NASAL
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Blockheads. : GEESE
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Artifices. : RUSES
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Wilhelm II's exile spot. : DOORN
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Drink. : SWIG
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___ Road. : LEDO
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Farmer's cart. : TUMBREL
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Secluded vale. : GLEN
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Beat soundly. : BEMAUL
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Excited. : AGOG
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Australian tribesman. : MARA
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Whirled. : SPUN
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Member of Price Decontrol Board. : BELL
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Redact. : EDIT
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Rep. Bloom, N. Y. : SOL
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Goes: Used reflexively. : BETAKES
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Trimmer. : LOPPER
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City on Massachusetts Bay. : REVERE
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Celestial. : URANIC
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Crude bed. : COT
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Capital of Punjab. : LAHORE
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Swain. : ADORER
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Set back. : RECESS
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Musical sign. : PRESA
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President of Philippine Republic. : ROXAS
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Adjust. : ADAPT
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Ratlike rodents. : VOLES
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Blended in color. : TONED
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Rosters. : ROTAS
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Mountains in Kirghiz, Russia. : ALAI
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Ancient Hindu literature. : VEDA
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Seedless plant. : FERN
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Eccentric person: Slang. : GINK
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Bride of Lohengrin. : ELSA
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Electric unit of conductance. : MHO
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Japanese statesman (1841–1909). : ITO
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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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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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