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New York Times, Thursday, December 16, 1954

Author:
Thomas Meekin
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 33, Avg Word Len: 5.33, Missing: { J K Q V }, Scrabble score: 294 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 88, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 2, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1954, The New York TimesNo. 1,997
Across
1. The ubiquitous Mr. Cassidy. : HOPALONG
9. His "cow-catcher." : LARIAT
15. Not copied. : ORIGINAL
16. Girl's name. : AMANDA
17. Setting of Tournament of Roses. : PASADENA
18. Strong box. : COFFER
19. Fall month: Abbr. : OCT
20. Urban group in New Jersey. : ORANGES
22. High note. : ELA
23. 7th word of the Doxology. : FLOW
25. Bossy's delight. : CUD
26. Chaff of grain. : BRAN
27. Justice Frankfurter. : FELIX
29. New title for Thurmond: Abbr. : SEN
30. One of a set. : UNIT
31. Poets. : LYRISTS
34. Ukrainian legislature. : RADA
35. Danced. : WALTZED
38. Drives a bargain. : HAGGLES
40. Miscellany. : OLIO
41. Colony of French West Africa. : SENEGAL
43. Where Orville Freeman is Governor-elect: Abbr. : MINN
44. An Epistle: Abbr. : COR
45. Win laughter and applause from: Slang. : PANIC
49. Top performers. : ACES
50. The ___ West. : FAR
51. Opulent. : RICH
52. Mezzo-soprano Merriman. : NAN
53. Expanding Post Office service. : AIRMAIL
57. Former U. N. personality. : LIE
58. If. : INCASE
60. Orchestrates. : ARRANGES
62. Flower part. : STAMEN
63. Part of the globe. : NEAREAST
64. Group of seven. : HEPTAD
65. Excavations for a building material. : SANDPITS
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1. Take flight. : HOPOFF
2. Person of great knowledge. : ORACLE
3. Arm of 1 Across. : PISTOL
4. The ___ Khan. : AGA
5. Island near Venice. : LIDO
6. Top-notcher. : ONER
7. "Peter Pan" role. : NANA
8. Quick casts of the eyes. : GLANCES
9. Woven together. : LACED
10. Mr. F. F. Gosden. : AMOS
11. Britain's flyers. : RAF
12. Hateful: Colloq. : INFERNAL
13. Capital of South Australia. : ADELAIDE
14. Four-wheeled carriages of Russia. : TARANTAS
21. Well-known journalist and author. : GUNTHER
24. Fine carpets. : WILTONS
26. Man in a police line-up. : BURGLAR
28. Algebraic symbols. : XYZ
29. "Bathtub." : SIDECAR
32. Legal term. : RES
33. Slump down. : SAG
35. Feminine. : WOMANISH
36. Mediterranean port of Spain. : ALICANTE
37. Part of an R.N.'s uniform. : LINENCAP
39. Opening. : GAP
42. Frenchmen. : NORMANS
46. Large slate-blue antelope. : NILGAI
47. Most unfriendly. : ICIEST
48. Boxes. : CHESTS
50. Evil spirit. : FIEND
53. On the briny. : ASEA
54. Yard. : AREA
55. Part of the Middle East. : IRAN
56. Shortening. : LARD
59. Total: Abbr. : AMT
61. Knots in wool staple. : NEP

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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