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READER'S GUIDE

New York Times, Sunday, December 18, 1949

Author: Thomas Meekin
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.36, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 656 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 161, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 20, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 49 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1949, The New York TimesNo. 410
Across Down
1. This bankruptcy was to Sir Walter Scott. : SETBACK
8. King's steward, in Lombardy. : GASTALDO
16. Tense of Greek verb. : AORIST
22. Calling of the author of "We." : AVIATOR
23. Athos' beard. : IMPERIAL
24. Role of Donna Rodriguez in "Don Quixote." : DUENNA
25. Inimical. : HOSTILE
26. Mournful widow of Protesilaus. : LAODAMIA
27. Tom Thumb. : MIDGET
28. Woody vine of N. Z. : AKA
29. Radiant. : LAMBENT
31. Miss Douce's job in Joyce's "Ulysses." : BARMAID
33. Former hair-do accessory. : RAT
34. Catch again : RENET
36. Burden. : LOAD
37. Port ___. : SAID
38. Call to Little Bo Peep. : AWAKE
40. Soft drinks. : ADES
41. Of a Greeek lyric poet. : PINDARIC
45. Robert Burns was one. : SCOT
47. Roman road. : ITER
48. "Oil for the Lamps of ___." : CHINA
50. Bulging pot. : OLLA
52. Trucks. : BARTERS
54. Secure. : OBTAIN
57. Character of Eastern myth, hero of poem by Southey. : THALABA
60. ___ the Red. : ERIC
61. Airy carrier in the "Arabian Nights." : CARPET
62. "___ We Were Very Young." : WHEN
63. One-fourth of a shekel. : REBA
65. Ottoman emperor, 1703–30. : ACHMET
69. Joyce Kilmer's popular lyric. : TREES
70. Last trace of the Cheshire cat. : GRIN
71. Tanker. : OILER
72. Girl in Ervine's "Changing Winds." : SHEILA
73. Arab garments. : ABAS
74. Rank of the Sleeping Beauty. : PRINCESS
76. French chalk. : TALC
78. Part of Jacob's ladder. : STEP
79. D. V. M. : VET
80. Wheel track. : RUT
81. Elizabeth: Fr. : ELISA
83. Raphael's papal patron. : LEO
84. Herb eve. : IVA
85. ___ tea. : ICED
87. Bird sacred to Thoth. : IBIS
89. Headdress of the Old Guard. : BEARSKIN
91. Minced oath. : EGAD
92. Compound of gold: Chem. : AURIDE
94. Kind of lamp Aladdin's mother got. : NEWER
96. Nautical ropes. : GUYS
97. Winged. : ALATE
98. Centaur in Cabell's "Jurgen." : NESSUS
99. Sand. : GRIT
100. Baffle. : FOIL
101. Cicero was one. : ORATOR
102. Latvian. : LETT
104. Infidel. : ATHEIST
106. ___ obscura. : CAMERA
107. Home of Caron's witty barber. : SEVILLE
110. Scene of first part of "Divine Comedy." : HELL
111. City on Biscayne Bay. : MIAMI
113. Possessed with frenzy. : AMOK
114. Derisive calls. : YAHS
117. Pots of oil with wicks. : LAMPIONS
120. A place in Poe's "Ulalume." : TOMB
124. Nora ___. : BAYES
126. ___ opera. : SOAP
128. Annoys. : IRKS
129. Punitive. : PENAL
130. Miss Lulu Bett's sister. : INA
131. What our banners make tyranny do. : TREMBLE
134. Short air: Music. : ARIETTA
136. Able was I ___ I saw Elba. : ERE
137. Kettledrum of India. : NAGARA
139. Promenades. : ALAMEDAS
141. Mother of twins in "Comedy of Errors." : AEMILIA
143. Traffic sign. : ONEWAY
144. Produce. : GENERATE
145. Ler's symbol. : TRIDENT
146. Scatters. : STREWS
147. Platforms. : ESTRADES
148. Maddens. : ENRAGES
1. Setting of "Beau Geste." : SAHARA
2. Called forth. : EVOKED
3. Medicinal tea. : TISANE
4. Swung by Casey. : BAT
5. Tipped up. : ATILT
6. Rienzi's first name. : COLA
7. Headquarters of White Army, 1917. : KREMLIN
8. Balm of ___. : GILEAD
9. Mandy. : AMANDA
10. "Out, damned ___." : SPOT
11. Scatter. : TED
12. Bedouin. : ARAB
13. Beans. : LIMAS
14. Tambourines of Arabia. : DAIRAS
15. Ageless. : OLAMIC
16. African gazelle. : ADMI
17. Creator of Lady Dolly in "Moths." : OUIDA
18. ___ Rover. : RED
19. Applicable to Charles Grandet. : INGRATE
20. Gym shoe. : SNEAKER
21. Rags. : TATTERS
30. ___ fide. : BONA
32. Crude brick. : ADOBE
35. What Edmund Dantès does, from Chateau d'If. : ESCAPES
39. Characters in "Macbeth." : WITCHES
41. "The Half ___ Flask." : PINT
42. Yellowish-red. : ROAN
43. Unlucky. : ILL
44. Samuel Richardson's Miss Harlowe. : CLARISSA
46. Home of Daudet's Tartarin. : TARASCON
49. Hurries. : HIES
51. Hero of "Green Mansions." : ABEL
53. Croesus was. : RICH
54. ___ Library, burned 79 A. D. : OCTAVIAN
55. Outdoor feast. : BARBECUE
56. Negotiators. : TREATERS
57. "The ___ Man." : THIN
58. In the future. : HENCE
59. Countenance. : ABET
62. Earliest art. : WRITING
64. Aryl derivative of an alkyl radical. : ARALKYL
66. Alleviate. : MITIGATE
67. Device in "Grand Hotel." : ELEVATOR
68. Stirrup hood of a Mexican saddle. : TAPADERA
70. "New ___ Street," by George Gissing. : GRUB
71. Willow. : OSIER
74. Sacerdotal. : PRIESTLY
75. Jacob's altar. : ELBETHEL
77. Garlands. : LEIS
82. Odysseus' dog. : ARGOS
86. Feeling against Dr. Fell. : DISLIKE
88. Thin fluids. : SERA
90. Bardell vs. Pickwick. : SUIT
91. Susian. : ELAMITE
93. Fought by Cyrano de Bergerac. : DUEL
95. "___ Fire and Sword." : WITH
97. Eugene ___. : ARAM
100. Motion picture. : FILM
101. Wood sorrels. : OCAS
103. Word for Dolly Varden. : TEASE
105. Musical note. : ELA
107. Bald cypresses. : SABINOS
108. Flowing forth. : EMANANT
109. Captain Cook. : VOYAGER
111. Donkey: Slang. : MOKE
112. Install. : INSTATE
115. All that Laura accepted from Petrarch. : HOMAGE
116. Valuable furs. : SABLES
118. Captain Hook in "Peter Pan." : PIRATE
119. Rainbows. : IRISES
121. Possessed by John Silver. : ONELEG
122. Nautical. : MARINE
123. This Mary's lamb does. : BLEATS
125. Scarecrow's innards. : STRAW
127. Century ___. : PLANT
129. Steeps climbed by Marco Polo. : PAMIR
132. H. G. Wells' Martians' weapon. : RAYS
133. Cuchulainn's wife. : EMER
134. Babylonian god of wind. : ADAD
135. Sea bird. : TERN
138. Windmill sail. : AWE
140. Epoch. : ERA
142. Tennyson's princess. : IDA

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 38 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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