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New York Times, Sunday, December 20, 1942

Author: Mrs. Hedley V. Cooke
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 176, Blocks: 86, Avg Word Len: 5.03, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 609 (avg 1.37)
Open Squares: 133, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 14, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 104 Grid is asymmetric.
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© 1942, The New York TimesNo. 45
Across Down
1. Strategic city in Russia. : ROSTOV
7. Slattern. : SLUT
11. High rock. : CRAG
15. Layers. : STRATA
21. Stick. : ADHERE
22. Northern province of Libya. : CYRENAICA
24. Professed opinions. : CREDOS
25. Trimmed with passementerie. : BEADED
26. Get rid of. : ELIMINATE
27. Tankers. : OILERS
28. Reptile. : ASP
29. Pertaining to a bishop (because of his sleeves). : LAWNY
31. Conspire. : PLOT
32. Native of Northern Scandinavia. : LAPP
34. Saint: Fr. abbr. : STE
35. Imposes on. : USES
37. Scottish negative. : NAE
38. City near Bombay. : POONAH
40. Jealous king in "The Winter's Tale." : LEONTES
42. Ropes. : LARIATS
44. Herbs. : WORTS
45. "Holds the ___ of science by the tail."—Pope. : EEL
47. Claims on property. : LIENS
48. By way of. : VIA
49. Greek letters. : BETAS
50. The whole of North Asia. : SIBERIA
52. Port of French West Africa. : DAKAR
55. Bird. : OUSEL
56. Capital of British Solomon Islands. : TULAGI
57. Strike-breaker. : SCAB
61. 125-mile river between Brazil and Paraguay. : APA
62. Any American, to a foreigner. : YANKEE
64. "Over my head his ___ he flung against the world."—Browning. : ARM
65. Beaks. : NEBS
67. Blackbird. : ANI
68. Thick cotton material. : FELT
70. Imbibe knowledge. : LEARN
71. Paris subway. : METRO
73. Thin out vegetation. : PRUNE
75. Betrayer of his country. : TRAITOR
77. Headgear worn by tropical troops. : TOPEES
78. Fruit-eating bird. : TOUCAN
79. "Stella ___": star of the sea. : MARIS
80. Italian city famous for marble. : CARRARA
82. Strategic seaport of Libya. : DERNA
83. Mythological aviator. : ICARUS
85. Restrain again. : REREIN
86. Vouches for. : ATTESTS
89. Beggar afflicted with disease. : LAZAR
90. Prince of Troy. : AENEAS
91. Rhythm. : METRE
94. Monarch's title. : SIRE
95. ___ Africanus, famous Moorish traveler. : LEO
96. Food. : OATS
98. Pewter coin of Thailand. : ATT
99. The way out. : EGRESS
101. Aged: Lat. abbr. : AET
102. "Superior" person. : SNOB
104. Noise made by an animal. : WHINNY
106. Hard worker. : PLYER
107. General Grants. : TANKS
109. Pack with cargo again. : RELADE
111. Abscond. : ELOPE
112. Silly person: slang. : SAP
113. Province of India, northeast of Bengal. : ASSAM
116. Gen. ___ Wallace, author of "Ben Hur." : LEW
117. Factory. : PLANT
118. Captured city in French Africa. : ALGIERS
122. City in Albania, now called Shkodra. : SCUTARI
124. Geese. : SOLANS
126. Fuss. : ADO
127. Stationary: comb. form. : STAT
128. "A ___ to Cerberus." : SOP
129. Negative votes. : NOES
131. Ready. : RIPE
132. Nickname of Mr. Early. : STEVE
134. Dutch town. : EDE
135. Pertaining to the rainbow. : IRIDAL
137. Home of Zionism in Middle East. : PALESTINE
140. City just south of Nepal Province, India. : ARARIA
142. One of our governing bodies. : SENATE
143. Gorged. : OVEREATEN
144. City on the Nile famous for its temple. : KARNAK
145. Hydrocarbons. : IRENES
146. Russian news agency. : TASS
147. Dregs. : LEES
148. Vital metals. : STEELS
1. Strategic city in New Britain. : RABAUL
2. Russian seaport. : ODESSA
3. Mechanical device. : SHAPER
4. Spread hay. : TED
5. Russian city in battle area. : OREL
6. Hindu philosophy. : VEDANTA
7. "I do not ask to see the distant ___."—Newman. : SCENE
8. English dramatist of Elizabethan era. : LYLY
9. Swiss canton, its capital Altdorf. : URI
10. Pertaining to the present life. : TEMPORAL
11. Laws. : CANONS
12. Rope. : RIATA
13. Statute. : ACT
14. Highlander. : GAEL
15. Opportunity for free outlook. : SCOPE
16. City in Libya. : TRIPOLI
17. Electrical term. : REL
18. ___ fideles. : ADESTE
19. Rich cakes. : TORTEN
20. Evaluate. : ASSESS
23. Natives of Upper Nile. : NILOTS
30. Existed. : WAS
33. Assert to be true. : ALLEGE
36. Hindu deity and cosmic dancer. : SIVA
38. Whisky privately made in Ireland. : POTEEN
39. Nazi greeting. : HEIL
41. Island west of Sumatra. : NIAS
43. Well-ventilated. : AIRY
44. German river, 280 miles to North Sea. : WESER
46. Mexican timber trees. : EBANOS
49. Solomon Island, at northern tip of Bougainville. : BUKA
50. Site of first shot of Civil War. : SUMTER
51. Knit two, purl two. : RIB
52. Imbecile. : DAFT
53. Servile imitator. : APER
54. "The girl from ___." : KALAMAZOO
55. Holes in one stroke. : ONERS
56. Surgical instrument. : TREPAN
58. Native of region between Black and Caspian Seas. : CAUCASIAN
59. About two cents in India. : ANNA
60. Good: French. : BIEN
63. Masculine name. : ALOIS
64. A gallant. : AMORIST
66. Pastime. : SPORT
69. Head ornament. : TIARA
72. Aromatic rootstock of Pacific Islands. : REA
74. Old Norse poems. : RUNES
76. Seaport of Nova Scotia. : TRURO
77. Pact between nations. : TREATY
78. Heads: Fr. : TETES
80. Period of years: abbr. : CEN
81. Relating to Mars. : AREAN
82. Venturesome person. : DARER
83. "Desperate cures must be to desperate ___ applied."—Dryden. : ILLS
84. Seaport of Normandy. : CAEN
85. Live. : RESIDE
87. Migration. : TREK
88. Groups of games. : SETS
90. Drama by Racine. : ATHALIE
91. Gourd-like fruits. : MELONS
92. Scene of military action by Allies. : EGYPT
93. "The ___ of liberty."—Jefferson. : TREE
97. Cobbler's tool. : AWL
100. Male caribou. : STAG
103. Troublesome child. : BRAT
105. Man bites dog. : NEWS
106. Pertaining to the solar system. : PLANETAL
108. Sacred bull of the Egyptians. : APIS
110. Arise. : EMANATE
111. Pass. : ELAPSE
112. People of part of Czechoslovakia. : SLOVAKS
113. City in Perugia Province, Italy. : ASSISI
114. Recorder. : SCORER
115. Lacking backbone. : SUPINE
117. Tool. : PLIERS
118. American author. : ADE
119. Timeless: poet. : ETERNE
120. Diverging from a center. : RADIAL
121. Meats to be rationed. : STEAKS
123. Parts. : ROLES
125. Heraldic bearings. : ORLES
126. Solar disks. : ATENS
130. "This dim ___ which men call earth."—Milton. : SPOT
132. "He drew his snicker ___."—The Mikado. : SNEE
133. Part of the Latin verb, esse. : ERAT
136. "From ___ to Beersheba." : DAN
138. The kava. : AVA
139. Bolivian Indian. : ITE
141. Auxiliary verb. : ARE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 98 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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