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GAME OF WORDS

New York Times, Sunday, December 21, 1947

Author:
Elizabeth Jackson
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 65, Avg Word Len: 5.37, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 539 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 136, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 35 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1947, The New York TimesNo. 306
Across
1. Capital of Noordholland. : HAARLEM
8. Hero of Saint-Saëns opera, 1877. : SAMSON
14. Capital of a lost Italian colony. : ASMARA
20. Important island of the Moluccas. : AMBOINA
21. Appraise carefully. : EVALUE
22. Arrived at. : GAINED
23. Oceanic pass off coast of Texas. : ARANSAS
24. Squirrel-like rodents. : LEROTS
25. Where Nova Lisboa is. : ANGOLA
26. ___ Carson, county in Colorado. : KIT
27. Part of old France. : PROVENCE
29. Divining rod. : TWIG
31. Goldleaf layer's brush. : TIP
32. Siouan Indian. : OTOE
34. Put into effect. : ENACT
35. A Hollywood Ladd. : ALAN
36. Sharpen. : WHET
37. Wife of Balder. : NANNA
39. Engraves by means of dots. : STIPPLES
42. Annoy: Colloq. : PEEVE
43. Character in "Romeo and Juliet." : NURSE
46. Great lake in SE Africa. : NYASSA
47. Misjudged. : ERRED
48. Night spot with music. : CABARET
51. Rio ___, river in Brazil. : NEGRO
52. Piece of fired clay. : TILE
54. Masculine name, : IRA
55. Humiliate. : ABASE
57. Used in navigation. : MAPS
59. Where the New Mexico is being scrapped. : NEWARK
63. Player on Bob Hannegan's team. : CARD
65. Word opposed to another in meaning. : ANTONYM
67. Where Urga is. : MONGOLIA
69. Bitters: French. : AMER
70. Exhibition of passionate feeling. : SCENE
71. County in Colorado. : OTERO
73. Aladdin's talisman. : LAMP
74. Unfortunate event. : DISASTER
76. A county, city and river in New Jersey. : PASSAIC
78. Bind together: Nautical. : FRAP
79. Sagacious. : ASTUTE
80. Burmese demons. : NATS
82. Stimulates. : URGES
84. City near Asuncion, Paraguay. : ITA
85. Lake in E. Manitoba. : GODS
87. Island, Dutch outpost SE of Celebes. : BUTON
89. Inveigles. : ENTICES
91. City on the Missouri. : OMAHA
94. ___ City, Florida. : HAINES
96. Commit a trespass. : ENTER
97. Careens. : CANTS
98. Secretary of Agriculture. : ANDERSON
100. A windlass. : WINCH
104. Greek goddess of discord. : ERIS
105. The redshank. : CLEE
106. Their flag is green, white and orange. : IRISH
109. People of east Sudan. : SERE
110. Object in mind. : AIM
111. Compose. : CALM
112. Horseshoe Falls side of Goat Island. : CANADIAN
115. Arm of an ocean. : SEA
116. Clinched. : NAILED
118. Compound derived from sugar. : OSAMIN
120. ___ Antilles. : GREATER
122. Contents. : INSIDE
123. Devising a nomenclature. : NAMING
124. Shabbiest. : MEANEST
125. Costly satin-weave fabric of Asia. : CAMLET
126. Become manifest. : EMERGE
127. Seeks to attain. : ASPIRES
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1. King once Prince Charles of Denmark. : HAAKON
2. Elixir of life: Hinduism. : AMRITA
3. Ancient Greek sacred place. : ABATON
4. Man's nickname. : RON
5. Speech defect.. : LISP
6. Lake in Finland : ENARE
7. Benjamin Franklin was one. : MASON
8. Exclusive. : SELECT
9. One of the Seven Hills. : AVENTINE
10. Tristan's uncle. : MARC
11. The black haw. : SLOE
12. An omission in printing. : OUT
13. Cuddles. : NESTLES
14. Moreover. : AGAIN
15. Chinese teapotlike musical instrument. : SANG
16. A marble. : MIG
17. One similar. : ANOTHER
18. Alleviate. : RELIEVE
19. Accommodated. : ADAPTED
28. Urnlike vessel. : VASE
30. Star in Geminorum. : WASAT
33. City in central Sicily. : ENNA
35. Poet, one of the Hartford Wits (1761–1815). : ALSOP
36. Person turned into an animal: Folklore. : WEREWOLF
38. Mesmeric emanation. : AURA
40. One of a people of central Africa. : PYGMY
41. Plateaus in the Andes. : PARAMOS
42. Masculine name. : PELEG
44. Stitched loosely again. : REBASTED
45. Posture. : STANCE
48. Harvest fly. : CICADA
49. The Chevalier d'Herblay. : ARAMIS
50. Merest. : BAREST
51. Gaseous element. : NEON
53. The name of thirteen Popes. : INNOCENT
56. Exacting. : STERN
58. Smudge. : SMEAR
60. Visigothic king, conqueror of Rome, 410. : ALARIC
61. Fissured: Zool. : RIMATE
62. Greek letters. : KAPPAS
64. The game of checkers. : DRAUGHTS
66. He rode a dolphin. : NEPTUNE
68. Christian teacher of Alexandria. : ORIGEN
72. Chinese unit of measure. : TSUN
75. Colonnaded porches. : STOAS
77. Flower. : ASTER
81. Sojourn. : ABIDE
83. Gallimaufry. : STEW
86. Auxiliary verb. : SHALL
88. Hudson River town, settled 1750. : OSSINING
90. The seventh asteroid. : IRIS
91. Pelagic. : OCEANIC
92. Poem by Tennyson. : MARIANA
93. Belief that all objects possess life. : ANIMISM
95. Showy flower. : ANEMONE
96. City in Oklahoma. : ENID
99. Important source of vitamins. : ORANGE
101. Western U.S. squatter. : NESTER
102. Malay dagger. : CREESE
103. A game at cards. : HEARTS
105. Schoolboy. : CADET
107. Greek letter. : SIGMA
108. Runs swiftly. : HARES
111. Capitulate. : CEDE
112. Arrived. : CAME
113. Title borne by the Caliphs. : AMIR
114. Wagon tongue. : NEAP
117. Book: Gypsy. : LIL
119. ___ Houston, president of Texas, 1836–1844. : SAM
121. Blackbird. : ANI

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 30 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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