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SEASON'S GREETINGS

New York Times, Sunday, December 22, 1963

83-Down : Trifling.

Author:
Brice Metcalfe
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 67, Avg Word Len: 5.34, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 545 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 110, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 12, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 23
Brice Metcalfe has 19 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

PDF had a grid error — the letter in the 12-Down/64-Across crossing should have been an S instead of a D. Made this correction.

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© 1963, The New York TimesNo. 5,257
Across
1
Treetop symbol. : STAR
5
Dance step. : GLIDE
10
Avian sounds. : CAWS
14
Foot part. : INCH
18
Contemporary of Haydn. : ARNE
19
Hickenlooper. : IOWAN
20
Operatic clown. : TONIO
21
Evening, in Venice. : SERA
22
Timely tune. : WINTERWONDERLAND
25
Relative. : TWIN
26
Son of David. : ABSALOM
27
Refer to. : CONSULT
28
U.S. admiral. : SIMS
29
Busy place on January 1. : PASADENA
31
Greek goddess of fate. : MOERA
34
Genealogical term. : NEE
35
Cloth. : LINEN
38
O. T. book: Abbr. : NEH
39
Town Hall event. : SONGRECITAL
42
In disagreement. : ATODDS
44
Manufacture, in Scotland. : MAK
46
Chat. : CAUSERIE
47
Not tanned. : RAW
48
One home of Napoleon. : STHELENA
51
Greek goddess. : EOS
52
"La Douce." : IRMA
55
Cut. : CLIP
57
Home of William Cullen Bryant. : ROSLYN
58
Coney: Abbr. : ISL
59
Some Japanese. : AINUS
60
Wash, as a deck. : HOSEDOWN
62
Cookbook direction. : SEAR
64
Science degrees. : SDS
66
Electrical unit: Abbr. : AMP
67
Most dilatory. : TARDIEST
69
Least important. : PETTIEST
72
Exclamation. : ACH
74
Poetic time. : EEN
75
___ flakes. : SOAP
77
Competing with. : RIVALING
80
Exercise. : WIELD
82
Grid tallies. : TDS
84
Dress part. : BODICE
86
Oven part. : DOOR
87
Start of a prayer. : NOWI
88
"Oh give ___ home ... " : MEA
89
Trade. : BUSINESS
91
Never: Ger. : NIE
92
Place between. : INTERLAY
95
Midlothian river. : ESK
96
Former Eurasian area. : TATARY
98
Certain maidens. : CINDERELLAS
101
___-sahib. : MEM
103
Vegetables. : COLES
104
Formicid. : ANT
105
Longfellow heroine. : ELSIE
106
Words for posterity. : EPITAPHS
109
Lot: Colloq. : SLEW
111
Shreds. : TATTERS
113
Shifts or sheaths. : DRESSES
117
Charter. : HIRE
118
Start of Ezra Pound parody. : WINTERISICUMENIN
120
Adam's grandson. : ENOS
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"Christmas comes but ___ year." : ONCEA
122
Garçon's parent. : MAMAN
123
Laugh: Fr. : RIRE
124
Yarn for a shuttle. : WEFT
125
Elbe tributary. : EGER
126
Go to Gretna Green. : ELOPE
127
German admiral. : SPEE
Down
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___ vision. : SAWA
2
River: Abbr. : TRIB
3
Retirement funds: Abbr. : ANNS
4
Made a new recording of. : RETAPED
5
Aircraft. : GIROS
6
The winner, in golf. : LOWMAN
7
___ Jima. : IWO
8
Ballroom. : DANCEHALL
9
Opposite of broadside. : ENDON
10
Pillar: Lat. : COLUMNA
11
Parallels. : ANALOGUES
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Fall's end. : WINTERSOLSTICE
13
The old ___. : SOD
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Adherents of isms. : ISTS
15
Webster's unabridged. : NEWINTERNATIONAL
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Where Kerch is. : CRIMEA
17
Opera role. : HANSEL
20
Colleagues of secys. : TRS
23
African game. : ELANDS
24
Spanish queen and others. : ENAS
30
Realm. : DEMESNE
32
Midwestern Indians. : REES
33
Summit: Prefix. : ACR
35
Pine. : LARCH
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Of a country: Prefix. : ITALO
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Beginning of "Richard III." : NOWISTHEWINTEROF
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Wood sorrel. : OCA
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Roman numeral. : IIII
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Walked. : STRODE
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"Seven ___ Baldpate." : KEYSTO
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Conversational phrase. : HOWINTERESTING
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Compass point. : NNE
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The word, sometimes. : MUM
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Snake. : ASP
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Green shade. : PEA
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Dander. : IRE
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On the deep. : ASEA
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Stowe novel. : DRED
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Set against. : APPOSE
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Strip. : DIVEST
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Draft machinery: Abbr. : SSS
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Bauble. : TRINKET
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Shipping news: Abbr. : SLD
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Barley beard. : AWN
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Well known "congress." : CIO
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Arabic name. : ABU
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Bête ___. : NOIRE
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Jane and Zane. : GREYS
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Famous soprano. : LIND
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Trifling. : DALLIANCE
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Congé. : DISMISSAL
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Blackbird. : MERL
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___ nose. : BYA
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Indian chief. : SACHEM
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Letter. : TEE
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Take ___. : ALETTER
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Pitchers. : TOSSERS
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Tropical tree. : CASHEW
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Queued up. : INLINE
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Merlin. : SEER
102
Reckless. : MADCAP
107
Chief. : PRIME
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Trim. : PRUNE
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Frémont's goal. : WEST
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Drink. : TEA
114
Bit. : SNIP
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Name on a green stamp. : EIRE
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Snick and ___. : SNEE
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Trouble. : WOE
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Lowermost: It. : IMO

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 13 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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