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XMAS IN X-WORDS

New York Times, Sunday, December 23, 1945

Author:
L. K. Peters
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 132, Blocks: 74, Avg Word Len: 5.56, Missing: { F J Q X }, Scrabble score: 557 (avg 1.52)
Open Squares: 169, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 9, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 62
L. K. Peters has 15 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

In 45-Down clue, added period after "Secy."

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© 1945, The New York TimesNo. 202
Across
1. Song of praise. : CAROL
6. New ___, Staten Island village. : DORP
10. Where Muscat is. : OMAN
14. He ordered the Massacre of the Innocents. : HEROD
19. Storm: Fr. : ORAGE
20. State. : AVER
21. Unit of speed. : VELO
22. Babylonian underworld. : ARALU
23. City near Nagasaki. : OMURA
24. Xmas in Havana. : NATIVIDAD
26. Made of wood. : TREEN
27. ___ in Toyland. : BABES
28. "___ the negative." : ELIMINATE
29. Son of Bedad (Gen. xxxvi-35). : HADAD
30. ___ fideles. : ADESTE
32. Anonymous. : NAMELESS
34. Head: Fr. : TETE
35. Sixty sixties: Var. : SARS
36. Truth. : BEAUTY
39. Auditor. : HEARER
41. Silk fabric. : PONGEE
42. Improvised crib. : MANGER
46. Musical compositions. : ANDANTES
49. Tonsorial device. : RAZOR
50. City noted for sparkling wine. : ASTI
54. International agreements. : TREATIES
55. Emphasize. : BETONE
56. Natives of Indo-China. : SHANS
58. Hand net braider: Eng. : RATCHER
59. Scatter. : BESTREW
60. Swiss resort on Lake of Zug. : ARTH
61. Makes speeches. : ORATES
62. Shrivels with heat. : PARCHES
63. Jargon. : PATTER
65. Like a paddle. : OARY
66. Ethical qualities. : VIRTUES
67. Birthplace of Alfred the Great. : WANTAGE
68. Christmastides in Paris. : NOELS
70. Shun. : ESCHEW
71. "___ Bride," opera by Smetana (1824–84). : BARTERED
72. Girdle. : SASH
73. Empyrean. : ETHER
74. Dealer in skins. : PELTERER
75. Came into accord. : AGREED
77. Mother of Achilles. : THETIS
78. La ___ Armée of 1812. : GRANDE
82. Port on Lake Victoria. : MWANZA
83. East Indian woody wine. : ODAL
87. General's assistant. : AIDE
88. One of the Magi. : MELCHIOR
93. Strap-shaped: Bot. : LORATE
95. Fishing boat. : SMACK
97. Whitening. : BLEACHING
100. "A right jolly old elf." : SANTA
101. Bohemian hopping dance. : POLKA
102. One of the Magi. : BALTHASAR
103. Patron of children, his feast-day Dec. 6. : CLAUS
104. Native of Korea. : ASIAN
105. Grafted: Her. : ENTE
106. Russian river. : NEVA
107. Girl's name. : ALINE
108. Raises. : REARS
109. First conscientious objector to win Medal of Honor. : DOSS
110. Tunisian rulers. : DEYS
111. Famous American painter (1847–1917). : RYDER
Down
1. Australian willows. : COOBAS
2. Philip II's fleet of 1588. : ARMADA
3. Robber: Ger. : RAUBER
4. Hostess to Jack of beanstalk fame. : OGRESS
5. Smallest. : LEAST
6. What Jean Hersholt is. : DANE
7. Football stadium. : OVAL
8. Trains. : RETINUES
9. Church title. : PRIMATE
10. Sheeplike. : OVINE
11. Decoration. : MEDAL
12. Winglike. : ALATE
13. Knobs. : NODES
14. Possesses: Poet. : HATH
15. Mistakes. : ERRATA
16. Nazi admiral on trial. : RAEDER
17. Oleic ester. : OLEATE
18. One of Santa's reindeer. : DUNDER
25. Ridge in Pas-de-Calais, captured by Canadians, 1917. : VIMY
31. Black woods. : EBONIES
33. Ayesha, heroine of 1887. : SHE
37. Join. : ENTER
38. There are seven. : AGES
40. Times. : ERAS
41. First to show news reels. : PATHE
42. He told of the Nativity. : MATTHEW
43. Where Ponta Delgada is. : AZORES
44. Ninth day before the ides. : NONES
45. Former Asst. Secy. of State. : GREW
46. Arrowroot plants of Philippines. : ARARAOS
47. Civil engineering term. : NETAREA
48. Poetical feet. : DACTYLS
49. Lifesaver. : RESCUER
51. Splinter. : SHATTER
52. Culinary sauce. : TARTARE
53. ___ vitae. : INTEGER
54. Watering place, Ayr, Scotland. : TROON
55. Docked. : BERTHED
57. Fragment. : SHRED
59. Barge: Ital. : BARCHE
62. Track: Fr. : PISTE
63. Biased. : PARTIAL
64. Pays one's share. : ANTES
66. Shift. : VEER
67. Stately dance. : WALTZ
69. Food fish. : SHAD
71. Has ___. : BEEN
74. Paul's sect before conversion. : PHARISEE
76. Jewel. : GEM
77. Describing an ambidexter. : TWOHAND
78. One of the Magi. : GASPAR
79. Full of chinks. : RIMOSE
80. He was slain by Mordecai's men (Es. ix-8). : ADALIA
81. River, Black Forest to Rhine. : NECKAR
82. Gov. Dewey's native State: Abbr. : MICH
83. Verbally. : ORALLY
84. One of the 50 daughters of Danaus. : DANAID
85. Harmonize. : ATTUNE
86. Tenant. : LEASER
89. Receded. : EBBED
90. Extensive plain. : LLANO
91. Irishmen. : CELTS
92. Dislikes. : HATES
94. Movie award. : OSCAR
96. Senator Capper's State: Abbr. : KANS
98. Uncle Sam's powerful fighting arm. : NAVY
99. Mardi ___. : GRAS

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 50 debuted here and reused later, 10 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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