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XMAS IN X-WORDS

New York Times, Sunday, December 23, 1945

42-Down : He told of the Nativity.

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
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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
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Scatter. : BESTREW
60
Swiss resort on Lake of Zug. : ARTH
61
Makes speeches. : ORATES
62
Shrivels with heat. : PARCHES
63
Jargon. : PATTER
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Like a paddle. : OARY
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Ethical qualities. : VIRTUES
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Birthplace of Alfred the Great. : WANTAGE
68
Christmastides in Paris. : NOELS
70
Shun. : ESCHEW
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"___ Bride," opera by Smetana (1824-84). : BARTERED
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Girdle. : SASH
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Empyrean. : ETHER
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Dealer in skins. : PELTERER
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Came into accord. : AGREED
77
Mother of Achilles. : THETIS
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La ___ Armée of 1812. : GRANDE
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Port on Lake Victoria. : MWANZA
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East Indian woody wine. : ODAL
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General's assistant. : AIDE
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One of the Magi. : MELCHIOR
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Strap-shaped: Bot. : LORATE
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Fishing boat. : SMACK
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Whitening. : BLEACHING
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"A right jolly old elf." : SANTA
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Bohemian hopping dance. : POLKA
102
One of the Magi. : BALTHASAR
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Patron of children, his feast-day Dec. 6. : CLAUS
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Native of Korea. : ASIAN
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Grafted: Her. : ENTE
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Russian river. : NEVA
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Girl's name. : ALINE
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Raises. : REARS
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First conscientious objector to win Medal of Honor. : DOSS
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Tunisian rulers. : DEYS
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Famous American painter (1847-1917). : RYDER
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Australian willows. : COOBAS
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Philip II's fleet of 1588. : ARMADA
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Robber: Ger. : RAUBER
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Hostess to Jack of beanstalk fame. : OGRESS
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Smallest. : LEAST
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What Jean Hersholt is. : DANE
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Football stadium. : OVAL
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Trains. : RETINUES
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Church title. : PRIMATE
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Sheeplike. : OVINE
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Decoration. : MEDAL
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Winglike. : ALATE
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Knobs. : NODES
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Possesses: Poet. : HATH
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Mistakes. : ERRATA
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Nazi admiral on trial. : RAEDER
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Oleic ester. : OLEATE
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One of Santa's reindeer. : DUNDER
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Ridge in Pas-de-Calais, captured by Canadians, 1917. : VIMY
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Black woods. : EBONIES
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Ayesha, heroine of 1887. : SHE
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Join. : ENTER
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There are seven. : AGES
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Times. : ERAS
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First to show news reels. : PATHE
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He told of the Nativity. : MATTHEW
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Where Ponta Delgada is. : AZORES
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Ninth day before the ides. : NONES
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Former Asst. Secy. of State. : GREW
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Arrowroot plants of Philippines. : ARARAOS
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Civil engineering term. : NETAREA
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Poetical feet. : DACTYLS
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Lifesaver. : RESCUER
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Splinter. : SHATTER
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Culinary sauce. : TARTARE
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___ vitae. : INTEGER
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Watering place, Ayr, Scotland. : TROON
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Docked. : BERTHED
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Fragment. : SHRED
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Barge: Ital. : BARCHE
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Track: Fr. : PISTE
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Biased. : PARTIAL
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Pays one's share. : ANTES
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Shift. : VEER
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Stately dance. : WALTZ
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Food fish. : SHAD
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Has ___. : BEEN
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Paul's sect before conversion. : PHARISEE
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Jewel. : GEM
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Describing an ambidexter. : TWOHAND
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One of the Magi. : GASPAR
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Full of chinks. : RIMOSE
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He was slain by Mordecai's men (Es. ix-8). : ADALIA
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River, Black Forest to Rhine. : NECKAR
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Gov. Dewey's native State: Abbr. : MICH
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Verbally. : ORALLY
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One of the 50 daughters of Danaus. : DANAID
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Harmonize. : ATTUNE
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Tenant. : LEASER
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Receded. : EBBED
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Extensive plain. : LLANO
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Irishmen. : CELTS
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Dislikes. : HATES
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Movie award. : OSCAR
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Senator Capper's State: Abbr. : KANS
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Uncle Sam's powerful fighting arm. : NAVY
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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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