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XMAS X-WORDS

New York Times, Sunday, December 23, 1951

Author: Willard Jordan
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 176, Blocks: 82, Avg Word Len: 5.08, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 672 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 129, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 10, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 33
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© 1951, The New York TimesNo. 917
Across Down
1. One of Santa's reindeer. : COMET
6. ___ Verde Park. : MESA
10. ___ clock. : ALARM
15. Another reindeer. : DONNER
21. Husband of Bathsheba. : URIAH
22. Electric gift. : IRON
23. Hoosier poet. : RILEY
24. Cause of inaction. : OPIATE
25. Mission priest. : PADRE
26. Sponsor of annual "giveaway" program. : SANTACLAUS
28. Great historian. : GIBBON
29. A language. : ITALIAN
31. Tributary of the Colorado. : GILA
32. Dinner course. : ENTREE
34. Grain container. : BIN
35. ___ Moines. : DES
36. Those defying tradition. : NEOS
38. "Dear ___." : SIRS
40. Eugenio Pacelli. : PIUS
41. Distant: Comb. form. : TELE
42. Clerical discourse. : SERMON
44. Gift for her. : COMPACT
46. Sherry. : XERES
47. Peddle. : HAWK
50. Paris left her for Helen. : OENONE
52. Curve. : ARC
53. Gathering place at Christmas. : HOME
55. Springtime in Paris. : AVRIL
57. Ceremonial. : RITE
58. 12th century Danish kings. : ERIKS
60. Dasher's mate. : DANCER
64. Capital of Lebanon. : BEIRUT
66. Adhesives. : CEMENTS
68. Biblical oldster. : ENOS
70. Indian. : REE
71. By proxy. : INSTEAD
73. Furry gift. : COAT
74. Tanker. : OILER
76. Talking gift. : DOLL
77. Gunny cloth. : TAT
78. Camel's cousin. : LLAMA
80. High stepper on Santa's team. : PRANCER
82. Co-winner of first Nobel peace prize, 1901. : PASSY
83. Presents for men. : WALLETS
85. Poetic contraction. : OER
86. Those coveting. : ENVIERS
88. Colleen Maureen. : OHARA
90. "Off the ___." : DEEPEND
92. Determine. : LEARN
93. Exclamation of pleasure. : WOW
96. Shoots for food. : POTS
97. Heavyweight's nickname. : FATSO
98. Mrs. Chaplin. : OONA
100. Willowy. : LISSOME
102. Military group: Abbr. : ASC
103. Cologne. : KOLN
104. On the road. : TOURING
107. French composer (1450–1521). : DEPRES
108. Empire State Governor, 1932–42. : LEHMAN
110. The Comte de la Fère. : ATHOS
112. J. Chuter and family. : EDES
114. Ingate, in founding. : TEDGE
115. Where Edmonton is: Abbr. : ALTA
117. "Wise." : HEP
118. Opposite of vacuum. : PLENUM
120. Despotic one. : TSAR
121. Brunnehilde's horse. : GRANI
124. Artillery fire. : BARRAGE
127. Countrymen. : RURALS
129. Forsaken. : LORN
130. Slayer, with Ve's help, of Ymir. : VILI
131. He sings, "I've Got a Little List." : KOKO
133. Evening: Ital. : SERA
134. "College Widow" author. : ADE
137. Lee ___, heavyweight. : OMA
138. Not refined. : RIBALD
140. Move or act furiously. : RAMP
142. Another reindeer. : BLITZEN
144. Waterspout. : VORTEX
146. What St. Nick gets every Christmas. : SLEIGHRIDE
149. Basketball arena. : COURT
150. Daughter of King Peleas. : ELAINE
151. Laura ___, actress who saw Booth shoot Lincoln. : KEENE
152. Egyptian goddess with hippo's shape. : APET
153. Goose genus. : ANSER
154. Fabric. : SATEEN
155. Garb of medieval mail carriers. : ARMOR
156. Fricassee fare. : HENS
157. Not watertight. : LEAKY
1. Running mate of 1 Across. : CUPID
2. Speechify. : ORATE
3. Man of moneymaking ability. : MIDAS
4. Husband of a countess. : EARL
5. Substance in tea. : THEINE
6. Wrong name. : MISNOMER
7. Our time. : ERA
8. Carol. : SONG
9. Those opposed. : ANTIS
10. Jockey Eddie. : ARCARO
11. Girl's nickname. : LIL
12. Wings. : ALAE
13. Unbale again. : REUNPACK
14. Spiritually significant. : MYSTIC
15. Former rulers of Venice. : DOGES
16. English portrait painter. : OPIE
17. Point. : NIB
18. Catcher. : NABBER
19. Star: French. : ETOILE
20. French city. : RENNES
27. Mrs. Dean Acheson. : ALICE
30. Plane. : AERO
33. Boaz' wife. : RUTH
37. Using sound waves. : SONIC
39. Chic. : SMART
41. Age of youth. : TEEN
42. Swirling gift. : SKIRT
43. Where Englishmen keep their money. : NOTECASES
45. "To Althea, From ___." : PRISON
46. Big day. : XMAS
47. Mental make-up. : HABIT
48. Oats: Latin. : AVENA
49. Timely gift. : WRISTWATCH
51. Fictional sub skipper. : NEMO
54. Gardenia, for instance. : ODOR
56. Girl's name. : LUELLA
58. Confidentially. : ENTRENOUS
59. She loved Endymion. : SELENE
61. Pleasant pastime. : CROSSWORDS
62. Spitchcocks. : EELS
63. Put trust in. : RELY
65. Lofty. : TALL
67. Author of "The Bells." : EAPOE
69. Of the dendrites. : NERVAL
72. Artistic. : DAEDAL
75. Reykjavikian. : ICELANDER
76. Lady patriots. : DAR
79. Wherein the Cyclopes forged thunderbolts. : MTETNA
81. Warmth. : ARDOR
82. Gift for writers. : PENSET
84. ___ longa, vita brevis. : ARS
87. Crocus or gladiolus. : IRID
88. Gem. : OPAL
89. Sheer gifts. : HOSE
91. Ado. : POTHER
94. The end. : OMEGA
95. Bremen's river. : WESER
97. Assortment of type. : FONT
99. Marshal of France, 1867–69. : NIEL
101. Barracudas. : SPETS
103. Long Persian carpet. : KALI
105. Black tea. : OOPAK
106. Class. : GENUS
109. American educator. : MANN
111. Typical Hitchcock production. : THRILLER
113. Cinches, in wagering. : SUREBETS
116. Hebrew month, later called Nisan. : ABIB
118. King of Israel. : PEKAH
119. A soil. : MARL
121. Handy gift. : GLOVES
122. 1863 novel. : ROMOLA
123. 16,696-ft. mountain. : ARARAT
125. Where Sitka is. : ALASKA
126. Glutton. : GORGER
128. Secularistic. : LAICAL
130. Another reindeer. : VIXEN
132. Mohammedan lord. : OMRAH
134. "Anaheim, ___, and Cucamonga," Benny's train towns. : AZUSA
135. Star in "Saturday's Hero." : DEREK
136. Vestibule. : ENTRY
138. M. Pleven. : RENE
139. Think. : DEEM
141. Brier. : PIPE
143. Inflection. : TONE
145. Stock present. : TIE
147. Girl of Greek myth. : INO
148. Sanctum. : DEN

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 28 debuted here and reused later, 12 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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