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New York Times, Wednesday, December 23, 1953

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 39, Avg Word Len: 4.77, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 289 (avg 1.55)
Open Squares: 68, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 1, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
David Steinberg notes:

Original has uncorrectable grid mistake at 2-Down — answer should be ELIOT, not ELOIT, but crossing letters support the erroneous answer.

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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,639

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Across
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Point on a business chart. : PEAK
5
Famous hostess. : MESTA
10
Convey through the air. : WAFT
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Hamburg's river. : ELBE
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Turn away. : AVERT
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Chief city of Hawaii. : HILO
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One of Sen. McCarthy's aides. : COHN
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Part of U.S.N.A. : NAVAL
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Land of the "Minstrel Boy." : ERIN
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Small structures covering subway entrances. : KIOSKS
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Disappear gradually. : EVANESCE
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Narrow stripe. : STRIA
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Oily liquid from coal tar. : CRESOL
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Pertaining to the shank, in anatomy. : CRURAL
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Perry Mason's secretary. : DELLA
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"Liliom" as a musical. : CAROUSEL
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Sadie Thompson's play. : RAIN
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Harem room. : ODA
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Unfamiliar. : NEW
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Owns. : HAS
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Gov. Jordan's state: Abbr. : IDA
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Princess of L. Frank Baum books. : OZMA
44
Colonnades. : PORTICOS
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Ammunition for writing. : LEADS
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Dam recently dedicated by Presidents Eisenhower and Cortines. : FALCON
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Inordinate self-esteem. : VANITY
51
Outsize cigarettes. : KINGS
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More reliable. : STEADIER
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Start on a journey. : SETOUT
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Merit. : EARN
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Go forward in a throng. : TROOP
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Friend on TV. : IRMA
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Man's name meaning honorable ruler. : ERIC
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School in France. : ECOLE
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Both: Comb. form. : AMBI
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Prow of a ship. : NOSE
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French girl's name. : RENEE
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City NE of Paris. : LAON
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Large quantities, sometimes of trouble. : PECKS
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His new play, "The Confidential Clerk." : ELOIT
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Dislike intensely. : ABHOR
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Part of N.Y.C.'s water supply. : KENSICO
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Fortifies. : MANS
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Girl's name. : EVA
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Divers. : SEVERAL
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Salesman's assignment. : TRAVEL
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Mountain system in North Africa. : ATLAS
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19th Vice President of U. S. : WHEELER
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Affected manners. : AIRS
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French bobby. : FLIC
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Prevailing character. : TONE
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River into the Persian Gulf. : KARUN
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Become sleepy. : NOD
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College sport. : CREW
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Consume. : USE
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Secular. : LAIC
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Beach near Venice. : LIDO
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Collections of anecdotes. : ANAS
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Lacking cordiality. : COOL
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Tool for dressing wood. : ADZE
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Incarnation of Vishnu. : RAMA
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Morally excellent. : HOLY
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One of the G.I.'s favorite organizations. : ARC
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Supply with fuel. : STOKE
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Get ahead. : ADVANCE
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Head of a manor in early New York or New Jersey. : PATROON
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Decoration on a shirt. : INITIAL
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Melancholy. : SAD
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Overused word for "very distasteful." : FIERCE
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White salt used in gunpowder. : NITER
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Name for the All-American Girl. : NORMA
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Sticky mud: Colloq. : GUMBO
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Furniture finish. : STAIN
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Discovered. : SEEN
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Food in Tahiti. : TARO
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Goddess who threw the apple of discord. : ERIS
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Von ___, German naval commander. : SPEE
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Norse name. : OLE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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