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New York Times, Friday, December 25, 1953

Author: Jack Chaikin
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.11, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 282 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,641
Across Down
1. Gallery. : LOFT
5. Edmund Gwenn is one. : ACTOR
10. Occupied with: Colloq. : UPTO
14. Mr. and Mrs. : PAIR
15. Relieve thirst. : SLAKE
16. Doyen of a famous vessel. : NOAH
17. Bishop in Asia Minor, 4th century. : STNICHOLAS
19. Icy coating. : RIME
20. Member of the Christmas tree family. : HEMLOCK
21. Ripped off wrappings. : OPENED
23. Book of the New Testament. : MARK
24. Texas leaguers. : FLIES
25. Describing Goldilocks' adventure. : URSINE
28. Participant in a Dec. 31st party. : REVELER
30. Horses. : ROANS
31. Supply refreshments. : CATER
32. Gift from the Orient. : TEA
34. Cork. : BUNG
35. Mythical trio. : FATES
36. Part of a list. : ITEM
37. TV ___. : SET
38. Took on hands. : HIRED
39. Tricky: Slang. : SNIDE
40. Lifelike. : NATURAL
42. Shifts. : RELAYS
43. Dancer's co-worker. : COMET
44. Beverage. : SODA
45. Angelic headgear. : HALOES
47. Acclamation of adoration. : HOSANNA
50. Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT
51. North Pole neighbors. : ICELANDERS
54. Heavy hammer. : MAUL
55. Prohibit. : DEBAR
56. Lake 240 miles long. : ERIE
57. German girl's name. : ILSE
58. Room for towels, linens and jugs. : EWERY
59. Went by sleigh. : RODE
1. Gifts for the record fancier. : LPS
2. Allegiance declaration. : OATH
3. Governor at Harrisburg. : FINE
4. Dec. 24th occupation. : TRIMMING
5. "Aboard" opposite. : ASHORE
6. Gift for a sleepyhead. : CLOCK
7. Table ___. : TALK
8. Tributary of the Volga. : OKA
9. Follows a Jan. 1st custom. : RESOLVES
10. Unwind. : UNREEL
11. Decoration for Dec. 25th. : POINSETTIA
12. Soften. : TAME
13. Exclaimed with surprise. : OHED
18. Social groups. : CLANS
22. Actress Angeli. : PIER
24. Honored with entertainment. : FETED
25. A city: Latin. : URBS
26. Port of Paris. : ROUEN
27. Village in Indiana. : SANTACLAUS
28. Burrowing animal of India and Africa. : RATEL
29. Bamboolike. : REEDY
31. A piece of the Kohinoor. : CARAT
33. City in Iowa. : AMES
35. Family gathering place. : FIRESIDE
36. Kansan, for instance. : INLANDER
38. Canadian Ambassador ___ Wrong. : HUME
39. Family's gift to itself. : SEDAN
41. Play a flute. : TOOTLE
42. Song by Ethelbert Nevin. : ROSARY
44. ___ system. : SOLAR
45. Half: Prefix. : HEMI
46. Sea east of the Caspian. : ARAL
47. Goddess of youth. : HEBE
48. Opera by Handel. : NERO
49. Dry-as-dust. : ARID
52. Initials of the Secy. of Defense. : CEW
53. Call on. : SEE

Answer summary: 7 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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