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New York Times, Saturday, December 25, 1954

Author: George Henderson
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 80, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.72, Missing: { J Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 297 (avg 1.57)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
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© 1954, The New York TimesNo. 2,006
Across Down
1. Bookkeepers: Abbr. : ACCS
5. Part of a poinsettia. : STEM
9. Large African city. : CAIRO
14. A kind of store. : COOP
15. "Thursday's child has far ___." : TOGO
16. Open. : UNBAR
17. Message on a card. : HOLIDAYGREETING
20. Queen of mysteries. : ELLERY
21. Exclamation of surprise. : SAY
22. Firmament. : SKY
23. Careening. : ALIST
25. Faithful: Scot. : LEAL
28. Rotund. : FAT
30. Makes contented sounds: Var. : PURS
32. Military builder. : SEABEE
36. Encompassed by. : AMID
38. Figures on cards. : PIPS
40. By-laws. : RULES
41. Phenomena of Scotland. : MOORS
43. Santa Claus. : POP
44. Classroom tests. : ORALS
45. Actor Truex. : ERNIE
46. Chimney stuff. : SOOT
48. On a cruise. : ASEA
49. One-fifth of the world's land. : DESERT
51. Golfer's cry. : FORE
53. Snoop. : PRY
54. Marsh bird. : RAIL
56. Santa's HQ. : NORTH
58. Grope for words. : HAW
61. Doily. : MAT
63. U. S. treasurer. : PRIEST
66. Subject of a seasonal song. : AWHITECHRISTMAS
70. Where many Christmas trees come from. : MAINE
71. Man's name. : ERIC
72. Benefit. : HELP
73. Movie star's first name. : MYRNA
74. Pointers. : DOGS
75. Common suffixes. : ESTS
1. Nostalgic feeling. : ACHE
2. Deliberate. : COOL
3. Light meals. : COLLATIONS
4. Nonstop talk. : SPIEL
5. Burns the midnight oil. : STAYSUP
6. Space helmet, for instance. : TOY
7. Nog ingredients. : EGGS
8. Upright. : MORAL
9. Straight, tapering rod used in a game. : CUE
10. Termite. : ANT
11. Big bird with a curved bill. : IBIS
12. High degree. : RANK
13. Revel. : ORGY
18. A grind of coffee. : DRIP
19. Watches closely. : EYES
24. Pleasure jaunts. : TRIPS
26. Flying machine. : AERO
27. Girl's name. : LAURA
28. Illustrious. : FAMED
29. Con ___, with love. : AMORE
31. A funny trick. : SPOOF
33. Speaks irreverently. : BLASPHEMES
34. Fisherman. : EELER
35. Pope's "___ on Man." : ESSAY
37. Beauty shop necessity. : DRIER
39. Golf club. : SPOON
42. Evening: Italian. : SERA
47. Hot countries. : TROPICS
50. Favorable opportunity. : TIME
52. Blunders. : ERRS
55. Interwove. : LACED
57. Give a tenth part of. : TITHE
58. Coal-mining city in Germany. : HAMM
59. "___ in a manger . . . " : AWAY
60. Sound of flight. : WHIR
62. By way of. : THRO
64. Arizona river. : SALT
65. Recipe measures. : TSPS
67. "No room at the ___." : INN
68. Party. : TEA
69. Fit up. : RIG

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 1 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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