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New York Times, Tuesday, December 25, 1956

Author: Diana Sessions
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.03, Missing: { F G J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 304 (avg 1.59)
Open Squares: 70, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 2, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 13
Diana R. Sessions has 69 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1956, The New York TimesNo. 2,737
Across Down
1. Calendar abbreviation. : NOV
4. Disney character. : PLUTO
9. Entr'___. : ACTE
13. Gift for a future Olympics contender. : ICESKATES
15. Gift for a lady of leisure. : MULES
16. Close harmony for the family. : CHRISTMASCAROLS
18. African antelopes. : KOBS
19. Island in the Aegean. : IOS
20. Wise person. : ORACLE
21. Colors. : TANS
23. Keen and energetic. : BRISK
24. County in SE England. : ESSEX
27. Cut of meat. : TBONE
29. Bleak. : RAW
32. Flowering shrub. : SPIREA
34. Before. : ERE
35. Island east of Java. : BALI
36. Part of a window. : SILL
37. ___ a dull moment. : NEVER
39. Type of officer: Abbr. : ADML
40. Selfish emotion. : ENVY
41. Refrain syllable. : TRA
42. Soap opera. : SERIAL
44. Look. : SEE
45. Main idea. : POINT
47. River in Georgia and Alabama. : COOSA
48. Memento. : RELIC
50. Former initials of an Army branch. : WAAC
52. American dramatist and scenarist. : LAWSON
54. Mind the baby. : SIT
55. Substance of some feet. : CLAY
59. Boughs of holly. : XMASDECORATIONS
62. Former name of a city in Spain. : XERES
63. Gift for a little girl. : DOLLHOUSE
64. Made angry. : IRED
65. Variety. : STYLE
66. Patriotic society. : DAR
1. Popular saint. : NICK
2. Eight: Span. : OCHO
3. Give, for example. : VERB
4. A bushel is equal to four: Abbr. : PKS
5. Ancient language. : LATIN
6. Extreme. : UTMOST
7. Social occasions. : TEAS
8. Commune in the Netherlands. : OSS
9. Subtle emanations. : AURAS
10. Gift for a college girl. : CLOCKRADIO
11. Be effective. : TELL
12. Existence. : ESSE
14. Affectionate, in a certain way. : SISTERLY
15. Victor Hugo's middle name. : MARIE
17. Angles. : CORNERS
22. Cutting tool. : AXE
23. Caliber. : BORE
24. Letters. : ESSES
25. Tip of a holly leaf. : SPINE
26. Gift for a bride-to-be. : SILVERWARE
28. Aneurin of England. : BEVAN
30. Gluck and others. : ALMAS
31. Novelist Cather. : WILLA
33. Famous New Orleans restaurateur. : ANTOINE
35. Painter of "Presentation in the Temple." : BAROCCIO
38. Author Ambler. : ERIC
43. Gov't agency, 1948–51. : ECA
45. Works laboriously. : PLODS
46. Curling. : TWIRLY
49. Ancient chariot. : ESSED
51. Under any circumstances. : ATALL
52. Seventy-one. : LXXI
53. Yankee: Abbr. : AMER
54. Santa's chimney problem. : SOOT
56. Emphatic. : LOUD
57. Handle: Rom. Antiq. : ANSA
58. Nieuport's river. : YSER
60. Hoyle's forte: Abbr. : CDS
61. Useful article. : THE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 9 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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