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READER'S GUIDE

New York Times, Sunday, December 26, 1948

Author: Thomas Meekin
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 160, Blocks: 85, Avg Word Len: 5.55, Missing: { B F Q Z }, Scrabble score: 602 (avg 1.36)
Open Squares: 176, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 49 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1948, The New York TimesNo. 359
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1. Orgon's wife in "Tartuffe." : ELMIRE
7. Maeterlinck's avocation. : APIARIST
15. Circulates. : SPREADS
22. Harbor seal. : SEACAT
23. Theme of Mérimée's "Colomba." : VENDETTA
24. Crosspiece. : TRANSOM
25. Motion picture. : CINEMA
26. Discloses. : UNCOVERS
27. Aramis' counter-thrust. : RIPOSTE
28. A sugar: Chem. : OSID
29. Canary island. : PALMA
31. Controversial. : ERISTIC
33. Heroine of Hindu epic. : SITA
34. "___ Yourself in His Place."—Reade. : PUT
35. Dark blue. : PERSE
36. Rep. Rayburn, come January. : SPEAKER
38. Judaic convert. : GER
39. Notch-edged. : EROSE
41. King whose son slew the Calydonian boar. : OENEUS
45. "___ et Lui," by George Sand. : ELLE
46. Lover's Andy. : HANDY
48. Invaders of Caesar's Gaul. : TEUTONS
50. Aphid milkers. : ANTS
52. Shaw of "The Young Lions." : IRWIN
54. Fencing sword. : EPEE
55. Primitive trial methods. : ORDEALS
58. Hostile intent. : ANIMUS
62. Guardians in "Paradise Lost." : ANGELS
65. Armament. : MUNITIONS
67. Adjust an instrument. : RETUNE
68. Smike's room in childhood. : GARRET
69. Disk deified by Ikhnaton. : ATEN
70. What Chantecler did at dawn. : CROWED
72. Egyptian skink. : ADDA
73. Père Grandet's vice. : GREED
74. Tatar clan. : MORDE
75. Hero of Howells' "The Minister's Charge." : SEWELL
76. Music by two. : DUO
77. Elbe tributary. : EGER
78. She loved the poet Rodolphe. : MIMI
79. ___ majesté. : LESE
80. River deposit. : SILT
81. One-tenth bushel in Japan. : RIN
82. Animal tamed by the Swiss Family Robinson. : ONAGER
85. Deity of Jodo. : AMITA
87. Word applicable to Pecksniff. : CHEAT
88. The olives. : OLEA
90. A smoke from Pittsburgh. : STOGIE
91. Finis of "Ten Little Indians." : NONE
92. Word for Diana. : CHASTE
93. Soap-bar frames. : SESSES
95. The barber's side line: "Gil Blas." : SERENADER
97. Lessee. : RENTER
98. Up for sale in "The Abbé Constantin." : ESTATE
99. What Scheherazade does. : RELATES
100. Lord Byron's Don. : JUAN
101. Fed pills to. : DOSED
104. Before long. : SOON
105. Set forth. : EXPOUND
109. Real name of author of "Le Barbier de Séville." : CARON
112. Star in Cetus. : MIRA
115. School gear in Huck Finn's day. : SLATES
118. Nine: Greek. : ENNEA
119. "___ of St. Agnes."—Keats. : EVE
120. Pans. : SPIDERS
123. Demolisher. : RASER
125. A doctrine. : ISM
126. Where Macduff sunders Macbeth. : NECK
128. George Meredith wrote of one. : EGOISTS
130. "The Lady or the ___." : TIGER
131. Biblical book. : ACTS
132. Doctor. : TREATER
134. Beginner. : NEOPHYTE
136. Scene of Napoleonic victory, 1796. : ARCOLE
138. Subjugate. : ENSLAVE
139. In the Pythian games, to crown. : ENLAUREL
140. The Hester in "Adam Bede." : SORREL
141. Order of plants, including apple, plum, etc. : ROSALES
142. Costliness. : DEARNESS
143. Corrects. : EMENDS
1. Short rifle. : ESCOPET
2. Ease. : LEISURE
3. Great Spirit of American Indians. : MANITOU
4. Cooled. : ICED
5. Its horn makes the shophar. : RAM
6. Storehouse. : ETAPE
7. To pluck off. : AVULSE
8. Forgers. : PENMEN
9. Empire in Prescott's "History of Peru." : INCA
10. "Much ___ About Nothing." : ADO
11. To muse: Rare. : REVE
12. Roman ways. : ITERS
13. Johnnie Skunk's is white. : STRIPE
14. On Tom Brown's academic cap. : TASSEL
15. Officer's servant. : STRIKER
16. "What ___ Glory?" : PRICE
17. Hit. : RAP
18. Son of Seth. : ENOS
19. Appoint. : ASSIGN
20. Marked like Doyle's "Speckled Band." : DOTTED
21. Adhesive or viscous, as wax. : SMEARY
30. Started up. : AROSE
32. Gold piece for the bride: India. : TALI
35. Inhabited. : PEOPLED
37. Where Alberich the dwarf guards gold. : RHINE
40. Helmsman. : STEERER
42. Merited. : EARNED
43. De la Motte Fouqué's heroine. : UNDINE
44. As it was. : STET
47. Girl in Phillips' "The Deluge." : ANITA
49. Home. : NEST
51. Levantine ships. : SAICS
53. Mr. Pickwick's friend. : WARDLE
55. Boat used in "Almayer's Folly." : OUTRIGGER
56. Erudition. : LORE
57. Alpine limits. : SNOWLINES
59. Most turbid. : MUDDIEST
60. Wavy. : UNDULATE
61. Animal with most valuable of all furs. : SEAOTTER
62. Full of heaps. : AGGEROSE
63. Turkish pipes. : NARGILES
64. Most verdant. : GREENEST
65. Samoan honey eaters. : MAOMAOS
66. More honeyed. : SWEETER
71. Wagner's princess of Brabant. : ELSA
74. What Priscilla gave to John Alden. : MINT
78. "___ from an Old Manse." : MOSSES
80. Airport in Eire. : SHANNON
83. Landfall east of Gander. : EIRE
84. Danced by Rory O'More. : REELS
85. Schnitzler's "Affairs of ___." : ANATOL
86. City near Bologna. : MODENA
87. Lower in price. : CHEAPER
89. Roasted: Sp. : ASADO
92. The Southern Cross. : CRUX
94. School coats. : ETONS
96. Greek temple. : NAOS
100. One of the James boys. : JESSE
102. People in "A Tale of Two Cities." : EMIGRES
103. Aeneas' love. : DIDO
106. Animal mentioned in the Book of Job. : UNICORN
107. Fitted snugly. : NESTLED
108. Succored by Don Quixote. : DAMSELS
109. Bull's-eye. : CENTER
110. Lake near Naples. : AVERNO
111. Niche. : RECESS
113. Held in check. : REINED
114. M. Lupin. : ARSENE
116. Lyre strings. : TRITES
117. Leading lady in "Rain." : EAGELS
121. Vex: Colloq. : PEEVE
122. Roman garment. : STOLA
124. Efface. : ERASE
127. Cage bird of India. : KALA
129. Part of Crusoe's raft. : SPAR
130. City besieged by Saladin. : TYRE
131. God's ___. : ACRE
133. Metal cymbals. : TAL
135. Attila. : HUN
137. Carmen's husband's title. : ROM

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 43 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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