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New York Times, Saturday, December 26, 1953

Author: Unknown
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 66, Blocks: 32, Avg Word Len: 5.85, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 295 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 88, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 2, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 20
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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,642
Across Down
1. He got a two-year contract. : DUROCHER
9. Slackened. : EASED
14. Small unit of an odd lot, in finance. : ONESHARE
15. Arabian poet of the sixth century. : ANTARA
17. Part of a Stephen Crane title. : REDBADGE
18. Long-range marksman. : SNIPER
19. Habitat of the vicuña. : ANDES
20. Descriptive of something recently missing. : LATELOST
22. Defies. : DARES
24. ___ soliloquy. : HAMLETS
25. Leader of the Everest expedition. : HUNT
26. Thorns or fish bones: Span. : ESPINAS
29. South American country: Abbr. : ARG
30. Bazaar. : FAIR
31. Character in a famous unfinished novel. : DROOD
34. Percival William Williams. : WEEWILLIEWINKIE
38. Tributary of the Danube. : DRAVA
39. Pintail duck. : SMEE
40. Short poem for singing. : LAY
41. Patches up. : REVAMPS
43. Ditto. : SAME
44. Roughened, as the skin. : CHAPPED
47. Stain or blemish: French. : TACHE
49. Paul and Frederika, recent royal visitors. : HELLENES
51. Young hog: Var. : SHOTE
53. Away from the coast. : INLAND
54. Hobbies. : PASTIMES
57. Swagger. : PRANCE
58. Put on a performance. : ACTAPART
59. Between: Prefix. : INTER
60. French admiral who blockaded Cornwallis at Yorktown. : DEGRASSE
1. Dickens character. : DORA
2. Not withstood. : UNENDURED
3. Current menace. : REDDANGER
4. One of the Sitwells. : OSBERT
5. Author of "Bernardine" and "Harvey." : CHASE
6. Owned. : HAD
7. Metric unit. : ERG
8. Flanged spool. : REEL
9. Berlin's two areas. : EASTANDWEST
10. Given name of author of "Desiree." : ANNEMARIE
11. Type of wrench. : STILLSON
12. He wrote "Annabel Lee." : EAPOE
13. Attired: Poet. : DREST
16. What the colleges teach. : ARTS
21. Mythological dragon slain by Indra. : AHI
23. Marsh rosemary. : SEALAVENDER
25. Sound of a hesitant speaker. : HAW
27. Region of central Europe: Abbr. : SIL
28. Anything that refracts light. : PRISM
30. Part of a shilling. : FIVEPENCE
32. ___ record, 2,248 performances. : OKLAHOMAS
33. Geometric lines. : DIAMETERS
35. Munitions factory. : WARPLANT
36. Sovereign: Abbr. : EMP
37. Loop of metal or thread. : EYE
42. Humorist George. : ADE
43. Famous Italian tenor. : SCHIPA
44. Short, lofting stroke, in golf. : CHIP
45. M. Toulouse-Lautrec. : HENRI
46. Friend of Robin Hood. : ALLAN
48. Something to hitch your wagon to. : ASTAR
50. Nail used in mining. : SPAD
52. Princely family of Italy. : ESTE
55. Top of a royal flush. : ACE
56. Sterling: Abbr. : STG

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 9 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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