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New York Times, Wednesday, December 27, 1950

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.03, Missing: { F J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 277 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 0, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14
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© 1950, The New York TimesNo. 556
Across
1. Secretary of Agriculture. : BRANNAN
8. Scene of November Communist "peace conference." : WARSAW
14. Loosening of restraint. : RELEASE
15. What Etna did. : ERUPTED
17. Try. : ATTEMPT
18. Frequent role of Cyrus Ching. : ARBITER
19. Stone with a crystal-lined cavity. : GEODE
20. Except. : SAVE
22. His time was your time in the '30s. : RUDY
23. Make uneasy. : IRK
25. Ethel Merman's prototype. : MESTA
27. First aid item. : ADHESIVE
31. Believer in divinity. : THEIST
35. The rage of lions. : ROAR
36. Ceiling price. : RENT
38. Remover of discomfort. : EASER
39. Hose ladder. : RUN
40. Street of forgotten men. : SKIDROW
42. A U. N. veteran. : LIE
43. Dwelt. : ABODE
45. Beastly hole. : LAIR
46. Blight. : BANE
47. Stock; family. : STIRPS
49. Bugaboos. : BOGEYMEN
51. Formation of a coral island. : ATOLL
53. Veer wildly, as a boat. : YAW
54. Greets frigidly. : ICES
57. V. P. : VEEP
59. Sleep. : SOPOR
63. Give heart. : SUSTAIN
65. Platform. : ESTRADE
67. Skilled. : TRAINED
68. Cleopatra's monuments. : NEEDLES
69. Tickets: Slang. : DUCATS
70. Least prolix. : TERSEST
Down
1. Indulge in big talk. : BRAG
2. Network. : RETE
3. Man's or woman's voice. : ALTO
4. Closer to want. : NEEDIER
5. New parents. : NAMERS
6. Snake that bit a queen. : ASP
7. Trawler equipment. : NETS
8. Spin a web. : WEAVE
9. Police action. : ARREST
10. Point of friction. : RUB
11. Handsome rose shrub. : SPIRAEA
12. Aleutians' western isle. : ATTU
13. Lady Nicotine for burning. : WEED
16. Athirst. : DRY
21. Having room for improvement. : AMENDABLE
24. Our Ambassador to Russia. : KIRK
26. Sinew. : THEW
27. Tapestry. : ARRAS
28. A shadow on the jury. : DOUBT
29. Capital of French Indo-China. : HANOI
30. Mask. : VEIL
32. Religion of the Moslems. : ISLAM
33. This has two famous Parisian banks. : SEINE
34. Wooden. : TREEN
37. Maugham's movie. : TRIO
40. Seven. : SEPT
41. Uncurbed revelry. : ORGY
44. Extreme. : DRASTIC
46. Popular phrases. : BYWORDS
48. Russian council. : SOVIET
50. Rain-bearing wind. : EASTER
52. Imparts. : LENDS
54. Follower. : IST
55. A tidbit for Miss Muffet. : CURD
56. He sold his birthright. : ESAU
58. Held in. : PENT
60. Washed out. : PALE
61. Verse forms. : ODES
62. Pause. : REST
64. Mme. Pauker of Rumania. : ANA
66. Take note. : SEE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 13 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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