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HOLIDAY SAMPLER

New York Times, Sunday, December 27, 1953

Author:
Herbert Ettenson
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 164, Blocks: 83, Avg Word Len: 5.44, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 668 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 140, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 5, XRef: 1, Spans: 4 (2 double stacks), Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 34
Herbert Ettenson has 87 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,643
Across
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Roman helmet. : GALEA
6
Poker: Dial. : POTE
10
Beanies. : CAPS
14
Doily. : MAT
17
"Peer Gynt" character. : ANITRA
19
Bucolic. : RURAL
21
Lively dance. : GALOP
22
Yard. : AREA
24
Quiet, as on Xmas Eve. : NOTACREATUREWASSTIRRING
28
"Bearing gifts," they traveled afar. : GASPARMELCHIORBALTHASAR
29
Arthurian heroine. : ENID
30
Assam tribe. : AKA
31
Vaquero's equipment. : REATA
32
Exaggerated. : OUTRE
33
Recipe abbreviation. : TBS
36
All possible. : EVERY
38
Rhee's men. : ROK
40
Successful strokes. : HITS
42
Wife of a lord. : DAME
43
Repeating rifle: Abbr. : AUT
44
Chemical suffix. : ENE
45
Take to the hustings. : STUMP
47
Recorded proceedings. : ACTA
49
Letter. : ESS
50
Barber. : TONSOR
53
Seaport in Finland. : ABO
55
Tahiti food. : TARO
57
Coal scuttles. : HODS
59
Menu item. : ONIONS
60
Getting off a DC-6. : DEPLANING
63
Berle and others. : ADOLFS
67
___ Miltie. : UNCLE
68
Legendary. : MYTHIC
69
MacArthur-Clark title. : SCAP
71
Pointed roof. : SPIRE
72
Stage and movie star. : AHERNE
74
Inklings. : HINTS
76
O'Kelly's land. : EIRE
78
Quickly. : SOON
79
Ike's "theatre." : ETO
80
Chose (with "out"). : SINGLED
82
Cicero and Webster. : ORATORS
85
Mr. Sparks. : NED
86
Powder. : TALC
88
Humerus. : BONE
89
Chilly and feverish. : AGUEY
91
Private lane. : BYPATH
93
Morning rouser. : ALARM
95
Okinawa's capital. : NAHA
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Egyptian symbol of sovereignty. : URAEUS
99
Bishop's cape. : ORALE
101
Greek poet of 8th cen. : HESIOD
103
King who fed the poor man. : WENCESLAS
105
Musketeer. : ARAMIS
106
Spinosity. : BARB
108
African gazelle. : MOHR
109
Point of time. : ERA
110
Mediterranean vessels. : XEBECS
111
Magna ___ laude. : CUM
114
Where Boris ruled: Abbr. : BULG
116
Wolfe and others. : NEROS
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Earth: Comb. form. : GEO
120
Unit of fluidity in physics. : RHE
121
Spirited, in music: Abbr. : ANIM
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Town. : BURG
125
Coin of 114 Across. : LEV
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Opposite of floors: Poet. : CEILS
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New title for Mayor Burke: Abbr. : SEN
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Polish lancer. : UHLAN
131
FDR's mother and others. : SARAS
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House: Comb. form. : ECO
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Navy mascot. : GOAT
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Waits render it. : GODRESTYEMERRYGENTLEMEN
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Mendelssohn's song. : HARKTHEHERALDANGELSSING
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Seasonal symbol. : TREE
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Place for sports events. : ARENA
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Biblical place. : SINAI
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Of the moon: Comb. form. : SELENO
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Modern culicide. : DDT
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Unit of force. : DYNE
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Internes. : DOCS
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French general. : SALAN
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Motley crew. : GANG
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Asian cousin of the buffalo. : ANOA
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Wagons ___, French sleeping cars. : LITS
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Public warehouse. : ETAPE
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Hidden. : ARCANE
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Before: Prefix. : PRAE
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Sum spent. : OUTLAY
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Toy for Junior. : TRUCK
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Famous aviatrix. : EARHART
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Algiers native quarter. : CASBAH
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Old name of French province. : ALSATIA
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Indian equivalent of Christmas. : POTLATCH
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Utensil for roasting. : SPIT
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Plunder. : MARAUD
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Beards of wheat. : ARISTAE
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Cuttlefish have them. : TENARMS
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Guests. : ARRIVERS
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Wreathe. : LEI
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Depot in France. : GARE
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Promises. : AGREES
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Prussian seaport. : EMDEN
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Artisan. : WORKMAN
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Greek letter. : RHO
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Armadillo. : TATOU
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Yuletide greetings in Rome. : BUONNATALE
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Subject of Clement Moore ballad. : STNICHOLAS
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Willing. : READY
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Steal the scene from. : OUTACT
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Portico. : STOA
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Girl's name. : SOPHIE
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Taken: French. : PRIS
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Computes. : ADDS
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Fish. : SOLE
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Unicums: Colloq. : ONERS
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"Little town." : BETHLEHEM
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When Xmas comes. : ONCEAYEAR
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Dunks. : SOPS
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Actress Darnell. : LINDA
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Single-foot. : GAIT
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Circus men. : LIONTAMERS
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___ Weihnachten, Yuletide greetings in Berlin. : FROEHLICHE
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Mail. : SEND
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Indian delegate to U.N. : MENON
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Math homework: Abbr. : PROBS
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Pen point. : NIB
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Becomes morose. : SOURS
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Noun suffix. : ERY
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Arctic base. : ETAH
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Nibble. : GNAW
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Spanish silver coins. : REALES
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Seed case. : SPORE
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Manger. : CRIB
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Croix de ___. : GUERRE
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Native of Nejd. : ARAB
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Ancient kingdom near Dead Sea. : MOAB
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Presently. : ANON
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Application. : USAGE
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City of 605,125 in Ruhr. : ESSEN
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Defeat soundly. : DRUB
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London's artistic quarter. : CHELSEA
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Salamanders of Mexico. : AXOLOTLS
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Windy. : BLUSTERY
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Was in time for. : CAUGHT
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Steal from a hidden supply. : UNHOARD
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Heroine of "Of Human Bondage." : MILDRED
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Female of the black grouse. : GRAYHEN
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Carried too far. : OVERDID
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First-born: Law. : EIGNE
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Where to buy. : MARKET
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English novelist. : GREENE
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Liqueur. : COGNAC
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Mud volcanoes. : SALSES
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Fabric. : NET
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Hog plum tree. : AMRA
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Blue: Comb. form. : CYANO
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Inventor in electricity. : TESLA
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Fish. : SHAD
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He wrote "Christmas at Sea." : RLS
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Protection. : EGIS
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Honey: Sp. : MIEL
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City in Sicily. : ENNA
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A polygon with sides. : NGON

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 24 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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