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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
1. 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
97. 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
118. Earth: Comb. form. : GEO
120. Unit of fluidity in physics. : RHE
121. Spirited, in music: Abbr. : ANIM
123. Town. : BURG
125. Coin of 114 Across. : LEV
126. Opposite of floors: Poet. : CEILS
128. New title for Mayor Burke: Abbr. : SEN
129. Polish lancer. : UHLAN
131. FDR's mother and others. : SARAS
133. House: Comb. form. : ECO
135. Navy mascot. : GOAT
137. Waits render it. : GODRESTYEMERRYGENTLEMEN
144. Mendelssohn's song. : HARKTHEHERALDANGELSSING
145. Seasonal symbol. : TREE
146. Place for sports events. : ARENA
147. Biblical place. : SINAI
148. Of the moon: Comb. form. : SELENO
149. Modern culicide. : DDT
150. Unit of force. : DYNE
151. Internes. : DOCS
152. French general. : SALAN
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1. Motley crew. : GANG
2. Asian cousin of the buffalo. : ANOA
3. Wagons ___, French sleeping cars. : LITS
4. Public warehouse. : ETAPE
5. Hidden. : ARCANE
6. Before: Prefix. : PRAE
7. Sum spent. : OUTLAY
8. Toy for Junior. : TRUCK
9. Famous aviatrix. : EARHART
10. Algiers native quarter. : CASBAH
11. Old name of French province. : ALSATIA
12. Indian equivalent of Christmas. : POTLATCH
13. Utensil for roasting. : SPIT
14. Plunder. : MARAUD
15. Beards of wheat. : ARISTAE
16. Cuttlefish have them. : TENARMS
18. Guests. : ARRIVERS
20. Wreathe. : LEI
21. Depot in France. : GARE
23. Promises. : AGREES
25. Prussian seaport. : EMDEN
26. Artisan. : WORKMAN
27. Greek letter. : RHO
33. Armadillo. : TATOU
34. Yuletide greetings in Rome. : BUONNATALE
35. Subject of Clement Moore ballad. : STNICHOLAS
37. Willing. : READY
39. Steal the scene from. : OUTACT
41. Portico. : STOA
45. Girl's name. : SOPHIE
46. Taken: French. : PRIS
48. Computes. : ADDS
51. Fish. : SOLE
52. Unicums: Colloq. : ONERS
54. "Little town." : BETHLEHEM
56. When Xmas comes. : ONCEAYEAR
58. Dunks. : SOPS
61. Actress Darnell. : LINDA
62. Single-foot. : GAIT
64. Circus men. : LIONTAMERS
65. ___ Weihnachten, Yuletide greetings in Berlin. : FROEHLICHE
66. Mail. : SEND
68. Indian delegate to U.N. : MENON
70. Math homework: Abbr. : PROBS
73. Pen point. : NIB
75. Becomes morose. : SOURS
77. Noun suffix. : ERY
79. Arctic base. : ETAH
81. Nibble. : GNAW
83. Spanish silver coins. : REALES
84. Seed case. : SPORE
87. Manger. : CRIB
90. Croix de ___. : GUERRE
92. Native of Nejd. : ARAB
94. Ancient kingdom near Dead Sea. : MOAB
96. Presently. : ANON
98. Application. : USAGE
100. City of 605,125 in Ruhr. : ESSEN
102. Defeat soundly. : DRUB
104. London's artistic quarter. : CHELSEA
105. Salamanders of Mexico. : AXOLOTLS
107. Windy. : BLUSTERY
111. Was in time for. : CAUGHT
112. Steal from a hidden supply. : UNHOARD
113. Heroine of "Of Human Bondage." : MILDRED
115. Female of the black grouse. : GRAYHEN
117. Carried too far. : OVERDID
119. First-born: Law. : EIGNE
122. Where to buy. : MARKET
124. English novelist. : GREENE
126. Liqueur. : COGNAC
127. Mud volcanoes. : SALSES
130. Fabric. : NET
132. Hog plum tree. : AMRA
134. Blue: Comb. form. : CYANO
136. Inventor in electricity. : TESLA
138. Fish. : SHAD
139. He wrote "Christmas at Sea." : RLS
140. Protection. : EGIS
141. Honey: Sp. : MIEL
142. City in Sicily. : ENNA
143. 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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