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New York Times, Friday, December 28, 1951

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 33, Avg Word Len: 5.33, Missing: { B J K Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 255 (avg 1.33)
Open Squares: 76, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 2, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 11
David Steinberg notes:

In original, clues for 1- and 7-Across are bracketed, with "Science fiction" at 1-Across and (uncapitalized) "favorite" at 7-Across, as here.

1
F
2
L
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N
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G
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A
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U
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C
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E
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R
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F
L
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R
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C
R
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O
L
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S
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R
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A
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T
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A
R
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D
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M
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I
L
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A
D
E
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N
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E
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D
24
E
V
E
S
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O
N
E
R
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C
A
P
R
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I
28
S
E
N
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A
C
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R
N
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E
L
S
A
S
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S
32
S
E
33
A
H
O
R
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34
G
E
A
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R
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S
E
E
N
37
A
38
S
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S
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R
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D
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S
A
N
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D
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E
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D
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P
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N
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N
Y
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C
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D
O
E
R
R
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P
A
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P
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R
A
R
A
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I
T
A
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P
A
T
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I
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C
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E
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L
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C
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R
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N
E
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M
A
R
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L
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S
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R
A
C
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N
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E
N
G
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D
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L
A
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64
A
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© 1951, The New York TimesNo. 922
Across
1
Science fiction : FLYING
7
favorite. : SAUCER
13
Scoffer; sneerer. : FLEERER
14
Some Louisianians. : CREOLES
16
"Barber of Seville" composer. : ROSSINI
17
Malady. : AILMENT
18
Metric measures. : ARS
19
Hollywood's C. B. : DEMILLE
21
He wrote "The College Widow." : ADE
22
Exigency. : NEED
24
Certain important times. : EVES
25
Unusual person: Colloq. : ONER
26
Where the Blue Grotto is. : CAPRI
28
What 20 Down is: Abbr. : SEN
29
Squirrel's favorite. : ACORN
30
The German "Alsace." : ELSASS
32
Steed for a Nereid. : SEAHORSE
34
Movable property. : GEAR
36
Witnessed. : SEEN
37
Miscellaneous. : ASSORTED
41
Smoothed, as for varnishing. : SANDED
45
Back of a book. : SPINE
46
Great American metropolis: Abbr. : NYC
48
Retired Red Sox player. : DOERR
49
The scales of a balance. : PANS
50
Breakwater. : PIER
51
___ avis. : RARA
52
Member of Eskimo tribe. : ITA
53
She sings Gilda in "Rigoletto." : PATRICE
56
Fold over. : LAP
57
Yellow stone resembling topaz. : CITRANE
59
Glamorous grandmother. : MARLENE
61
Crusader's foe. : SARACEN
62
Surrounds. : ENGIRDS
63
"Have you heard the ___?" : LATEST
64
Make a valuation. : ASSESS
Down
1
"Blossom" month of first French republic. : FLOREAL
2
Promoter of Suez Canal. : LESSEPS
3
The welcome word. : YES
4
Crocus or freesia. : IRID
5
River in England. : NENE
6
Golden-yellow dessert apple. : GRIMES
7
Geometric figures. : SCALENES
8
Seed coverings. : ARILS
9
700-mile river of the Belgian Congo. : UELE
10
Gen. Van Fleet's title: Abbr. : COM
11
Mrs. August Belmont. : ELEANOR
12
Contributes. : RENDERS
13
Auriol's country. : FRANCE
15
Parson Yorick's creator. : STERNE
20
Lehman's colleague. : IVES
23
Fafnir, Grendel, and others. : DRAGONS
25
Chief of the March of Dimes. : OCONNOR
27
150-mile French river to the Rhone. : ISERE
29
In advance. : AHEAD
31
Posed. : SAT
33
Roman bronze. : AES
35
Persistently opposed. : RENITENT
37
Savory meat jellies. : ASPICS
38
Of rocket ship regions. : SPATIAL
39
Ava's last name. : SINATRA
40
Color-changer. : DYER
42
Men in trade. : DEALERS
43
Useful journeys. : ERRANDS
44
Part of the décor. : DRAPES
47
Where Yalta is. : CRIMEA
50
Glass compartments. : PANES
53
Bronze coin of India. : PACE
54
Grocery store items. : CANS
55
Work units. : ERGS
58
Betrayer. : RAT
60
Norwegian statesman. : LIE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 9 debuted here and reused later, 3 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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