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New York Times, Wednesday, December 30, 1953

Author:
Thomas Meekin
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 286 (avg 1.52)
Open Squares: 76, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 1, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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Students & seniors
Across
1. Exactly perpendicular, as a wall. : PLUMB
6. Schools of thought. : ISMS
10. Forerunner of a white Christmas. : SNOW
14. Kind of light on "Moonlight Bay." : LUNAR
15. Companion piece to Melville's "Typee." : OMOO
16. Grass skirt dance. : HULA
17. Girl's name in France or Italy. : ELISA
18. Rash. : FOOLHARDY
20. Last word of "I Am the Monarch of the Sea." : AUNTS
21. A railway brotherhood. : TRAINMEN
22. Laniel of France. : JOSEPH
25. It's north of the Latin Quarter. : SEINE
26. Tool for rooting out weeds. : SPUD
28. Emulates a nursery-tale princess. : SLEEPS
31. Florists call it elephant's-ear. : TARO
32. Jennifer Jones role, 1952. : CARRIE
33. ___ boy. : BUS
36. Makeshift playground. : OPENLOT
38. Automobile necessity. : GASTANK
40. Cat's paw. : PAD
41. Where Astoria is. : OREGON
43. Capital of Epirus, Greece. : ARTA
44. Meteorologic combining form, denoting a low-altitude cloud. : STRATO
45. Half hitch. : KNOT
46. Spurious: Slang. : SNIDE
50. Questions to be decided. : ISSUES
52. City in New Jersey, pop. 139,336. : PATERSON
55. Carried concealed, as a gun: Slang. : TOTED
58. First lady. : ADAMSWIFE
60. Material for a certain tower. : IVORY
61. Hawaiian seaport. : HILO
62. An astringent. : ALUM
63. River in Rumania. : CERNA
64. Minnesota leads in its production. : IRON
65. Governor in Phoenix. : PYLE
66. Ready for action. : ARMED
Down
1. Allegation, in law. : PLEA
2. Difficult problem: Slang. : LULU
3. Safe and sound. : UNINJURED
4. Museum exhibit. : MASTODON
5. Orchestral section. : BRASS
6. Foresters' order. : IOF
7. Extinguish, as flame. : SMOTHER
8. Heath. : MOOR
9. Alone: stage direction for an actress. : SOLA
10. Colorful Western picture. : SHANE
11. Famous name in running. : NURMI
12. Poetically ancient. : OLDEN
13. Star of "Hondo." : WAYNE
19. Stage villain's reward. : HISSES
23. Bodyguard. : ESCORT
24. Inferior race horse. : PLATER
26. Street sign. : STOP
27. Aide to Santa. : PAPA
29. Fungi found in rye and wild grasses. : ERGOTS
30. Concert grands. : PIANOS
33. Tour the country doing stunt flying. : BARNSTORM
34. Word of the Golden Rule. : UNTO
35. Card game, for three. : SKAT
37. Also-rans. : LOSERS
39. Assume control. : TAKEOVER
42. Profitable. : GAINFUL
46. Native Algerian cavalryman. : SPAHI
47. Lowest position. : NADIR
48. Composer Montemezzi. : ITALO
49. Drys' adjective for rum. : DEMON
51. Industrial city on the Mohawk. : UTICA
53. Trade: Colloq. : SWAP
54. Smooth-tongued. : OILY
56. White-tailed pelagic bird. : ERNE
57. Consisting of two. : DYAD
59. Uncle: Dial. : EME

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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