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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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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,646
Across
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Exactly perpendicular, as a wall. : PLUMB
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Schools of thought. : ISMS
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Forerunner of a white Christmas. : SNOW
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Kind of light on "Moonlight Bay." : LUNAR
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Companion piece to Melville's "Typee." : OMOO
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Grass skirt dance. : HULA
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Girl's name in France or Italy. : ELISA
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Rash. : FOOLHARDY
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Last word of "I Am the Monarch of the Sea." : AUNTS
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A railway brotherhood. : TRAINMEN
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Laniel of France. : JOSEPH
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It's north of the Latin Quarter. : SEINE
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Tool for rooting out weeds. : SPUD
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Emulates a nursery-tale princess. : SLEEPS
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Florists call it elephant's-ear. : TARO
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Jennifer Jones role, 1952. : CARRIE
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___ boy. : BUS
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Makeshift playground. : OPENLOT
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Automobile necessity. : GASTANK
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Cat's paw. : PAD
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Where Astoria is. : OREGON
43
Capital of Epirus, Greece. : ARTA
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Meteorologic combining form, denoting a low-altitude cloud. : STRATO
45
Half hitch. : KNOT
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Spurious: Slang. : SNIDE
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Questions to be decided. : ISSUES
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City in New Jersey, pop. 139,336. : PATERSON
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Carried concealed, as a gun: Slang. : TOTED
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First lady. : ADAMSWIFE
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Material for a certain tower. : IVORY
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Hawaiian seaport. : HILO
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An astringent. : ALUM
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River in Rumania. : CERNA
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Minnesota leads in its production. : IRON
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Governor in Phoenix. : PYLE
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Ready for action. : ARMED
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Allegation, in law. : PLEA
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Difficult problem: Slang. : LULU
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Safe and sound. : UNINJURED
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Museum exhibit. : MASTODON
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Orchestral section. : BRASS
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Foresters' order. : IOF
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Extinguish, as flame. : SMOTHER
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Heath. : MOOR
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Alone: stage direction for an actress. : SOLA
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Colorful Western picture. : SHANE
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Famous name in running. : NURMI
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Poetically ancient. : OLDEN
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Star of "Hondo." : WAYNE
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Stage villain's reward. : HISSES
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Bodyguard. : ESCORT
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Inferior race horse. : PLATER
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Street sign. : STOP
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Aide to Santa. : PAPA
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Fungi found in rye and wild grasses. : ERGOTS
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Concert grands. : PIANOS
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Tour the country doing stunt flying. : BARNSTORM
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Word of the Golden Rule. : UNTO
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Card game, for three. : SKAT
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Also-rans. : LOSERS
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Assume control. : TAKEOVER
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Profitable. : GAINFUL
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Native Algerian cavalryman. : SPAHI
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Lowest position. : NADIR
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Composer Montemezzi. : ITALO
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Drys' adjective for rum. : DEMON
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Industrial city on the Mohawk. : UTICA
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Trade: Colloq. : SWAP
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Smooth-tongued. : OILY
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White-tailed pelagic bird. : ERNE
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Consisting of two. : DYAD
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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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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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