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TRAVELS WITH A DICTIONARY

New York Times, Sunday, February 22, 1948

Author:
Thomas Meekin
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 81, Avg Word Len: 5.33, Missing: { J X Z }, Scrabble score: 649 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 142, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 50
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© 1948, The New York TimesNo. 315
Across
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Travelers of the seven seas. : SAILORS
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He began his travels at 17, in 1271. : MARCO
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Sheetlike mass of rock. : STRATUM
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A country traversed by the Poles. : ARMENIA
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Make destitute. : BEREAVE
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Febrifuge. : QUININE
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Insipidly. : VAPIDLY
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Mohammedan month. : RAMADAN
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Not arranged for reference. : UNFILED
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Father: Arabic. : ABU
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Transparent green gems. : OLIVINES
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Mediterranean area ruled by Kublai’s Tartar chiefs. : LEVANT
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Mongol of the Chin Hills. : LAI
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Wattle. : GILL
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Jagged branch. : SNAG
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Coarse and broken part of flax. : TOW
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___ O’More. : RORY
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Goddesses of destiny: Latin. : FATA
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Mitigates. : EASES
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Chick-pea of India. : GRAM
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Dispute pettily. : NAGGLE
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Compiler of a work famous since 1852. : ROGET
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Poltroons. : SNEAKS
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Tagal mothers. : INAS
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Place of pilgrimage in India. : GAYA
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A title of princes. : SERENE
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Regrets. : RUES
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Sprinkle with flour. : DREDGE
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Weather deterrent to traveling. : RAINS
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Military plume. : PANACHE
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Baskets. : CREELS
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___ Butterfly. : MADAME
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Sweet rolls. : BUNS
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Orchid of northern North America. : RAMSHEAD
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Ingredient of baking powder. : ALUM
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Hindu god of love. : KAMA
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The grampus. : ORC
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Nationality of famous ancient travelers. : VENETIAN
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Turkish title. : EMIR
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Insectival secretions. : LERPS
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Disposition. : SPIRIT
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East Indian hemplike plant. : SUNN
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Fruitless. : VAIN
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Sacred river of India. : GANGES
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Propitious weather for traveling. : CLEAR
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King; prince;—used in ancient China. : WANG
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Innkeeper in former days. : HOSTELER
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Constellation. : ARA
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Dispatch. : SEND
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Staple exported from Cathay. : SALT
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Pin. : FASTENER
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Minute part. : ATOM
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Birds allied to the avocets. : STILTS
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Sprinkle. : SPARGE
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Decrier. : SNEERER
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Detergents. : SOAPS
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Natatory animals. : OTTERS
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Indo-Chinese country. : ANAM
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Gem of Kublai Khan’s possessions. : CATHAY
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Girl’s name. : LOLA
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Gave no quarter. : SLEW
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Threefold. : TRIPLE
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Jewish form of excommunication. : HEREM
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Father of Marco. : NICOLO
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Exclamations of derision. : YAHS
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Small finch. : SERIN
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Circle on a butterfly’s wing. : IRIS
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Tooth. : TINE
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Run out. : EBB
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Heavy felt half-boots. : PACS
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Site of great Zambesi bridge. : SENA
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Drowse. : NAP
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Solution for preserving food. : PICKLE
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Dwellers on a flying island, in “Gulliver’s Travels.” : LAPUTANS
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Dry. : SEC
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Worsted fabric. : ETAMINE
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Chemical salts. : OLEATES
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Tapping sound. : RATATAT
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Egyptian god. : SERAPIS
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The Great Khan’s people. : TARTARS
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Marco’s probable relationship to Kublai Khan. : PROTEGE
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Take by way of a levy. : ESTREAT
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Province in Tuscany. : SIENA
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Provided with drains. : SEWERED
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What the Andamanese and other islanders were. : SAVAGES
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Breed of horses shipped from Aden. : ARABIAN
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Sudden thought. : IMPULSE
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Feather garland of Hawaii. : LEI
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Nigerian province. : ONDO
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Small brooks. : RILLS
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Confucian aphorism. : SAYING
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Shabby. : MEAN
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Medieval helmet. : ARMET
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Understanding. : REASON
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Student’s helper, at Oxford. : CAD
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Arena. : OVAL
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Shape of the Khan’s palace at Peking. : SQUARE
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A fish. : TUNNY
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Fissure. : RIFT
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A bird. : ANI
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Cultivated land. : TILLAGE
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Not ingested. : UNEATEN
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Interpose. : MEDIATE
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Menace to early travelers. : BRIGAND
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Quality possessed in abundance by travelers. : ENERGY
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Diverse: Comb. form. : VARI
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Pertaining to flight. : VOLAR
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Finds out about. : LEARNS
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Swung to and fro. : WAGGED
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Deserted. : FORSAKEN
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Gull-like bird. : SKUA
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What followed beating of Kublai’s great drums. : MARCHING
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Celt. : GAEL
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This tigers’ claws do. : REND
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Unknown. : SECRET
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Silken. : SEREAN
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Country described by Marco. : SIAM
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Mongol of Indo-China. : SHAN
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Jonathan Swift’s title. : DEAN
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River in the domain of Kublai Khan. : AMUR
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Colors obtained from mollusks. : PURPLES
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Time-honored, as Chinese lore. : ANCIENT
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Special dialect of Sumerian. : EMESAL
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Medieval heavy silk fabric. : SAMITE
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Watering place in Kent. : MARGATE
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Rank of the Great Khan. : EMPEROR
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Russet pears. : BOSCS
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Checks growth. : STUNTS
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Cotton goods. : LINENS
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Country under the Khan’s sway. : ASSAM
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Nobilis ___, Marco Polo’s official styling. : VIR
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Direction of Kublai’s course to Zipangu. : EASTERLY
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Town in Persia. : LAR
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Edible roots. : RADISHES
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Mountains of central Europe. : VOSGES
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One who rules. : GERENT
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An insect. : WASP
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A stag. : HART
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Another river in the Khan’s realm. : LENA
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What the Khan invited the Polos to do. : STAY
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Femme ___. : FATALE
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Of which Genghis Khan commanded three. : ARMIES
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The good earth. : LOAM
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The travelers’ family name. : POLO
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Elephant’s ___. : EARS
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Steal away. : SLINK
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Dangerous whirlpool-like undertow. : SEAPUSS
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Subjects of the Mongol Emperor. : CHINESE
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Inflates. : AERATES
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Cut into three sections: Rare. : TRIPART
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Spotted cat. : OCELOT
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Interrogative. : WHAT
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___ John, fabulous Christian monarch of Asia. : PRESTER
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Family. : LINEAGE
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Legislated. : ENACTED
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Most refined. : NICEST
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Flattened at the poles. : OBLATE
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“Lofty steeps of Pamir.” : SCARPS
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Etruscan god, similar to Jupiter. : TINIA
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Island on Luzon. : BATAN
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Bird catcher. : SNARE
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Shepherd’s reed. : PIPE
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Highest notes. : ELAS
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Foreigners’ quarter of Constantinople. : PERA
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Load for a journey. : STOW
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Damage greatly. : MAR
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Silk yielder of Assam. : ERI
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Greek goddess. : ATE

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 41 debuted here and reused later, 12 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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