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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 Down
1. Travelers of the seven seas. : SAILORS
8. He began his travels at 17, in 1271. : MARCO
13. Sheetlike mass of rock. : STRATUM
20. A country traversed by the Poles. : ARMENIA
21. Make destitute. : BEREAVE
23. Febrifuge. : QUININE
24. Insipidly. : VAPIDLY
25. Mohammedan month. : RAMADAN
26. Not arranged for reference. : UNFILED
27. Father: Arabic. : ABU
28. Transparent green gems. : OLIVINES
30. Mediterranean area ruled by Kublai’s Tartar chiefs. : LEVANT
32. Mongol of the Chin Hills. : LAI
33. Wattle. : GILL
35. Jagged branch. : SNAG
36. Coarse and broken part of flax. : TOW
38. ___ O’More. : RORY
39. Goddesses of destiny: Latin. : FATA
40. Mitigates. : EASES
42. Chick-pea of India. : GRAM
44. Dispute pettily. : NAGGLE
46. Compiler of a work famous since 1852. : ROGET
47. Poltroons. : SNEAKS
49. Tagal mothers. : INAS
51. Place of pilgrimage in India. : GAYA
52. A title of princes. : SERENE
53. Regrets. : RUES
55. Sprinkle with flour. : DREDGE
57. Weather deterrent to traveling. : RAINS
59. Military plume. : PANACHE
62. Baskets. : CREELS
64. ___ Butterfly. : MADAME
67. Sweet rolls. : BUNS
68. Orchid of northern North America. : RAMSHEAD
70. Ingredient of baking powder. : ALUM
72. Hindu god of love. : KAMA
74. The grampus. : ORC
75. Nationality of famous ancient travelers. : VENETIAN
76. Turkish title. : EMIR
77. Insectival secretions. : LERPS
78. Disposition. : SPIRIT
80. East Indian hemplike plant. : SUNN
81. Fruitless. : VAIN
82. Sacred river of India. : GANGES
83. Propitious weather for traveling. : CLEAR
84. King; prince;—used in ancient China. : WANG
85. Innkeeper in former days. : HOSTELER
87. Constellation. : ARA
88. Dispatch. : SEND
89. Staple exported from Cathay. : SALT
90. Pin. : FASTENER
91. Minute part. : ATOM
92. Birds allied to the avocets. : STILTS
94. Sprinkle. : SPARGE
96. Decrier. : SNEERER
98. Detergents. : SOAPS
100. Natatory animals. : OTTERS
102. Indo-Chinese country. : ANAM
103. Gem of Kublai Khan’s possessions. : CATHAY
106. Girl’s name. : LOLA
108. Gave no quarter. : SLEW
110. Threefold. : TRIPLE
114. Jewish form of excommunication. : HEREM
115. Father of Marco. : NICOLO
117. Exclamations of derision. : YAHS
119. Small finch. : SERIN
120. Circle on a butterfly’s wing. : IRIS
121. Tooth. : TINE
122. Run out. : EBB
124. Heavy felt half-boots. : PACS
126. Site of great Zambesi bridge. : SENA
127. Drowse. : NAP
128. Solution for preserving food. : PICKLE
130. Dwellers on a flying island, in “Gulliver’s Travels.” : LAPUTANS
133. Dry. : SEC
134. Worsted fabric. : ETAMINE
136. Chemical salts. : OLEATES
138. Tapping sound. : RATATAT
140. Egyptian god. : SERAPIS
141. The Great Khan’s people. : TARTARS
142. Marco’s probable relationship to Kublai Khan. : PROTEGE
143. Take by way of a levy. : ESTREAT
144. Province in Tuscany. : SIENA
145. Provided with drains. : SEWERED
1. What the Andamanese and other islanders were. : SAVAGES
2. Breed of horses shipped from Aden. : ARABIAN
3. Sudden thought. : IMPULSE
4. Feather garland of Hawaii. : LEI
5. Nigerian province. : ONDO
6. Small brooks. : RILLS
7. Confucian aphorism. : SAYING
8. Shabby. : MEAN
9. Medieval helmet. : ARMET
10. Understanding. : REASON
11. Student’s helper, at Oxford. : CAD
12. Arena. : OVAL
13. Shape of the Khan’s palace at Peking. : SQUARE
14. A fish. : TUNNY
15. Fissure. : RIFT
16. A bird. : ANI
17. Cultivated land. : TILLAGE
18. Not ingested. : UNEATEN
19. Interpose. : MEDIATE
21. Menace to early travelers. : BRIGAND
22. Quality possessed in abundance by travelers. : ENERGY
29. Diverse: Comb. form. : VARI
31. Pertaining to flight. : VOLAR
34. Finds out about. : LEARNS
37. Swung to and fro. : WAGGED
39. Deserted. : FORSAKEN
41. Gull-like bird. : SKUA
43. What followed beating of Kublai’s great drums. : MARCHING
45. Celt. : GAEL
46. This tigers’ claws do. : REND
48. Unknown. : SECRET
50. Silken. : SEREAN
52. Country described by Marco. : SIAM
54. Mongol of Indo-China. : SHAN
56. Jonathan Swift’s title. : DEAN
58. River in the domain of Kublai Khan. : AMUR
59. Colors obtained from mollusks. : PURPLES
60. Time-honored, as Chinese lore. : ANCIENT
61. Special dialect of Sumerian. : EMESAL
63. Medieval heavy silk fabric. : SAMITE
65. Watering place in Kent. : MARGATE
66. Rank of the Great Khan. : EMPEROR
67. Russet pears. : BOSCS
69. Checks growth. : STUNTS
71. Cotton goods. : LINENS
73. Country under the Khan’s sway. : ASSAM
75. Nobilis ___, Marco Polo’s official styling. : VIR
76. Direction of Kublai’s course to Zipangu. : EASTERLY
77. Town in Persia. : LAR
79. Edible roots. : RADISHES
81. Mountains of central Europe. : VOSGES
82. One who rules. : GERENT
84. An insect. : WASP
85. A stag. : HART
86. Another river in the Khan’s realm. : LENA
89. What the Khan invited the Polos to do. : STAY
90. Femme ___. : FATALE
91. Of which Genghis Khan commanded three. : ARMIES
93. The good earth. : LOAM
95. The travelers’ family name. : POLO
97. Elephant’s ___. : EARS
99. Steal away. : SLINK
101. Dangerous whirlpool-like undertow. : SEAPUSS
103. Subjects of the Mongol Emperor. : CHINESE
104. Inflates. : AERATES
105. Cut into three sections: Rare. : TRIPART
107. Spotted cat. : OCELOT
109. Interrogative. : WHAT
111. ___ John, fabulous Christian monarch of Asia. : PRESTER
112. Family. : LINEAGE
113. Legislated. : ENACTED
115. Most refined. : NICEST
116. Flattened at the poles. : OBLATE
118. “Lofty steeps of Pamir.” : SCARPS
121. Etruscan god, similar to Jupiter. : TINIA
123. Island on Luzon. : BATAN
125. Bird catcher. : SNARE
128. Shepherd’s reed. : PIPE
129. Highest notes. : ELAS
131. Foreigners’ quarter of Constantinople. : PERA
132. Load for a journey. : STOW
135. Damage greatly. : MAR
137. Silk yielder of Assam. : ERI
139. 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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