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Charles E. Gersch
Charles E. Gersch

New York Times, Friday, March 11, 1955

Author: Charles E. Gersch
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { B J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 284 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 77, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 5, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Charles E. Gersch has 31 pre-Shortz puzzles and 17 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1955, The New York TimesNo. 2,082
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1. Breaking completely. : SMASHING
9. Less risky. : SAFER
14. Famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. : CAROUSEL
15. "La ___," song hit of a few years ago. : PALOMA
16. See 14 Across. : OKLAHOMA
17. Popular radio programs. : OPERAS
18. Payments. : FEES
19. Advantage. : ODDS
21. Draw with acid. : ETCH
22. Merriment. : FUN
23. "Gertrude Lawrence as ___ A." : MRS
25. Common suffix. : EST
27. Relatives. : KIN
28. West Indies volcano. : PELEE
30. Snow glider. : SLED
31. Edinburgher's "no." : NAE
32. Where Juneau is. : ALASKA
34. Clan members. : SCOTS
36. Character in book and play of the 1920's. : TISH
39. Goddess. : DIANA
41. Cutting tools. : AXES
42. Vestibule. : ENTRY
44. Make a short visit. : STOPIN
46. Corroded. : ATE
47. Princely Italian family. : ESTE
49. Got up. : STOOD
52. Hack. : HEW
53. Comprehend. : SEE
54. French possessive. : SES
55. Musical syllables. : FAS
57. Type of exam. : ORAL
59. Showy: Colloq. : ARTY
61. Inter ___. : ALIA
62. Flatten out. : UNROLL
64. Run-of-the-mill. : ORDINARY
67. Marshy plants. : SEDGES
68. Famous fictional traveler. : GULLIVER
69. Letters in a Scrabble set. : ESSES
70. Author of hard-boiled books. : SPILLANE
1. Mock at. : SCOFF
2. Theatrical necessity. : MAKEUP
3. Miss Francis of TV. : ARLENE
4. Provided that. : SOAS
5. Expression of inquiry. : HUH
6. Equal: Prefix. : ISO
7. Verne's Captain and others. : NEMOS
8. Willing. : GLAD
9. Vitality. : SAP
10. Away from the wind. : ALEE
11. Place associated with gold. : FORTKNOX
12. Become very thin. : EMACIATE
13. Lack of prudence. : RASHNESS
15. Western group. : POSSE
20. Presidential middle name. : DELANO
23. Actor Ferrer. : MEL
24. Decipher. : READ
26. Football scores: Colloq. : TDS
29. Popular comedian. : LAHR
30. Imitate Dick Button. : SKATE
33. Sibling. : SISTER
35. I sing: Latin. : CANO
36. Social spot in a current Broadway hit. : TEAHOUSE
37. Medical school graduates. : INTERNES
38. Workers on a ship. : STEWARDS
40. Church area. : APSE
43. Uh-huh. : YES
45. Pronoun. : ITS
48. San Francisco's baseball team. : SEALS
50. Pumice is the product ___. : OFLAVA
51. Large Manchurian seaport. : DAIREN
54. Breakfast food flavoring. : SYRUP
56. Author Joel ___. : SAYRE
58. Part of the theatre. : LOGE
60. Clothing: Colloq. : TOGS
61. Indigo dye. : ANIL
63. French article. : LES
65. 551. : DLI
66. Where Cicero is: Abbr. : ILL

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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