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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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Breaking completely. : SMASHING
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Less risky. : SAFER
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Famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. : CAROUSEL
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"La ___," song hit of a few years ago. : PALOMA
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See 14 Across. : OKLAHOMA
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Popular radio programs. : OPERAS
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Payments. : FEES
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Advantage. : ODDS
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Draw with acid. : ETCH
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Merriment. : FUN
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"Gertrude Lawrence as ___ A." : MRS
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Common suffix. : EST
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Relatives. : KIN
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West Indies volcano. : PELEE
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Snow glider. : SLED
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Edinburgher's "no." : NAE
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Where Juneau is. : ALASKA
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Clan members. : SCOTS
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Character in book and play of the 1920's. : TISH
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Goddess. : DIANA
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Cutting tools. : AXES
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Vestibule. : ENTRY
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Make a short visit. : STOPIN
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Corroded. : ATE
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Princely Italian family. : ESTE
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Got up. : STOOD
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Hack. : HEW
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Comprehend. : SEE
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French possessive. : SES
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Musical syllables. : FAS
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Type of exam. : ORAL
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Showy: Colloq. : ARTY
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Inter ___. : ALIA
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Flatten out. : UNROLL
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Run-of-the-mill. : ORDINARY
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Marshy plants. : SEDGES
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Famous fictional traveler. : GULLIVER
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Letters in a Scrabble set. : ESSES
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Author of hard-boiled books. : SPILLANE
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Mock at. : SCOFF
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Theatrical necessity. : MAKEUP
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Miss Francis of TV. : ARLENE
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Provided that. : SOAS
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Expression of inquiry. : HUH
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Equal: Prefix. : ISO
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Verne's Captain and others. : NEMOS
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Willing. : GLAD
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Vitality. : SAP
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Away from the wind. : ALEE
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Place associated with gold. : FORTKNOX
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Become very thin. : EMACIATE
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Lack of prudence. : RASHNESS
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Western group. : POSSE
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Presidential middle name. : DELANO
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Actor Ferrer. : MEL
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Decipher. : READ
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Football scores: Colloq. : TDS
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Popular comedian. : LAHR
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Imitate Dick Button. : SKATE
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Sibling. : SISTER
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I sing: Latin. : CANO
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Social spot in a current Broadway hit. : TEAHOUSE
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Medical school graduates. : INTERNES
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Workers on a ship. : STEWARDS
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Church area. : APSE
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Uh-huh. : YES
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Pronoun. : ITS
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San Francisco's baseball team. : SEALS
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Pumice is the product ___. : OFLAVA
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Large Manchurian seaport. : DAIREN
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Breakfast food flavoring. : SYRUP
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Author Joel ___. : SAYRE
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Part of the theatre. : LOGE
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Clothing: Colloq. : TOGS
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Indigo dye. : ANIL
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French article. : LES
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551. : DLI
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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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