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TIMELY TOPICS

New York Times, Sunday, March 29, 1953

53-Across : Corroborate.

Author:
Sergei Tilart
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.30, Missing: { Q W X }, Scrabble score: 671 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 136, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 7, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 31
Israel Gitter has 34 known pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
Sergei Tilart is an alias for Israel Gitter.
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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,379
Across
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Book by Barnaby Conrad. : MATADOR
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Quickie housing. : PREFABS
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One of Ike's powers. : VETO
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Short musical compositions: Ital. : SONATINE
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Car. : RUNABOUT
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Hebrew measure. : EPHAH
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Play by Tennessee Williams. : THEGLASSMENAGERIE
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Yugoslav name for Fiume. : RIEKA
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In circulation. : OUT
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Varnish ingredients. : ELEMIS
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Leather: Abbr. : MOR
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Source of the Blue Nile. : TANA
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Small fishes. : FRY
33
Armenian river. : ARAS
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Fanleaf palm of Ceylon. : TALIPOT
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Middling. : SOSO
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Glided. : SLID
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Fairy queen. : MAB
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Fragrant wood. : CEDAR
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Food fish. : JUREL
44
Eire's first President. : HYDE
45
Province of Italy. : NAPOLI
48
Malay dagger: Var. : KRIS
49
Celestial bodies. : SUNS
50
Invent fictitiously. : FEIGN
51
TV comedy star. : IMOGENE
53
Corroborate. : SUSTAIN
55
It has 5,754 students. : TULANE
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Balloon rigging. : NET
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District of Ural Area. : PERM
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American naval historian. : MAHAN
61
Danish navigator (1860-1741). : BERING
62
Formerly. : ERST
64
Spanish aunts. : TIAS
66
European: Abbr. : GER
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"The Black ___," by Dumas. : TULIP
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Official paper: Abbr. : DOC
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University city in Italy. : PADUA
73
"America the Beautiful," for instance. : ANTHEM
75
Hemp fabric. : BURLAP
76
Spenser's "truth." : UNA
77
Chemical compound. : ISATIN
79
Street sights in gaslight era. : HORSECARS
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Bay State Governor. : HERTER
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Filch: Archaic. : NIM
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Severities. : RIGORS
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Power: Hinduism. : SHAKTI
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Lace used in collar edging. : RUCHE
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Blackhawk was one. : SAC
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Soft-spoken. : MEALY
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Box ___. : TOE
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Meeting: Abbr. : SESS
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Electrical units. : MHOS
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Wise answer. : ORACLE
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T. G. Masaryk's successor. : BENES
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Hindu queen. : RANI
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Mom. : MRS
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Marsh birds. : SNIPES
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Concur again. : REAGREE
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Wonsan, for instance. : REDBASE
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Offends: Slang. : MIFFS
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Drilling tools. : BITS
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Blanch. : FADE
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Opera conductor. : REINER
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Out of the wind. : ALEE
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Osceola's river. : OSAGE
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Engraver's cutting tool. : BURIN
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Bill payer. : DAD
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Senator Monroney's colleague. : KERR
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Lab item. : ETNA
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Money in Addis Ababa. : TALARIS
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Part of the world in darkness. : USSR
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Honshu bay. : ISE
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City in S. E. Austria. : GRAZ
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Loki's daughter. : HEL
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In place: Latin. : INSITU
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Time of the Norsemen in Vinland. : MII
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Forty ___. : NINER
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Opera that opened Met season. : LAFORZADELDESTINO
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Defendant in famous trial of the '20's. : SACCO
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Manumit. : LIBERATE
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People of ancient Susa. : ELAMITES
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Egg clutches. : SETS
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Motorcycle attachment. : SIDECAR
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Celestial beings. : SERAPHS
Down
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Former gold coin of India. : MOHUR
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Netherlands news agency. : ANETA
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Actor's cue. : TAG
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Tamarisk salt tree. : ATLE
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"___ M for Murder." : DIAL
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Beginning. : ONSET
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Strike again. : RESMACK
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Malenkov, Beria, et al. : PRESIDIUM
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Movie showing. : RUN
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Charm. : ENAMOR
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Bundle of sticks. : FAGOT
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But: German. : ABER
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Small municipality: Abbr. : BOR
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Orchid buyers. : SUITORS
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Comedienne Vague. : VERA
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On: Prefix. : EPI
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Wagnerian opera. : THEFLYINGDUTCHMAN
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Where the atom is king. : OAKRIDGE
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Zeno's place. : STOA
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Raise a nap. : TEASE
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Planetarium, in N. Y. C. : HAYDEN
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John Landy, et al. : MILERS
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___ pros. : NOL
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Urban problem. : SMOG
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Indefinite portions of a book. : PASSAGES
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East Indian fiber. : SUNN
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Half of a former vaudeville team. : SHEAN
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French name for Syrian city. : ALEP
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I. Q. deviser. : BINET
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Head of NATO's ground forces. : JUIN
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Indoor game. : NINEPINS
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Defunct periodical. : AMERASIA
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One cause of foreign policy crisis. : POTSDAMCONFERENCE
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Associate member of the Council of Europe. : SAAR
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Whale's limb. : FLIPPER
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Silk worm. : ERIA
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"Anchors Aweigh," for instance. : THEMESONG
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Swiss legend. : TELL
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Dickens character. : URIAH
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Part of a street. : MANHOLE
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A firecracker is one. : BURSTER
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Mild rebuke. : TUT
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Reporter's goal. : STORY
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Natives of 104 Down. : TURKS
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Kind of town. : ONEHORSE
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Affectionate one. : CARESSER
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Equipment for a B-36. : AIRMAPS
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Class sessions: Abbr. : HRS
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Cote sound. : BAA
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Mrs. F. D. R. to T. R. : NIECE
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Blithe. : CHEERFUL
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Jamaican export. : RUM
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Measures: Abbr. : GALS
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Munich's river. : ISAR
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U. S. imports. : TEAS
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"Mental pygmy" of the air waves. : SNERD
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More prevalent. : RIFER
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___ noire (aversion): Fr. : BETE
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The Graf Spee was one. : SEARAIDER
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A must for an author. : IDEA
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Linen cloths. : SILESIAS
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Iron Curtain capital. : RIGA
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City on Maritsa River. : EDIRNE
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Soprano Sayão. : BIDU
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British envoy to U. S. : MAKINS
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Cheers in Osaka. : BANZAIS
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Maroons. : ENISLES
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Poetic contraction. : OER
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Sight at a county fair. : STALL
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French novelist. : BALZAC
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___ Haute. : TERRE
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Move in furtive advance. : SIDLE
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Under Secretary of State. : SMITH
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Mathematical ratios. : SINES
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Negro and Ica. : RIOS
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French painter. : GROS
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Gardened. : HOED
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Crocodile product. : TEAR
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Where Ike was in 1914. : USMA
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Outside: Comb. form. : ECT
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Bureau under Brownell. : FBI
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Mindanao native. : ATA
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Incline. : TIP

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 20 debuted here and reused later, 17 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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