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Charles E. Gersch
Charles E. Gersch

New York Times, Wednesday, March 31, 1954

Author: Charles E. Gersch
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.79, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 278 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 12
Charles E. Gersch has 30 pre-Shortz puzzles and 17 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1954, The New York TimesNo. 1,737
Across Down
1. Middle East resident. : ARAB
5. Popular gambling-type card game. : STOPS
10. 107. : CVII
14. Fairly low card. : FOUR
15. Variety of three-handed Bridge. : TOWIE
16. Make over. : REDO
17. Character in Norse myth. : ATLI
18. Dutch news agency. : ANETA
19. Cleek. : IRON
20. Gambling game. : REDDOG
22. Popular board game. : SCRABBLE
24. Laughing matters. : GAGS
26. Comedian Shriner. : HERB
27. Predicts. : FORESEES
31. Starts a card game. : DEALS
34. Top of a suit. : ACE
35. One of thirteen. : TRICK
37. Open-mouthed in surprise. : AGAPE
39. Congressman from New York. : REED
41. Slow player. : SNAIL
43. Israeli diplomat. : EBAN
44. Caravan stopover. : OASIS
46. Write down. : ENTER
48. Canadian province: Abbr. : ONT
49. Certain tides. : NEAPS
51. “___ and the Dragonet,” popular satirical record. : STGEORGE
53. Mickey and family. : MICE
55. Sweet potatoes. : YAMS
56. Game akin to bezique. : PINOCHLE
60. What the deuce is. : LOWEST
64. Arabian seaport. : ADEN
65. Make cloth. : WEAVE
67. Bootlegger’s commodity. : ALKY
68. Dizzy Dean’s famous past tense of “slide.” : SLUD
69. Pays the pot. : ANTES
70. Falsifier. : LIAR
71. Defeats a Bridge contract. : SETS
72. Moisten with drippings. : BASTE
73. Be old-fashioned. : DATE
1. From a distance. : AFAR
2. Memory-work. : ROTE
3. “Should ___ acquaintance be forgot . . . ” : AULD
4. Game of Levantine or Russian origin. : BRIDGE
5. Makes zigzag in arrangement. : STAGGERS
6. 2,240 lbs. is a long one. : TON
7. Is in debt to. : OWES
8. Popular card game. : PITCH
9. Burned slightly. : SEARED
10. Popular card game. : CRIBBAGE
11. Play, for instance. : VERB
12. Revered one. : IDOL
13. Bulwer Lytton heroine. : IONE
21. Type of oven. : OAST
23. Specified space. : AREA
25. Le Havre’s river. : SEINE
27. Game named for Egyptian king. : FARO
28. Spit-in-the-___, a variety of Poker. : OCEAN
29. Popular Dodger. : REESE
30. Looks over. : SCANS
32. Sec. Mitchell’s Department. : LABOR
33. Right away: Colloq. : SPANG
36. The pot, in cards. : KITTY
38. Grafted: Heraldry. : ENTE
40. A suit. : DIAMONDS
42. Jargon of the bar: Colloq. : LEGALESE
45. Span’s partner. : SPIC
47. San ___, resort town in Italy. : REMO
50. Former steel magnate. : SCHWAB
52. Bridge expert Jacoby. : OSWALD
54. Italian girl’s name. : ELENA
56. Go by. : PASS
57. Pointless. : IDLE
58. One of the genders: Abbr. : NEUT
59. Nibbles. : EATS
61. Famous pen name. : ELIA
62. Game for three, with 32 cards. : SKAT
63. Ancient city. : TYRE
66. Experienced person: Colloq. : VET

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 10 debuted here and reused later, 1 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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