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OLD WORDS AND NEW

New York Times, Sunday, April 5, 1953

Author:
Jack Luzzatto
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 156, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.71, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 656 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 159, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 7, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 40
Jack Luzzatto has 292 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,386
Across
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Designs on British ensigns. : CROSSES
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Idea proposed by Isaac Pitman, 1840. : STAMPS
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___ belli (event leading to war): Lat. : CASUS
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Living in quiet waters, biologically speaking. : LENITIC
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Flavor extract like vanilla. : CUMARIN
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Diverts. : AMUSES
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The New World's eponymous explorer. : AMERIGO
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Pain quencher. : ANODYNE
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Helmet-shaped. : GALEATE
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Girl of the Mack Sennett comedies. : MABELNORMAND
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Comedian who played opposite 28 Across. : BENTURPIN
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United couple. : ONE
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A slackening. : LETUP
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___ sei Dank (thank God): Ger. : GOTT
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Part of Mme. Chiang's name. : MEI
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Old name of Shiga, Japan province. : OMI
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Great Barrier of Queensland. : REEF
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Went swiftly. : SPED
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Smutched like a small boy. : GRUBBY
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Part of a radio tube. : GRID
46
Instruments for virtuosos. : STRADS
49
Commentator Sevareid. : ERIC
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Single. : UNAL
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Hurts by design. : SPITES
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Washington, D.C., suburb; naval hospital. : BETHESDA
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Queered the pitch. : KIBOSHED
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Meadowsweets. : SPIREAS
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Little ___. : EVA
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What 28 Across threw at 30 Across. : CUSTARDPIE
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Cooked. : STEAMED
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Clutches. : GRASPS
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Title for Benegal Rau. : SIR
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Charity. : ALMS
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"Tobacco Road" diet. : TURNIP
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Mollify. : SOOTHE
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Distribution. : DOLE
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Scrapes with the foot. : PAWS
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___ Buddha of China and Japan. : ADI
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Art of harlequins and Hollywood. : SLAPSTICKCOMEDY
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View. : SEE
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Says as a greeting. : BIDS
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Work on copy. : EDIT
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County and river in Scotland. : NAIRNS
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Goddess of summer. : AESTAS
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Appearance. : LOOK
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Leyden ___. : JAR
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Relative of the booby. : GANNET
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Disappearing couple. : ELOPERS
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Inclined to appraise. : ESTIMATIVE
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Mermaid's milieu. : SEA
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Of chief rank. : PRIMARY
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Sparing of words. : TACITURN
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One of flashing speed. : STREAKER
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___ beer, a winter brew. : SCHENK
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Skid round. : SLUE
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Of the dawn. : EOAN
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Place on a throne. : ENSEAT
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Shades. : HUES
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French city on the Charente. : COGNAC
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Peel. : RIND
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Volcano. : ETNA
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Blunder. : ERR
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Strengthen. : ARM
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Cloth: Fr. : DRAP
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Ransacks. : LOOTS
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Siamese coin. : ATT
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Rhododendron or laurel. : EVERGREEN
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Equipment for pearl fishers. : DIVINGHELMET
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Departs. : RETIRES
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Penultimate bowling target. : NINEPIN
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Glacial deposit. : MORAINE
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Film with subtitles. : SILENT
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Type of acting in the above. : EMOTING
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One who transfers property. : ALIENOR
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Kapok trees: Var. : CEBAS
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Glues. : PASTES
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Squatters in the West. : NESTERS
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Insistent demands. : CLAMORS
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Postponed legal case. : REMANET
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Order at the bar: 2 wds. : ONEBEER
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King. : SIRE
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Up to this time. : STILL
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Eldest: Law. : EIGNE
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Decamps: Colloq. : SCOOTS
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Hastens away. : SCAMPERS
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Fish packed on Cannery Row. : TUNA
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In the class of. : AMONG
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He goes out in the midday sun. : MADDOG
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Move with difficulty. : PRY
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Wrongdoing. : SIN
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Movie star noted for grapefruit. : CAGNEY
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Another virtuoso instrument. : AMATI
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Sea of the Philippines. : SULU
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Enjoyer of. : USER
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City of docks. : SEAPORT
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Penpoint. : NEB
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Block a golf ball: Var. : STIMIE
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Geraint's wife, and others. : ENIDS
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Money for baksheesh. : RUPEES
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Adorns with flowers. : EMBLOSSOMS
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Island under U.N. trusteeship. : TRUK
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Blouses. : TUNICS
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Moderate Socialist of Britain. : FABIAN
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Maker of the first French encyclopedia. : DIDEROT
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Hindu gentleman. : BABU
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Word urging Dobbin. : GIDDAP
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The skin. : DERMIS
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Worker on dizzy heights. : STEEPLEJACK
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Melody simpler than an aria. : CAVATINA
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Divided evenly among: 2 wds. : SHAREDALIKE
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For each. : PER
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Wore (with "on"). : HAD
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Upright piece of a door. : STILE
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Broadcasting rooms. : STUDIOS
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Yellowish-green gem. : PERIDOT
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Depth charges: Navy slang. : ASHCANS
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Gypsum product. : PLASTER
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"Say ___, say I'm sad . . . Jenny kissed me." : IMWEARY
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Letters for Storm Troopers. : ESSESS
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Hill Gail's home. : STABLE
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Spook: Obs. : GOST
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Lap dog. : PEKINESE
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Having supernatural qualities. : SPIRITSOME
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Thing tabooed. : DONT
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Bengali cotton cloth. : ADATI
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The Maker. : CREATOR
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Naval clerks. : YEOMEN
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Moves quickly: Dial. : SKITES
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Thinly settled. : SPARSE
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Verbal noun. : GERUND
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A time. : ERA
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A sturdy individual. : MAN
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The vernacular: Abbr. : VULG
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Knight's flag. : PENNON
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Intimate. : NEAR
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Balustrades. : RAILINGS
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Dropping suddenly down. : SHEER
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Pitchers' assets. : CURVES
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Nonconformist. : HERETIC
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Cotton fabric. : ETAMINE
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Trojan who wanted Helen to return. : ANTENOR
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Ragged clothing. : TATTERS
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Where whitecaps break. : CRESTS
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Brig. Gen Michaelis' men. : CADETS
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Kennel operator. : DOGMAN
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Circus. : ARENA
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Relative of the lark. : PIPIT
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Oarlock. : THOLE
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Indians of Lower California. : SERIS
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Vex. : RILE
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Middleweight champ, 1923–26. : GREB
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More north than east. : NNE
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Hollywood street. : VINE
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Kentish freedman. : LAET
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Young nuisance. : IMP
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Opposite of taboo, in Hawaii. : NOA

Answer summary: 19 unique to this puzzle, 21 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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