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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
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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,386
Across
1. Designs on British ensigns. : CROSSES
8. Idea proposed by Isaac Pitman, 1840. : STAMPS
14. ___ belli (event leading to war): Lat. : CASUS
19. Living in quiet waters, biologically speaking. : LENITIC
20. Flavor extract like vanilla. : CUMARIN
22. Diverts. : AMUSES
24. The New World's eponymous explorer. : AMERIGO
25. Pain quencher. : ANODYNE
26. Helmet-shaped. : GALEATE
28. Girl of the Mack Sennett comedies. : MABELNORMAND
30. Comedian who played opposite 28 Across. : BENTURPIN
32. United couple. : ONE
33. A slackening. : LETUP
34. ___ sei Dank (thank God): Ger. : GOTT
37. Part of Mme. Chiang's name. : MEI
38. Old name of Shiga, Japan province. : OMI
39. Great Barrier of Queensland. : REEF
41. Went swiftly. : SPED
43. Smutched like a small boy. : GRUBBY
45. Part of a radio tube. : GRID
46. Instruments for virtuosos. : STRADS
49. Commentator Sevareid. : ERIC
51. Single. : UNAL
52. Hurts by design. : SPITES
54. Washington, D.C., suburb; naval hospital. : BETHESDA
56. Queered the pitch. : KIBOSHED
58. Meadowsweets. : SPIREAS
60. Little ___. : EVA
62. What 28 Across threw at 30 Across. : CUSTARDPIE
66. Cooked. : STEAMED
67. Clutches. : GRASPS
69. Title for Benegal Rau. : SIR
70. Charity. : ALMS
71. "Tobacco Road" diet. : TURNIP
72. Mollify. : SOOTHE
73. Distribution. : DOLE
74. Scrapes with the foot. : PAWS
75. ___ Buddha of China and Japan. : ADI
76. Art of harlequins and Hollywood. : SLAPSTICKCOMEDY
80. View. : SEE
81. Says as a greeting. : BIDS
83. Work on copy. : EDIT
84. County and river in Scotland. : NAIRNS
85. Goddess of summer. : AESTAS
87. Appearance. : LOOK
88. Leyden ___. : JAR
89. Relative of the booby. : GANNET
90. Disappearing couple. : ELOPERS
91. Inclined to appraise. : ESTIMATIVE
94. Mermaid's milieu. : SEA
95. Of chief rank. : PRIMARY
96. Sparing of words. : TACITURN
98. One of flashing speed. : STREAKER
100. ___ beer, a winter brew. : SCHENK
103. Skid round. : SLUE
104. Of the dawn. : EOAN
105. Place on a throne. : ENSEAT
109. Shades. : HUES
110. French city on the Charente. : COGNAC
112. Peel. : RIND
114. Volcano. : ETNA
115. Blunder. : ERR
116. Strengthen. : ARM
117. Cloth: Fr. : DRAP
119. Ransacks. : LOOTS
122. Siamese coin. : ATT
123. Rhododendron or laurel. : EVERGREEN
127. Equipment for pearl fishers. : DIVINGHELMET
130. Departs. : RETIRES
131. Penultimate bowling target. : NINEPIN
134. Glacial deposit. : MORAINE
135. Film with subtitles. : SILENT
136. Type of acting in the above. : EMOTING
137. One who transfers property. : ALIENOR
138. Kapok trees: Var. : CEBAS
139. Glues. : PASTES
140. Squatters in the West. : NESTERS
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1. Insistent demands. : CLAMORS
2. Postponed legal case. : REMANET
3. Order at the bar: 2 wds. : ONEBEER
4. King. : SIRE
5. Up to this time. : STILL
6. Eldest: Law. : EIGNE
7. Decamps: Colloq. : SCOOTS
8. Hastens away. : SCAMPERS
9. Fish packed on Cannery Row. : TUNA
10. In the class of. : AMONG
11. He goes out in the midday sun. : MADDOG
12. Move with difficulty. : PRY
13. Wrongdoing. : SIN
14. Movie star noted for grapefruit. : CAGNEY
15. Another virtuoso instrument. : AMATI
16. Sea of the Philippines. : SULU
17. Enjoyer of. : USER
18. City of docks. : SEAPORT
21. Penpoint. : NEB
23. Block a golf ball: Var. : STIMIE
27. Geraint's wife, and others. : ENIDS
29. Money for baksheesh. : RUPEES
31. Adorns with flowers. : EMBLOSSOMS
35. Island under U.N. trusteeship. : TRUK
36. Blouses. : TUNICS
40. Moderate Socialist of Britain. : FABIAN
42. Maker of the first French encyclopedia. : DIDEROT
44. Hindu gentleman. : BABU
45. Word urging Dobbin. : GIDDAP
47. The skin. : DERMIS
48. Worker on dizzy heights. : STEEPLEJACK
50. Melody simpler than an aria. : CAVATINA
52. Divided evenly among: 2 wds. : SHAREDALIKE
53. For each. : PER
55. Wore (with "on"). : HAD
57. Upright piece of a door. : STILE
58. Broadcasting rooms. : STUDIOS
59. Yellowish-green gem. : PERIDOT
61. Depth charges: Navy slang. : ASHCANS
63. Gypsum product. : PLASTER
64. "Say ___, say I'm sad . . . Jenny kissed me." : IMWEARY
65. Letters for Storm Troopers. : ESSESS
66. Hill Gail's home. : STABLE
67. Spook: Obs. : GOST
68. Lap dog. : PEKINESE
72. Having supernatural qualities. : SPIRITSOME
73. Thing tabooed. : DONT
77. Bengali cotton cloth. : ADATI
78. The Maker. : CREATOR
79. Naval clerks. : YEOMEN
82. Moves quickly: Dial. : SKITES
86. Thinly settled. : SPARSE
89. Verbal noun. : GERUND
90. A time. : ERA
92. A sturdy individual. : MAN
93. The vernacular: Abbr. : VULG
95. Knight's flag. : PENNON
97. Intimate. : NEAR
99. Balustrades. : RAILINGS
100. Dropping suddenly down. : SHEER
101. Pitchers' assets. : CURVES
102. Nonconformist. : HERETIC
106. Cotton fabric. : ETAMINE
107. Trojan who wanted Helen to return. : ANTENOR
108. Ragged clothing. : TATTERS
110. Where whitecaps break. : CRESTS
111. Brig. Gen Michaelis' men. : CADETS
113. Kennel operator. : DOGMAN
116. Circus. : ARENA
118. Relative of the lark. : PIPIT
120. Oarlock. : THOLE
121. Indians of Lower California. : SERIS
124. Vex. : RILE
125. Middleweight champ, 1923–26. : GREB
126. More north than east. : NNE
128. Hollywood street. : VINE
129. Kentish freedman. : LAET
132. Young nuisance. : IMP
133. 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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