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New York Times, Saturday, May 2, 1953

Author: Unknown
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 32, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { Q V Z }, Scrabble score: 302 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 70, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 2, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 12
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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,413
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1. A dean of French letters. : GIDE
5. Blue flag. : IRIS
9. Lost sheep. : WAIFS
14. Items of native folklore. : AMERICANA
16. Broad neck scarf. : ASCOT
17. Picture in which Claire Bloom co-starred. : LIMELIGHT
18. A Marx brother. : CHICO
19. Hold faithfully to a promise or a bargain. : STICK
20. Aggressive litigants. : SUERS
22. Horse of indifferent spirit. : NAG
23. Expression of roses. : ATTAR
25. ___ culpa. : MEA
26. More duckling than swan. : UGLY
27. Actress Hagen and others. : UTAS
28. Israeli fruit crop. : ORANGES
31. Wrong: Prefix. : MIS
32. Actress Davis. : JOAN
33. Work vengeance. : WREAK
36. Payment draft. : POSTOFFICEORDER
40. A middle name on paper money. : NEESE
41. Where drives are made. : TEES
42. Change of color. : DYE
43. Weepy looking. : REDEYED
45. Backdrop for Chamonix. : ALPS
46. Consider. : DEEM
49. Hood's weapon. : GAT
50. Important commodity in the Schuman Plan. : STEEL
52. King: Latin. : REX
53. Make stupid or foolish. : BESOT
55. Biblical name. : ORPAH
57. First name of a literate clarinetist. : ARTIE
59. Soften: Rare. : EMOLLIATE
61. The chicken or the egg? : FIRST
62. Pelts with stones. : LAPIDATES
63. Nines and elevens. : TEAMS
64. Cut. : SNIP
65. Minus. : LESS
1. Dolls. : GALS
2. Not the real McCoy. : IMITATION
3. Menu item. : DEMITASSE
4. Constructs. : ERECTS
5. Here: French. : ICI
6. Costume for Imogene the "tramp." : RAGS
7. This "makes countless thousands mourn": Burns. : INHUMANITYTOMAN
8. Material. : SATEEN
9. Girls in uniform. : WACS
10. Tree of the olive family. : ASH
11. Pastry chef's specialty. : ICING
12. Converging on one point. : FOCAL
13. That good 5-cent cigar. : STOGY
15. Authoress Chase. : ILKA
21. These make thousands sneeze. : RAGWEEDS
24. Place for a gutter. : ROOFEDGE
26. Service customer. : USER
27. Masked man of decision. : UMP
29. The wings of Britain. : RAF
30. Dart-game player. : EROS
32. Ferrer of "Moulin Rouge." : JOSE
34. Fathead. : ADDLEPATE
35. Stove-top parts: 2 wds. : KEYPLATES
37. Phrase. : TERM
38. Piano key. : CEE
39. In medias ___. : RES
44. Art tripods. : EASELS
45. TV accessory. : AERIAL
46. Call to arms (that cannot be denied). : DRAFT
47. Inspiring gooseflesh. : EERIE
48. Special edition. : EXTRA
51. Took effect. : TOLD
53. Invests in equine dispatch. : BETS
54. Sun helmet. : TOPI
56. Adolf's Rudolf. : HESS
58. Doctrine. : ISM
60. Epithet for Durocher. : LIP

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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