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ALPHABET STRATEGY

New York Times, Sunday, May 30, 1954

Author:
Marion Moeser
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 77, Avg Word Len: 5.38, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 644 (avg 1.42)
Open Squares: 154, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 24
Marion Moeser has 15 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1954, The New York TimesNo. 1,797
Across
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Washed against. : LAVED
6
Royal Indian. : RAJA
10
Nail polish. : ENAMEL
16
Beside the mark. : AMISS
21
Speak pompously. : ORATE
22
Near East island. : OMAN
23
"Grass Harp" author. : CAPOTE
24
___ Delgada, Azores. : PONTA
25
Paul Henreid movie. : CASABLANCA
27
Well-known subject of Elizabeth I. : ANNEHATHAWAY
29
Block letters. : ABC
30
River into the Caspian. : TEREK
31
Scottish feature. : BRAE
32
Incense. : IRRITATE
33
White: Comb. form. : LEUC
35
Bivouac gear. : MESSKIT
37
Made up for. : ATONED
39
Capek's famous play. : RUR
40
___ Island. : ELLIS
42
Opposites, in chemistry. : DIPOLES
44
Church part. : APSE
45
Poet's forms. : ODES
46
Political lists. : SLATES
48
Large salt sea. : ARAL
49
She: Fr. : ELLE
51
Mel of baseball. : OTT
53
Indo-Europeans. : ARYANS
55
Tibetan or Mongolian. : ASIATIC
57
Bogart's "Queen." : AFRICAN
61
Belted region. : WAIST
63
Fanned batters. : OUTS
64
Slight and subtle. : DELICATE
65
Verdi contemporary. : MASCAGNI
69
Joint. : KNEE
70
Fragrant root. : ORRIS
71
French "my." : MES
72
Do away with. : ANNUL
73
Aware: Colloq. : ONTO
75
Censuring. : REPROOF
77
___-edged. : GILT
78
Pictures. : STILLS
80
U. S. neighbor. : CUBA
82
South China Sea gulf. : SIAM
83
Italian man's name. : EMILIO
85
He wrote "Lo, the Poor Indian!" : POPE
86
Officer. : PREFECT
89
Fluent but insincere. : GLIB
91
Flirt. : OGLER
92
Chemical suffix. : ENE
93
Infielder: Colloq. : SHORT
94
"___ England." : THIS
96
Popular acting team. : OLIVIERS
98
Middle European. : TIROLESE
100
Parisian night. : NUIT
101
Skin ailment. : PSORA
102
Knitted goods. : HOSIERY
103
Historic city in Spain. : GRANADA
105
Explorers of 15th and 16th centuries. : CABOTS
109
A brace. : TWO
110
Fuel. : PEAT
111
Sally ___ teacake. : LUNN
113
Ships. : SLOOPS
115
Deeds: Latin. : ACTA
118
Where Isfahan is. : IRAN
120
By law. : EDICTAL
123
Habituate. : ENURE
124
Small deer. : ROE
125
Alters to fit. : ADAPTS
127
Marc Antony's wife. : OCTAVIA
129
Turkish river. : ARAS
130
Pile on cargo. : OVERLADE
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Members of the Army. : WACS
134
Left: Comb. form. : LAEVO
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Islet. : AIT
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Expert in smelting, refining, etc. : METALLURGIST
139
French monk. : BERNARDINE
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Sphere of struggle. : ARENA
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Type of shed. : LEANTO
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Other: Span. : OTRO
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He wrote "The Last Circle." : BENET
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Incidental. : STRAY
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In ___ (behind-hand). : ARREAR
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European river. : YSER
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Plants. : SEEDS
Down
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Places. : LOCALES
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Churchill's granddaughter. : ARABELLA
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Of blood vessels. : VASCULAR
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Hellenic letter. : ETA
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Obligation. : DEBT
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Shouted. : ROARED
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Foggy state. : AMNESIA
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Well-known dieter. : JACKSPRAT
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Plural suffix. : ANA
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Game for two. : ECARTE
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Fictional dog. : NANA
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Asphyxia. : APNEA
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Man's nickname. : MOE
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Egyptian neighbor. : ETHIOPE
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Is informed. : LEARNS
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Plant foe. : APHID
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Castle defense. : MOAT
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Secret. : INWARD
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French's Lincoln. : STATUE
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British author of "The Nine Tailors." : SAYERS
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Man's nickname. : LEM
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Garden of Eden feature. : TREEOFLIFE
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Government figure. : BILLION
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Chi or L. A. : CITY
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Hawaiian trees. : KOAS
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Powder. : TALC
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Bulwark in Holland. : SEAWALL
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Loveseats. : SETTEES
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Auricular. : OTIC
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Obstacle. : SNAG
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A flower: Fr. : LIS
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Mr. Speaker. : TRIS
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Chinese: Comb. form. : SINO
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Noted violinist. : AUER
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Of flying. : AERO
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Violetta Valery. : CAMILLE
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Left Bank lodging. : ATELIER
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Wise men. : NESTORS
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Faithful. : SINCERE
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"Comedy of Errors" twins. : DROMIOS
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Section of Queens, N. Y. C. : MASPETH
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The Merchant of Venice. : ANTONIO
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Shooters of men or reputations. : SNIPERS
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Diminutive suffix. : CULE
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Major port on Osaka Bay. : KOBE
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Said. : ORAL
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Cluster. : TUFT
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Disney characters. : PIGS
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Hepburn role. : GIGI
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Resembling a globe. : SPHEROIDAL
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Start. : ACTUATE
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Changing. : MOVABLE
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Promising. : ROSY
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Dilute. : THIN
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Political group. : BLOC
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Scads. : SLEW
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Emphatic type. : ITALICS
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Cleopatra's attendant. : IRAS
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Kyushu port. : OITA
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Former agency. : NRA
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Once-modish frills. : PANTALETS
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Guy. : GENT
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Pipe. : DUCT
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Mrs. Chaplin. : OONA
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The "garden of France." : TOURAINE
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Twisted. : SPRAINED
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Decorator. : PAPERER
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French general in Indo-China. : NAVARRE
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Musical groups. : SESTETS
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Savors. : AROMAS
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Veiled. : COVERT
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Waiver. : TEETER
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Mollusk's eating apparatus. : RADULA
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Hero of "Not As a Stranger." : DOCTOR
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Claim holder. : LIENOR
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Calm. : ALLAY
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Grunters. : SWINE
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"Mogambo" girl. : AVA
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Frog family. : RANA
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Thin Man's dog. : ASTA
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Moons. : ORBS
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Food fish. : GAR
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Whittier hero. : BOY
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Welsh river. : DEE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 17 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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