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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 Down
1. 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
132. Members of the Army. : WACS
134. Left: Comb. form. : LAEVO
136. Islet. : AIT
137. Expert in smelting, refining, etc. : METALLURGIST
139. French monk. : BERNARDINE
141. Sphere of struggle. : ARENA
142. Type of shed. : LEANTO
143. Other: Span. : OTRO
144. He wrote "The Last Circle." : BENET
145. Incidental. : STRAY
146. In ___ (behind-hand). : ARREAR
147. European river. : YSER
148. Plants. : SEEDS
1. Places. : LOCALES
2. Churchill's granddaughter. : ARABELLA
3. Of blood vessels. : VASCULAR
4. Hellenic letter. : ETA
5. Obligation. : DEBT
6. Shouted. : ROARED
7. Foggy state. : AMNESIA
8. Well-known dieter. : JACKSPRAT
9. Plural suffix. : ANA
10. Game for two. : ECARTE
11. Fictional dog. : NANA
12. Asphyxia. : APNEA
13. Man's nickname. : MOE
14. Egyptian neighbor. : ETHIOPE
15. Is informed. : LEARNS
16. Plant foe. : APHID
17. Castle defense. : MOAT
18. Secret. : INWARD
19. French's Lincoln. : STATUE
20. British author of "The Nine Tailors." : SAYERS
26. Man's nickname. : LEM
28. Garden of Eden feature. : TREEOFLIFE
31. Government figure. : BILLION
34. Chi or L. A. : CITY
36. Hawaiian trees. : KOAS
38. Powder. : TALC
41. Bulwark in Holland. : SEAWALL
43. Loveseats. : SETTEES
45. Auricular. : OTIC
47. Obstacle. : SNAG
50. A flower: Fr. : LIS
52. Mr. Speaker. : TRIS
54. Chinese: Comb. form. : SINO
56. Noted violinist. : AUER
57. Of flying. : AERO
58. Violetta Valery. : CAMILLE
59. Left Bank lodging. : ATELIER
60. Wise men. : NESTORS
62. Faithful. : SINCERE
64. "Comedy of Errors" twins. : DROMIOS
65. Section of Queens, N. Y. C. : MASPETH
66. The Merchant of Venice. : ANTONIO
67. Shooters of men or reputations. : SNIPERS
68. Diminutive suffix. : CULE
69. Major port on Osaka Bay. : KOBE
70. Said. : ORAL
74. Cluster. : TUFT
76. Disney characters. : PIGS
77. Hepburn role. : GIGI
79. Resembling a globe. : SPHEROIDAL
81. Start. : ACTUATE
84. Changing. : MOVABLE
87. Promising. : ROSY
88. Dilute. : THIN
90. Political group. : BLOC
93. Scads. : SLEW
95. Emphatic type. : ITALICS
97. Cleopatra's attendant. : IRAS
99. Kyushu port. : OITA
100. Former agency. : NRA
101. Once-modish frills. : PANTALETS
103. Guy. : GENT
104. Pipe. : DUCT
106. Mrs. Chaplin. : OONA
107. The "garden of France." : TOURAINE
108. Twisted. : SPRAINED
110. Decorator. : PAPERER
112. French general in Indo-China. : NAVARRE
114. Musical groups. : SESTETS
115. Savors. : AROMAS
116. Veiled. : COVERT
117. Waiver. : TEETER
119. Mollusk's eating apparatus. : RADULA
121. Hero of "Not As a Stranger." : DOCTOR
122. Claim holder. : LIENOR
125. Calm. : ALLAY
126. Grunters. : SWINE
128. "Mogambo" girl. : AVA
131. Frog family. : RANA
133. Thin Man's dog. : ASTA
135. Moons. : ORBS
138. Food fish. : GAR
139. Whittier hero. : BOY
140. 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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