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WORDCRAFT

New York Times, Sunday, June 12, 1955

Author:
W. E. Jones
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 154, Blocks: 87, Avg Word Len: 5.74, Missing: { J K Q Z }, Scrabble score: 622 (avg 1.41)
Open Squares: 178, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 8, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 26
W. E. Jones has 95 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1955, The New York TimesNo. 2,175
Across
1. Clever but specious thinker. : SOPHIST
8. Stir thoroughly. : BEMIX
13. Spanish city. : GRANADA
20. Italian composer of the 17th Century. : ARIOSTI
21. Elliptically. : OVALLY
23. Taking on another cargo. : RELADING
25. Tropical bat. : VAMPIRE
26. Early King of England. : WILLIAMOFORANGE
28. Former Premier of Japan. : ITO
29. Portraits by an American painter. : SARGENTS
31. Clothed. : VESTED
32. Sea bird. : ERN
33. ___ contendere. : NOLO
35. Jan of the Met. : PEERCE
36. Luxuries fifty years ago. : CARS
37. Sally. : SORTIE
39. Illustrious. : GRAND
41. Suffered: Scot. : DREED
42. Inclined. : APT
43. Roman road. : ITER
44. Orderliness. : SYSTEM
46. Advantage. : ODDS
47. Cambodia's neighbor. : LAOS
49. Genus of English ivy. : HEDERA
51. Oak nut. : ACORN
53. Minor matters. : MINUTIAE
55. Made of several parts. : COMPOSITIVE
61. Kept in. : PENT
62. Bounder. : CAD
65. Hail! : AVE
66. Farther off. : REMOTER
67. Swank roadside hostel. : MOTELDELUXE
71. Baby girl: Sp. : NENA
73. Greek goddess. : SELENE
74. Poet famous for his quatrains. : OMAR
75. Clio's sister. : URANIA
76. Miners' cars. : TRAMS
78. Shaped like a cupola. : DOMIC
79. Restore to freshness. : RENEW
81. Period of work. : SPELL
82. Circumflex. : ACCENT
84. Nickname of Mrs. A. : GERT
85. King of 400 A. D. : ALARIC
87. Auction. : SALE
88. Capital city, pop. 3,000,000. : BUENOSAIRES
90. Ladies. : SENORAS
92. Dick Deadeye. : TAR
93. Public roads: Abbr. : STS
94. Butts. : RAMS
95. Early Western travelers. : STAGERIDERS
97. Heirs. : HERITORS
101. Cow Palace, for instance. : ARENA
102. Ausable Chasm phenomenon. : RAPIDS
105. Keyhole. : SLOT
106. Struck forcibly. : SMIT
109. Macbeth's victim. : DUNCAN
113. ___ Holden. : EBEN
114. Luzon mountain. : IBA
115. "___ of Athens." : TIMON
117. Roman chair. : SELLA
118. Verily: Archaic. : CERTES
121. At all. : EVER
122. Jeu d'___ (witticism): Fr. : ESPRIT
124. Group. : SECT
125. Common Latin abbreviation. : ETC
126. Small silvery fish. : SHINER
128. Devices for gardeners. : SPRAYERS
130. ___ culpa (my fault): Lat. : MEA
131. Subject of Sousa march. : STARSANDSTRIPES
134. Most meager. : LEANEST
136. Prominence. : SALIENCE
137. Defender of Troy. : AENEAS
138. Scene of naval battle, 1571. : LEPANTO
139. Lover of Hero. : LEANDER
140. Cape ___ Islands. : VERDE
141. Large sturgeon. : OSSETER
Down
1. Nest egg. : SAVINGS
2. Forensic talent. : ORATORY
3. Stuffed olives. : PIMOLAS
4. Climbing vine. : HOP
5. Upper course of the Thames. : ISIS
6. Boot loop. : STRAP
7. Arranged in graded rows. : TIERED
8. Enclosed by overhanging branches. : BOWERED
9. Showed. : EVINCED
10. Drugstore drinks. : MALTEDS
11. Misfortunes. : ILLS
12. Forty-one. : XLI
13. Total. : GROSS
14. Robbed: Archaic. : REFT
15. Spiny plants. : ALOES
16. Italian city. : NARDO
17. Oklahoma city. : ADA
18. Alcove of modern dwelling. : DINETTE
19. More wrathful. : ANGRIER
22. Central Arizona county. : YAVAPAI
24. Groups of related species. : GENERA
27. He wrote "The Seven Storey Mountain." : MERTON
30. Students of the problems of old age. : GERONTOLOGISTS
34. Ready. : ONTAP
36. Serene. : CALM
38. Go pickaback. : RIDE
40. Scheme of ornamentation. : DECOR
45. Old Testament hero. : MOSES
48. Nonessential. : SUPEREROGATORY
49. Punjab native. : HINDU
50. Occupants of 18 Down. : EATERS
52. Frosted. : RIMED
54. ___ Aviv. : TEL
55. Rivals of Oxonians: Colloq. : CANTABS
56. Tennis stroke. : OVERCUT
57. Threatens. : MENACES
58. Columnist. : ITEMER
59. Jury summons. : VENIRE
60. Builds. : ERECTS
62. Wedge-shaped. : CUNEATE
63. Of the armpit. : AXILLAR
64. Jobbers' customers. : DEALERS
67. Swamp. : MORASS
68. French chef's specialty. : OMELET
69. River into the Yukon. : TANANA
70. What Santee counts. : LAPS
72. So let it be. : AMEN
77. Slept loudly. : SNORED
80. Electrician. : WIRER
83. Former rulers. : TSARS
86. Minded. : CARED
89. Bon ___. : AMI
91. Skull cavity. : SINUS
96. Borge and Melchior. : DANES
97. Covert suggestion. : HINT
98. California products. : OLIVES
99. Kern musical. : ROBERTA
100. Hesperus. : STAR
102. Time between sessions. : RECESS
103. Act of egging on. : ABETTAL
104. Cotton fabric. : PERCALE
106. Astaire or Kelly. : STEPPER
107. Misinterpret. : MISREAD
108. Deadlock. : IMPASSE
110. Governor at Nashville. : CLEMENT
111. Opera by Gluck. : ALCESTE
112. Ford Konno, for example. : NATATOR
116. Alloy used as an inlay. : NIELLO
119. Ruhr city. : ESSEN
120. Maggie Wylie's husband. : SHAND
121. Concluder. : ENDER
123. Baobabs. : TREES
127. Silent screen director. : INCE
128. Without: Lat. : SINE
129. Undermines. : SAPS
132. Narrow inlet. : RIA
133. Term in aviation. : REV
135. Scotch "no." : NAE

Answer summary: 15 unique to this puzzle, 11 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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