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ALPHABET STRATEGY

New York Times, Sunday, June 27, 1954

Author:
Thomas Meekin
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 162, Blocks: 83, Avg Word Len: 5.51, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 598 (avg 1.34)
Open Squares: 142, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 5, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 26
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© 1954, The New York TimesNo. 1,825
Across
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Cedric Gibbons' statuette. : OSCAR
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Russian cabs. : ARABAS
12
Small goblet. : NOGGIN
18
State capital, pop. 27,998. : SANTAFE
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Native of Mexico. : SONORAN
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On terra firma. : ASHORE
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New Yorker, for instance. : CITYMAN
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Quail-like bird of ostrich family. : TINAMOU
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Weather-map markings. : ISOBARS
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Man's name. : IRA
28
Poppers of the question. : PROPOSERS
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___ Standish. : MILES
32
Small ostrich plume. : TIP
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Scarebabes. : OGRES
35
Verrucose, as some squash. : WARTED
36
Where Arequipa is. : PERU
37
Pronoun. : THESE
39
Opposite of "jour." : NUIT
40
Miss Oakley. : ANNIE
41
Overlords. : SATRAPS
44
Bride of Lohengrin. : ELSA
45
Busybodies. : SNOOPS
47
Famous marionette maker. : SARG
49
Quarto. : BOOK
50
Hungarian. : MAGYAR
52
Turbulent. : NOISY
54
Actor Flynn. : ERROL
56
Grenoble's river. : ISERE
58
Preoccupied. : ABSENT
60
Milk separator. : CREAMER
62
Ancient dweller in Susa. : ELAMITE
66
United. : ONE
67
County in N.Y. : TIOGA
69
What bingo is. : AGAME
70
Dispenser of 80 Across. : ALMONER
71
Antung's river. : YALU
73
Unfold a tale. : NARRATE
75
Auto club members. : AAAS
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Within: Comb. form. : INTRA
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Position at golf. : STANCE
80
Charitable gifts. : ALMS
81
Window piece. : SILL
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Almond willows. : OSIERS
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Carrier. : TOTER
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Social liability. : SNOB
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Musicale. : RECITAL
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Quebec Indian. : CREE
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Upraise. : ELEVATE
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Colossus. : TITAN
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Beach. : SANDS
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Ones elected. : INS
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Cuts up again. : REDICES
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Polish nobleman. : STAROST
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Strauss opera. : SALOME
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Actress Day. : DORIS
102
Not active. : INERT
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The common stonecrop. : SEDUM
104
Propellers. : SCREWS
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Eager. : AGOG
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Harp: Italian. : ARPA
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An awn. : ARISTA
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Zloty or baht. : COIN
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Overlay. : ENCRUST
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Gold: Latin. : AURUM
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Unsubstantial. : THIN
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Peasants in India. : RYOTS
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Macaws. : ARAS
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Coat named after British general. : RAGLAN
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"Of Thee ___." : ISING
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Tunnel borer. : ANT
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Tribal symbol. : TOTEM
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Duck hunter's forte. : WINGSHOTS
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For shame! : FIE
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Somewhat petty. : MEANISH
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Mechanical instrument. : PIANOLA
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More courteous. : POLITER
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Headland on Messina Strait. : SCILLA
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Tiny seraph. : ANGELET
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Click beetles. : ELATERS
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Slender shoot. : STOLON
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Conductor Defauw. : DESIRE
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Appointed. : NAMED
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Part of the projected Seaway. : ONTARIO
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Piggery. : STY
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Kilmer, Lejeune, Pendleton. : CAMPS
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At a distance. : AFAR
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Exalted fame. : RENOWN
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City on the Columbia River. : ASTORIA
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Blustering reveler. : ROISTERER
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Bonne ___ (Happy New Year). : ANNEE
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Show business (with "the"). : BOARDS
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Present ___. : ARMS
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___ Salvador. : SAO
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Fasten to a wall. : NAILUP
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Dare: Dial. Eng. : OSSE
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Hamlet's father. : GHOST
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Chunk. : GOB
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Wrathfully. : IRATELY
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Portia's confidante. : NERISSA
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Descendants. : SCIONS
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Toy rifle. : AIRGUN
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Number. : NUMERO
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Stage prop at the Met. : SPEAR
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Li'l Abner's mammy. : PANSY
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Native of Baghdad. : IRAKI
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Choirboy's collars. : ETONS
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Of an Egyptian dynasty. : PTOLEMAIC
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Ruling. : HEGEMONIC
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Nonsensical. : ASININE
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Large serpent. : ABOMA
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Redolence. : SMELL
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Frost. : POET
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Hall of Fame members: Colloq. : GREATS
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M. d'Herblay. : ARAMIS
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Greek portico. : STOA
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Spread unchecked. : RAGE
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Kara, Baltic, Bering. : SEAS
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Man's name. : ANATOLE
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Delayed. : BELATED
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Amounts of freight. : CARLOTS
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John Steinbeck, for instance. : REALIST
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Meantime. : INTERIM
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Land or realm. : TERRENE
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Sponges off. : ERASES
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Bluepoint. : OYSTER
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Member of the family. : GRAN
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Obscure. : UNEVIDENT
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Aspiring. : AMBITIOUS
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Canadian province: Abbr. : ALTA
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City on the Vistula. : CRACOW
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Dona's friend. : SENORA
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Original sin. : OLDADAM
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Black-fin snapper. : SESI
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Exceptional. : RARE
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Handle: Fr. : ANSE
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Sententious. : TERSE
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Flavors. : TANGS
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Aspersion. : SLUR
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Sheep separated from the flock. : STRAGGLER
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Passes over. : OMITS
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Consecrated: Fr. : SACRE
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Girl's name. : SARAH
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Beat it! : SCRAM
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Former maidenly virtue. : COYNESS
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Order to disperse (from law of 1715). : RIOTACT
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Spouse of 68 Down. : GRAMPA
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Throb. : PULSATE
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Turned. : SHIFTED
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Smaller. : TINIER
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City in France. : ANGERS
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Air Force Chief Twining. : NATHAN
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Three-toned chords. : TRINES
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Shut. : UNOPEN
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Tranquil. : STILL
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Small lizard. : ANOLI
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Moslem countries. : ISLAM
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City founded in 1050. : OSLO
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Engage in. : WAGE
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Weight of India. : TOLA
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Aegean island. : NIO
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Gov. Craig's state: Abbr. : IND
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Common suffix. : ITE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 19 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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