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New York Times, Friday, August 21, 1953

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 68, Blocks: 25, Avg Word Len: 5.88, Missing: { J Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 288 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 108, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 2, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 22
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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,524
Across
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Capricorn or Cancer. : TROPIC
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Unctuous flattery: Slang. : SOFTSOAP
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A gift: Spanish. : RECADO
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An animate being. : CREATURE
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Privilege of purchase. : OPTION
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Logical in examination. : ANALYTIC
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Man's name. : LEON
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Vicar's assistant. : CURATE
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Rumanian monetary unit. : LEU
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Strike gently, as wavelets. : LAP
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Places; puts down. : POSITS
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Oriental weight of one to five lb. : ROTL
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Mathematical shortcut device. : SLIDERULE
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Fauna and flora of a region. : BIOTA
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Evaporate again. : REDRY
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"A ___, a tasket . . . " : TISKET
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Paul Winchell's star performer. : MAHONEY
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Contemporary French painter. : MATISSE
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Used a mangle. : IRONED
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A shade of blue, in the garment trade. : COPEN
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Housed like a pig. : STIED
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Differing in opinion. : DIVERGING
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Mademoiselle. : MISS
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Anapest, iamb, etc. : METERS
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Owing to. : DUE
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Sternward. : AFT
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Relatives of bicuspids. : MOLARS
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Blueprint. : PLAN
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Full of trees. : TIMBERED
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All the East. : ORIENT
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Lacking a tail: Zool. : ECAUDATE
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Furiously intense. : FIERCE
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Soldier on guard. : SENTINEL
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Moats or ditches. : FOSSES
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Fishes with a spoon. : TROLLS
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Swan song for bootleggers. : REPEAL
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Devilfishes. : OCTOPI
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Misery. : PAIN
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Two words of assent. : IDO
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Agreed harmoniously. : CONCORDED
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In blood-curdling style. : SCARILY
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Gaudy. : ORNATE
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Deeds of difficulty. : FEATS
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Yarn. : TALE
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Eye trouble. : STY
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Prospects of the future. : OUTLOOKS
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Brief operatic songs. : ARIETTES
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Embezzle. : PECULATE
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Ruinous interest. : USURY
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Used the sharp end of a hammer. : PEENED
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On the ascent. : RISING
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Talks monotonously. : DRONES
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Hungry mosquitoes. : BITERS
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Breaks a habit by degrees: 2 wds. : TAPERSOFF
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Matches wrongly. : MISMATES
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Subtle deception. : ARTIFICE
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Engineer who lifts loads. : HOISTMAN
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Man with a van. : MOVER
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What the Kremlin is. : CITADEL
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Cross out. : DELETE
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They neither toil nor spin. : IDLERS
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Delicate shade of meaning. : NUANCE
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Roman clans or families. : GENTES
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Gussie of the courts. : MORAN
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Middle: Comb. form. : MEDI
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Breakfast food in New England. : PIES
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Word of exception. : BUT
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___ Grande. : RIO

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 15 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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