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THE BIGGER THEY COME

New York Times, Sunday, September 19, 1948

Author: I. Kert
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 174, Blocks: 76, Avg Word Len: 5.21, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 664 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 153, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 54 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Isaac Kert has 30 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
PS notes: Original 134-Down clue had "Pharoahs"; corrected to "Pharaohs."
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© 1948, The New York TimesNo. 345
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1. Blacked out by a brown bomber. : WALCOTT
8. Adulterated. : DEBASED
15. Modern Spanish painter. : PICASSO
22. New radio star on mother-daughter program. : ELEANOR
23. The "Disinherited" Knight. : IVANHOE
24. A pig. : ROASTER
25. Issue. : EMANATE
26. Inevitable end. : DESTINY
27. On the way. : ENROUTE
28. Owners of Constitution Hall, Washington. : DAR
29. But; except. : SAVE
31. Symbol of repentance. : ASHES
32. Small shred. : SNIP
33. Dance step. : PAS
34. Fire: Comb. form. : IGNI
36. Wrestling hold. : LOCK
38. Gold colors. : ORS
39. Spanish house. : CASA
40. Embrasure. : PORT
41. Cause to arise. : ERECT
43. Repented. : RUED
45. Where Hon. Mackenzie King holds sway. : OTTAWA
47. Whom Marie Sklodowska wed. : CURIE
48. Wild West shows. : RODEOS
50. Thick sweet liquid. : SYRUP
52. Pronoun. : HIS
53. Fabled serpent whose bite produced mortal thirst. : DIPSAS
54. De ___, discoverer of the Mississippi. : SOTO
56. French man's name, meaning peaceful. : SALOMON
58. Morsels. : ORTS
59. Tire. : FAG
62. 500-mile river in Africa. : TANA
64. Loose garment for women: Var. : SEMAR
65. Dog in King Lear. : TRAY
66. Ichnography. : MAP
69. Biblical town. : EDAR
71. Entangle again. : REMAT
73. Band of gold embroidery. : ORPHRAY
75. Afflictive. : SORE
76. Where Shylock plied his trade. : VENICE
78. Assistants of abbots. : PRIORS
80. River in France. : AIN
81. Plexiform arrangement. : RETIA
82. Brain-wave recorder. : ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHER
86. Irritates. : RILES
87. Before: Prefix. : PRE
88. French fanatic, tried to assassinate Henry IV. : CHATEL
89. Is in store for. : AWAITS
90. Adam's grandson. : ENOS
91. Defunct radio program. : CHEERIO
93. Proficient. : ADEPT
95. Mother of Apollo. : LETO
96. Man's nickname. : LEN
97. ___ de Boulogne. : BOIS
98. Moslem religion. : ISLAM
100. Large red-wood tree. : TOON
102. Contested an election. : RAN
103. Man's name. : ERIC
104. Guildford in Surrey. : ASTOLAT
106. Exclamation of contempt. : POOF
108. Singapore renamed. : SHONAN
111. Fictional ruler of a city in a volcano. : SHE
112. Class. : GENUS
114. Purely intellectual knowledge. : NOESIS
118. Senegambian gazelle. : KORIN
119. Leader of Venetian plein-airists. : CIARDI
121. Short pencil. : STUB
123. Under. : NEATH
124. Encompassed by. : AMID
125. Fortifies. : MANS
126. Oxalis plant. : OCA
128. Hope: Latin. : SPES
130. Strong rope. : STAY
131. Trio plus septet. : TEN
132. Yang. : HONK
133. Very stupid. : CRASS
135. He said, "Books think for me." : ELIA
137. They: French. : ILS
138. Caustic. : ERODENT
140. Abri. : SHELTER
142. Black mark. : DEMERIT
144. ___ Strauss. : RICARDO
145. British free-trader of 1846. : PEELITE
146. "___, envy, pride, Three fatal sparks."—Dante. : AVARICE
147. Berater. : SCOLDER
148. Where Nineveh was. : ASSYRIA
149. Threatener. : MENACER
1. Scraggier. : WEEDIER
2. Pizarro's companion in Peru, 1524. : ALMAGRO
3. "An upright judge, a ___ judge!" : LEARNED
4. Tin, in England. : CAN
5. Fuegians. : ONAS
6. Complete. : TOTAL
7. Miss Claire ___, actress. : TREVOR
8. Worked at. : DID
9. Genus of ipecacs. : EVEA
10. Deep male voice. : BASSO
11. As if imbued with human characteristics. : ANTHROPOMORPHOLOGICALLY
12. Demurest. : SHIEST
13. Cosmic cycles. : EONS
14. Pasha. : DEY
15. La ___, important Argentine newspaper. : PRENSA
16. Ancient district in Asia Minor. : IONIA
17. Pond fish. : CARP
18. Volcanic mountain on Kyushu. : ASO
19. Comas. : STUPORS
20. Genus of bristly spiked grasses. : SETARIA
21. Mythological matricide. : ORESTES
30. Ancient shields. : ECUS
32. Cuts. : SAWS
35. Sherbets. : ICES
37. Baldpate had seven. : KEYS
39. Biblical murderer. : CAIN
40. Young seals. : PUPS
42. Trainman's signal. : TOOT
44. Rigorous. : DRASTIC
46. Hamlet. : THORP
47. Jersey ___. : CITY
49. Ogler. : STARER
51. Caoutchouc tree. : ULE
53. Strong heavy vehicle. : DRAY
55. ___ World. : ONE
57. Miss Hunt, actress. : MARSHA
58. Ape. : ORANG
59. George Meredith's tragic hero. : FEVEREL
60. "The flower of my heart." : ADELINE
61. Legendary traitor to Roland. : GANELON
63. Electrical current strength units. : AMPERES
65. Poem of eight lines. : TRIOLET
66. More full of holes, as woolens. : MOTHIER
67. Short melody. : ARIETTA
68. Edmund ___, crime specialist. : PEARSON
70. Presses through a perforated utensil. : RICES
72. Wild buffalo. : ARNEE
74. Hauled. : HALED
75. Calyx leaf. : SEPAL
77. Small money: Abbr. : CTS
79. Colonizer. : OECIST
81. Unprocessed. : RAW
83. Relating to serpents. : OPHIC
84. Cossack chiefs. : ATAMANS
85. Sugar cane stalk. : RATOON
91. Fabricate. : COIN
92. Upright piece of a step. : RISER
94. Go or come quickly. : POP
97. Stock feed. : BRAN
99. Beverage. : ALE
101. The canonical hour of nones. : NOON
103. Daughter of Yniol. : ENID
104. Ironic exclamations. : AHAS
105. Exclaims in rebuke. : TUTS
107. Fixed charges. : FEES
108. Water striders. : SKATERS
109. Grandiose. : HOMERIC
110. 1,500-mile river. : ORINOCO
111. Decline. : SINK
113. Theatrical extra. : SUPE
115. Ironical. : SATIRIC
116. An Italian. : ITALICE
117. Pettifogger. : SHYSTER
119. He has five daughters. : CANTOR
120. Zenoid fishes. : DOREES
122. Matriarch. : BELDAM
125. World: French. : MONDE
127. About. : ASTIR
129. Strainer. : SIEVE
132. Crowd. : HERD
133. Man's nickname. : CHES
134. One of several Pharaohs. : SETI
136. Blue cotton cloth made in Aleppo. : AMAN
139. Swedish river. : DAL
140. Town in Belgium. : SPA
141. Wickard's Agency. : REA
143. What the Paleozoic is. : ERA

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 44 debuted here and reused later, 12 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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