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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.
David Steinberg notes:

Original 134-Down clue had "Pharoahs"; corrected to "Pharaohs."

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© 1948, The New York TimesNo. 345
Across
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Blacked out by a brown bomber. : WALCOTT
8
Adulterated. : DEBASED
15
Modern Spanish painter. : PICASSO
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New radio star on mother-daughter program. : ELEANOR
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The "Disinherited" Knight. : IVANHOE
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A pig. : ROASTER
25
Issue. : EMANATE
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Inevitable end. : DESTINY
27
On the way. : ENROUTE
28
Owners of Constitution Hall, Washington. : DAR
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But; except. : SAVE
31
Symbol of repentance. : ASHES
32
Small shred. : SNIP
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Dance step. : PAS
34
Fire: Comb. form. : IGNI
36
Wrestling hold. : LOCK
38
Gold colors. : ORS
39
Spanish house. : CASA
40
Embrasure. : PORT
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Cause to arise. : ERECT
43
Repented. : RUED
45
Where Hon. Mackenzie King holds sway. : OTTAWA
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Whom Marie Sklodowska wed. : CURIE
48
Wild West shows. : RODEOS
50
Thick sweet liquid. : SYRUP
52
Pronoun. : HIS
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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
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Entangle again. : REMAT
73
Band of gold embroidery. : ORPHRAY
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Afflictive. : SORE
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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
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Before: Prefix. : PRE
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French fanatic, tried to assassinate Henry IV. : CHATEL
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Is in store for. : AWAITS
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Adam's grandson. : ENOS
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Defunct radio program. : CHEERIO
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Proficient. : ADEPT
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Mother of Apollo. : LETO
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Man's nickname. : LEN
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___ de Boulogne. : BOIS
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Moslem religion. : ISLAM
100
Large red-wood tree. : TOON
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Contested an election. : RAN
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Man's name. : ERIC
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Guildford in Surrey. : ASTOLAT
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Exclamation of contempt. : POOF
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Singapore renamed. : SHONAN
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Fictional ruler of a city in a volcano. : SHE
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Class. : GENUS
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Purely intellectual knowledge. : NOESIS
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Senegambian gazelle. : KORIN
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Leader of Venetian plein-airists. : CIARDI
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Short pencil. : STUB
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Under. : NEATH
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Encompassed by. : AMID
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Fortifies. : MANS
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Oxalis plant. : OCA
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Hope: Latin. : SPES
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Strong rope. : STAY
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Trio plus septet. : TEN
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Yang. : HONK
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Very stupid. : CRASS
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He said, "Books think for me." : ELIA
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They: French. : ILS
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Caustic. : ERODENT
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Abri. : SHELTER
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Black mark. : DEMERIT
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___ Strauss. : RICARDO
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British free-trader of 1846. : PEELITE
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"___, envy, pride, Three fatal sparks."—Dante. : AVARICE
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Berater. : SCOLDER
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Where Nineveh was. : ASSYRIA
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Threatener. : MENACER
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Scraggier. : WEEDIER
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Pizarro's companion in Peru, 1524. : ALMAGRO
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"An upright judge, a ___ judge!" : LEARNED
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Tin, in England. : CAN
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Fuegians. : ONAS
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Complete. : TOTAL
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Miss Claire ___, actress. : TREVOR
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Worked at. : DID
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Genus of ipecacs. : EVEA
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Deep male voice. : BASSO
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As if imbued with human characteristics. : ANTHROPOMORPHOLOGICALLY
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Demurest. : SHIEST
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Cosmic cycles. : EONS
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Pasha. : DEY
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La ___, important Argentine newspaper. : PRENSA
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Ancient district in Asia Minor. : IONIA
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Pond fish. : CARP
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Volcanic mountain on Kyushu. : ASO
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Comas. : STUPORS
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Genus of bristly spiked grasses. : SETARIA
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Mythological matricide. : ORESTES
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Ancient shields. : ECUS
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Cuts. : SAWS
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Sherbets. : ICES
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Baldpate had seven. : KEYS
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Biblical murderer. : CAIN
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Young seals. : PUPS
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Trainman's signal. : TOOT
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Rigorous. : DRASTIC
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Hamlet. : THORP
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Jersey ___. : CITY
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Ogler. : STARER
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Caoutchouc tree. : ULE
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Strong heavy vehicle. : DRAY
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___ World. : ONE
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Miss Hunt, actress. : MARSHA
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Ape. : ORANG
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George Meredith's tragic hero. : FEVEREL
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"The flower of my heart." : ADELINE
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Legendary traitor to Roland. : GANELON
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Electrical current strength units. : AMPERES
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Poem of eight lines. : TRIOLET
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More full of holes, as woolens. : MOTHIER
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Short melody. : ARIETTA
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Edmund ___, crime specialist. : PEARSON
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Presses through a perforated utensil. : RICES
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Wild buffalo. : ARNEE
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Hauled. : HALED
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Calyx leaf. : SEPAL
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Small money: Abbr. : CTS
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Colonizer. : OECIST
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Unprocessed. : RAW
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Relating to serpents. : OPHIC
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Cossack chiefs. : ATAMANS
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Sugar cane stalk. : RATOON
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Fabricate. : COIN
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Upright piece of a step. : RISER
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Go or come quickly. : POP
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Stock feed. : BRAN
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Beverage. : ALE
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The canonical hour of nones. : NOON
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Daughter of Yniol. : ENID
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Ironic exclamations. : AHAS
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Exclaims in rebuke. : TUTS
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Fixed charges. : FEES
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Water striders. : SKATERS
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Grandiose. : HOMERIC
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1,500-mile river. : ORINOCO
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Decline. : SINK
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Theatrical extra. : SUPE
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Ironical. : SATIRIC
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An Italian. : ITALICE
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Pettifogger. : SHYSTER
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He has five daughters. : CANTOR
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Zenoid fishes. : DOREES
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Matriarch. : BELDAM
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World: French. : MONDE
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About. : ASTIR
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Strainer. : SIEVE
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Crowd. : HERD
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Man's nickname. : CHES
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One of several Pharaohs. : SETI
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Blue cotton cloth made in Aleppo. : AMAN
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Swedish river. : DAL
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Town in Belgium. : SPA
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Wickard's Agency. : REA
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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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