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WORD GAME

New York Times, Sunday, September 25, 1955

Author:
Jack Luzzatto
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 60, Avg Word Len: 5.52, Missing: { J X Z }, Scrabble score: 552 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 136, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 26
Jack Luzzatto has 292 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original 93-Across clue had a colon after "pope"; changed it to a semicolon.

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© 1955, The New York TimesNo. 2,280
Across
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Ludicrous flop. : FIASCO
7
Puzzle in pantomime. : CHARADE
14
Dines like a king. : FEASTS
20
Give a job. : EMPLOY
21
Water channel. : RACEWAY
22
Procured from whey. : LACTIC
23
Tourist stopovers. : MOTELS
24
Province of E. Cuba. : ORIENTE
25
On leave, as a sailor. : ASHORE
26
Lost youth. : AGED
27
Leaseholder. : TENANT
29
Custom. : USAGE
31
Forefront. : VAN
32
Celtic Neptune: Original King Lear. : LER
33
Sea touching Alaska. : BERING
34
Une, deux, ___. : TROIS
35
Impress. : DENT
36
Charming. : ENAMORING
38
Birthday tallies. : YEARS
39
Relatives of buttes. : MESAS
40
Often strange beliefs. : ISMS
41
Atop. : UPON
43
Things abstract, in philosophy. : ENTIA
45
Meshwork. : TISSUE
48
Read. : PERUSE
50
Winter cap addenda. : EARLAPS
54
Insect feelers. : ANTENNAE
56
Shopper's notes. : ITEMS
58
Bird of storms. : PETREL
59
Squints. : PEERS
60
Price cut. : SLASH
62
Wriggled away. : EELED
64
Strain the patience. : TRY
65
Waiter's burden. : TRAY
66
Highly controversial figure. : STORMCENTER
68
Hold in check. : REIN
69
Ocean: Abbr. : ATL
70
Part of Hispaniola. : HAITI
71
Invest. : ENDUE
72
Mme. Mesta. : PERLE
73
Sound of little feet. : PITPAT
75
Islands between Sweden and Finland. : ALAND
77
Where Conestogas rolled. : PRAIRIES
79
Of a huge desert. : SAHARAN
81
Horsehairs, threads, etc. : SETONS
83
Drill companies. : SQUADS
84
Pure malice. : VENOM
86
Vaccines. : SERA
87
Daze. : STUN
88
Beseech. : PLEAD
91
Trail of a jet. : VAPOR
93
Tiara of a pope; triple crown. : TRIREGNUM
98
Dancer Bambi. : LINN
99
Conclude, as a deal. : SEWUP
100
___ Trujillo, Dominican capital. : CIUDAD
101
Unnamed person. : ONE
102
Quantity: Abbr. : AMT
103
German poet, 1875–1926. : RILKE
104
Ready for a Klan meeting. : HOODED
105
Malay dagger. : CRIS
106
Whine. : SNIVEL
108
Young man in white suit. : INTERNE
110
T. Williams' forté. : DRAMAS
112
Fine wool grower. : MERINO
113
Of the breastbone. : STERNAL
114
Papal envoy. : LEGATE
115
Masters. : ADEPTS
116
Too elatedly. : HEADILY
117
Smoothed. : EVENED
Down
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The intuitive sex. : FEMALE
2
Heroine of "Cymbeline." : IMOGEN
3
Wingless insects. : APTERA
4
Coaster. : SLED
5
Mountain pass. : COL
6
The Walrus and the Carpenter, by choice. : OYSTERMEN
7
Author, doctor, Scot. : CRONIN
8
Speech to a multitude. : HARANGUE
9
Serving to win. : ACING
10
"A ___ pleat." : REET
11
Beard of grain. : AWN
12
Poisonous plant. : DATURA
13
Architectural blunder. : EYESORE
14
Flying colors. : FLAGS
15
Simplicity. : EASE
16
German exclamation. : ACH
17
Winter comforts. : STOVES
18
Albanian capital. : TIRANA
19
Detects fragrance. : SCENTS
28
Goddess of discord. : ERIS
30
Soissons' river. : AISNE
33
Deck-crew officers. : BOSUNS
34
Time for grammar. : TENSE
35
Gave cards. : DEALT
37
Wretchedness. : MISERY
38
Civic meeting place. : YOUTHCENTER
39
Bogged down. : MIRED
42
Three-sided glass length. : PRISM
44
Candle. : TAPER
45
Series of knocks. : TAPTAPS
46
Laziness. : INERTIA
47
Furtive quiet. : STEALTH
48
Ball game. : PELOTA
49
Free from faults. : EMEND
51
Blood vessel, in anatomy. : ARTERIA
52
Put in danger. : PERILED
53
Secret humor. : SLYNESS
55
___ spumante, sparkling wine. : ASTI
57
Easy bouts. : SETUPS
61
Seed coats. : ARILS
63
Unpleasant look. : LEER
66
Fallen angel. : SATAN
67
Witch of ___. : ENDOR
68
(Had) tolled again. : RERUNG
70
Fled from the hunter. : HARED
72
Miffed. : PIQUED
74
Stately 17th-century dance. : PAVAN
76
Fox-and-grapes man. : AESOP
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On the fence. : ASTRADDLE
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"The Stepmother," for instance. : NOVEL
82
Countrywide. : NATIONAL
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Foolishly sentimental. : MAWKISH
87
Phase. : SIDE
88
Portion of the blood. : PLASMA
89
Delineated. : LIMNED
90
Whole. : ENTIRE
92
Bridge: Span. : PUENTE
94
Like a boor. : RUDELY
95
Dr. Peale. : NORMAN
96
United Greek Christian. : UNIATE
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Muddled. : MESSED
99
Farm structures. : SILOS
100
Musical horns: Ital. : CORNI
103
House money. : RENT
104
Flock. : HERD
105
Enclosed place for baseball practice. : CAGE
107
Bigwig. : VIP
109
Japanese ceremony. : TEA
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Turn of the motor. : REV

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 19 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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