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WITH CLUES FROM THE NEWS

New York Times, Sunday, September 27, 1942

Author:
Charles Erlenkotter
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 178, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.04, Missing: { J X }, Scrabble score: 687 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 129, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 113 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Charles Erlenkotter has 8 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Try reading the first row of Across entries in sequence! Also, original 2-Down clue had "Historian"; changed to "historian." Original 84-Down clue had "war"; changed to "War."

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© 1942, The New York TimesNo. 33
Across
1. Beat into a pulp. : SQUASH
7. Pronoun. : THAT
11. Member of a European political party. : NAZI
15. Government tenure. : REGIME
21. Component of basalt. : AUGITE
22. Distinguishes. : SEPARATES
24. Dodged. : EVADED
25. Seesaw. : TILTER
26. Lifts. : ELEVATORS
27. Disinfecting with calcium oxide. : LIMING
28. Cuckoo. : ANI
29. Calcareous concretion. : PEARL
31. Finial ornament. : EPI
32. Blackbird. : OUSEL
34. Character in Peer Gynt. : ASE
35. At no time: contraction. : NEER
37. "The silver link, the silken ___."—Scott. : TIE
38. Urgent pressure. : DRIVE
40. Greek letter. : ETA
41. Absolute monarch. : TSAR
42. Back-scratcher. : STRIGIL
44. Keeping away. : FENDING
46. Adopts. : ASSUMES
48. Milk, in pharmacy. : LAC
49. Formal dance: French. : BAL
50. Abstract. : STEAL
52. Diuturnity. : EON
53. Short bludgeon. : BILLY
56. Immerse. : BATHE
58. Civil War Governor of Illinois. : YATES
60. Connects. : LINKS
64. Burden. : ONUS
65. Swallows. : MARTINS
67. United by suture. : SEWED
69. Liquid food. : SOUP
70. Away. : OFF
71. An exquisite. : DANDY
72. Finger-stall. : COT
74. Swab. : WIPER
76. By way of. : VIA
77. Try-ons. : FITTINGS
79. South American capital. : CARACAS
81. Medicinal cigarettes. : CUBEBS
83. Makes smaller. : DWARFS
84. Secret order. : MASONRY
85. Serious admonition. : HOMILY
86. Latrobe. : HEATER
87. Probity. : HONESTY
88. Title of "The Scarlet Pimpernel." : BARONESS
90. Dwarf. : ELF
91. One of a Shakespearean sister-act. : REGAN
93. Title of baronets. : SIR
94. Longest and largest bone. : FEMUR
95. Article. : THE
96. Plentiful. : RIFE
98. She had fifty daughters. : DORIS
100. Dutch Guiana. : SURINAM
102. Tubular cavity of the brain. : ITER
103. Redolence. : SCENT
105. Grecian. : ATTIC
107. Bay at southeast tip of New Guinea, site of Allied ambush. : MILNE
108. Bridge-jumper's given name. : STEVE
109. Beetle. : DOR
111. Sweet drinks. : SODAS
113. Symbolic letter of alphabet. : VEE
114. Author who was expelled from West Point. : POE
115. Scatterer. : STREWER
119. Redecorate a room. : REPAPER
121. Philadelphia merrymakers. : MUMMERS
125. Dull sound. : THUD
126. Money-order in Britain: abbr. : POO
128. Ancient seaport of Phenicia. : SIDON
129. Vertical line in music. : BAR
130. Clothing, in Navy slang. : SLOP
131. Bitter vetch. : ERS
132. Heavy veiling. : VOILE
134. Bantling. : TOT
135. Greek architecture. : IONIC
137. Bustle. : ADO
138. Hero of the Battle of Verdun. : PETAIN
140. Burmese river: scene of recent battles. : IRRAWADDY
143. Caustic critic. : SLATER
145. Italian banners. : PALIOS
146. Desecrations. : VIOLATION
147. Uncommon aptitude. : TALENT
148. Channel swimmer. : EDERLE
149. Aardvark fare. : ANTS
150. Eye. : OGLE
151. Callow person who tries to be witty: slang. : SMARTY
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1. Reprobates. : SATANS
2. French historian (1803–1875). : QUINET
3. More cantankerous. : UGLIER
4. Little island. : AIT
5. "Keep ___ to the music of the Union."—Choate. : STEP
6. One who chooses his own belief. : HERETIC
7. Hebrew vowel-point. : TSERE
8. Gambling-house. : HELL
9. Simian. : APE
10. "There is a ___ in the town."—College song. : TAVERN
11. Birth. : NATIVITY
12. Philippine town ward. : ATO
13. Japanese fighter plane. : ZERO
14. Proceed. : ISSUE
15. Deliverance. : RELEASE
16. Injury. : EVIL
17. Herd of whales. : GAM
18. Peculiarity. : IDIASM
19. Altar-tops. : MENSAE
20. Machines for finishing lumber. : EDGERS
23. Scenic attraction at Niagara Falls. : RAPIDS
30. Disturb. : AIL
33. As it is written: Music. : STA
36. Telescopic valleys of the moon. : RILLS
38. City in India. : DELHI
39. Trojan hero. : ENEAS
41. Mediterranean seaport. : TUNIS
43. Sportive. : GAY
44. Obese person. : FATTY
45. What New York City is to the Hudson. : GATEWAY
47. Heavenly body. : SOL
49. Covers with bacon strips. : BARDS
51. Labor leader. : LEWIS
53. Peach brandy. : BOOF
54. Disloyal. : INFIDELIC
55. Nazi air force. : LUFTWAFFE
56. Type of coiffure. : BANGS
57. Encloses. : ENCASES
59. Month of the year: abbr. : SEP
61. Short romance. : NOVELETTE
62. Temporary Russian capital. : KUIBYSHEV
63. Watering-places. : SPAS
65. Drama by Byron. : MANFRED
66. Women's club. : SOROSIS
68. Convention. : DECORUM
71. More dreadful. : DIRER
73. Ill-natured caprice. : TANTRUM
75. Hearsay. : RUMOR
78. Gunny cloth of India. : TAT
79. Container. : CAN
80. Hawk. : CRY
82. Compartment. : BIN
84. Vessel in Civil War naval battle. : MONITOR
85. Buckets: Latin. : HAMAE
86. Pronoun. : HERS
87. Deer. : HARTS
88. Sesame. : BENNE
89. Withered. : SERE
92. Portuguese colony in India. : GOA
94. Office worker. : FILER
97. Abolished. : ENDED
99. Flanks. : SIDES
101. Split. : RIVEN
102. Entries. : ITEMS
104. Drag. : TOW
106. Important cities. : CAPITALS
108. Silure. : SOM
110. Answer: French. : REPONSE
112. Battle between Prussia and Austria, 1866. : SADOWA
114. Overparticular persons. : PURISTS
115. Russian plain. : STEPPE
116. Line of connection. : THREAD
117. "The hum of bees, the ___ of the bladed corn."—Whittier. : RUSTLE
118. King: French. : ROI
120. Pancake material. : POTATO
121. "A two-legged animal without feathers."—Plato. : MAN
122. Beetle. : ELATER
123. Mammal with no canine teeth. : RODENT
124. Given to gay dissipation. : SPORTY
127. Father of the Quints. : OLIVA
129. Battle fought here in 1690 between Orangemen and Royalists. : BOYNE
132. Musical instrument. : VIOL
133. Where the I. R. A. is. : ERIN
135. Fetish. : IDOL
136. Close-mouthed person. : CLAM
139. Lilt. : AIR
141. Decay. : ROT
142. Sly thrust. : DIG
144. Wing. : ALA

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 103 debuted here and reused later, 1 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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