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SPORTING CHANCE

New York Times, Sunday, September 5, 1954

Author:
H. L. Risteen
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 164, Blocks: 88, Avg Word Len: 5.38, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 647 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 151, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 35
Herb L. Risteen has 244 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

The 50-Across clue in the New York Times erroneously read [Exclamation of delight.] as opposed to [Exclamations of delight.]

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© 1954, The New York TimesNo. 1,895
Across
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Golf celebrity. : BENHOGAN
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Printer's term. : STET
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College mile champion. : WESSANTEE
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Divided into small spaces. : AREOLATE
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Welles role. : LEAR
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Lens makers. : OPTICIANS
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Foolish talker. : DRIVELER
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___ Minor. : URSA
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Temperature lines on maps. : ISOTHERMS
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Admissions money. : GATE
29
Conveyed to a distance: Law. : ELOIGNED
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Man's nickname. : MORT
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Indian. : CREE
33
Old verb ending. : ETH
34
Man's name. : SILAS
35
Bank item: Abbr. : DEP
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My: Ital. : MIE
38
Adjective suffixes. : EYS
39
Oxhide thongs of So. Africa. : RIEMS
42
Yogi's number. : EIGHT
44
Commando. : RAIDER
46
Even if. : THO
48
Road machine. : SCRAPER
50
Exclamations of delight. : OOHS
52
Cheers the team. : ROOTS
53
Cut of meat. : LOIN
54
Born. : NEE
55
Long-handled scythe: Dial. : MEAK
57
Part of Canada: Abbr. : NWT
58
Frocks. : GOWNS
59
Of the ribs. : COSTAL
62
Girl's name. : ZOE
64
First aid item. : IODINE
66
Louisiana Senator. : LONG
67
Acolyte's place. : ALTAR
68
Fruit envelope. : BURR
69
Secular persons. : LAICS
70
Ring decisions. : KOS
71
Agency under Dept. of Agriculture. : REA
72
German poet. : HEINE
74
Wing: Fr. : AILE
75
German measles. : RUBEOLA
79
Star track performer, 1953-54. : VANDERBILTSNATIVEDANCER
84
Makes beloved. : ENDEARS
85
Keeps close to. : HUGS
86
Capital of Afghanistan. : KABUL
87
Teutonic war god. : TYR
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Stanky and others. : EDS
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Rains. : POURS
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Handled troughs. : HODS
92
Montevideo's river. : PLATA
94
Wheel hub. : NAVE
96
Elephant's burden. : HOWDAH
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Pitcher's number. : ONE
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Base maneuvers. : SLIDES
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Put into symbols. : CODED
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Almost eternity. : EON
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Asiatic gulf. : SIAM
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"___ an American." : IAM
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To join: Fr. : UNIR
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Takes out. : DELES
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"Do ye ken John ___ ... " : PEEL
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Nine ___. : INNINGS
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Correspondent's afterthought. : PPS
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Extremists. : ULTRAS
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Braves' southpaw. : SPAHN
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Jabiru's relative. : STORK
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Noun case: Abbr. : ACC
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Belgian city. : SPA
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___ fly. : POP
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Dawdles. : LOAFS
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___ Juana. : TIA
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Melody. : ARIA
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Sudanese people. : TIBU
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Secluded. : MONASTIC
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Brewing essential. : MALT
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Drives forward again. : REPROPELS
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Descended. : ALIT
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Capable of being trained. : EDUCABLE
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Track events. : MILERACES
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Runner's pathway. : LANE
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Seller. : RETAILER
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Essential quality for a good athlete. : ALERTNESS
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Angers. : IRES
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Winter sportsmen. : SLEDDERS
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Wisconsin footballers. : BADGERS
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Describing a wild pitcher. : ERRATIC
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Conjunction. : NEITHER
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Stopped (with "to"). : HOVE
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Cheer at a bull fight. : OLE
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Outbursts. : GALES
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Workshop. : ATELIER
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Oil of orange flowers. : NEROLI
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Headline for Irv Noren. : SLUGSHOMER
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Bird. : TERN
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Alleviated. : EASED
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Merchant. : TRADER
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Fishing bait in Brooklynese. : WOIM
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Where the Oaks is run. : EPSOMDOWNS
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Brief tale. : STORIETTE
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Household problem. : SITTERS
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Oh: Ger. : ACH
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Relative. : NIECE
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Hudson River village. : TARRYTOWN
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Entangling. : ENMESHING
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Existence. : ESSE
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Verdi role. : IAGO
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Golf score. : PAR
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Devil fish. : MANTA
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Took the lead, as in a campaign. : SPEARHEADED
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Article. : THE
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Heavy-faced type. : IONIC
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Batsmen's sides of the wicket. : ONS
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Fish. : EEL
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Yacht race entry. : SAILINGSHIP
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Free. : LOOSEN
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Marsupials. : KOALAS
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World-wide program. : GLOBALPLANS
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Cut. : CARVE
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City near Buffalo. : OLEAN
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Part of a ball park. : STAND
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Pueblo Indian. : ZUNI
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Black Earth city. : OREL
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Training table specialty. : DIET
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Babies' neckwear. : BIBS
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Large African antelope. : KUDU
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Bobbles. : ERRS
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Demon of Hindu myth. : ASURAS
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Uprisers: Colloq. : REBS
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Group of eight. : OCTAD
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U. S. carrier. : LEYTE
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Wall hanging. : ARRAS
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Well-known Danny. : DEEVER
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Dull thump. : THUD
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Figure. : IKON
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___ mecum (handbook). : VADE
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Indoor game equipment. : POOLTABLES
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Baseball magnate. : OWNER
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Well-dusted pentagons. : HOMEPLATES
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Greatest number allowed. : LIMIT
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Peerless. : NONPAREIL
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Bartholomew was ___. : ADISCIPLE
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Part of a shoe. : HEELPIECE
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Fault. : SIN
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Lipton ___. : CUP
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Stevenson. : AES
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Household receptacle. : DUSTPAN
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Energy. : SAP
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Burma's neighbor. : LAOS
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Unbeliever. : INFIDEL
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Remarkable. : NOTABLE
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Cross-examiner. : GRILLER
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Winter sport devotees. : SKATERS
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East African tribesman. : SOMALI
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Abominators. : HATERS
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Loving one. : CARER
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___ circle. : POLAR
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Horny plate. : SCUTE
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First word of the Aeneid. : ARMA
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Any of our ships: Abbr. : USSS
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Right fielder's number. : NINE
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___ Marian. : MAID
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Scrap. : ORT
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Poor sport. : CAD

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 22 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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