Crossword Puzzle Number 973 (Extra Small Grid)

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1. The federal department responsible for safeguarding national security.
4. South American armadillo with three bands of bony plates.
8. An American doctorate usually based on at least 3 years graduate study and a dissertation.
11. A federal agency established to coordinate programs aimed at reducing pollution and protecting the environment.
12. God of death.
13. A plant hormone promoting elongation of stems and roots.
14. Area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir.
16. A state in southeastern United States.
18. A fraudulent business scheme.
19. An amino acid that is found in the central nervous system.
21. A silvery soft waxy metallic element of the alkali metal group.
22. Water frozen in the solid state.
24. (Greek mythology) Goddess of the earth and mother of Cronus and the Titans in ancient mythology.
27. A condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorders.
29. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth.
32. The elementary stages of any subject (usually plural).
34. Talks a great deal about uninteresting topics.
37. A white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light.
38. Baby bed with high sides.
40. A small cake leavened with yeast.
45. (astronomy) The angular distance of a celestial point measured westward along the celestial equator from the zenith crossing.
46. (Akkadian) God of wisdom.
48. 1 species.
50. The basic unit of electric current adopted under the System International d'Unites.
52. Large burrowing rodent of South and Central America.
54. (informal) Of the highest quality.
55. A light touch or stroke.
56. The basic unit of money in Iran.
57. A piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep.

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1. United States labor organizer who ran for President as a socialist (1855-1926).
2. An organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the sale of petroleum.
3. Fallow deer.
4. Before noon.
5. (plate tectonic theory) A hypothetical continent including all the landmass of the earth prior to the Triassic period when it split into Laurasia and Gondwanaland.
6. Type genus of the family Arcidae.
7. An intensely radioactive metallic element that occurs in minute amounts in uranium ores.
8. Perennial herb of East India to Polynesia and Australia cultivated for its large edible root yielding Otaheite arrowroot starch.
9. German chemist who was co-discoverer with Lise Meitner of nuclear fission (1879-1968).
10. An informal term for a father.
15. Type genus of the Amiidae.
17. The syllable naming the fourth (subdominant) note of the diatonic scale in solmization.
20. English monk and scholar (672-735).
23. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad.
25. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens.
26. An international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members.
28. 1/10 gram.
30. A soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group.
31. A soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal.
33. A unit of magnetomotive force equal to 0.7958 ampere-turns.
35. Someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike.
36. The compass point that is one point east (clockwise) of due north.
39. Avatar of Vishnu.
41. Type genus of the Alcidae comprising solely the razorbill.
42. Any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient Semitic peoples.
43. Small European freshwater fish with a slender bluish-green body.
44. In bed.
47. The month following March and preceding May.
49. A workplace for the conduct of scientific research.
50. A colorless explosive liquid that is volatile and poisonous and foul-smelling.
51. A soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element.
53. The branch of computer science that deal with writing computer programs that can solve problems creatively.

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