New York Times, Thursday, December 5, 1985

Author: Peter Swift
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { G J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 322 (avg 1.70)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 8, XRef: 3, Spans: 4
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© 1985, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Kind of tax : POLL
5. Fenced in : PALED
10. Speak gruffly : BARK
14. Caesar's sister : ATIA
15. Affirmed forcefully : SWORE
16. Air : ARIA
17. With 28 and 49 Across, a riddle : WHATKINDOFWATCH
20. Cheek : NERVE
21. "___ the Moon," 1953 song : ISEE
22. Hanker : YEN
23. "___ deal!" : ITSA
26. Arab garment : ABA
28. See 17 Across : HASACCURATETIME
36. Prior to : ERE
37. Priestly garb : HABIT
38. Meanders : ROVES
39. ___ Islands, off Ireland : ARAN
41. Topgallants : MASTS
43. Escape : MISS
44. Helicopter part : ROTOR
46. Dingles : DELLS
48. J.F.K. abbr. : ETA
49. See 17 Across : TWOTIMESEACHDAY
52. Nightfall, to Donne : EVE
53. To be, in Toulon : ETRE
54. Expression of disbelief : HUH
57. Designer Schiaparelli : ELSA
60. Midterm and final : EXAMS
64. Answer to riddle : ANYSTOPPEDWATCH
68. Asiatic palm : NIPA
69. ___ Parker (busybody) : NOSEY
70. Writer Mazo ___ Roche : DELA
71. Dither : STEW
72. Stone monument : STELE
73. Erotic : SEXY
1. Chess piece : PAWN
2. Will-___-wisp : OTHE
3. Mythomaniac : LIAR
4. A Soviet republic : LATVIA
5. Omega preceder : PSI
6. Barley beard : AWN
7. Calif. city : LODI
8. Son of Aphrodite : EROS
9. Down : DEFEAT
10. Barnyard sound : BAA
11. Chichi : ARTY
12. Risotto ingredient : RICE
13. Songwriter Gus : KAHN
18. Sailing vessel : KETCH
19. German composer: 1786–1826 : WEBER
24. Con man's ruse : SCAM
25. Musical composition : AUBADE
27. Jot : ATOM
28. Compassion : HEART
29. Weapon in "Deliverance" : ARROW
30. Former intl. pact : SEATO
31. Loses a lap : RISES
32. English prime minister: 1945–51 : ATTLEE
33. Like some walls : IVIED
34. Perle ___, memorable socialite : MESTA
35. Attempt : ESSAY
40. Bank certificate : NOTE
42. Louver part : SLAT
45. Fasten securely : RIVET
47. Kind of propeller : SCREW
50. Some pepos : MELONS
51. Groups of six : HEXADS
54. German novelist Hoffmann: 1848–1909 : HANS
55. Part of B.T.U. : UNIT
56. Promotional gimmick : HYPE
58. Predicament : SPOT
59. Cathedral's east end : APSE
61. To ___ (exactly) : ATEE
62. CCXC quadrupled : MCLX
63. Light carriage : SHAY
65. Aphorism : SAW
66. Wriggler : EEL
67. Tincture : DYE

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