New York Times, Thursday, December 24, 1981

Author:William E. Heinemann
Editor:Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.92, Missing: { F J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 269 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 72, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Spans: 2
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© 1981, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Bit of holly : SPRIG
6. Some are holy : DAYS
10. Leave the sack : STIR
14. Like a thrice-told tale : TRITE
15. "They ___ serve . . . ": Milton : ALSO
16. Cartoonist Peter : ARNO
17. Western action : RODEO
18. "Joyeux ___!" : NOEL
19. Riviera city : NICE
20. Anagram for "Try Ma's charm, sire!" : AMERRYCHRISTMAS
23. Postscripts: Abbr. : PSS
24. Titans' mother : GAEA
25. Baby sitter for a nene : TIA
26. Whirring sound : BIRR
27. Squire whose last name means "paunch" : SANCHO
30. Confused : ATSEA
33. "Deck the halls . . . " group : CAROLERS
35. Kind of store for a man in a red suit: Abbr. : DEPT
36. Word with "ho!" : TALLY
38. Three-digit code : AREA
39. "In a ___ open sleigh" : ONEHORSE
41. Like beer : SUDSY
42. Goddess associated with Ceres : TELLUS
43. Hosiery shades : TANS
45. Shade tree : ELM
46. Where a famous Greek statue was found : MILO
47. One of Mickey's exes : AVA
50. Anagram for "End near? Why pay, Pa?" : ANDHAPPYNEWYEAR
55. In addition : MORE
56. Miscues : ERRS
57. Sorcerer : MAGUS
58. Where Susa was : ELAM
59. Attacked, with "into" : TORE
60. Type of dress : ALINE
61. Holiday drinks : NOGS
62. Comedian Mort : SAHL
63. Retreats : NESTS
1. Watchband : STRAP
2. Graduation events : PROMS
3. Teases : RIDES
4. Roman road : ITER
5. "Empire State of the South" : GEORGIA
6. One of C. Moore's flying quadrupeds : DANCER
7. Lanai greeting : ALOHA
8. Belgian river : YSER
9. Single : SOLITARY
10. P.O. address in Indiana : SANTACLAUS
11. Decorate a tree : TRIM
12. Andean Indian : INCA
13. Kin of Does : ROES
21. Easily handled, as a ship : YAR
22. Chinese: Comb. form : SINO
26. Town in N.H. and city in Pa. : BETHLEHEMS
27. Bando of baseball : SAL
28. Reindeer group : HERD
29. Galena and bauxite : ORES
30. Pother : ADO
31. Gift for an outdoorsy person : TENT
32. Count von ___ : SPEE
33. Diminutive suffix : CLE
34. Utter : SAY
36. Heralds : TRUMPETS
37. Crèche beast : ASS
40. Earthen pot : OLLA
41. Frosty, for one : SNOWMAN
43. Pre-Yule purchase : TINSEL
44. Wassail quaff : ALE
46. A gift at a stable : MYRRH
47. Zeus's shield : AEGIS
48. Brag : VAUNT
49. Upbeats, in music : ARSES
50. Doxology ending : AMEN
51. Court plea, for short : NOLO
52. Type of race : DRAG
53. Malayan canoe : PROA
54. Shade of blue : YALE

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