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New York Times, Wednesday, January 24, 1979

Author:
Jean J. Davison
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.11, Missing: { J V W X Z }, Scrabble score: 273 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Spans: 3
Jean J. Davison has 62 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

In 60-Across clue, "Domesticated" may have been meant instead of "Domestic"; the Rouen duck, as its name suggests, originated in France.

Clue for 57-Down is correct but tricky — Nero didn't play the violin, which hadn't been invented yet, but was a fiddler in the sense of being a swindler and was fairly famous for it.

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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,669
Across
1
Likely : APT
4
Cuckoo : DAFT
8
Ivan or Nicholas : TSAR
12
Zeno's hometown : ELEA
13
Shade of green : ALOES
15
Prefix for distant or lateral : EQUI
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Grime : DIRT
17
Feat : STUNT
18
Corrosion : RUST
19
Third dimension : DEPTH
21
Unify : INTEGRATE
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Anoints, old style : ANELES
25
Up in ___ (unsettled) : THEAIR
26
Soprano Kubiak of the Met : TERESA
28
Best or worst : DEFEAT
31
Rhea's relative : EMU
33
Cousin of tie-dye : BATIK
35
Liquid measure: Br. or Fr. : LITRE
36
___ the riot act : READ
38
Readied the fiddle : TUNED
40
Scorch : CHAR
41
Moslem faith : ISLAM
43
Water wheel : NORIA
45
Shade tree : ELM
46
Pinko's pal : COMMIE
48
Gambol : FROLIC
50
With candor : OPENLY
52
Negligent : REMISS
55
After-school punishment : DETENTION
58
Small herring : SPRAT
59
Ireland : ERIN
60
Domestic duck : ROUEN
62
Before novem : OCTO
63
Slab of ice : FLOE
64
Door or gate : ENTRY
65
It comes 'twixt cup and lip : SLIP
66
Care for : TEND
67
Oxford or pump : SHOE
68
X : TEN
Down
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Foreign : ALIEN
2
An impossible dream : PERPETUALMOTION
3
Blab : TATTLE
4
German article : DAS
5
High: Comb. form : ALTI
6
An impossible dream : FOUNTAINOFYOUTH
7
Tithe : TENTH
8
Very good or very bad : TERRIFIC
9
An instruction impossible to fulfill : SQUARETHECIRCLE
10
Neighbor of Ger. and It. : AUST
11
Bar mitzvah, e.g. : RITE
12
Norse myth collection : EDDA
14
Rosinante or Bucephalus : STEED
20
Dill or thyme : HERB
22
Celt : GAEL
24
Base : SEAT
27
Flabbergast : STUN
29
Soviet lake : ARAL
30
Semester's relative : TERM
31
___ the Red : ERIC
32
Middle: Comb. form : MESO
34
Jean or Walter : KERR
37
Prepared sheets for ironing : DAMPENED
39
Name in high fashion : DIOR
42
Aspect : MIEN
44
English country festivals : ALES
47
___ nous : ENTRE
49
Duty : IMPOST
51
Celebrities : LIONS
53
Smooth material : SATIN
54
Road sign : STOP
55
Adroit : DEFT
56
Perry's creator : ERLE
57
Famous fiddler : NERO
61
Group of pheasants : NYE

Answer summary: 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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