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New York Times, Friday, January 30, 1976

Author: Marie West
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 33, Avg Word Len: 5.05, Missing: { F J K Q X }, Scrabble score: 279 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 74, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,666
Across Down
1. Large rodent : PACA
5. Kind of race : RELAY
10. Chew the rag : CHAT
14. Major in : SPECIALIZE
16. Garden fixture : HOSE
17. Highway pest : SPEEDDEMON
18. Gaelic : ERSE
19. Football scores: Abbr. : TDS
20. Rod of tennis : LAVER
21. Malaccas : CANES
22. College town in Kentucky : BEREA
23. Hymnist Isaac : WATTS
24. Did secret work : SPIED
27. Tune in : DIAL
29. Hops kiln : OST
31. Turner : LANA
32. Get even with : AVENGE
34. Cockney residence : OME
35. Pie ___ : ALAMODE
37. Certain payments : REBATES
39. Ear or horn : TIN
40. Evening star : VESPER
42. Fasting period : LENT
43. Bitter or dead : END
44. Choir voice : ALTO
45. Out of ___ (testy) : SORTS
46. Holmes's creator : DOYLE
48. Textile fiber : RAMIE
51. Adjusts to accuracy : TRUES
52. Kind of hanger : STRAP
53. Farm sound : BAA
56. Register : ROTA
57. Highway pests : TAILGATERS
59. Ben ___ Williams : AMES
60. ___ the positive : ACCENTUATE
61. Saucy : PERT
62. City of India : POONA
63. Willow : ITEA
1. Attention-getter : PSST
2. Okayed: Abbr. : APPD
3. Letters : CEES
4. Honor card : ACE
5. Forecasting aid : RADAR
6. French pupil : ELEVE
7. Summer cooler : LIMEADE
8. Israeli town : AZOR
9. Craving : YEN
10. Swindle : CHEAT
11. Highway pest : HORNTOOTER
12. Evaluation : ASSESSMENT
13. ___ off (begins) : TEES
15. Wasted time : IDLED
21. One of Moses's spies : CALEB
22. Off the ___ (wrong) : BEAM
23. Mutuel transaction : WAGER
24. Schedule : SLATE
25. "Madam, I'm Adam," e.g. : PALINDROME
26. Highway pest : INANDOUTER
28. Concerning : INRE
30. Tryouts : TESTS
32. Astaire : ADELE
33. Garment : VEST
36. Playing fields : OVALS
38. Lily plant : ALOE
41. Colonnade : PORTICO
45. Drink tentatively : SIPAT
47. Beer ingredient : YEAST
49. Writer Michael : ARLEN
50. ___ cum laude : MAGNA
51. Pitfall : TRAP
52. River in Maine : SACO
53. Pulsate : BEAT
54. Comedian Johnson : ARTE
55. Lost : ASEA
57. Wire job : TAP
58. Parson bird : TUI

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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