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New York Times, Monday, January 8, 1979

Author:
Evelyn Benshoof
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.97, Missing: { J X Z }, Scrabble score: 286 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 75, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
Evelyn Benshoof has 71 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

44-Down clue is inaccurate — Steely Dan wasn't a singer but a group with two founding members and half a dozen revolving members; left as in original.

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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,653
Across
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Lacking flavor : FLAT
5
Showed sudden interest : SATUP
10
Russian city : OREL
14
Pledge : OATH
15
Excuse : ALIBI
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Protuberance : NODE
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Vex : RILE
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Highball mix : TONIC
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Professorial gown : TOGA
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Insignificant : TRIFLING
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Flautist : TOOTER
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Eldest: Fr. : AINE
25
Witticism : QUIP
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Pan-fries : SAUTES
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Steals : PURLOINS
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Biblical river feeding the Dead Sea : ARNON
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Move swiftly : FLEE
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Turkey : FLOP
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"Romeo, ___ thy name . . . ": Juliet : DOFF
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Manipulate : WIELD
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Bore : TIRE
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" . . . ___ is in heaven" : ASIT
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Russian inland sea : ARAL
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Facet : PHASE
42
Bound : TETHERED
44
Like a new lawn : SEEDED
45
Limits : ENDS
46
Ragout : STEW
47
British derby : BOWLER
50
Fall or faint : KEELOVER
54
Western Samoan port : APIA
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Relish-tray item : OLIVE
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Renovate : REDO
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Prove not to be fireproof : BURN
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Climbing pepper : BETEL
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Gauzy fabric : LENO
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Exhausted : USED
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All possible : EVERY
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Perfumery weight : DRAM
Down
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The Alamo was used as one : FORT
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Den : LAIR
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Brother of Brynhild : ATLI
4
Symbol of riches : THEFATOFTHELAND
5
Glossy fabrics : SATINS
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Berlin's "All ___": 1924 : ALONE
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High-pitched sound : TING
8
Cicero's "Where?" : UBI
9
Imagined : PICTURED
10
Sitting pretty : ONTOPOFTHEWORLD
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Basis : ROOT
12
Lip : EDGE
13
King or poet : LEAR
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Legal claim : LIEN
23
OPEC moneymaker : OIL
25
Extinguish : QUELL
26
Anwar : SADAT
27
Cropped up : AROSE
28
Incompetent : UNFIT
29
Beg : PLEAD
30
"The ___," Greek epic : ILIAD
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Scandinavian group : NORSE
32
Celerity : SPEED
34
Gives the sack to : FIRES
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Armoire : WARDROBE
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Pare : PEEL
43
Compass point : ENE
44
Singer ___ Dan : STEELY
46
Cut : SEVER
47
Hindu gentleman : BABU
48
Composition : OPUS
49
Fence material : WIRE
50
Bird of prey : KITE
51
Deviate : VEER
52
Poet Millay : EDNA
53
Available space : ROOM
56
Bulgarian coin worth 100 stotinki : LEV

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 4 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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