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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.
PS 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 Down
1. Lacking flavor : FLAT
5. Showed sudden interest : SATUP
10. Russian city : OREL
14. Pledge : OATH
15. Excuse : ALIBI
16. Protuberance : NODE
17. Vex : RILE
18. Highball mix : TONIC
19. Professorial gown : TOGA
20. Insignificant : TRIFLING
22. Flautist : TOOTER
24. Eldest: Fr. : AINE
25. Witticism : QUIP
26. Pan-fries : SAUTES
29. Steals : PURLOINS
33. Biblical river feeding the Dead Sea : ARNON
34. Move swiftly : FLEE
35. Turkey : FLOP
36. "Romeo, ___ thy name . . . ": Juliet : DOFF
37. Manipulate : WIELD
38. Bore : TIRE
39. " . . . ___ is in heaven" : ASIT
40. Russian inland sea : ARAL
41. 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
55. Relish-tray item : OLIVE
57. Renovate : REDO
58. Prove not to be fireproof : BURN
59. Climbing pepper : BETEL
60. Gauzy fabric : LENO
61. Exhausted : USED
62. All possible : EVERY
63. Perfumery weight : DRAM
1. The Alamo was used as one : FORT
2. Den : LAIR
3. Brother of Brynhild : ATLI
4. Symbol of riches : THEFATOFTHELAND
5. Glossy fabrics : SATINS
6. Berlin's "All ___": 1924 : ALONE
7. High-pitched sound : TING
8. Cicero's "Where?" : UBI
9. Imagined : PICTURED
10. Sitting pretty : ONTOPOFTHEWORLD
11. Basis : ROOT
12. Lip : EDGE
13. King or poet : LEAR
21. 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
31. Scandinavian group : NORSE
32. Celerity : SPEED
34. Gives the sack to : FIRES
37. Armoire : WARDROBE
41. 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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