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New York Times, Wednesday, October 12, 1977

Author: Tap Osborn
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 282 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 79, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
Tap Osborn has 111 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
PS notes: Error in 41-Across—quote is actually "ain't a fit night . . . "; left as in original.
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,287
Across Down
1. Pictorial riddle : REBUS
6. Use a No. 8 iron : CHIP
10. Gluck of operatic fame : ALMA
14. "___ want to set the world . . . " : IDONT
15. Chatty Barrett : RONA
16. Slaughter : DOIN
17. These may cause applause or a flapping of jaws : SENSATIONS
19. Hit with a hard blow : JOLT
20. Very involved : KNEEDEEP
21. "Rug" on a pate : TOUPEE
23. Has the sniffles : AILS
24. Pans' partner : POTS
25. Kind of clerk or card : POSTAL
28. Annual event in Boston : MARATHON
32. "Rule Britannia" composer : ARNE
33. Hairy : PILAR
34. Chemical suffix : ASE
35. Post-holiday sigh, à la Roth? : GOODBYECOLUMBUS
39. Wine: Comb. form : ENO
40. Salad vegetables : LEEKS
41. "___ fit night . . . " : AINT
42. Unstable : TOPHEAVY
44. Cloaks or devilfish : MANTAS
46. Rhine tributary : AARE
47. Rimbaud's forte : VERS
48. Investor's concern : RETURN
51. Docker's need : BOATHOOK
55. Test of a sort : ORAL
56. Inconsiderable : FRACTIONAL
58. Hop-O'-My-Thumb's foe : OGRE
59. Mrs. Chaplin : OONA
60. Flood : SPATE
61. Revolving item : DOOR
62. Wind : REEL
63. Anxious : TENSE
1. What a funambulist takes : RISK
2. She wrote "The Salamanca Drum" (1977) : EDEN
3. ___ china : BONE
4. Removed from power : UNSEATED
5. Rod for surveying : STADIA
6. "___ and Whispers," Bergman film : CRIES
7. Dr. J.'s target : HOOP
8. Hostelry : INN
9. Idyllic : PASTORAL
10. Change with the times : ADJUST
11. Fold : LOOP
12. Relative of a knot : MILE
13. Prior: Prefix : ANTE
18. What some bussers do : TELL
22. Hokkaido port : OTARU
24. ___ Verdes Estates, Calif. town : PALOS
25. Statesman in Henry VIII's day : PAGET
26. Maine college town : ORONO
27. Town gossip : SNOOP
28. Roasted potato : MICKY
29. "How use doth breed a ___ in a man!": Shakespeare : HABIT
30. 1963 U.S. men's singles champ : OSUNA
31. Hotbeds : NESTS
33. Gripe : PEEVE
36. Dim : BLEAR
37. Miss something sorely : YEARNFOR
38. Malraux classic: 1937 : MANSHOPE
43. Van man : HAULER
44. Word with grinder or packer : MEAT
45. Lely or Peale : ARTIST
47. Outspoken : VOCAL
48. Large crucifix : ROOD
49. Hence : ERGO
50. Plant of the arum family : TARO
51. Poison or curse : BANE
52. Judah's son (Gen. 38:4) : ONAN
53. Dinner for Dobbin : OATS
54. He painted "Twittering Machine" : KLEE
57. Potential swimmers : ROE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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