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New York Times, Thursday, October 14, 1971

Author: Unknown
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { J Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 270 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 3, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1971, The New York TimesNo. 8,097
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1. Fortune-teller's text : PALM
5. Chatter : BLAB
9. Futile quest for Richard III : HORSE
14. On the ocean : ASEA
15. Make over : REDO
16. Liquid part of a fat : OLEIN
17. Quarrelette : SPAT
18. "The very ___!" : IDEA
19. Experienced : LIVED
20. Did lab work : TESTED
22. People who try hard : STRIVERS
24. Contest hopefuls : ENTRIES
26. Debate component : SIDE
27. Curves : ESSES
29. County on L. I. Sound : NASSAU
33. Lively : BRISK
36. Non-telling bloomer : DAISY
38. Military initials : USR
39. Frees of : RIDS
40. Pseudo : FALSE
41. Pleased expression : GRIN
42. "___ aboard!" : ALL
43. Group of TV experts : PANEL
44. Living-room pieces : SOFAS
45. Playground item : TEETER
47. Rush-hour rarities : SEATS
49. Contest : RACE
51. Broke into pieces : SMASHED
55. What defendants are presumed to be : INNOCENT
59. Full of thorns : BRIERY
60. Hanger-on : LEECH
61. Record : TAPE
63. Decrease : PARE
64. Shaping machine : LATHE
65. English watercress : EKER
66. Always : EVER
67. Barnyard units : STIES
68. Corded fabrics : REPS
69. Crimson, scarlet, etc. : REDS
1. Dough : PASTE
2. Tree with nervous leaves : ASPEN
3. Tiniest : LEAST
4. Bed part : MATTRESS
5. Sayers of "I do" : BRIDES
6. Directed : LED
7. Drinks : ADES
8. Vessels : BOATS
9. Jazz singer Billie : HOLIDAY
10. Green or ripe treats : OLIVES
11. French dream : REVE
12. Warm-water fish : SIER
13. Odds' partner : ENDS
21. Port on Sea of Azov : EISK
23. Wash lightly : RINSE
25. Auto : SEDAN
28. Kind of tax : SALES
30. Kind of bathing : SURF
31. Where the Amur flows : ASIA
32. Containers : URNS
33. Junior heel : BRAT
34. Rub the wrong way : RILE
35. Like a drone : IDLE
37. Capri, etc. : ISLES
40. Mockery : FARCE
41. Hearsay expert : GOSSIPER
43. Georgia crop : PEACHES
44. Main actor in a play : STAR
46. Lozenge : TROCHE
48. Reddish-yellow shades : AMBERS
50. Record : ENTER
52. Give the ___-ho : HEAVE
53. Made a mistake : ERRED
54. Color-changers : DYERS
55. Misfortunes : ILLS
56. Groovy : NEAT
57. Pacific grass : NETI
58. Receive : TAKE
62. Go : PEP

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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