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New York Times, Saturday, October 21, 1972

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 33, Avg Word Len: 5.33, Missing: { J Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 263 (avg 1.37)
Open Squares: 80, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,470
Across
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Gardener's byproduct : COMPOST
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Prepare : SETUP
13
Confront : FACEUPTO
14
Yoga postures : ASANAS
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"___fire, pull handle" : INCASEOF
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Slackens : LETSUP
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Garden event : BOUT
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Man's name : RUFUS
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Room, in Mexico : SALA
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British naval group: Abbr. : RNR
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Party supplier : CATERER
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Irish sea god: Var. : LIR
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Emerson work : ESSAY
28
Brain record: Abbr. : EEG
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Skirt style : ALINE
31
Blemish : SCAR
33
Jet units : ENGINES
35
In a cautious way : WARILY
38
Certify : ATTEST
39
Dodging : ELUDING
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So-so : FAIR
42
Drama dialogue : LINES
43
Exclamation : AHA
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Disorderly : MESSY
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___ Moines : DES
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Italian port : TRIESTE
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___ snail's pace : ATA
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Tennyson heroine : ENID
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" . . . and ___ grow on" : ONETO
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Pack : STOW
58
Fasten again : RENAIL
60
Ship mark : LOADLINE
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Establish : SETTLE
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Won over : ENDEARED
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Gets the laundry ready : SOAKS
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Mended : RESEWED
Down
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Bodies of rules : CANONS
2
Befalls : OCCURS
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Meal course : MEAT
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Hindu month : PUS
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Covent Garden offering : OPERA
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More solidly built : STOUTER
7
Chewy British candy : TOFFEE
8
Mud volcano : SALSE
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Compass point : ESE
10
Makes lace : TATS
11
Like the Great Lakes : UNSALINE
12
Girl of the perils, and others : PAULINES
13
Slender filament : FIBRE
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Most scanty : SPAREST
20
Spur : URGE
23
Velodrome racer : CYCLIST
24
Hot rhythm : RAGTIME
27
Digression : ASIDE
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Liquid measure : LITRE
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Novelist Rand : AYN
34
Air group: Abbr. : NAA
35
Metal workers : WELDERS
36
Receivers of property : ALIENEES
37
Meets by chance : RUNSINTO
40
Attain : GAIN
41
Pull a ___ (cheat) : FASTONE
44
Ward figure : HEELER
46
Lampoon : SATIRE
47
Soused : STONED
48
Deviated from course : YAWED
51
Actor's quests : ROLES
52
Tailless creatures : TOADS
55
Facts : DATA
57
Side dish : SLAW
59
Kind : ILK
61
Scottish river : DEE

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