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New York Times, Thursday, October 25, 1979

Author: Tap Osborn
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 32, Avg Word Len: 5.36, Missing: { J Q W X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 267 (avg 1.38)
Open Squares: 81, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, 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.
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Across Down
1. Tugs at the heart strings : STIRS
6. Stimulus : SPUR
10. Nanking nanny : AMAH
14. Bedouin's beast : CAMEL
15. Wahine's watusi : HULA
16. Hollywood and ___ : VINE
17. Sufficient : AMPLE
18. Upgraded rabbit fur : ERMINETTE
20. Pitcher as fireman : RELIEFER
22. Did a P.O. job : SORTED
23. Available : ONTAP
24. Knoxville eleven : VOLS
25. Franciscan founder's birthplace : ASSISI
27. Repartee expert : BANTERER
31. Beef cut : LOIN
32. Fly feared in Africa : TSETSE
34. Wine: Comb. form : ENO
35. In ___ (confused) : AFOG
36. Sardonic : ACRID
37. Art cult: 1916–21 : DADA
38. Ginza coin : RIN
39. Candle holder : SCONCE
40. Alleged electrical force : ELOD
41. Sports rout : MASSACRE
43. Stopwatches : TIMERS
45. He wrote "The Israelis" : ELON
46. Eagles of puzzle fame : ERNES
47. Muezzin, for one : MOSLEM
50. Rapacious one : PREDATOR
53. He makes an effort : ATTEMPTER
55. Certain kinsman : ENATE
56. Dazzle : STUN
57. Trademark : LOGO
58. ___ Dame : NOTRE
59. Osaka Bay port : KOBE
60. Borodin's "Prince ___" : IGOR
61. Road traction aid : TREAD
1. Surgery memento : SCAR
2. Subdue : TAME
3. Sudden inward detonations : IMPLOSIONS
4. Doing a brake job : RELINING
5. Rains icy particles : SLEETS
6. Runner in a children's game : SHEEP
7. Well-tuned engine sound : PURR
8. City on the Danube : ULM
9. Justifications for existence : RAISONSDETRE
10. Unwilling : AVERSE
11. Fisk's need : MITT
12. Penny ___ : ANTE
13. Take note of : HEED
19. Actor Nick : NOLTE
21. Argument forestaller : FAITACCOMPLI
24. Prophetic : VATIC
25. Smoke detector : ALARM
26. European capital : SOFIA
27. "Games People Play" author : BERNE
28. Classified-ad heading : REALESTATE
29. Where Saul's witch lived : ENDOR
30. Camino, iter, etc. : ROADS
33. Mock : SCORN
37. Conduct : DEMEANOR
39. Gov. Atiyeh works here : SALEM
42. Luna's Greek counterpart : SELENE
44. Notch : INDENT
46. Gaffe : ERROR
47. Conceal : MASK
48. Graham of gridiron fame : OTTO
49. Part of a torn ticket : STUB
50. "___ My Heart" : PEGO
51. Norwegian river : OTRA
52. Skinny one : REED
54. Dress, with "up" : TOG

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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