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New York Times, Tuesday, October 8, 1985

Author:
Shirley Soloway
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 5.05, Missing: { J Q X Y }, Scrabble score: 290 (avg 1.55)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Shirley Soloway has 34 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Regarding the 7-Down clue, Henry Thomas Rainey was Speaker of the House from March 9, 1933, until his death on August 19, 1934. Maleska may have had a reference book that listed the dates when each new Speaker took office. Since the next Speaker, Joseph W. Byrns, was sworn in on January 3, 1935, Maleska may have (incorrectly) assumed that Rainey was the Speaker up until that date. Left the incorrect clue as in the original, however.

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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 13,118
Across
1
Thick slice : SLAB
5
Caesar's mufti : TOGA
9
Cheer for Pavarotti : BRAVO
14
Senator's young helper : PAGE
15
Train for a bout : SPAR
16
More impudent : RUDER
17
Oriental nanny : AMAH
18
Roof edge : EAVE
19
His Monday is our Sunday : ASIAN
20
Inform (on) : BLOWTHEWHISTLE
23
Scale notes : LAS
24
Rental agreement : LEASE
25
Like some yams : CANDIED
29
Sharp answer : RETORT
33
Red as ___ : ABEET
34
Slough stuff : OOZE
37
China, for one : SEA
38
Take control on Wall Street : CORNERTHEMARKET
42
Secreted : HID
43
Salinger heroine : ESME
44
Ho's partner : HEAVE
45
Howard of baseball : ELSTON
48
Actress or metalworker : SHEARER
50
Popish Plot fabricator : OATES
53
Rheine's river : EMS
54
Avoids taking a stand : SKIRTSTHEISSUE
60
Run off to a minister : ELOPE
61
N.F.L. rest period : HALF
62
Partner of Currier : IVES
64
Lincoln Center performer : TENOR
65
Church area : APSE
66
Heredity factor : GENE
67
Gets news of : HEARS
68
At hand : NEAR
69
Creator of the Democrats' donkey : NAST
Down
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Saratoga is one : SPA
2
Tales man : LAMB
3
"___ in Calico," old song : AGAL
4
Indebted (to) : BEHOLDEN
5
Vicious African fly : TSETSE
6
Brightly colored fish : OPAH
7
What Rainey wielded: 1933–35 : GAVEL
8
"What ___ fighting for?": R. W. Service : AREWE
9
Cook, in a way : BRAISE
10
Autumn shade : RUSSET
11
Mine entrance : ADIT
12
___ cutlet : VEAL
13
Writer Sarah ___ Jewett : ORNE
21
TV actor Ralph : WAITE
22
Sheik's household : HAREM
25
Storage place : CACHE
26
Bubbling : ABOIL
27
"Revenge of the ___" : NERDS
28
Polka chasers : DOTS
30
Werner of films : OSKAR
31
He played Superman : REEVE
32
Spud : TATER
35
Famed German physicist : OHM
36
Omegas, in America : ZEES
39
Torn places : RENTS
40
Throat-clearing sounds : AHEMS
41
Appoint to a new position : REASSIGN
46
Apathy : TORPOR
47
Westerns : OATERS
49
Young bovine : HEIFER
51
Colonial Allen : ETHAN
52
Mold : SHAPE
54
Fourth man : SETH
55
"Fish Magic" painter : KLEE
56
N.Y. college : IONA
57
Mrs. Laughton : ELSA
58
Eye part : UVEA
59
Sunset times, in poesy : EENS
63
Defeat for Goren : SET

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 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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