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New York Times, Saturday, November 18, 1972

Author: Unknown
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 280 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 68, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 1 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,498
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1. False front : FACADE
7. Celestial instruments : HARPS
12. Redesignates : RENAMES
13. Expeditions : SAFARIS
15. True copy : ESTREAT
16. Melancholy : ELEGIAC
17. Airport abbr. : ETA
18. Rip Van Winkle : SLEEPER
20. French Mrs. : MME
21. Certain squad : VICE
23. Marquees : TENTS
24. Has-___ : BEEN
25. Ills : EVILS
27. Avril's follower : MAI
28. Ile for Napoleon : CORSE
29. Whirlpools : EDDIES
31. Chases : COURSES
33. Tip : END
34. Gershwin : IRA
35. Formal : STARCHY
39. Vanishing American : REDCAP
42. Duke : NOBLE
43. Turkish title : AGA
45. Trig functions : SINES
47. ___ does it : EASY
48. Chews on : GNAWS
50. Go-___ : CART
51. Fuss : ADO
52. Beach eye-catchers : BIKINIS
54. Corp. : NCO
55. Leinster county : KILDARE
57. Hardwoods : EBONIES
59. Variety of orange : SEVILLE
60. Damascus people : SYRIANS
61. Delivers : SENDS
62. Wiliest : SLIEST
1. Gala : FESTIVE
2. Magnesia, for one : ANTACID
3. Landau : CAR
4. Nancy or Ed : AMES
5. Started the card game : DEALT
6. Respects : ESTEEMS
7. Nathan and family : HALES
8. Southwest wind : AFER
9. Kind of doll : RAG
10. Readers : PRIMERS
11. Cat or twins : SIAMESE
12. Female ruff : REEVE
13. Infective : SEPTIC
14. Behind the ___ : SCENES
19. Spanish queen : ENA
22. Long in the tooth : ELDERLY
24. Kind of antiseptic acid : BORACIC
26. Long ___ : SINCE
28. Miss Muffet's diet : CURDS
30. Old English letter : EDH
32. Goose: Fr. : OIE
35. Telltales : SNEAKS
36. Sycophants : TOADIES
37. Clear : ABSOLVE
38. N. Y. stadium : YANKEE
39. Inexperience : RAWNESS
40. Liar : ANANIAS
41. Interest word : PERCENT
44. Merry: Fr. : GAI
46. Facing the glacial side : STOSS
48. "Les ___" : GIRLS
49. Prophetess : SIBYL
52. Suffering from alopecia : BALD
53. Fruit dots : SORI
56. Racket : DIN
58. Never: Ger. : NIE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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