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New York Times, Wednesday, November 28, 1973

Author: Unknown
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.92, Missing: { J Q V X }, Scrabble score: 299 (avg 1.60)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,873
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1. Imposing : EPIC
5. Insect stages : PUPAS
10. Forcible impact : WHAM
14. Soft drink : SODA
15. "Once ___ midnight dreary . . . " : UPONA
16. Stratagem : RUSE
17. Litigant : SUER
18. Use up : SPEND
19. Fiber plant : ALOE
20. Usually : FORTHEMOSTPART
23. "Watch ___ step" : YOUR
24. Athletic org. : AAU
25. Hot drink : SALOOP
28. Rough it : BACKPACK
33. Fish : TROUT
34. Equally : ALIKE
35. Relative: Abbr. : BRO
36. Reddish brown : RUST
37. Mandamuses : WRITS
38. Legal equal : PEER
39. Presidential nickname : ABE
40. Damages : HARMS
41. Mrs. Fitzgerald : ZELDA
42. Rejected : PASSEDUP
44. Fares : GETSON
45. Launching place : PAD
46. Gaze steadily : PORE
47. Precisely : FORALLTHEWORLD
54. Wing-shaped : ALAR
55. Deteriorate : ERODE
56. Possessive pronoun : OURS
58. Commend : CITE
59. Branches, in Mexico : RAMAS
60. Site of Zion Park : UTAH
61. On one's ___ : TOES
62. Small fish : SMELT
63. Head: Fr. : TETE
1. Feminine suffix : ESS
2. Muffled sound : POUF
3. Thought: Prefix : IDEO
4. Execute : CARRYOUT
5. Daily-dozen unit : PUSHUP
6. Superior : UPPER
7. "Evangeline," for one : POEM
8. ___ Domini : ANNO
9. Inept ones : SADSACKS
10. Conclude : WRAPUP
11. Dance : HULA
12. Old lyre : ASOR
13. Confront : MEET
21. Binge : TOOT
22. Secure : TAKE
25. Leather fastening : STRAP
26. Antilles island : ARUBA
27. Suffers defeat : LOSES
28. Dirigible : BLIMP
29. River islands : AITS
30. Elie and Walter : ABELS
31. Formula of belief : CREDO
32. Sacred text of Islam : KORAN
34. Indonesian islands : ARRU
37. Ducks, e.g. : WADDLERS
38. Diminish gradually : PETEROUT
40. Purify : HEAL
41. Goose egg : ZERO
43. Reserves : SPARES
44. "___, young man" : GOWEST
46. ___ pushers : PEDAL
47. Reality : FACT
48. Miscellany : OLIO
49. Pace : RATE
50. Mine car : TRAM
51. Kind of plate or fries : HOME
52. Musical instrument : LUTE
53. Mild oath : DRAT
57. Pronoun : SHE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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