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New York Times, Saturday, November 28, 1981

Author:
George P. Sphicas
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 32, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { F Q W Z }, Scrabble score: 320 (avg 1.66)
Open Squares: 73, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
George P. Sphicas has 13 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,708

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Students & seniors
Across
1. ___ Willard, champ before Dempsey : JESS
5. His Monday is our Sunday : ASIAN
10. ___ California : BAJA
14. Star with a tail : ASTA
15. Chutzpah : NERVE
16. Moreno of the Pirates : OMAR
17. Place to play water polo : POOL
18. Appraises : TAKESSTOCK
20. Says "Bah!" or "Ah!" : EXCLAIMS
22. What to give a paraclete : THANKS
23. Kansas City five : KINGS
24. Comedienne Rivers : JOAN
25. ___ the occasion : RISETO
27. Conjectured : SURMISED
31. Word with dog or line : HOT
32. Writer Loos : ANITA
34. Nitrite is one : ESTER
35. He got Thor : ODIN
37. Gluck heroine : ELENA
39. Thatcher, e.g. : TORY
40. V.I.P.'s in Hawaii and Kansas : DOLES
42. A brig has two : MASTS
44. Co. in Cannes : CIE
45. Distributed : ALLOTTED
47. Sight on the Suez Canal : TANKER
49. Mexican muzhik : PEON
50. Papa Bear of football fame : HALAS
51. More beloved : DEARER
54. The take : RECEIPTS
57. Mountain climber's staff : ALPENSTOCK
59. Poorly proportioned : ALOP
60. Appearance : MIEN
61. Declaim : ORATE
62. Author S. S. Van ___ : DINE
63. Greenish blue : SAXE
64. Church assembly : SYNOD
65. Mythical river : STYX
Down
1. Mock : JAPE
2. Pickerels' genus : ESOX
3. Motionless : STOCKSTILL
4. Ballerina Wilson : SALLIE
5. Daughter of Oedipus : ANTIGONE
6. Skirt sides : SEAMS
7. Vexes : IRKS
8. "Hail!" : AVE
9. King who counseled Agamemnon : NESTOR
10. Asa Gray was one : BOTANIST
11. Egyptian supreme deity : AMON
12. Young pike : JACK
13. Havens : ARKS
19. Disgrace : SHAME
21. Theater acronym : ANTA
24. Don and San : JUANS
25. Harper's TV role : RHODA
26. Compound used as antiseptic : IODOL
27. Behalf : STEAD
28. Wall St. news item : STOCKSPLIT
29. Ghostly : EERIE
30. Laundromat appliance : DRYER
33. Russian lake : ILMEN
36. Synthetic rubber : NEOPRENE
38. What G. W. did at Trenton : ATTACKED
41. She wrote "The Sun Is My Undoing" : STEEN
43. Store event : SALE
46. Museum pieces : TORSOS
48. Water nymphs : NAIADS
50. Hundred: Comb. form : HECTO
51. Hoover and Aswan : DAMS
52. Bruce ___ of gridiron fame : ELIA
53. Top : APEX
54. Sheepskin used in bookbinding : ROAN
55. Award named for Antoinette Perry : TONY
56. Eyeglasses, in slanguage : SPEX
58. Afflict : TRY

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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