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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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Across
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___ 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
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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
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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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