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New York Times, Wednesday, November 29, 1978

Author: Bette Sue Cohen
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.25, Missing: { J K Q Z }, Scrabble score: 274 (avg 1.45)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
Bette Sue Cohen has 41 pre-Shortz puzzles and 6 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,613
Across Down
1. On ___ with (equal to) : APAR
5. Vega and Antares : STARS
10. Cow, to a gaucho : VACA
14. Pompey's mufti : TOGA
15. House sign : TOLET
16. Suffix with fabric and prognostic : ATOR
17. She wrote "An Old-Fashioned Girl": 1870 : LOUISAMAYALCOTT
20. Dartmouth is here : HANOVER
21. Capital of Niger : NIAMEY
22. "Beau Geste" author : WREN
23. Sagan's "The Dragons of ___" : EDEN
24. Assails : BESETS
27. Flashed : GLINTED
30. Territory in SW Russia : ALTAI
31. "Superman" gal : LOIS
32. Brightened : LIT
34. She wrote "The Women": 1937 : CLAREBOOTHELUCE
38. Ulrica, in "Ivanhoe" : HAG
39. Meet one's Waterloo : LOSE
40. Ore deposits : LODES
41. Access to the ocean : SEAGATE
44. Underground group : MINERS
45. Low-toned : BASS
46. Levy, in Lille : TAXE
47. Play charades : ACTOUT
50. Molding edges : ARRISES
53. She wrote "Shirley": 1849 : CHARLOTTEBRONTE
56. Soften : MELT
57. Like Nelson's wound at Trafalgar : FATAL
58. Quern : MILL
59. Merino dams : EWES
60. "The Magic ___" : FLUTE
61. Biblical country : EDOM
1. Expanse east of N.A. : ATL
2. Milne's Winnie : POOH
3. ___ Caliente : AGUA
4. Slicker, for example : RAINWEAR
5. Strips for a barrel : STAVES
6. "Peace on earth ___ . . . " : TOMEN
7. Opposite of apteral : ALAR
8. Philip V was one : REY
9. Longfellow hero : STANDISH
10. Empty : VACANT
11. Bit : ATOM
12. Shelter for pigeons : COTE
13. Pseudo-esthetic : ARTY
18. Sally : SORTIE
19. Creditor's protection : LIEN
23. Typewriter type : ELITE
24. Composer of "St. John Passion" : BACH
25. Athenian's homeland : ELLAS
26. Vehicle in an oater : STAGE
27. Source of foie gras : GOOSE
28. Give the slip to : ELUDE
29. Kitchen gadget : DICER
31. Rifles : LOOTS
33. Hardy heroine : TESS
35. Start of a rocket's journey : BLASTOFF
36. Cure-all : ELIXIR
37. "___ George" Gobel : LONESOME
42. Cancels a space mission : ABORTS
43. Frenchman : GAUL
44. Sculpture material : MARBLE
46. Doctor : TREAT
47. Summit : ACME
48. Masticate : CHEW
49. " . . . a ___ told by an idiot . . . " : TALE
50. Island in the Near group : ATTU
51. Bagnold : ENID
52. City in NW France : STLO
54. Former chess champ : TAL
55. The Liberty Tree was one : ELM

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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