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New York Times, Saturday, December 11, 1976

Author: John Prytz
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { J Q U V X Z }, Scrabble score: 259 (avg 1.37)
Open Squares: 66, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
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Across Down
1. Thank-you ___ (road bump) : MAAM
5. Mineral deposits : LODES
10. Wax: Lat. : CERA
14. Seaweed : ALGA
15. Abrasive : EMERY
16. Org. for Kuwait etc. : OPEC
17. Employer of diplomats : STATEDEPARTMENT
20. Divided land : KOREA
21. Laughing or natural : GAS
22. Nuts, for example : SEEDS
23. Type of tissue : SCAR
25. Gym piece : MAT
26. G-man : AGT
29. Food-ad comparative : TASTIER
31. Plane initials : SST
34. First bidder, at bridge : DEALER
36. Extinct bird : MOA
37. Writer Irwin : SHAW
38. Employer of clerks : DEPARTMENTSTORE
41. Danish weights : ESER
42. Time period : EON
43. Cold period : ICEAGE
44. "___ skies at night . . . " : RED
45. Police record book : BLOTTER
47. Rent : LET
48. April 15 agency : IRS
49. "___ comes the . . . " : HERE
50. Type of theater : ARENA
53. Atmosphere: Prefix : AER
54. Come about : ARISE
59. Employers of smoke-eaters : FIREDEPARTMENTS
62. At a vantage point : ATOP
63. Paul Revere, for one : RIDER
64. Annoys : IRES
65. Part of R. & R. : REST
66. Noble deeds : GESTS
67. City of 1900 gold rush : NOME
1. Iron wear for Dumas's man : MASK
2. Choir voice : ALTO
3. Thickening agent : AGAR
4. Partner : MATE
5. Showed the way : LED
6. Greek letters : OMEGAS
7. Hirers of staff people : DEPARTMENTHEADS
8. Periods : ERAS
9. Mideast land: Abbr. : SYR
10. Halley's find : COMET
11. Dueling sword : EPEE
12. Cleave : REND
13. Lets on : ACTS
18. Kind of bunny : EASTER
19. Ruler : TSAR
24. Monopolies : CARTELS
25. Pet-food-ad comparative : MEATIER
26. Snake : ADDER
27. Canada and snow : GEESE
28. Not live : TAPED
30. Charged particle : ION
31. School of fish : SHOAL
32. Name for an N.C.O. : SARGE
33. Bird sound : TWEET
35. Gibbon : LAR
37. Holy one: Abbr. : STE
39. Pasture sound : MOO
40. "I could just ___" : SCREAM
45. Nail : BRAD
46. Harness ring : TERRET
48. Awkward : INEPT
50. ___ cry : AFAR
51. Observance : RITE
52. Love : EROS
53. " . . . baked in ___" : APIE
55. Control : REIN
56. Japanese case : INRO
57. Stern's opposite : STEM
58. Actual being : ESSE
60. Work unit : ERG
61. Board members: Abbr. : TRS

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

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