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New York Times, Saturday, December 16, 1972

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { F H J Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 262 (avg 1.39)
Open Squares: 76, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,526
Across
1. Yellowish browns : TANS
5. Eastern church title : ABBA
9. Hungarian hero : ARPAD
14. Neglect : OMIT
15. Whirring sound : BIRR
16. Casals' instrument : CELLO
17. Relatives of station wagons : MINIBUSES
19. ___ fours : ONALL
20. Altar boys : ACOLYTES
21. Gold or copper : METAL
22. Musical piece : NONET
23. Author of "Gil Blas" : LESAGE
26. Area of France : ALSACE
29. City in Syria, to French : ALEP
32. Call for help : SOS
35. Small cavity, in botany : LOCULE
36. Food shop, for short : DELI
37. Bonfire sound : CRACKLE
39. Austere : ASCETIC
41. Part of Faisal's realm : ASIR
42. Entice : INVITE
44. Defeat in bridge : SET
45. ___ contendere : NOLO
46. Steering mechanism part : TIEROD
47. Kind of play : ONEACT
49. Stately : ROYAL
54. Arctic wear : PARKA
56. Show : INDICATE
59. Moving : ASTIR
60. Bridge bids : OVERCALLS
61. Train : SUITE
62. Midianite king : REBA
63. Water trench, in England : LEAT
64. Held at bay : TREED
65. ___ Bones : BROM
66. African fox : ASSE
Down
1. Coin of Persia : TOMAN
2. Italian friend : AMICO
3. Curtain fabric : NINON
4. Set of steps : STILE
5. Border : ABUT
6. Cold Swiss wind : BISE
7. City on the Oder : BRESLAU
8. Skill: Lat. : ARS
9. Pueblo Indian : ACOMA
10. Traitorous : RENEGADE
11. Components of blood : PLATELETS
12. Nazimova : ALLA
13. "You're a ___!" : DOLL
18. Chitchat : BYTALK
24. Custard-filled pastry : ECLAIR
25. Takes care of : SEESTO
27. Nabokov title : LOLITA
28. Kind of railway : SCENIC
30. De Beaumont : ELIE
31. Early Briton : PICT
32. Scrutinize : SCAN
33. Thereabouts : ORSO
34. Two-eyelet shoe : SAILORTIE
38. TV newscaster : CRONKITE
40. Fauntleroy : CEDRIC
43. Aromatic grass : VETIVER
48. Auriculate : EARED
50. Florida city : OCALA
51. Elihu et al. : YALES
52. Reference book : ATLAS
53. Brisk, in Paris : LESTE
54. Gone : PAST
55. Assyrian god : ASUR
57. Biblical mount : NEBO
58. Small drink : DRAM
60. Sphere : ORB

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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