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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

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Across
1
Yellowish browns : TANS
5
Eastern church title : ABBA
9
Hungarian hero : ARPAD
14
Neglect : OMIT
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Whirring sound : BIRR
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Casals' instrument : CELLO
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Relatives of station wagons : MINIBUSES
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___ fours : ONALL
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Altar boys : ACOLYTES
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Gold or copper : METAL
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Musical piece : NONET
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Author of "Gil Blas" : LESAGE
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Area of France : ALSACE
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City in Syria, to French : ALEP
32
Call for help : SOS
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Small cavity, in botany : LOCULE
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Food shop, for short : DELI
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Bonfire sound : CRACKLE
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Austere : ASCETIC
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Part of Faisal's realm : ASIR
42
Entice : INVITE
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Defeat in bridge : SET
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___ contendere : NOLO
46
Steering mechanism part : TIEROD
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Kind of play : ONEACT
49
Stately : ROYAL
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Arctic wear : PARKA
56
Show : INDICATE
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Moving : ASTIR
60
Bridge bids : OVERCALLS
61
Train : SUITE
62
Midianite king : REBA
63
Water trench, in England : LEAT
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Held at bay : TREED
65
___ Bones : BROM
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African fox : ASSE
Down
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Coin of Persia : TOMAN
2
Italian friend : AMICO
3
Curtain fabric : NINON
4
Set of steps : STILE
5
Border : ABUT
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Cold Swiss wind : BISE
7
City on the Oder : BRESLAU
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Skill: Lat. : ARS
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Pueblo Indian : ACOMA
10
Traitorous : RENEGADE
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Components of blood : PLATELETS
12
Nazimova : ALLA
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"You're a ___!" : DOLL
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Chitchat : BYTALK
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Custard-filled pastry : ECLAIR
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Takes care of : SEESTO
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Nabokov title : LOLITA
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Kind of railway : SCENIC
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De Beaumont : ELIE
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Early Briton : PICT
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Scrutinize : SCAN
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Thereabouts : ORSO
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Two-eyelet shoe : SAILORTIE
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TV newscaster : CRONKITE
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Fauntleroy : CEDRIC
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Aromatic grass : VETIVER
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Auriculate : EARED
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Florida city : OCALA
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Elihu et al. : YALES
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Reference book : ATLAS
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Brisk, in Paris : LESTE
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Gone : PAST
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Assyrian god : ASUR
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Biblical mount : NEBO
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Small drink : DRAM
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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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