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New York Times, Wednesday, December 18, 1957

Author: Unknown
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 280 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 76, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1957, The New York TimesNo. 3,095
Across Down
1. Period on the gridiron. : HALF
5. Tulip time. : APRIL
10. Suddenly: Colloq. : SLAP
14. City N of Kursk. : OREL
15. About one-fourth of Asia. : CHINA
16. Seaport of Hawaii. : HILO
17. Numerical combining form. : OCTO
18. Place akin to the valley of decision. : CROSSROADS
20. Definitely inferior. : THIRDRATE
22. Deck out. : ARRAY
23. Anagram of aster. : TARES
24. Negative verbal contraction. : CANT
26. Votes in favor of. : AYS
28. Relative of Sac and Fox. : UTE
29. Cyclone. : TWISTER
33. Early. : BETIMES
35. Kind of poem. : SESTINA
36. Its capital is Muscat. : OMAN
37. Oriental name. : OMAR
38. Place ___, Paris. : VENDOME
42. Contend in rivalry. : COMPETE
45. Salad herbs. : ENDIVES
46. Unfold: Poet. : OPE
47. Type of street: Abbr. : TER
48. System of belief. : CULT
49. Sale, in a Spanish store. : VENTA
51. Visionary. : IDEAL
54. Rectifiable. : EMENDABLE
58. ___ than never. : BETTERLATE
60. Botch: Colloq. : FLUB
61. High: Span. : ALTO
62. Prolific writer of juveniles. : ALGER
63. Lavish outdoor entertainment. : FETE
64. Bring up. : REAR
65. Silver threads among the gold. : HAIRS
66. River near Dunkirk. : YSER
1. Owlish sound. : HOOT
2. Monument. : ARCH
3. Stet. : LETITSTAND
4. Botanist's subject. : FLORA
5. Grow together. : ACCRETE
6. Expressions. : PHRASES
7. Revolt. : RIOT
8. Bird food. : INSECTS
9. ___ Vegas. : LAS
10. Infielder. : SHORTSTOP
11. Pinocchio, at times. : LIAR
12. Actor Robert ___. : ALDA
13. Bouquet. : POSY
19. Gypsy ladies. : RANIS
21. Tom-tom. : DRUM
25. Dread. : AWE
26. Overhead. : ABOVE
27. Imam Ahmed's kingdom. : YEMEN
30. Satellite schedules. : TIMETABLES
31. Growing out. : ENATE
32. More seldom seen. : RARER
34. Speedometer needle. : INDICATOR
39. Immature seed. : OVULE
40. Honey, in pharmacy. : MEL
41. Pip's lost love. : ESTELLA
42. Green-eyed one. : COVETER
43. Jacks or better, at poker. : OPENERS
44. Repair. : MEND
50. Pulled candy. : TAFFY
51. Metal rod shaped for strength. : IBAR
52. Opposite of 3 Down. : DELE
53. Girl's nickname. : ETTA
55. Christmas figures. : MAGI
56. Early guitar. : LUTE
57. Man's name: Bibl. : EBER
59. Cheer. : RAH

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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