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New York Times, Thursday, December 18, 1975

Author: McCain
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.97, Missing: { K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 273 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 65, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 13, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
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© 1975, The New York TimesNo. 9,623
Across Down
1. Smart : CHIC
5. Brief TV commercials : SPOTS
10. Marshes : FENS
14. Prefix for motive : LOCO
15. Turkish title : PASHA
16. Table spread : OLEO
17. "Pardon me" : AHEM
18. Signs on doors : INSANDOUTS
20. ___ more : MOREAND
22. "___ of the King" : IDYLLS
23. Spaces : AREAS
25. Miss Claire : INA
26. Certain carriers : PLANES
29. Flowery shrub : OLEANDER
34. Enriches : LARDS
35. Marshal of W.W. I : HAIG
36. Completed : DONE
37. Numerical prefix : UNI
38. At tedious length : ONANDON
41. Convent dweller : NUN
42. France's Le ___ : MANS
44. Religious calendar : ORDO
45. Nautical direction : APORT
47. New York and Chicago, e.g. : BIGTOWNS
49. Prepares salad carrots : GRATES
50. Spanish gold : ORO
51. Canadian physician : OSLER
53. Lacquers : JAPANS
56. ___ west : EASTAND
60. At times : NOWANDTHEN
62. Inter ___ : ALIA
63. English river : AVON
64. African antelope : ELAND
65. Snoozes : NAPS
66. Pinochle play : MELD
67. Picture supplements : ROTOS
68. Underpinning for food : DISH
1. Oyster's relative : CLAM
2. Hearty laugh : HOHO
3. Cooler : ICER
4. "___ get it!" : COMEAND
5. Backbones : SPINES
6. Gift from China : PANDA
7. W.W. II agency : OSS
8. Cambodian's neighbor : THAI
9. Home of the Padres : SANDIEGO
10. "A ___ his money . . . " : FOOLAND
11. Hebrew month : ELUL
12. Trapeze-act adjuncts : NETS
13. Titanic call : SOS
19. Power: Prefix : DYNA
21. "You ___ right" : ARESO
24. Epithet of sorts : SOANDSO
26. Lead used for sounding : PLUMB
27. Hawaiian island : LANAI
28. "Give me ___ sometime" : ARING
30. Italian resort : LIDO
31. "I ___ choose to run" : DONOT
32. Harden : ENURE
33. Schisms : RENTS
35. Brain, in Scotland : HARN
39. Words of nonsurprise : NOWONDER
40. Nostrils : NARES
43. ___ go : STOPAND
46. ___ parcel : PARTAND
48. Algerian port : ORAN
49. Lymph and salivary : GLANDS
52. "___ evil" : SEENO
53. Jupiter : JOVE
54. M.P.'s quarry : AWOL
55. Normandy town : STLO
57. Turkish regiment : ALAI
58. Pinches : NIPS
59. Animation : DASH
60. Business org. : NAM
61. Mexican-dance need : HAT

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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