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New York Times, Thursday, December 20, 1962

Author:
Thomas Meekin
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 32, Avg Word Len: 5.36, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 276 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 75, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
Thomas Meekin has 202 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Clue for 32-Across was missing close quote and had two blanks instead of one. Added close quote and deleted one blank. Also, clue for 27-Down was listed between 31-Down and 33-Down and included part of clue for 31-Down. Fixed all of this. Finally, some clues in this puzzle had periods, but others didn't. Added periods to clues without them for uniformity.

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W
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A
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F
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T
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S
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C
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L
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O
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P
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A
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H
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M
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A
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K
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L
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N
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F
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D
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G
L
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D
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D
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H
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T
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O
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W
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P
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A
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E
T
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H
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L
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N
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T
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T
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B
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O
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A
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K
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U
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O
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K
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A
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R
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S
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N
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© 1962, The New York TimesNo. 4,905
Across
1
Floats airily along. : WAFTS
6
Hoofbeat sound. : CLOP
10
Buzzing. : AHUM
14
Dripping wet. : ASOAK
15
Convert. : LAIR
16
St. Philip ___. : NERI
17
Hard to overcome. : FORMIDABLE
19
Like Pollyana. : GLAD
20
Lack of color. : DRABNESS
21
Colleen's name. : SHEILA
23
Harem rooms. : ODAS
24
Perplexed. : ATALOSS
25
Large dog. : TOWSER
28
Temporarily. : PROTEM
29
Of all: Scot. : AVA
30
Actress Waters. : ETHEL
32
"___ creature was stirring." : NOTA
35
Parts of the street scene. : TELEPHONEBOOTHS
39
Early American river craft. : ARKS
40
Not determined. : UNSET
41
Certain woodwork. : OAK
42
Describing the skies. : STARRY
45
Sets going. : STARTS
47
News articles. : STORIES
49
Particle. : ATOM
50
Dweller. : TENANT
51
Artist of a sort. : ANIMATOR
55
Toward the mouth. : ORAD
56
Urgent. : IMPERATIVE
58
"Celeste Aida." : ARIA
59
Drizzle. : RAIN
60
___ the least. : NOTIN
61
Dick Deadeye and others. : TARS
62
State: Fr. : ETAT
63
Playground setup. : SLIDE
Down
1
Egyptian Nationalist Party. : WAFD
2
Hebrew instrument. : ASOR
3
___ song. : FORA
4
Roadhouses in Peru. : TAMBOS
5
Superficial. : SKINDEEP
6
Category. : CLASS
7
Research centers for short. : LABS
8
Motor necessity. : OIL
9
In fast tempo: Mus. : PRESTO
10
Californian. : ANGELENO
11
Proposed sun-powered engine. : HELIOMOTOR
12
Eurasian range. : URALS
13
Legendary king. : MIDAS
18
Scarcity. : DEARTH
22
Caubeen. : HAT
24
Van Gogh's city. : ARLES
25
Bit of baby talk. : TATA
26
Again. : OVER
27
Is lighthearted. : WALKSONAIR
28
Sum of money. : PENNY
31
Parts of infinity. : HOURS
33
"The Light ___ Failed" : THAT
34
Sets as a price. : ASKS
36
Roads: Sp. : ESTRADAS
37
Busy (oneself). : BESTIR
38
Pieces of furniture. : OTTOMANS
43
Own: Scot. : AIN
44
Put out, as a batter. : RETIRE
46
Explosive. : AMATOL
47
Ermine. : STOAT
48
___ incognito. : TERRA
49
Concerning. : ANENT
51
Upolo port. : APIA
52
S. American monkey. : TITI
53
Poet of the Augustan age. : OVID
54
French man's name. : RENE
57
Piece of tatami. : MAT

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 4 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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