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New York Times, Friday, December 21, 1973

Author: Unknown
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 4.82, Missing: { H J K Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 269 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 64, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,896
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1. Barnyard sounds : BAAS
5. Play ___ : POSSUM
11. Not hard: Abbr. : SFT
14. Vapor: Prefix : ATMO
15. Birthplace of St. Francis : ASSISI
16. Actress Mary : URE
17. Nuptial confection? : BRIDALSWEET
19. U. S. caricaturist : REA
20. German article : EIN
21. Asian people : TAI
22. Short coat : REEFER
24. Army-base cut-up? : POSTCARD
28. Teases : RIBS
29. One with a mortgage : LIENEE
30. Coin receivers : SLOTS
32. Hat : FEDORA
35. French title : DUC
37. Market course : DROP
38. At all : ANY
39. Dutch commune : EDE
41. Clothes style : MOD
43. Spanish queen : ENA
44. Placed the golf ball : TEED
46. Period : ERA
48. Marvel, in Bonn : WUNDER
50. Court decree : ARRET
52. Squat : STUBBY
54. Growl : GNAR
55. Tin-eared : TONEDEAF
58. Look upon as feasible : SEEFIT
60. Asian, for one : FLU
61. Farrow : MIA
63. Supped : ATE
64. In quest of sea food? : MUSSELBOUND
68. Purge : RID
69. Lack of government : UNRULE
70. Confused : ASEA
71. Electric currents: Abbr. : ACS
72. Does brushwork : PAINTS
73. Duration : TERM
1. Ruth or Herman : BABE
2. Up, as an anchor : ATRIP
3. Kind of acid : AMINO
4. Turf : SOD
5. Regal libation? : PALACEADE
6. Legendary Irish bard : OSSIAN
7. Compass point : SSW
8. German pronoun : SIE
9. Employer : USER
10. Bishops' caps : MITERS
11. Ocean-weary? : SURFBORED
12. Kind of peach : FREESTONE
13. Rip : TEAR
18. Apparel : ATTIRE
23. Old age, in Scotland : EILD
25. Road sign : SLO
26. See ___ : RED
27. Te ___ : DEUM
31. Box : SPAR
32. ___ Morgana : FATA
33. Peppy : ENERGETIC
34. Vats, for instance? : DYERNEEDS
36. Range cuties : COWBELLES
40. Former, old style : ERST
42. Rub-a-___ : DUBDUB
45. Unheeding : DEAF
47. From ___ Z : ATO
49. U. S. humorist : NYE
51. Do decorating : TRIMUP
53. Not sensed : UNFELT
56. Erato, for one? : AMUSE
57. More elegant : FINER
58. Mother of F.D.R. : SARA
59. Fish : TUNA
62. Genesis man : ADAM
65. Indian title : SRI
66. ___ Yat-sen : SUN
67. Kind of meal : OAT

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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