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New York Times, Saturday, December 22, 1956

48-Across : Contemporary playwright.

Author:
Madeline Corse
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 315 (avg 1.65)
Open Squares: 83, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 3, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 11
Madeline Corse has 39 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original clue for 20-Across was for the 22-Across entry and vice versa. Switched the clues to correct this mistake.

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© 1956, The New York TimesNo. 2,734
Across
1
Rocky place. : SCAR
5
Garden spots. : BEDS
9
Tonsure area. : SCALP
14
Singer Berger. : ERNA
15
Mixture. : OLIO
16
Passed ball or wild pitch. : ERROR
17
Flexibility. : LITHENESS
19
Freight. : CARGO
20
Branch of Justice Department. : FBI
21
Bedizen. : DECK
22
Henri Philippe ___. : PETAIN
23
End of an O. Henry story. : TWIST
25
Rhythm. : CADENCE
26
Marble. : SHOOTER
28
Native metals. : ORES
29
Radar islands. : TEXASTOWERS
31
Coral reef off a mainland. : CAY
34
Footnote abbreviation. : IBID
35
Careless. : LAX
36
Florence's river. : ARNO
37
Written report: Abbr. : REC
38
Problem in Germany. : UNIFICATION
42
Patella area. : KNEE
43
Extend under. : SUBTEND
44
Canard. : SLANDER
47
Ilium and others. : TROYS
48
Contemporary playwright. : COWARD
49
Ecuador's neighbor. : PERU
50
To ___. : WIT
53
Better than. : ABOVE
54
Defense material. : MUNITIONS
56
Carries on. : MAKES
57
At all. : ONCE
58
Rapid pace: Colloq. : CLIP
59
Importune. : PRESS
60
Letters. : WYES
61
Times of day: Abbr. : AFTS
Down
1
The identity of any person. : SELF
2
Manger. : CRIB
3
Counteracting poison. : ANTITOXIC
4
Cheer. : RAH
5
Thoroughwort. : BONESET
6
Lighting fixture. : ELECTROLIER
7
Center of certain flowers. : DISK
8
Help! : SOS
9
Withdraws formally. : SECEDES
10
Packing boxes. : CRATES
11
Island in the Firth of Clyde. : ARRAN
12
Way of reasoning. : LOGIC
13
Inclined (to). : PRONE
18
Revises. : EDITS
22
Young salmon. : PARR
24
Plant yielding blue dye. : WOAD
25
Proposed substitute for cold war. : COEXISTENCE
26
Activity. : STIR
27
Goddess of youth. : HEBE
30
Girl in uniform. : WAF
31
Gives a false alarm. : CRIESWOLF
32
Shortly. : ANON
33
Over there: Poet. : YOND
36
Man of law: Abbr. : ATTY
38
Ordinary clothing, as opposed to uniform. : UNDRESS
39
Necessity. : NEED
40
Certain stewed dishes. : CURRIES
41
Circa. : ABOUT
42
Cards. : KNAVES
44
Rascal. : SCAMP
45
Having rounded projections. : LOBAR
46
Became active. : AWOKE
49
Slight. : PUNY
51
"What's ___ for me?" : INIT
52
Recipe quantities. : TSPS
54
Part of a barn. : MOW
55
Government agency. : ICA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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