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New York Times, Thursday, December 23, 1976

Author: Reginald L. Johnson
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 41, Avg Word Len: 4.72, Missing: { J K Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 242 (avg 1.32)
Open Squares: 62, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 11
Reginald L. Johnson has 36 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
PS notes: The theme of this puzzle involves representing the word "first" with the letter "i" followed by "st"
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,994
Across Down
1. Lead-off man at the plate : ISTUP
6. Ring champ : ALI
9. ___ Lisa : MONA
13. Wealth : MEANS
14. Camera part : LENS
16. Kind of horse : IRON
17. Actress with only one name : MARGO
18. Polite request : LADIESIST
20. President's wife : ISTLADY
22. Pedestal parts : DADOES
23. Manipulate : USE
24. Individuals : PERSONS
26. Newspaper edition : LATE
29. Tops : ISTRATE
31. "When I was ___" : ALAD
32. Portico : STOA
33. Slowly destroy : ERODE
37. Men's org. : SAR
38. Heat unit: Abbr. : BTU
39. Indian weight : SER
41. ___ ordinaire : VIN
42. Native of India : HINDU
44. Dutch settler in Africa : BOER
46. Parry : FEND
47. Oldest child : ISTBORN
49. Bauxite et al. : ORES
50. Horrifies : DISMAYS
52. Thing to lend : EAR
54. Youth stopover : HOSTEL
55. Ship's No. 2 : ISTMATE
59. Head of a queue : ISTINLINE
62. Kind of type : ROMAN
63. Farmer's place : DELL
64. "___ honor" : YOUR
65. Officer : ISTLT
66. Donkey, in Berlin : ESEL
67. One: Prefix : UNI
68. City near Walla Walla : PASCO
1. Swiss measure : IMMI
2. Black and White : SEAS
3. Small pie : TART
4. Not stuck : UNGLUED
5. Loin muscle : PSOAS
6. Unite : ALLY
7. " . . . winding o'er the ___" : LEA
8. State: Abbr. : IND
9. One who errs : MISDOER
10. Sky hunter : ORION
11. Things to count : NOSES
12. Kitchen intruders : ANTS
15. Libyan gulf : SIDRA
19. Egg or island : EASTER
21. Believer : DEIST
24. "See other side": Abbr. : PTO
25. Classroom need : ERASER
26. Eye or whip : LASH
27. Jai ___ : ALAI
28. Mountain pool : TARN
30. Thickset : STUBBY
34. Again : OVER
35. Eat : DINE
36. Odds' partner : ENDS
38. Holiday riders : BUSMEN
40. Sea eagles : ERNES
43. Prepare moonshine : DISTILL
45. Hawaiian birds : OOS
46. Taiwan : FORMOSA
48. Score : TALLY
50. Measured amounts : DOSES
51. Basket fiber : ISTLE
53. Anchor position : ATRIP
54. Seek's partner : HIDE
55. Yesterday, in Italy : IERI
56. Quantities: Abbr. : AMTS
57. Bath powder : TALC
58. Within: Prefix : ENTO
60. Debt initials : IOU
61. Sister : NUN

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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