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New York Times, Saturday, December 23, 1978

Author: Tap Osborn
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.25, Missing: { J K Q Z }, Scrabble score: 289 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 77, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 3, XRef: 2, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 10
Tap Osborn has 111 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,637
Across Down
1. Long-necked pear : BOSC
5. Album item : DISC
9. He answered to Harry : ALBEN
14. Ending with buck : AROO
15. Thought: Comb. form : IDEO
16. He played Queeg : NOLAN
17. Memorable comedian, or his biographer : LAHR
18. Paltry : MEAN
19. Contain : HOUSE
20. Song hit of 1941, with 48 Across : IDONTWANTTOSET
23. Kettle handle : BAIL
24. ___ Kollo, Met tenor : RENE
25. Museum lecturer : DOCENT
28. Formed a single line while marching : FILEDOFF
32. 4,047 square meters : ACRE
33. Makes a firm, level surface : PAVES
34. French pronoun : LUI
35. Baldwin title : THEFIRENEXTTIME
39. Proposal before the states : ERA
40. Belfry sounds : DONGS
41. Higher in rank : OVER
42. Agnes and Cecil : DEMILLES
44. Queen of whodunits : ELLERY
46. Welshman or Irishman : CELT
47. Integument : ARIL
48. See 20 Across : THEWORLDONFIRE
54. Hindu teacher : SWAMI
55. Craving eagerly : AVID
56. Debauchee : ROUE
57. Giant, to a Dodger : RIVAL
58. Heavy book : TOME
59. Diminutive suffix : ETTE
60. Upright : ONEND
61. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 : EVES
62. Moderate : EASE
1. Lesser Sunda island : BALI
2. Toward the mouth : ORAD
3. Where Samuel Johnson's club met : SOHO
4. Cabbage's partner : CORNBEEF
5. Knucklehead : DIMWIT
6. Edenic : IDEAL
7. Connery : SEAN
8. Schemes : CONTRIVES
9. "___ man's the noblest work of God": Pope : ANHONEST
10. Set free : LOOSED
11. Suffering from mulligrubs : BLUE
12. Word with Orange or Lyme : EAST
13. Frequent rte. of coastal storms : NNE
21. Soft shade : TAN
22. Communication service : TELEX
25. Like leisure suits : DATED
26. Limonite's cousin : OCHRE
27. Richest part : CREAM
28. Bite 'em items : FANGS
29. Salad garnish : OLIVE
30. Angry one : FUMER
31. Hot-tempered : FIERY
33. Enter : PENETRATE
36. Kennedy, in 1948 : IDLEWILD
37. Dr. May : ROLLO
38. Like some bridges : TOLLFREE
43. Home deliverer, once : ICEMAN
44. Disintegrates slowly : ERODES
45. Author Yutang : LIN
47. "Brother, Can You Spare ___?" : ADIME
48. Kind of bill or bed : TWIN
49. Own : HAVE
50. Ukrainian city : LVOV
51. Greek letter : IOTA
52. Traffic slowers : RUTS
53. Shoe width : EEEE
54. Sign of a long run : SRO

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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