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New York Times, Tuesday, December 24, 1974

Author: Bert H. Kruse
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.97, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 291 (avg 1.54)
Open Squares: 73, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 14, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
Bert H. Kruse has 63 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1974, The New York TimesNo. 9,264
Across Down
1. Branch : LIMB
5. Lugosi : BELA
9. Insignificant one : TWERP
14. Molding : OGEE
15. Yoke mates : OXEN
16. Employment manager : HIRER
17. Headdress : COIF
18. American Indian : OTOE
19. Top group : ELITE
20. "To be ___ be" : ORNOTTO
22. "___: perchance to dream" : TOSLEEP
24. Winds : REELS
26. Ancient Brazilian : OTI
27. Sires : BEGETS
30. Kind of Mennonite : AMMANITE
35. Cuckoopint : ARUM
36. Modify : ADAPT
37. Wild sheep : SHA
38. "___ of adversity" : SWEETARETHEUSES
42. " . . . ___ of thee" : TIS
43. Hybrid animal : HINNY
44. Renoir subject : NUDE
45. Having horns : ANTLERED
47. "___ directed" (medical-label advice) : TAKEAS
49. Wonder : AWE
50. ___ Arabia : SAUDI
52. "A dish fit for ___" : THEGODS
56. Sidekicks : CRONIES
60. Kind of blade : RAZOR
61. Eartha : KITT
63. Nitwit : DOPE
64. Flynn : ERROL
65. "The ___ that men do lives after . . . " : EVIL
66. Busy : ATIT
67. Sales place : STAND
68. Shackle : GYVE
69. Animal pouches : SACS
1. Crazy : LOCO
2. Opera role : IGOR
3. Chow ___ : MEIN
4. "Is this a dagger which I see ___?" : BEFOREME
5. Northern constellation : BOOTES
6. Commend : EXTOL
7. Papal name : LEO
8. Pickle herb : ANET
9. " . . . in ___ of Denmark" : THESTATE
10. Barkis's word : WILLIN
11. One of five : ERIE
12. Network : RETE
13. Kind of school : PREP
21. Memorable offensive : TET
23. Enthusiasm : OOMPH
25. What Shakespearean villains come to : SADENDS
27. Enough, in Rome : BASTA
28. Stu of movies : ERWIN
29. Visitor : GUEST
31. Indian servant : MATY
32. Bone of contention : ISSUE
33. Silent-screen vamp : THEDA
34. Comforts : EASES
36. English composer : ARNE
39. It was all a stage, to Jaques : THEWORLD
40. Exposed : AIRED
41. " . . . not so ___ man's ingratitude" : UNKINDAS
46. Body of water : LAGOON
47. "The Phoenix and the ___" : TURTLE
48. "Much ___ . . . " : ADO
51. Part of "Othello" : ACTIV
52. Very, in Versailles : TRES
53. Writer Moss : HART
54. Poet Pound : EZRA
55. Keel part : SKEG
57. Smidgen : IOTA
58. Narrative tale : EPIC
59. Stage designs : SETS
62. Campus plant : IVY

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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