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New York Times, Saturday, December 24, 1977

Author: C. J. Angio
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.11, Missing: { B J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 288 (avg 1.52)
Open Squares: 75, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 11, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
C. J. Angio has 93 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,360
Across Down
1. Homophone for seize : SEAS
5. Annapurna, e.g. : PEAK
9. What bugbears do : SCARE
14. Curtain color : ECRU
15. Spike the punch : LACE
16. " . . . sugarplums danced in ___ heads" : THEIR
17. " . . . no ___ for them in the inn": Luke 2:7 : ROOM
18. Like the muscles of new skiers : ACHY
19. Neighbor of Bangor : ORONO
20. Blarney : FLAM
21. They followed that star : THREEKINGS
23. Calm : SERENE
25. Enjoys the holiday : IDLES
26. Peace offering : ROSES
28. Necks of land : ISTHMI
32. "On the ___ day of Christmas . . . " : FIRST
35. "___ Troll," Heine poem : ATTA
37. Glacier in Alaska : MUIR
38. Minneapolis suburb : EDINA
39. Rival of T.C.U. : SMU
40. Kind of ray : GAMMA
41. Off one's rocker : LOCO
42. Blanquette ingredient : VEAL
43. Quaker in a grove : ASPEN
44. "He that is ___ anger . . . ": Proverbs 16:32 : SLOWTO
46. Famed restaurateur : SARDI
48. ___ acid (yellow vitamin) : FOLIC
50. What the elves do for Santa : ASSIST
54. Stem of a Christmas plant : HOLLYSTALK
58. "Damn Yankees" temptress : LOLA
59. "___ of snow-white horses" : ATEAM
60. Author Eliav : ARIE
61. Indigo : ANIL
62. Get the dice ready : SHAKE
63. Pen name of novelist Viaud : LOTI
64. His presents come on Jan. 6 : NINO
65. Polish city, to a German : POSEN
66. Wang Lung's wife : OLAN
67. Travelers' rest houses, Indian style : DAKS
1. Slavish sons of the soil : SERFS
2. Place closed at Noël : ECOLE
3. Bellowing : AROAR
4. Plant also called star-of-Bethlehem : SUMMERSNOWFLAKE
5. Earthenware : PLATES
6. Every's partner : EACH
7. It begins: "Marley was dead . . . " : ACHRISTMASCAROL
8. Attuned : KEYED
9. Feeds the furnace : STOKES
10. Largest atoll in the Pacific : CHRISTMASISLAND
11. Period like a millennium : AEON
12. "___ out the old" : RING
13. Desire : EROS
22. Man of tales : ELIA
24. "___ creature was stirring" : NOTA
27. Make comfortable : EASE
29. Knoll : HUMP
30. Jester : MIME
31. Where Kerman is : IRAN
32. Planetarium in Philadelphia : FELS
33. Santa, to tots : IDOL
34. Puerto ___ : RICO
36. ___ Finklea (Cyd Charisse) : TULA
40. Rambles restlessly : GADS
42. Tennesseans, for short : VOLS
45. Busy people in December : TOYMEN
47. Strike it rich : RAKEIN
49. Met basso Tajo : ITALO
51. Chios, Samos, etc. : IONIA
52. Move furtively : SLINK
53. Mythical man of brass : TALOS
54. Place for a padlock : HASP
55. Galba's successor : OTHO
56. Pastoral sights : LEAS
57. Second Mrs. Chaplin : LITA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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