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New York Times, Tuesday, December 25, 1962

Author:
Brice Metcalfe
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 5.19, Missing: { Z }, Scrabble score: 322 (avg 1.72)
Open Squares: 62, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Brice Metcalfe has 19 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Puzzle and solution were from a book. No paper appears to have been published on 12/25/62.

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W
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L
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© 1962, The New York TimesNo. 4,909
Across
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In discord. : AJAR
5
Cultists' theories. : ISMS
9
With high competence. : ABLY
13
Essence. : CORE
14
___ feu, French dish. : POTAU
15
Guatemalan. : MAYA
16
Sally. : QUIP
17
With ___ (affectedly). : ANAIR
18
Mixture. : BREW
19
German pronoun. : UNS
20
Christmas plant. : EVERGREEN
22
Mountaineer's tool. : ICEAXE
24
Map maker's machine. : OROGRAPH
27
One way to write the year Claudius I was born. : TENBC
28
White ___, cake ingredient. : OFEGG
29
Pastoral sound. : BAA
30
Publisher's jacket copy. : BLURB
32
Teeming. : ASWARM
34
Christmas plants. : POINSETTIAS
36
Scheduled. : SLATED
38
French interjection. : TIENS
39
Fuel. : OIL
40
Cloud: prefix. : NEPHO
42
Fur. : OTTER
46
Ghostly. : SPECTRAL
48
Soul or spirit, from the Greek. : PNEUMA
49
Christmas plant. : MISTLETOE
51
Machinist's abbreviation. : RPM
52
Firm strength. : IRON
54
Additional. : OTHER
55
Sports gear. : SKIS
56
What the "Mona Lisa" is painted on. : WOOD
57
Inflict. : WREAK
58
Companion of now. : HERE
59
Rich flavored. : WINY
60
Musical works: Abbr. : SYMS
61
Observes. : EYES
Down
1
Exculpate. : ACQUIT
2
Jolt. : JOUNCE
3
Sprung. : ARISEN
4
Form of government: Abbr. : REP
5
Beloved of Glaucus. : IONE
6
Plant of the lily family. : STAROFBETHLEHEM
7
Meager: Fr. : MAIGRE
8
Legal substitute. : SURROGATE
9
Reddish-yellow. : AMBER
10
Traveling companion of St. Paul. : BARNABAS
11
Sodium hydroxide. : LYE
12
Veer away from the normal axis. : YAW
14
Blacktop. : PAVE
20
Former patrons. : EXCLIENTS
21
"Don't venture all your ___ basket." : EGGSINONE
23
Churchman. : ABBOT
25
Next to a birdie. : PAR
26
Noah's youngest. : HAM
28
Conjunctions. : ORS
31
Ocean currents. : UNDERTOWS
33
Fritter (away). : WASTE
34
Bing Crosby ballad. : PALEMOON
35
Pablo's uncle. : TIO
36
Help wanted! : SOS
37
___ service. : LIP
41
Insignificant. : PALTRY
43
Middle Eastern country. : TURKEY
44
Style of clothing. : EMPIRE
45
Egyptian name. : RAMSES
47
Lucy's relative. : CINDY
48
Companion of beans. : PORK
50
Parties. : TEAS
52
The Wobblies' monogram, circa 1912. : IWW
53
Gallic monarch. : ROI
55
Pronoun. : SHE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 8 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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