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New York Times, Monday, December 25, 1978

Author:
C. J. Angio
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { F J K Q V X }, Scrabble score: 282 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 77, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 6, XRef: 1, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
C. J. Angio has 93 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,639
Across
1. Wassail quaffs : ALES
5. "Bugs" or Max : BAER
9. Cuban cat : GATO
13. Quantity of cookies : BATCH
15. "God's Little ___" : ACRE
16. Soprano Grist : RERI
17. Dickens classic : ACHRISTMASCAROL
20. Give confidence to : ASSURE
21. " . . . One that inhabiteth ___": Isa. 57:15 : ETERNITY
22. Titanic sinker : BERG
24. United : ONED
25. "Worm of the Nile" : ASP
28. Vichy trial town : RIOM
30. Sonoran's hot snack : TAMALE
34. Sounds from pom-pom girls : RAHS
36. Promote : ABET
38. Mount Vernon or Monticello : MANOR
39. Actor who played 62 Across : LIONELBARRYMORE
42. Insect: Comb. form : ENTOM
43. Synthetic spread : OLEO
44. Guinness : ALEC
45. Harriet Beecher's in-laws : STOWES
47. Hindu relative of Pluto : YAMA
49. A.F.B. in Colorado : ENT
50. Jane Fonda's Oscar-winning role in "Klute" : BREE
52. Keep ___ on : TABS
54. Inundating : DELUGING
58. Heraclitus was one : IONIAN
62. Marley's surviving partner : EBENEZERSCROOGE
64. Cattle feed : BRAN
65. Give out : EMIT
66. Man of "sound mind" : TUNER
67. Bennett or Martin : TONY
68. "Auld Lang ___" : SYNE
69. Polynesian's food : TARO
Down
1. Rhyme scheme : ABAA
2. Resinous substances : LACS
3. Suffixes for ordinal numbers : ETHS
4. Stunted tree : SCRUB
5. Night flier : BAT
6. Zenith : ACME
7. Muse with a lyre : ERATO
8. Take umbrage : RESENT
9. Family member : GRANDMAMA
10. Air: Comb. form : AERI
11. Turkey ___ : TROT
12. Like mechanics' hands : OILY
14. Personnel chief : HIRER
18. "The Pickwick Papers," originally : SERIAL
19. Luscious : CREAMY
23. Clown in "The Merchant of Venice" : GOBBO
25. Van Gogh painted here : ARLES
26. Mary or Joseph : SAINT
27. Souvenir of a family gathering : PHOTO
29. Farinaceous : MEALY
31. Lizard : ANOLE
32. Ponti's spouse : LOREN
33. Rear : ERECT
35. Neophyte on the slopes : SNOWBUNNY
37. Festive dinner, e.g. : TREAT
40. Leave a labyrinth : EMERGE
41. Of modern Greece : ROMAIC
46. Nabs : SEIZES
48. Stop a space mission : ABORT
51. Herod, to the Jewish leaders : ENEMY
53. Feature that gave a Schnauzer its name : SNOUT
54. I.o.u. cause : DEBT
55. Longest river entirely in Spain : EBRO
56. Sprat's diet : LEAN
57. One way to "bear it" : GRIN
59. One of the Inner Hebrides : IONA
60. Dyeing apparatus : AGER
61. Wolfe of whodunits : NERO
63. Sault ___ Marie : STE

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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