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New York Times, Thursday, December 25, 1980

Author: C. J. Angio
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.11, Missing: { F Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 275 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 13, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
C. J. Angio has 93 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1980, The New York TimesNo. 11,370
Across Down
1. Tart : ACID
5. Victorian's cry : EGAD
9. Important port in the Crusades : ACRE
13. Unit of loudness : SONE
14. ___ Dame : NOTRE
16. Yule cynosure : TREE
17. Kringle : SANTACLAUS
19. Report : TELL
20. Arctic, for one : OCEAN
21. Sailors' patron : ELMO
22. Not intricate : EASY
23. First of Scrooge's visions : CHRISTMASPAST
26. A.F.T. rival : NEA
27. Mild reproofs : TUTTUTS
30. Will-___-wisp : OTHE
33. Leave off : DESIST
36. What sigma follows : RHO
37. He wrote "A Visit from St. Nicholas" : MOORE
39. Yuletide mo. : DEC
40. Cross as ___ : ABEAR
42. Doxy : ISM
43. "I told you so" expressions : SMIRKS
46. Family that once celebrated Il Natale : ESTE
47. What X marks : THESPOT
49. Eat high on the ___ : HOG
51. Carol words from Watts' Psalm 98 : JOYTOTHEWORLD
57. Twin who was a poor trader : ESAU
59. Babylonian goddess : ERUA
60. H.R.E. emperor: 962–73 : OTHOI
61. Freeway exit : RAMP
62. Bethlehem, in a carol : LITTLETOWN
64. "___ Ideas," 1951 song : IGET
65. Composer who influenced Ravel : SATIE
66. Scene of Adam's apple : EDEN
67. Ovid : NASO
68. Advance; impart : LEND
69. Tiber feeder : NERA
1. The N.A.A.C.P. is one : ASSOC
2. Rose Bowl V.I.P. : COACH
3. ___ sanctum : INNER
4. Writ sought by a warden : DETAINER
5. Ref. book : ENC
6. Legendary automaton : GOLEM
7. Novel by Chateaubriand : ATALA
8. Yuletide dinner portion : DRUMSTICK
9. Certify : ATTEST
10. Elves, reindeer, etc. : CREATURES
11. Bro. and dau. : RELS
12. Hard to hold : EELY
15. N.Y. town on the Hudson : ESOPUS
18. Faulkner hero : ANSE
24. One of the donees of 17 Across : TAD
25. "___ boy!" : ATTA
28. "In hopes ___ St. Nicholas . . . " : THAT
29. Fighting mad : SORE
30. Forget to include : OMIT
31. "Nonsense!" in Newcastle : TOSH
32. Command to a chauffeur : HOMEJAMES
34. Vehicle for a famous reply to Virginia : EDITORIAL
35. Mass talk: Abbr. : SER
38. Make out : ESPY
41. "The only ___ Son . . . ": John 1:18 : BEGOTTEN
44. Modern inns : MOTELS
45. Pronoun : SHE
48. "___ the housetop . . . " : SOUPTO
50. Shakespearean "Alas!" : OWOE
52. Mozart's "Cosi fan ___" : TUTTE
53. With ___ hand : HATIN
54. Start of a state's name : RHODE
55. Scowl : LOWER
56. "___ ye hear it?": Whittier : DINNA
57. Where leprechauns cavort : ERIN
58. Grandiose story : SAGA
63. What a star did for the Magi : LED

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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