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New York Times, Thursday, December 29, 1977

Author: Jack L. Steinhardt
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 70, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 5.34, Missing: { H J Q V W X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 253 (avg 1.35)
Open Squares: 86, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,365
Across Down
1. Coating for apples : CARAMEL
8. U.S. observatory : PALOMAR
15. Human being or nudist : ADAMITE
16. Stir, in Sicilia : AGITARE
17. Enjoyed the highways : MOTORED
18. Achromatic : NEUTRAL
19. Five geological periods : ERAS
20. Marine detector : SONAR
22. "Ma—He's Making Eyes ___" : ATME
23. Tennis term : LET
24. Inland duty on commodities: Abbr. : FET
25. Singer Janis : IAN
26. Place to caulk : SEAM
28. Tender : OFFER
30. State of annoyance : SNIT
31. Word with mate or work : TEAM
33. Bands that stretch across the country : ELASTICS
35. Deviation : ABERRANCE
37. Jersey bay : BARNEGAT
40. ___ Carlo Menotti : GIAN
42. "How now! ___?": Hamlet : ARAT
43. Flavorsome herb : ANISE
45. Swimmer Spitz : MARK
48. Part of R.S.V.P. : SIL
49. Agnes or Bernadette: Abbr. : STE
50. Small wooden peg : TEE
51. Powder base : TALC
53. Sanctums : LAIRS
55. Fret : FUME
56. Featherbrained : IDIOTIC
58. Banking mechanism for a pilot : AILERON
60. "Beware the man of ___": D'Israeli : ONEBOOK
61. Surrounding influence : CLIMATE
62. Ron and family : NESSENS
63. Franco Harris, e.g. : STEELER
1. Pack seen in the Sahara : CAMELS
2. Renee of the silents : ADOREE
3. Imitative knocking sound : RATATAT
4. Otis of baseball fame : AMOS
5. "Bei ___ Bist du Schön," 1937 song : MIR
6. Somme summers : ETES
7. Was the first batter : LEDOFF
8. Slender smoke : PANATELA
9. Dyeing apparatus : AGER
10. The Blackbirds of N.Y.C. : LIU
11. Norwegian town : OTTA
12. It's wet even when very dry : MARTINI
13. Semitic language : ARAMAIC
14. Becomes mollified : RELENTS
21. Wife of Amenhotep IV : NEFERTITI
27. Intended : MEANT
28. Series termination : OMEGA
29. Cowboy's milieu : RANGE
30. Type of heat : STEAM
32. Vigoda : ABE
34. High-school subj. : SCI
36. Searches thoroughly : RANSACKS
37. Stronghold : BASTION
38. She helped Theseus to escape : ARIADNE
39. Calls to arms : RALLIES
41. White key on a piano : NATURAL
44. Glacial blocks : SERACS
46. Outside broadcast : REMOTE
47. Not so obtuse : KEENER
52. Short, thickset horses : COBS
53. Beast helped by Androcles : LION
54. Sandy deposit : SILT
55. Woman, in lawyers' lingo : FEME
57. Word with hold or nail : TOE
59. Take a recumbent position : LIE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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