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New York Times, Saturday, December 30, 1978

Author:
Russell
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 5.19, Missing: { J K Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 256 (avg 1.37)
Open Squares: 79, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,644
Across
1. Native environment : HABITAT
8. TV actress Sanford : ISABEL
14. "___ Blue," 1965 film : APATCHOF
16. Cash-register button : NOSALE
17. Part of Micronesia : MARSHALLISLANDS
19. Galahad's title : SIR
20. Whimpered or blathered : BLEATED
21. Cant : LIST
24. Sound : SANE
25. Large Italian isl. : SAR
28. Saarinen : EERO
30. He completed a leaning tower : PISANO
33. Hundred-armed monster of myth : BRIAREUS
37. Large mackerel-like fish : CEROS
38. Perilous expanse : BERMUDATRIANGLE
40. At right angles to the keel : ABEAM
41. Frame : RAILROAD
42. Playground device : SEESAW
44. Cather's "One of ___" : OURS
45. Mischievous wee one : ELF
46. Verb ending : ESCE
50. Impudent talk : SASS
52. Parodies : SATIRES
55. Giant of yore : OTT
57. Marquesas, Society Islands, etc. : FRENCHPOLYNESIA
62. Medicine-cabinet item : IODINE
63. Contrite : PENITENT
64. Roll or register : ROSTER
65. Summer fare on TV : REPEATS
Down
1. Muggers onstage : HAMS
2. "To fetch ___ of water" : APAIL
3. Great ___, in the Coral Sea : BARRIERREEF
4. Certain players, as in tag : ITS
5. Mild exclamation of censure : TCH
6. Moby Dick's pursuer : AHAB
7. Rings ominously : TOLLS
8. Part of the foot : INSTEP
9. Ocean flatfish : SOLE
10. "Like ___ votarist in palmer's weed": Milton : ASAD
11. Interdict : BAN
12. Antiquity, in poesy : ELD
13. He led the "Band of Renown" : LES
15. Fido's tormentor : FLEA
18. Author Fleming : IAN
22. Diet of Lithuania : SEIMAS
23. Wound : TRAUMA
25. Calm waters NE of the West Indies : SARGASSOSEA
26. "You can't teach ___ dog . . . " : ANOLD
27. Floribunda : ROSE
29. Fort ___, Calif. : ORD
31. Wax-winged flier : ICARUS
32. Madame, in Madrid : SENORA
33. August ___, German socialist : BEBEL
34. Corn unit : EAR
35. Actress Hagen : UTA
36. ___ Lanka : SRI
38. Headquarters : BASE
39. Worldwide workers' org. : ILO
43. Member of a flock : WETHER
47. Drink delicately : SIP
48. Cut short : CROP
49. Certain fisherman : EELER
51. Be frugal : STINT
52. Pique : SNIT
53. Adolescent ailment : ACNE
54. Word in a New Year's song : SYNE
56. Makes lacy doilies : TATS
57. Douglas ___ : FIR
58. Marsupial, for short : ROO
59. Begley and Sullivan : EDS
60. Bracer : NIP
61. Summer, in Somme : ETE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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