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New York Times, Friday, December 31, 1971

Author: Unknown
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 314 (avg 1.66)
Open Squares: 77, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 7, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1971, The New York TimesNo. 8,175
Across Down
1. Auditorium : HALL
5. Harbor craft : SCOWS
10. Other ___ : THAN
14. Mishmash : OLIO
15. U.S. author : OHARA
16. Take on : HIRE
17. Lab sterilizer : OVEN
18. Aromatic plant : BASIL
19. Seaweed : ALGA
20. Canines : FANGS
22. Flying specialist : TESTPILOT
24. Jet-engine housing : POD
26. Pens : STIES
27. Red star in Scorpius : ANTARES
31. Soggy : WET
32. Hollow : PIT
35. Native speech : VERNACULAR
37. Glut : SATE
38. Stage directions : EXITS
39. Take a flier : BET
40. Fishing lure : SPOON
41. Gists : NUBS
42. Dakota region : BLACKHILLS
44. Ibsen character : ASE
45. French month : MAI
46. Pleasure jaunt of a kind : HAYRIDE
47. Grows friendly : WARMS
49. ___ degree : TOA
50. Some stocks : BLUECHIPS
54. Sweetheart : FLAME
58. Mature : RIPE
59. Walk ___ : ONAIR
61. Chilled : ICED
62. Among : AMID
63. Songstress Page : PATTI
64. Vim : ZING
65. Withhold : DENY
66. Nap : SLEEP
67. Swirl : EDDY
1. Walk, with "it" : HOOF
2. Inventor's middle name : ALVA
3. Mortgage : LIEN
4. Relatives of short gasps : LONGPANTS
5. Weep : SOB
6. Exchange gossip : CHAT
7. Fertile spots : OASES
8. Timepiece : WRISTWATCH
9. More like Popeye : SALTIER
10. Massenet opera : THAIS
11. Knoll : HILL
12. Legendary ship : ARGO
13. Tidy : NEAT
21. Rail birds : SORAS
23. Favorite : PET
25. Month: Abbr. : DEC
27. Grass genus : AVENA
28. Link : NEXUS
29. Mohawk or Seneca : TRIBE
30. Kind of subtle ad technique : SUBLIMINAL
32. Phila. suburb : PAOLI
33. "___ every little star" : ITOLD
34. Nervous : TENSE
36. Meadow : LEA
37. Do the wage-price routine : SPIRALIZE
40. Fight ___ (avoid) : SHYOF
42. Goes carousing : BARHOPS
43. Krazy ___ : KAT
45. Sandy's cousin : MAC
47. Like an untended garden : WEEDY
48. Torrent : SPATE
50. Wire nail : BRAD
51. Florida product : LIME
52. "___ Mabel's Room" : UPIN
53. Location : SITE
55. Caustic : ACID
56. Fix : MEND
57. See 34 Down : EDGY
60. Irving character : RIP

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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