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New York Times, Tuesday, December 5, 1972

Author: Unknown
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 40, Avg Word Len: 4.87, Missing: { F K Q Z }, Scrabble score: 271 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 61, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 5, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,515
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1. W. W. I plane : SPAD
5. Site of Taj Mahal : AGRA
9. ___-free : SCOT
13. Son of founder of Troy : ILUS
14. Biblical deity : BAAL
15. Garden bloom : PEONY
16. Hearts, for instance : MAJORSUIT
18. ___ Mongolia : INNER
19. Erwin : STU
20. Slippery customers : EELS
21. Fruits : SLOES
22. Ruhr city : ESSEN
24. Cafe patrons : EATERS
26. Spanish pronoun : ESTE
28. City on the Volga : SARATOV
31. Certain roads : EXPRESSWAYS
35. Medical suffix : OMA
36. Nut part : MEAT
37. Through : PER
38. Oriental rulers : AGAS
39. Office-holders : INS
40. Distressed : SOREATHEART
44. Opera composer : ROSSINI
46. Apparatus : GEAR
47. Chooses : ELECTS
49. Spice : THYME
52. Redskin : BRAVE
53. Emanation : AURA
55. Keats specialty : ODE
57. ___ restante : POSTE
58. Photographers' concerns : EXPOSURES
60. Clerics : ABBES
61. Land measure : ROOD
62. Optometrist's concern : LENS
63. Beans : SOYS
64. Queen's name : ANNE
65. "Or ___!" : ELSE
1. U. S. admiral of W. W. I : SIMS
2. Batter's spot : PLATE
3. Serving style for meat : AUJUS
4. British award: Abbr. : DSO
5. Stays away : ABSENTS
6. Ancient France : GAUL
7. Poker maneuver : RAISE
8. Map abbr. : ALT
9. Spanish lady : SENORA
10. Covered wagon : CONESTOGA
11. Individuals : ONES
12. Son of Odin : TYR
15. Storage workers : PILERS
17. Peewee : REESE
21. Suspension : STAY
23. Spanish painter : SERT
25. Limp ___ : ASARAG
27. Lively wit : ESPRIT
29. Gen. Bradley : OMAR
30. Enormous : VAST
31. Eastern ruler : EMIR
32. Alien: Prefix : XENO
33. Strollers : PASSERSBY
34. Willie Winkie : WEE
38. Lofty home : AERY
40. Kitchen items : SIEVES
41. Fairy-tale word : ONCE
42. Vacuum tube : TETRODE
43. Sounds of gaiety : HAHAS
45. Politicians' concerns : SLATES
48. Englishman : SAXON
50. Edible mushroom : MOREL
51. Wonderful places : EDENS
52. African tree : BOBO
54. See 41 Down : UPON
56. Actual being : ESSE
57. Dance step : PAS
58. Period : ERA
59. Rubber tree : ULE

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

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