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New York Times, Monday, December 5, 1977

Author: Meisler
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 44, Avg Word Len: 4.76, Missing: { F J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 264 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 64, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 12, XRef: 2, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,341
Across Down
1. Sit for a portrait : POSE
5. Fuel, in Cork : PEAT
9. Capital of W. Australia : PERTH
14. Ellipsoidal : OVAL
15. "As ___ as a painted ship . . . " : IDLE
16. C'est ___ (that is to say) : ADIRE
17. "___ M for Murder" : DIAL
18. Killer: Suffix : CIDE
19. Body tissues : TELAE
20. With 54 Across, Ben Jonson line : DRINKTOMEONLY
23. Word with fire or rummage : SALE
24. "The Sun Also ___" : RISES
25. Tennis winner : ACE
28. Fruits resembling crab apples : MEDLARS
31. Mail, in Paris : POSTE
33. Former name of Tokyo : EDO
34. October birthstone : OPAL
38. "___ as a cloud": Wordsworth : IWANDEREDLONELY
42. Oversupply : GLUT
43. Housman, in Shropshire : LAD
44. Swiss site of a 1431–1449 council : BASEL
45. Wailing spirit : BANSHEE
48. Gridiron gadget : TEE
49. Wild plums : SLOES
52. ___ Major : URSA
54. See 20 Across : WITHTHINEEYES
59. Potter's wheel : LATHE
60. Kind of sax : ALTO
61. Figure skater's feat : AXEL
63. Buenos ___ : AIRES
64. Encumbrance : LIEN
65. Put on the payroll : HIRE
66. Torpid : INERT
67. Darnel : TARE
68. Ragout : STEW
1. School of whales : POD
2. "Metamorphoses" poet : OVID
3. Territory in W. Germany : SAAR
4. N.Y. island : ELLIS
5. Awkward situation : PICKLE
6. Polished, as copy : EDITED
7. Ray of movies : ALDO
8. Pullulate : TEEM
9. Local dialect : PATOIS
10. Anthony and Barbara : EDENS
11. Valley on the moon : RILLE
12. Lazy Susans : TRAYS
13. Half a bray : HEE
21. "A Streetcar ___ Desire" : NAMED
22. Flynn of film fame : ERROL
25. ___ in a poke : APIG
26. Monk's hood : COWL
27. He sold his birthright : ESAU
29. British university : LEEDS
30. Total : ADD
32. Explosive : TNT
34. Cape Horn native : ONA
35. Sheep ked, e.g. : PEST
36. On the sheltered side : ALEE
37. Sparky, the relief pitcher : LYLE
39. Resiliency: Comb. form : ELAST
40. Fled : RAN
41. Roly-poly : OBESE
45. Command : BEHEST
46. Nimrod : HUNTER
47. " . . . lightning, which doth cease to be/ ___ can say it lightens": Juliet : EREONE
49. Country gallant : SWAIN
50. Poisonous Chilean shrub : LITRE
51. Drop the ___ shoe : OTHER
53. Nursemaids, in Calcutta : AYAHS
55. Stoppage : HALT
56. Hip bones : ILIA
57. Stage direction : EXIT
58. Withered : SERE
59. Chou En-___ : LAI
62. Actor Ayres : LEW

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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