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New York Times, Tuesday, December 5, 1978

Author: Herb L. Risteen
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 40, Avg Word Len: 4.87, Missing: { F J K Q X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 245 (avg 1.32)
Open Squares: 63, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 1, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Herb L. Risteen has 244 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,619
Across Down
1. Aspect : SIDE
5. Small valley : GLEN
9. Heater : GAT
12. False god : IDOL
13. City in southern Illinois : CAIRO
14. Smarting : SORE
15. Whimper : MEWL
16. One of the Robins : ADAIR
17. Letter before kappa : IOTA
18. Loses one's head : PANICS
20. Orders back : REMANDS
22. "Pony Boy" composer : HEATH
24. Isaac's mother : SARAH
25. Even score : TIE
27. Increased by : PLUS
29. Capacity units in Europe : LITERS
32. Novelist Levin : IRA
33. Allegro, e.g. : TEMPO
35. Exhaust : DRAIN
36. Chuck-will's-widow, for one : BIRD
38. Paul's companion : SILAS
40. Ancient ship : ARGO
41. Bar, at the bar : ESTOP
43. Singles' concern : DATES
45. Rock pinnacle : TOR
46. Frank Norris novel : THEPIT
48. Greenwing : TEAL
49. Sooner than : ERE
50. Eating place : DINER
52. Grassy place : SWARD
54. Showed contempt : SNEERED
56. He makes reparation : ATONER
59. Competes : VIES
60. Parking space : STALL
62. Señorita's kiss : BESO
63. Bridge seat : EAST
64. Actor Flynn : ERROL
65. Peak under a peak : OSSA
66. German river : EMS
67. Newspaper section : ROTO
68. Potentate of the past : TSAR
1. Blockhead : SIMP
2. Thought : IDEA
3. Dejection : DOWNHEARTEDNESS
4. ___ May, in "Tobacco Road" : ELLIE
5. Move restlessly : GAD
6. Falsifier : LIAR
7. Eastern Indians : ERIES
8. Sane : NORMAL
9. Kindly generosity : GOODHEARTEDNESS
10. Wiles : ARTS
11. Sri Lanka export : TEA
13. Makes a chess play : CASTLES
14. "Ol' Blue Eyes" : SINATRA
19. Hook or Cook: Abbr. : CAPT
21. Like the Mojave : ARID
23. Summer forecast : HUMID
25. World's highest land : TIBET
26. European sea : IRISH
28. Chair part : SPLAT
30. Strictness : RIGOR
31. Bedroom sound : SNORE
34. She wrote "Night-Side": 1977 : OATES
37. Most bemused : DOPIEST
39. Embankment : SEAWALL
42. A source of resin : PINE
44. Wood strip : SLAT
47. More succinct : TERSER
51. Kind of rocket : RETRO
53. Capek character : ROBOT
54. Where Rama I ruled : SIAM
55. Go swiftly : DART
57. U.S. satellite : ESSA
58. Leonine lament : ROAR
59. Double u's predecessor : VEE
61. Card game of ancient origin : LOO

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

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