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New York Times, Saturday, December 5, 1981

Author: Fraas
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.11, Missing: { F Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 303 (avg 1.60)
Open Squares: 80, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,715
Across Down
1. "Now he belongs to the ___" : AGES
5. Lodge : ROOM
9. Salk : JONAS
14. Shade of brown : RUST
15. Bombeck : ERMA
16. "Lakme," e.g. : OPERA
17. Winglike parts : ALAE
18. Change direction : VEER
19. ___ hand : HIRED
20. Casual wear : BLUEJEANS
22. ___ stores (resinous products) : NAVAL
23. Garnish : LARD
24. How some puddings are prepared : HASTILY
26. Wretched : ABJECT
29. Baluster shaper : LATHE
30. Heep and Cratchit : CLERKS
31. Oil: Comb. form : OLEO
32. Opposite of yang : YIN
35. "Midnight Cowboy" character : RATSO
36. ___ Nidre (Yom Kippur prayer) : KOL
37. Spain's national museum : PRADO
39. Printemps follower : ETE
40. Rested : LAIN
42. Pierce : SKEWER
43. Nickname of Edward VIII's bride : WALLY
44. Upset : TIPPED
45. Denoting rank : ORDINAL
48. Healthy, in Brindisi : SANO
49. Purpose : POINT
50. Elite Turkish soldier, formerly : JANISSARY
55. Quash, in law : ABATE
56. Buck heroine : OLAN
57. Wading bird : IBIS
58. Solitarian : LONER
59. Bind : YOKE
60. Blue or White : NILE
61. Niña's end : STERN
62. Germ : SEED
63. Grandpa Walton was his most noted role : GEER
1. Swift horse : ARAB
2. Dupe : GULL
3. A son of Rebekah : ESAU
4. Four-time Super Bowl winners : STEELERS
5. Goes back : REVERTS
6. Echo, e.g. : OREAD
7. Sign : OMEN
8. Secretary of State: 1947–49 : MARSHALL
9. U.S. financier-philanthropist: 1795–1873 : JOHNSHOPKINS
10. Narcotic : OPIATE
11. Innovative Italian architect : NERVI
12. Regional : AREAL
13. With sorrow : SADLY
21. Ignis fatuus : JACKOLANTERN
25. Eroded : ATE
26. Mediterranean port : ACRE
27. Calf's complaint : BLAT
28. Ballet jump : JETE
29. Off one's rocker : LOONY
32. Raucous cry : YAWP
33. ___ fixe : IDEE
34. Far northern French department : NORD
36. Party poopers : KILLJOYS
38. Abed : REPOSING
41. So. state : ALA
42. Like panes in rose windows : STAINED
43. July–August in Australia : WINTER
45. Geyserites : OPALS
46. Golem, for one : ROBOT
47. Steak ___ (with cognac and sherry) : DIANE
48. Treacherous person : SNAKE
51. Medicinal herb : ALOE
52. Anne Nichols hero : ABIE
53. Irritate : RILE
54. North Sea feeder : YSER

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

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