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New York Times, Saturday, February 5, 1972

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { B J K Q Z }, Scrabble score: 292 (avg 1.55)
Open Squares: 88, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7 Grid has super symmetry.
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,211

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Students & seniors
Across
1. Sword-shaped, in anatomy : XIPHOID
8. Social Security impost : WAGETAX
15. On the right: Fr. : ADROITE
16. North, South or Central : AMERICA
17. Knitters' implements : NEEDLES
18. Japanese guitar : SAMISEN
19. Russian press agency : TASS
20. Dissolves : MELTS
22. Small vehicle : CART
23. Metric measures: Abbr. : HLS
24. Kind of bread : RYE
25. Slangy denial : NAH
26. Rubber trees : ULES
28. Prevent : AVERT
30. Reject : VETO
31. Shortening of a syllable : SYSTOLE
33. Women's clubs : SOROSES
35. N.Y. summer time : EDT
36. Diamond gal : LIL
37. Flaunted : PARADED
41. Floating wreckage : FLOTSAM
45. Mimicked : APED
46. Nurtures : REARS
48. Long tale : SAGA
49. Commotion : ROW
50. School org. : PTA
51. " . . . ___ nisi bonum" : NIL
52. One-___ : ACAT
54. Preempt : COOPT
56. Formality : RITE
57. Mental infirmities : DOTAGES
59. Spanish coins : PESETAS
61. Function : OPERATE
62. Promote : ELEVATE
63. Conditions of skin dryness : XEROSES
64. Mrs. vis-à-vis Ms. : SAMESEX
Down
1. Old city of Asia Minor : XANTHUS
2. In the best way : IDEALLY
3. Does ironing : PRESSES
4. Coal scuttles : HODS
5. Lubricate : OIL
6. News piece : ITEM
7. Merit : DESERVE
8. Profligate ones : WASTERS
9. Candlenut trees : AMAS
10. Precious stone : GEM
11. Norse explorer : ERIC
12. Medicinal brews : TISANES
13. Needle-shaped : ACERATE
14. Prefixes for yellow : XANTHOS
21. Caustic substance : LYE
27. Stand in good ___ : STEAD
28. Do a tailor's job : ALTER
29. Relatives of fares : TOLLS
30. Electrical units : VOLTS
32. Peculiar : ODD
34. S.A. port : RIO
37. Self-contradictory statement : PARADOX
38. Omission of a syllable : APOCOPE
39. Sprinkle the lawn again : REWATER
40. Removes from office : DEPOSES
41. Liqueur drinks : FRAPPES
42. Health, to Cicero : SANITAS
43. Perturb : AGITATE
44. Men, e.g. : MALESEX
47. From ___ Z : ATO
53. Starchy root : TARO
54. Whale : CETE
55. Tissue : TELA
56. Dream: Fr. : REVE
58. Fuel : GAS
60. Church school: Abbr. : SEM

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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