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New York Times, Thursday, February 5, 1981

Author:
Nikki Tenfelde
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Min Word Len: 4, Missing: { F J Q X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 274 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 80, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 2, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,412
Across
1. Eccentric : CRANK
6. Drop heavily : PLOP
10. Ford : WADE
14. Denizen of the Everglades : HERON
15. Soprano Stevens : RISE
16. Golden calf, e.g. : IDOL
17. Habituate : INURE
18. Leisure : EASE
19. Variable star : NOVA
20. A television "must" : COMMERCIAL
22. Spoilage allowance : TRET
23. Dregs of wine : LEES
24. Rigid : TENSE
25. Not fem. or neut. : MASC
29. Surrogate parent : ADOPTER
32. Eight: Comb. form : OCTO
33. Dynamos : GENERATORS
37. Hone : SHARPEN
39. Of the shallow-water region on a seacoast : NERITIC
40. Bents : TENDENCIES
42. Isinglass : MICA
43. Designs : INTENTS
44. A social sci. : ECON
45. Rebuke : SCOLD
48. Form, as a storm : BREW
50. Make like a snake : COIL
51. Famous violin-maker : STRADIVARI
57. Skillful : ABLE
58. O'Neill's "A Touch of the ___" : POET
59. Derring-do : VALOR
60. Rabbit or Fox : BRER
61. Letters before cee : ABEE
62. Overact : EMOTE
63. Girl's name meaning "princess" : SARA
64. Cincinnati nine : REDS
65. What machs measure : SPEED
Down
1. Last word : CHIC
2. Tourist center in the West : RENO
3. Calla lily, for one : ARUM
4. Average : NORM
5. Prepare to be dubbed : KNEEL
6. Pecking-order right : PRECEDENCE
7. Close relationship : LIAISON
8. Greek mountain : OSSA
9. Uncover : PEEL
10. Hiemal period : WINTERTIME
11. Embellish : ADORN
12. Opposite of hawks : DOVES
13. Exhilarate : ELATE
21. Chemical substance : REAGENT
24. Dash : TEAR
25. The majority : MOST
26. Word with head or back : ACHE
27. Getz of music : STAN
28. Group of mountain ranges : CORDILLERA
30. Imbues; steeps : PENETRATES
31. Braided; plaited : TRESSED
34. Auditory : OTIC
35. Carty of baseball : RICO
36. Look over hastily : SCAN
38. Remain undecided : PEND
41. Intermarry : INBREED
45. Strikebreakers : SCABS
46. Hooded snake : COBRA
47. Type of cargo ship : OILER
49. Shakespeare's merry group : WIVES
51. Bandy words : SPAR
52. "The best is yet ___": Browning : TOBE
53. Coquette : VAMP
54. Drug source : ALOE
55. Mechanical routine : ROTE
56. Incensed : IRED

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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