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New York Times, Thursday, March 16, 1972

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { none — this is a pangram }, Scrabble score: 336 (avg 1.78)
Open Squares: 65, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 2, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
David Steinberg notes:

Clue for 52-Down is as it appeared, but "'What's My Line'" should be "'What's My Line?'"

1
J
2
I
3
B
4
S
5
S
6
Q
7
U
8
A
9
B
10
E
11
D
12
G
13
E
14
A
R
E
A
15
C
U
R
I
A
16
X
R
A
Y
17
B
A
A
L
18
R
I
N
D
S
19
T
A
R
O
20
S
Q
U
I
21
R
E
D
22
S
H
23
E
R
B
E
T
24
N
E
E
D
25
S
26
A
X
E
27
G
28
R
29
E
A
T
30
I
T
31
S
32
A
M
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U
34
S
35
E
36
L
E
T
S
37
S
T
A
T
38
E
M
E
N
T
S
39
A
V
A
40
J
O
I
N
E
R
S
41
P
A
S
42
S
U
P
43
P
O
S
E
D
L
Y
44
K
I
T
E
45
S
E
E
I
T
46
S
O
L
47
A
N
N
E
X
48
T
A
49
B
50
N
I
51
E
C
E
52
D
53
E
54
V
I
S
E
55
S
56
F
R
E
E
57
Z
58
E
59
R
60
A
L
I
F
61
B
A
62
T
O
N
63
C
E
R
A
64
L
I
E
U
65
O
H
A
R
E
66
A
R
I
Z
67
Y
A
W
L
68
P
L
U
M
S
69
P
O
S
E
© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,251

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Across
1
Crane arms : JIBS
5
Young pigeon : SQUAB
10
Periphery : EDGE
14
Environs : AREA
15
Papal court : CURIA
16
Hospital dept. : XRAY
17
Phoenician deity : BAAL
18
Things to pare : RINDS
19
Poi source : TARO
20
Escorted : SQUIRED
22
Dessert : SHERBET
24
Exigencies : NEEDS
26
Hewer : AXE
27
Alexander or Gatsby : GREAT
30
Pronoun : ITS
32
Entertain : AMUSE
36
Tolerates : LETS
37
Assertions : STATEMENTS
39
Gardner : AVA
40
Gregarious ones : JOINERS
41
Family members : PAS
42
Hypothetically : SUPPOSEDLY
44
High flier : KITE
45
___ through (persevere) : SEEIT
46
Nearby star : SOL
47
Subjoin : ANNEX
48
Designate : TAB
50
Family member : NIECE
52
Plots : DEVISES
56
Supermarket section : FREEZER
60
Arabic letter : ALIF
61
Maestro's prop : BATON
63
Horn: Suffix : CERA
64
Place : LIEU
65
Illinois airport : OHARE
66
Neighbor of Mex. : ARIZ
67
Sailboat : YAWL
68
Superior things : PLUMS
69
Set forth : POSE
Down
1
Punches : JABS
2
Where the Tigris flows : IRAQ
3
Boyfriend : BEAU
4
Calif. river : SALINAS
5
Rocky debris : SCREE
6
Crotchets : QUIDDITIES
7
Jardiniere : URN
8
Befriends : AIDS
9
Hut of Assam : BASHA
10
Ultra : EXTREME
11
Uninspired : DRAB
12
Station, in Paris : GARE
13
Island : EYOT
21
Emeritus: Abbr. : RET
23
Finals : EXAMS
25
___ ceremony : STANDON
27
Tumbler : GLASS
28
Stage fare : REVUE
29
Public storehouse : ETAPE
31
Star-shaped : STELLIFORM
33
Loosen in a way : UNPIN
34
Condition : STATE
35
Where Chelmsford is : ESSEX
37
Help! : SOS
38
Noun ending : ERY
40
Spanish dances : JOTAS
43
Arousing ruth : PITIFUL
44
Patella : KNEECAP
47
Part of a deck : ACE
49
Kind of jazz : BEBOP
51
Ospreys' cousins : ERNES
52
John of "What's My Line" : DALY
53
Kazan : ELIA
54
Judgment : VIEW
55
Comedian Mort : SAHL
57
Mostel : ZERO
58
Thrower of a golden apple : ERIS
59
Do a bulldozing job : RAZE
62
Kind of cross : TAU

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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