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New York Times, Saturday, March 16, 1974

Author: Hugh McElroy
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.92, Min Word Len: 4, Missing: { F J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 292 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 75, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 8, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9
Hugh McElroy has 20 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1974, The New York TimesNo. 8,981
Across Down
1. Pond film : SCUM
5. Alphabet vanguard : ABCD
9. Plant deep : EMBED
14. Verboten : TABU
15. Wild plum : SLOE
16. Running knot : NOOSE
17. Pal for Andy : AMOS
18. ___ de combat : HORS
19. Relative of a hex : CURSE
20. Words written by a saintly man : IPATRICKASINNER
23. " . . . as those that will ___" : NOTSEE
24. Insincere talk : CANT
25. Sea birds : ERNS
28. Lugubrious one : MOANER
32. Sharp blow : WHACK
36. Seeker of Moby Dick : AHAB
38. City in Kansas : IOLA
39. Costly : HIGH
40. Irish river : AVOCA
41. Missile : NIKE
42. River to the Baltic : ODER
43. Lab-slide item : GERM
44. Cow barns, in England : BYRES
45. Breed of sheep : MERINO
47. ___ trap for : SETA
49. Miss Teasdale : SARA
51. Sulking : INAPET
56. When green ties sell well : ONSTPATRICKSEVE
61. Knot again : RETIE
62. Skinny : LANK
63. Farm cart : WAIN
64. Lend ___ : ANEAR
65. Yorkshire river : AIRE
66. Deed: Fr. : ACTE
67. Comic Bruce : LENNY
68. Coaster : SLED
69. Tidy : NEAT
1. Color, as glass : STAIN
2. Argentine plain : CAMPO
3. German sub : UBOAT
4. "Have-to" chores : MUSTS
5. More pallid : ASHIER
6. Political group : BLOC
7. City, county or stopper : CORK
8. Cul-___ : DESAC
9. Los Angeles suburb : ENCINO
10. Like much of Erin's coast : MOUNTAINY
11. "___ Free" : BORN
12. Actual being : ESSE
13. Bambi, for one : DEER
21. Fume : REEK
22. Latin dance : SAMBA
26. Church part : NAVE
27. Toots and family : SHORS
29. Rouge et ___ : NOIR
30. Actress Sommer : ELKE
31. Arctic explorer et al. : RAES
32. Pronoun : WHOM
33. ___ nor hair : HIDE
34. Worker on radio tubes : AGER
35. Modern era : CHRISTIAN
37. Highest point : ACME
40. Market place : AGORA
44. Ground by a river : BANK
46. Table linens : NAPERY
48. Made clock sounds : TICKED
50. Strong one : ATLAS
52. Dam site : ASWAN
53. Dove's quest : PEACE
54. Name for Perón's wife : EVITA
55. Dogma : TENET
56. Voiced : ORAL
57. Hawaiian goose : NENE
58. British gun : STEN
59. Marsh bird : RAIL
60. Pertaining to : INRE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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