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New York Times, Saturday, March 17, 1973

Author: Unknown
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 30, Avg Word Len: 5.42, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 264 (avg 1.35)
Open Squares: 78, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,617
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1. Esteem : RESPECT
8. As dry ___ : ASABONE
15. Rickenbacker, for one : AVIATOR
16. Library user : SCHOLAR
17. Sign on a vacant lot : FORSALE
18. Tea experts : TASTERS
19. Acid ___ : TEST
20. The ___ half : OTHER
22. Logging sled : TODE
23. Armed-service insignia : USN
25. Solitary: Prefix : EREMO
27. Grouse : PTARMIGAN
31. "___ is as good . . . " : AMISS
35. Gave out for publication : RELEASED
36. Sycophant : YESMAN
37. Consumed : ATE
38. Russian grasslands : STEPPES
40. Pacific shrub : PIA
41. Goons : TOUGHS
43. Energetic : HUSTLING
45. Between, in Nice : ENTRE
46. Black-white, high-low, etc. : CONTRASTS
47. Not give ___ (be neutral) : ADARN
49. Dawn goddess : EOS
50. Smell : ARAT
53. "___ is human . . . " : TOERR
55. Pairs : TWOS
59. Reddish purple : MAGENTA
61. Sweet girl of song : ADELINE
63. Implore : ENTREAT
64. Pygmalion's maiden : GALATEA
65. Former U.A.R. president and family : NASSERS
66. Bellows device : SYLPHON
1. Transit for Huck Finn : RAFT
2. Reveler's cry : EVOE
3. Formal letter opening : SIRS
4. Lea : PASTURE
5. Greek letter : ETA
6. Settlers : COLONISTS
7. Weight allowance : TRET
8. Nautical position : ASTERN
9. Frighten : SCARE
10. Exclamations : AHS
11. Low lands : BOTTOMS
12. Table item : OLEO
13. Ointment : NARD
14. Gaelic : ERSE
21. Radio operator's gear : HEADPHONE
24. Broke up : SMASHED
26. Toscanini, for one : MAESTRO
27. Chatter : PRATE
28. Dakota Indian : TETON
29. Native of Unalaska : ALEUT
30. Mild expletive : GEE
32. Kaffir warriors : IMPIS
33. New Orleans player : SAINT
34. Difficulties : SNAGS
36. Today tomorrow : YESTERDAY
39. Word play : PUN
42. Slaw makers : GRATERS
44. Miler's moment of truth : LASTLAP
46. Zagreb natives : CROATS
48. Perfume from flowers : ATTAR
50. Word of endorsement : AMEN
51. Frog genus : RANA
52. Reps. : AGTS
54. Tatters : RAGS
56. Favorable to : WITH
57. ___clock (ear1y P.M.) : ONEO
58. O'Casey : SEAN
60. Originally named: Fr. : NEE
62. Building wing : ELL

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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