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New York Times, Saturday, March 2, 1963

Author:
Diana Sessions
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 35, Avg Word Len: 5.28, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 307 (avg 1.62)
Open Squares: 74, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 2, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
Diana R. Sessions has 69 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Clue for 13-Across, HONEYBEE, was "What 'desert' means." This was probably supposed to be "What 'Deseret' means." Made that change. Clue for 43-Down was "Makes eye (at)." Changed to "Makes eyes (at)."

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© 1963, The New York TimesNo. 4,967
Across
1. Dusky: Poet. : SWART
6. Pasternak's birthplace. : MOSCOW
12. Baseball pitch. : SLIDER
13. What "Deseret" means. : HONEYBEE
15. Opera role. : MADAMEBUTTERFLY
17. Paragraphs. : ITEMS
18. Negatively charged particle. : ANION
19. Diminutive suffix. : ULE
20. Hexham's river. : TYNE
21. Prohibit. : ESTOP
22. Presidential initials. : HST
23. Accepted willingly. : TAKEN
24. One of Bolivia's capitals. : SUCRE
26. Pedagogist's degree. : MPD
29. Finished. : OVER
30. Landed estate. : DOMAIN
31. Conduct becoming a gentleman and sportsman: Colloq. : CRICKET
33. Relied upon. : TRUSTED
34. Nettings. : MESHES
35. King. : TSAR
36. Revisers: Abbr. : EDS
37. Rabbit fur. : LAPIN
38. Of, from, etc.: Abbr. : PREPS
39. Milliliters: Abbr. : MLS
40. Fried lightly. : SAUTE
41. Ship's deck. : POOP
45. Fruit tree of the Philippines. : IBA
46. Admonitions. : DONTS
47. Mountain formation. : RIDGE
48. Lose self-restraint: Slang. : FLYOFFTHEHANDLE
51. Perceive flashes of light: Colloq. : SEESTARS
52. Horn. : ANTLER
53. Having a fashionable air: Colloq. : DRESSY
54. Restrains. : STAYS
Down
1. Of bluish color. : SLATY
2. Make larger. : WIDEN
3. Subject of "South Pacific" song. : ADAME
4. Leftovers: Abbr. : REMS
5. Uno, due, ___. : TRE
6. Formal proposal. : MOTION
7. Ahead of all others: Colloq. : ONTOP
8. Beheld. : SEEN
9. St. ___, French town. : CYR
10. Bewilder. : OBFUSCATE
11. Attempted favorably. : WELLTRIED
12. Struck. : SMIT
13. Type of horse. : HUNTER
14. Observe. : EYE
16. Score of a sort. : BASKET
21. Feature of a tropical house. : EAVES
22. Buzzes. : HUMS
23. Souvenir. : TOKEN
24. Certain beverages. : SOURS
25. Finishes. : ENDS
26. Several years ago. : MCML
27. Made a preliminary statement. : PREAMBLED
28. Exhibitor. : DISPLAYER
30. Curtain. : DRAPE
32. Greek letters. : CHIS
33. African fly. : TSETSE
35. Verities. : TRUTHS
38. Butler's bailiwick. : PANTRY
40. Pieces of furniture. : SOFAS
41. Historic ship. : PINTA
42. In a singular manner. : ODDLY
43. Makes eyes (at). : OGLES
44. Equal. : PEER
45. Suppositions. : IFS
46. Defendants: Abbr. : DFTS
47. Scold vehemently. : RANT
49. Chemical suffix. : OSE
50. Causes to be. : HAS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 3 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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