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New York Times, Friday, March 23, 1979

Author: Tap Osborn
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 34, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 287 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 79, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 1, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
Tap Osborn has 111 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,727
Across Down
1. Minus : LESS
5. Like a rimrock : STEEP
10. Medical applicator : SWAB
14. Nautical term : ALEE
15. "What ___ mood I'm in . . . " : ARARE
16. Subdued : TAME
17. Russian-born author ("Ada") : VLADIMIRNABOKOV
20. Like some mortgages : ASSUMABLE
21. Corundum : EMERY
22. Was interested : CARED
23. Zucchetto : CAP
24. "Arabian Nights" enchantress : FATIMA
27. Dark : EBON
29. Little, in Aberdeen : SMA
32. Mediterranean port : ORAN
33. Threefold : TRINE
34. Expose : AIR
35. Italian author ("L'Esclusa") : LUIGIPIRANDELLO
39. ___-Saud : IBN
40. Grooms' gear : COMBS
41. British nursemaid : NANA
42. Morsel for Affirmed : OAT
43. "Able was I ___ . . . " : EREI
44. Paper-plant worker : PADDER
46. Lb. or oz. : AMT
47. Neptune's discoverer : GALLE
49. Remove a mustache : SHAVE
52. Pleasant : AGREEABLE
56. French painter ("Dante et Virgile") : EUGENEDELACROIX
58. Elbe tributary : EGER
59. Anglers' gear : LURES
60. Sicilian resort : ENNA
61. Piquantly stimulating : PERT
62. Intervening, in law : MESNE
63. Classify after reflection : DEEM
1. Pumice source : LAVA
2. Letter-shaped joints : ELLS
3. Ross and Ionian : SEAS
4. Casanovanic activity : SEDUCING
5. Fruit of the maple : SAMARA
6. Creek or Crow : TRIBE
7. U.S. writer ("The Black Camel") : EARLDERRBIGGERS
8. Marine eagle : ERNE
9. Legume : PEA
10. Jazz dance : STOMP
11. Island between Guam and Hawaii : WAKE
12. Topic for Ovid : AMOR
13. Collection of belles or quails : BEVY
18. Moslem prayer leader : IMAM
19. Hit on the noggin : BEANED
23. Twice-beaten Joe Louis challenger : CONN
24. Page number : FOLIO
25. Oranjestad's island : ARUBA
26. Besmirch : TAINT
28. Prejudice : BIAS
29. Mixed greens : SALAD
30. Mr. Pim's creator : MILNE
31. Like Churchill Downs at Derby time : AROAR
33. Use a stopwatch : TIME
36. Vestigial vendors : ICEMEN
37. Said, for one : PORT
38. Caused to be highly regarded : ENDEARED
44. Crosby hit : PLEASE
45. "The Early Years of ___ Waugh" : ALEC
46. What good fencers do : AVERT
48. Writer Michael ("The Green Hat") : ARLEN
49. Ooze : SEEP
50. Gargantuan : HUGE
51. Antiquing agent : AGER
52. Together, in music : ADUE
53. Radius or femur : BONE
54. Queue : LINE
55. Quiz or test : EXAM
57. Shade producer : ELM

Answer summary: 5 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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