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New York Times, Wednesday, March 24, 1976

Author: Virginia Butler
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.92, Missing: { B J K Q X }, Scrabble score: 296 (avg 1.58)
Open Squares: 74, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,720
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1. ___ button : PANIC
6. Design : PLAN
10. ___ up (be silent) : CLAM
14. Hersey town : ADANO
15. Isolated : LONE
16. Function : ROLE
17. Plunder : RAVEN
18. Goes before : ANTECEDES
20. Bedding materials : SHEETINGS
22. Threepenny or horse : OPERA
23. Scrutinizes : EYES
24. Flower clusters : AMENTS
25. Orderly universe : COSMOS
28. Robustness : VIM
29. Dupes : CHUMPS
30. Feign : SIMULATE
35. Ted Key's maid : HAZEL
36. Poetic word : OPE
37. Mother-of-pearl : NACRE
38. Traveling freeloader : STOWAWAY
40. Nevertheless : WITHAL
41. Road material : TAR
42. Aspects : FACETS
43. Collapse : CAVEIN
47. Silkworm : ERIA
48. Famous fort : ALAMO
49. Nonstop talkers : PRATTLERS
54. Issue distorted facts : MISINFORM
56. Type of column : IONIC
57. By any chance : EVER
58. Clothes or Christmas : TREE
59. "___ the West Wind" : ODETO
60. Without: Suffix : LESS
61. Fish : CODS
62. Jewish month : NISAN
1. Norms : PARS
2. Wife of Esau : ADAH
3. Hub : NAVE
4. Arrow poison : INEE
5. Thinker's forte : CONTEMPLATION
6. Fokkers and Spads : PLANES
7. Huey and Russell : LONGS
8. Emmets : ANTS
9. Formerly called : NEE
10. Paper or suzette : CREPE
11. Woolen cloth : LODEN
12. Perceptive : ALERT
13. Tablelands : MESAS
19. Togetherness word : COMMUNICATION
21. P.I. vines : IYOS
24. Use a gunsight : AIM
25. Small bird : CHAT
26. Liqueur from Greece : OUZO
27. Waterfowl : SMEW
28. Contend : VIE
29. Book parts: Abbr. : CHS
30. Kind of glass : SPY
31. Kind of show or Latin : LATE
32. Eight, in Mainz : ACHT
33. Pewter coins : TRAS
34. Slippery one : EEL
36. Put one's ___ in : OAR
39. Languid : WAN
40. Pedestrian-sign word : WAIT
42. Bowling rounds : FRAMES
43. Bactrian : CAMEL
44. Aware : ALIVE
45. Florists' offerings : VASES
46. Asian rulers : EMIRS
47. Goofed : ERRED
49. African secret society : PORO
50. Calif. city : LODI
51. Chemical endings : ENES
52. Miss Moreno : RITA
53. Tea cake: Var. : SCON
55. U.S. agency : FTC

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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