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New York Times, Tuesday, March 26, 1968

9-Down : Commence.

Author:
Unknown
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { Z }, Scrabble score: 323 (avg 1.71)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 3, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1968, The New York TimesNo. 6,800
Across
1
Suspended cluster. : SWAG
5
Foundation. : BASIS
10
Does a farm job. : SOWS
14
Seine tributary. : OISE
15
Have ___ to pick. : ABONE
16
Drop out. : QUIT
17
Smudge. : BLOT
18
Tell. : COUNT
19
Minor or Major. : URSA
20
Began to play. : STRUCKUP
22
Literary light. : OCASEY
24
Situation. : POST
25
Of two. : DUAL
26
Drinking toast. : PROSIT
29
Inky. : JETBLACK
33
Ump's cousin. : REF
34
Not at all: Colloq. : NOHOW
36
Musical transition. : SEGUE
37
Russia's man in the street. : IVAN
39
Cheapskate. : PIKER
41
Blind ___. : DATE
42
Painting. : MURAL
44
Regulated the pitch of. : KEYED
46
Young walrus. : PUP
47
Leaf stems. : PETIOLES
49
Bar specialties. : JULEPS
51
Heap up. : LOAD
52
Missing. : GONE
53
Surrounded by. : AMIDST
56
22 Across, for one. : IRISHMAN
60
Work over. : REDO
61
Subject. : TOPIC
63
He. : MALE
64
Athletic group. : CREW
65
Outcast. : EXILE
66
In line. : AROW
67
See 22 Across. : SEAN
68
Bakery items. : ROLLS
69
Last course. : NUTS
Down
1
Wails. : SOBS
2
Droop. : WILT
3
Hebrew lyre. : ASOR
4
Outfits: Colloq. : GETUPS
5
Catcher. : BACKSTOP
6
Nearly. : ABOUT
7
First course. : SOUP
8
Traveler's rest. : INN
9
Commence. : SETOUT
10
Blew hard. : SQUALLED
11
Possessive. : OURS
12
Knowing. : WISE
13
Ward off. : STAY
21
Invent. : COIN
23
Uses public transport. : CABS
25
Famous U.S. librarian. : DEWEY
26
Spruce. : PRIMP
27
Type of entertainment. : REVUE
28
Work ___. : OFART
29
Is humorous. : JOKES
30
Wide open. : AGAPE
31
Carry on. : CUTUP
32
Sustains. : KEEPS
35
Rode shanks' mare. : HIKED
38
Settle firmly. : NAILDOWN
40
Exults. : REJOICES
43
Author Anita. : LOOS
45
Grayish browns. : DUNS
48
More recent. : LATTER
50
Former Governor of N. Y. : LEHMAN
52
Eating place. : GRILL
53
Certain lamps. : ARCS
54
Simple. : MERE
55
Prenotion. : IDEA
56
Philippine tree. : IPIL
57
Japanese ship. : MARU
58
Very much. : ALOT
59
TV fare. : NEWS
62
Chemical prefix. : OXO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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