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New York Times, Tuesday, March 7, 1961

Author: Unknown
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 5.11, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 283 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 81, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 3, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1961, The New York TimesNo. 4,253
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1. Asterisk. : STAR
5. Animated. : CRISP
10. Young animal. : FAWN
14. English composer. : ARNE
15. French composer. : RAVEL
16. Bitter herb. : ALOE
17. A case of "gunpowder treason and plot." : CONSPIRACY
19. Hearty dish. : STEW
20. Invoice. : STATEMENT
21. Paul Morphy's game. : CHESS
22. Soothsayer. : SEER
23. Couple. : PAIR
24. Sum: Abbr. : AMT
27. Foray. : RAID
29. ___ best (in excellent form). : ATONES
32. Memorable opera star. : BORI
34. Reward system in politics. : PATRONAGE
36. Island in Galway Bay. : ARAN
37. Lapwing. : PEWIT
38. Raison d'___. : ETRE
39. Acknowledged. : CONFESSED
41. Document under seal. : DEED
42. Property. : ASSETS
43. One's own welfare. : SELF
46. Pen. : STY
47. Campus group. : FRAT
48. Ash or yew. : WOOD
50. Defense unit. : FLEET
52. Shortcomings. : DRAWBACKS
57. Forsaken. : LORN
58. Member of a religious group. : PROTESTANT
59. Scotsman's name. : ALEC
60. Sports official. : TIMER
61. Edward Murrow's concern. : USIA
62. Merriment. : GLEE
63. Boxes. : SPARS
64. Book of the New Testament: Abbr. : MATT
1. Indians. : SACS
2. Horse's gait. : TROT
3. Role in "The King and I." : ANNA
4. Musical symbols. : RESTS
5. Site of the Battle of Balaklava. : CRIMEA
6. Peaches of a certain variety. : RARERIPES
7. Dmitri's brother. : IVAN
8. Following. : SECT
9. A single thickness. : PLY
10. Shaped. : FASHIONED
11. Seconds at political convention. : ALTERNATES
12. Troubles. : WOES
13. Popular TV program. : NEWS
18. Ibsen hero. : PEER
21. Roman censor of Punic War days. : CATO
23. Share. : PART
24. Manila hemp. : ABACA
25. Philippine natives. : MOROS
26. Grantee. : TRANSFEREE
28. Vice President 1925–29. : DAWES
30. Plumed bird. : EGRET
31. Out at elbows. : SEEDY
33. Logical conclusion. : INFERENCE
35. The eastern part of Virginia. : TIDEWATER
37. Attention-getting sound. : PSST
40. Coup d'___. : ETAT
44. Certain train accommodations. : LOWERS
45. Watch ornaments. : FOBS
49. Fact. : DATUM
50. Blue flower. : FLAG
51. Droop. : LOLL
52. Trickle. : DRIP
53. City of the Corso. : ROMA
54. House: Span. : CASA
55. Interlock. : KNIT
56. Office copy, for short. : STAT
58. Liquid measures: Abbr. : PTS

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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