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New York Times, Thursday, April 22, 1976

Author: Sidney Nelson
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 33, Avg Word Len: 5.05, Missing: { F J Q X }, Scrabble score: 289 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 68, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,749
Across Down
1. Russian sea : AZOV
5. Igneous rocks : SIMAS
10. Book after Joel : AMOS
14. Frost : RIME
15. Use a hair-curler : CRIMP
16. Check or first : MATE
17. Revenuer's quarry : MOONSHINER
19. In a line : AROW
20. Tapir's feature : SNOUT
21. Kuomintang founder : SUNYATSEN
23. Kind of seer : SIGHT
25. Miss Adams : EDIE
26. Man on a rancho : HOMBRE
29. Raison d'___ : ETRE
31. State: Abbr. : ILL
34. Indonesian islands : AROE
35. Bonheur : ROSA
37. Martinique mount : PELEE
39. Zodiac sign : SCORPIO
41. Language of Barcelona : CATALAN
43. Valentino specialty : TANGO
44. Sgts. : NCOS
46. Take five : REST
47. Curve : ESS
48. Match-king Kreuger : IVAR
50. Begins : SETSTO
52. ___ bearer : TALE
54. Period : EPOCH
56. Fickle : MERCURIAL
59. U.S. playwright : ODETS
63. Astringent : ALUM
64. Wild revelry : SATURNALIA
66. Oriental staple : RICE
67. Resin : ELEMI
68. Penna. city : YORK
69. Tibetan animals : YAKS
70. Dressy ones : DUDES
71. Snicker-___ : SNEE
1. Prepares for battle : ARMS
2. Jerusalem hill : ZION
3. Melville novel : OMOO
4. Where Tannhäuser dallied : VENUSBERG
5. Educ. place : SCH
6. Stew or setter : IRISH
7. Club-secretary's reading : MINUTES
8. Church corner : AMEN
9. More nimble : SPRYER
10. Violin : AMATI
11. France's oldest city : MARSEILLES
12. Indian of West : OTOE
13. Stitched : SEWN
18. Poky : STIR
22. Expert : ADEPT
24. Odin's wolf : GERI
26. "Marry in ___ . . . " : HASTE
27. Killer whales : ORCAS
28. Sentimental : MOONSTRUCK
30. Mexican dish : TACO
32. Minimal : LEAST
33. Slow, in music : LENTO
36. Chaplin : OONA
38. Ecological happenings : EARTHDAYS
40. French G.I. : POILU
42. "___ often happens" : ASSO
45. " . . . all men are ___ equal" : CREATED
49. Skilled : VERSED
51. Coll. course : ECON
53. Peaks : ACMES
55. Feather : PLUME
56. Poppins or Astor : MARY
57. Kazan : ELIA
58. Abode of the dead : IALU
60. N.C. college : ELON
61. Spare or flat : TIRE
62. Japanese drink : SAKE
65. ___ de veau : RIS

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

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