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New York Times, Friday, April 23, 1976

Author: Jim Plackner
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 32, Avg Word Len: 5.08, Missing: { B F J K V X }, Scrabble score: 300 (avg 1.55)
Open Squares: 79, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,750
Across Down
1. Formal headwear : TOPHATS
8. Pavement : ASPHALT
15. O.K., as some spell it : ALRIGHT
16. Slumlike condition : SQUALOR
17. Polish : PEOPLEORCULTURE
19. Plant : SOW
20. Blood trunks : AORTAE
21. Penna. city : ERIE
22. Summer time : DST
23. Medicinal places : SPAS
25. Letter : ESS
26. Soft and wet : SQUISHY
30. Mil. ranks : LTS
32. Distinctive atmosphere : AURA
33. Fish : EELS
36. Digital computer : ENIAC
40. Minute : NOTLARGEORWALTZ
43. Auto dud : EDSEL
44. Pierce : GORE
45. "Guilty" or "innocent," e.g. : PLEA
46. Pigeon pea : DAL
48. Prospector's adviser : ASSAYER
50. Cry of disgust : PAH
53. Orders for supplies: Abbr. : REQS
56. ___ the hay : HIT
57. Drinks : ADES
59. Summer headwear : SUNHAT
61. Farm animal : HOG
64. Ravel : COMPOSERORSNARL
67. Apprentice : TRAINEE
68. Gather, as alumni : REUNITE
69. Scenery : SETTING
70. Slander : ASPERSE
1. Military-day closer : TAPS
2. Spread : OLEO
3. Ship's front : PROW
4. With it : HIP
5. Drink ___ of water : AGLASS
6. Turn ___ check : THEOTHER
7. Safekeeping: Abbr. : STOR
8. Composers' org. : ASCAP
9. Sty sound : SQUEAL
10. Old Russian coin : PUL
11. Strong emotion : HATE
12. Passage of old : ALURE
13. Asian lemur : LORIS
14. Grove components : TREES
18. Some turns: Abbr. : RTS
22. Phoned : DIALED
24. Dither : STEW
26. Coherent : SANE
27. Part of Q.E.D. : QUOD
28. Cockney pains : URTS
29. Safecracker : YEGG
31. Retort angrily : SNAPAT
34. Zodiac unit : LEO
35. Rail bird : SORA
37. In a poor way : ILLY
38. To ___ (exactly) : ATEE
39. Russian ruler : CZAR
41. Like a wing : ALAR
42. Distributes again : RESHARES
47. Reduce : LESSEN
49. Becomes interested : SITSUP
50. Treaties : PACTS
51. Look up to : ADORE
52. Blood: Prefix : HEMAT
54. Famous captain : QUEEG
55. Upper-classman: Abbr. : SNR
58. Point of land : SPIT
60. Book of hours : HORA
61. Broadway musical : HAIR
62. Table scraps : ORTS
63. Jollity : GLEE
65. Navy unit: Abbr. : ONI
66. Wind direction: Abbr. : NNE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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