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New York Times, Friday, April 28, 1978

Author:
Vincent L. Osborne
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 5.05, Missing: { H K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 270 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 73, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 8, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Vincent L. Osborne has 20 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Regarding the 23-Across clue, the 1960 Nobelist in Literature was Saint-John Perse, which was actually a nom de plume for Alexis Leger, who also used the name Saint-Leger as a kind of pseudonym; left as in the original.

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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,485
Across
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Off Broadway award : OBIE
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Verdi opera : AIDA
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Disorderly crowds : MOBS
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Feminine anagram for Alan : LANA
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Alla ___ : BREVE
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Abel's father : ADAM
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Tycho Brahe, for one : ASTRONOMER
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Part of TV : TELE
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Pyramidal conifer : FIR
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City served by Othello : VENICE
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Virginia willow : ITEA
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Saint-___, Nobelist in Literature: 1960 : LEGER
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Lord Peter Wimsey's man : BUNTER
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Horned asp or puff adder : VIPER
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Supreme national god of Assyria : ASSUR
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"Unsafe at ___ Speed" : ANY
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Cupcake topper : ICING
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Tongue, to an M.D. : GLOSSA
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Crusader-author (See 31 Across) : NADER
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Ending for 38 Down : EER
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Proficient : ADEPT
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Petrarchan piece for Laura : SONNET
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Black: Comb. form : MELAN
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P.D. dispatch : APB
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He wrote "How doth the little busy bee" : WATTS
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Wide-awake : ALERT
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Author of "The Story of Philosophy" : DURANT
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Do a bouncer's job : EJECT
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Augur's concern : OMEN
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Verb often used by Caesar : IMPERO
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Sign of stress, sometimes : TIC
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Stravinsky's "The ___ of Spring" : RITE
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Principal seaport of Chile : VALPARAISO
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Keynes's field: Abbr. : ECON
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Small decorative cases : ETUIS
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Roundup stick : GOAD
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Fender depression : DENT
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Inchoative verb suffix : ESCE
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I of "The King and I" : ANNA
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Patron saint of Norway : OLAF
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St. Peter's, for one : BASILICA
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Winner of America's Cup: 1967, 1970 : INTREPID
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Grain spike : EAR
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Baseball's Doubleday : ABNER
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Remove wrinkles : IRON
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Half or lesser: Prefix : DEMI
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___ plaisir (with pleasure) : AVEC
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Morning song : MATIN
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U.S. folk singer : ODETTA
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Whalebone : BALEEN
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Covered with smudges : SMEARY
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Region en route to Hades : EREBUS
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Like an unweeded garden : OVERGROWN
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Mendel's factors : GENES
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Most conspicuous northern constellation : URSAMAJOR
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___ rouge : VIN
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Insurance salesman : AGENT
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Wintertime precipitation : SLEET
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Out of ___ (irritable) : SORTS
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"The Story of ___ H." : ADELE
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One in 1800 resulted in a tie : ELECTION
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Zealous advocate : PARTISAN
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Explosive : TNT
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Indigenous : NATIVE
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Loved intensely : ADORED
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Volcanic glass : PUMICE
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Rennes native : BRETON
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Concerning : ANENT
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Remove from the tape : ERASE
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Fischer's forte : MATE
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Something extra : PLUS
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"Beowulf," for one : EPIC
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Concluding section : CODA
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Turkish title of honor : AGA

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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