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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

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Students & seniors
Across
1. Off Broadway award : OBIE
5. Verdi opera : AIDA
9. Disorderly crowds : MOBS
13. Feminine anagram for Alan : LANA
14. Alla ___ : BREVE
16. Abel's father : ADAM
17. Tycho Brahe, for one : ASTRONOMER
19. Part of TV : TELE
20. Pyramidal conifer : FIR
21. City served by Othello : VENICE
22. Virginia willow : ITEA
23. Saint-___, Nobelist in Literature: 1960 : LEGER
25. Lord Peter Wimsey's man : BUNTER
27. Horned asp or puff adder : VIPER
28. Supreme national god of Assyria : ASSUR
31. "Unsafe at ___ Speed" : ANY
32. Cupcake topper : ICING
33. Tongue, to an M.D. : GLOSSA
35. Crusader-author (See 31 Across) : NADER
36. Ending for 38 Down : EER
37. Proficient : ADEPT
41. Petrarchan piece for Laura : SONNET
43. Black: Comb. form : MELAN
44. P.D. dispatch : APB
47. He wrote "How doth the little busy bee" : WATTS
48. Wide-awake : ALERT
49. Author of "The Story of Philosophy" : DURANT
51. Do a bouncer's job : EJECT
52. Augur's concern : OMEN
53. Verb often used by Caesar : IMPERO
57. Sign of stress, sometimes : TIC
59. Stravinsky's "The ___ of Spring" : RITE
60. Principal seaport of Chile : VALPARAISO
62. Keynes's field: Abbr. : ECON
63. Small decorative cases : ETUIS
64. Roundup stick : GOAD
65. Fender depression : DENT
66. Inchoative verb suffix : ESCE
67. I of "The King and I" : ANNA
Down
1. Patron saint of Norway : OLAF
2. St. Peter's, for one : BASILICA
3. Winner of America's Cup: 1967, 1970 : INTREPID
4. Grain spike : EAR
5. Baseball's Doubleday : ABNER
6. Remove wrinkles : IRON
7. Half or lesser: Prefix : DEMI
8. ___ plaisir (with pleasure) : AVEC
9. Morning song : MATIN
10. U.S. folk singer : ODETTA
11. Whalebone : BALEEN
12. Covered with smudges : SMEARY
15. Region en route to Hades : EREBUS
18. Like an unweeded garden : OVERGROWN
24. Mendel's factors : GENES
26. Most conspicuous northern constellation : URSAMAJOR
27. ___ rouge : VIN
28. Insurance salesman : AGENT
29. Wintertime precipitation : SLEET
30. Out of ___ (irritable) : SORTS
34. "The Story of ___ H." : ADELE
38. One in 1800 resulted in a tie : ELECTION
39. Zealous advocate : PARTISAN
40. Explosive : TNT
42. Indigenous : NATIVE
44. Loved intensely : ADORED
45. Volcanic glass : PUMICE
46. Rennes native : BRETON
50. Concerning : ANENT
51. Remove from the tape : ERASE
54. Fischer's forte : MATE
55. Something extra : PLUS
56. "Beowulf," for one : EPIC
58. Concluding section : CODA
61. Turkish title of honor : AGA

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

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