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New York Times, Monday, May 10, 1976

Author:
Jay Spry
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 46, Avg Word Len: 4.71, Missing: { J M Q }, Scrabble score: 279 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 51, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,767

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Across
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Month: Abbr. : FEB
4
Word with score or square : FOUR
8
Close, as a flop play : FOLD
12
Hack : TAXI
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Mission : CAUSE
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View : IDEA
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Mountains : ALPS
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Common vending-machine sign : OUTOFORDER
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North–South, at bridge : PARTNERS
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Chemical suffix : ENE
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Undermine : ERODE
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Monopolistic groupings : TRUSTS
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Family members : SONS
26
Despicable ones : CURS
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Out ___ limb : ONA
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Dated : PASSE
31
Windbag, e.g. : BORE
32
Joker : WAG
33
Poorly : ILL
34
Rope units : STRANDS
37
N.Z. tree : AKE
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Dish from taro root : POI
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Ennui builders : RUTS
40
Turned left, as a horse : HAWED
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Calendar abbr. : SUN
43
Camera eye : LENS
44
Festive : GALA
45
Respectable : DECENT
47
___ winks : FORTY
48
Business-letter footnote : ENC
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Circus equipment : TRAPEZES
52
Diet-store sign : HEALTHFOOD
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Rifles : ROBS
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Wicked : EVIL
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Merits : EARNS
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" . . . were Paradise ___!" : ENOW
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Battles against : WARS
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Proofreading word : STET
62
Study : DEN
Down
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F.D.R. pet : FALA
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Supermarket sign : EXPRESSLINE
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Cafés : BISTROS
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French composer : FAURE
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On the ___ with : OUTS
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Service club : USO
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Alluded : REFERRED
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Forest destroyers : FIRES
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Strange : ODD
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Shelter : LEE
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Women's org. : DAR
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Open, as a beer keg : TAP
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Students : COEDS
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Blame : ONUS
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Roman dates : NONES
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Right, left and U : TURNS
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Traffic sign : TOWAWAYZONE
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Plumber's tool : SNAKE
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Layers : COATS
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___ in the wood : AGED
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Spots on cards : PIPS
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Audibly : ALOUD
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Main force : BRUNT
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W.W. I defences : TRENCHES
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Astute : SHARP
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Changed : ALTERED
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Imparted : LENT
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Incites : GOADS
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Honeycomb units : CELLS
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Figurehead : FRONT
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Sped : TORE
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Black : EBON
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Direction: Abbr. : SSW
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___ to the line : HEW
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Gabor : EVA
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Tune : AIR
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" . . . a big ___ hen" : FAT

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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