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New York Times, Tuesday, May 12, 1981

Author: Sidney L. Robbins
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 42, Avg Word Len: 4.82, Missing: { J Q X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 262 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 60, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Sidney L. Robbins has 153 pre-Shortz puzzles and 50 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,508
Across Down
1. Comic's offering : GAG
4. "Wrap-session" item : SARAN
9. More suitable : APTER
14. Mine output : ORE
15. ___ de menthe : CREME
16. Fortitude : NERVE
17. Pig pad : PEN
18. Attacks : HASAT
19. Used a dish towel : DRIED
20. Divine locale : SEVENTHHEAVEN
23. Outer edge : RIM
24. Pub drinks : ALES
25. Superlative suffix : EST
26. Impenetrably hard : ADAMANT
29. Type of admiral : REAR
31. Cole or Turner : NAT
32. Done, to Keats : OER
34. "Two hearts that beat ___" : ASONE
38. Divine locale : THEGARDENOFEDEN
43. Pliny was one : ELDER
44. Church bench : PEW
45. Pop : DAD
46. Rivers of Spain : RIOS
49. Secures : ANCHORS
52. Shade tree : ELM
54. Engrossed : RAPT
56. Something to lend : EAR
57. Divine protector : GUARDIANANGEL
61. Vitro di ___ (Venetian glassware) : TRINA
62. Calcareous deposit : LOESS
63. Pledge : VOW
65. Israeli statesman : BEGIN
66. Actress Janis: 1889–1956 : ELSIE
67. Chemical suffix : ENE
68. T.R.'s "big ___" : STICK
69. Ponselle and Bonheur : ROSAS
70. This is not gross : NET
1. Dems.' opposition : GOP
2. War god : ARES
3. Produced : GENERATED
4. Preliminary draft : SCHEMA
5. Irish isle : ARAN
6. Declared anew : RESTATED
7. He had "Night Visitors" : AMAHL
8. Lower : NETHER
9. "On a wing ___ prayer" : ANDA
10. Wayward : PERVERSE
11. Attempts : TRIES
12. Occurrence : EVENT
13. Stoplight color : RED
21. Pep : VIM
22. Opposite of WNW : ESE
26. Poker stake : ANTE
27. Arlene or Roald : DAHL
28. Neither's chaser : NOR
30. Air arm: Abbr. : AAF
33. Corded fabric : REP
35. Ration-days phrase at service stations : ODDOREVEN
36. Not far : NEAR
37. Football positions : ENDS
39. Branch of languages including English : GERMANIC
40. Uris character : ARI
41. Quality admired by finical people : NEATNESS
42. Possess : OWN
47. Fort ___, Calif. : ORD
48. Ketch or sloop : SAILER
50. Burns myrrh : CENSES
51. Crone : HAG
52. Heron : EGRET
53. Pirandello : LUIGI
55. Francesca's lover : PAOLO
58. File's companion : RANK
59. Land mass : ASIA
60. The ___ Ranger : LONE
61. Recipe initials : TBS
64. Type of blanket : WET

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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