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New York Times, Thursday, May 2, 1974

Author: Gans
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.79, Missing: { F J Q X Y }, Scrabble score: 259 (avg 1.39)
Open Squares: 75, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 3, XRef: 1, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Gans has 1 pre-Shortz puzzle in our database.
PS notes: Constructor's name uncertain, but this is the best guess.
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© 1974, The New York TimesNo. 9,028
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1. Formerly, old style : ERST
5. Music drama, in Bonn : OPER
9. Defeated at chess : MATED
14. Japanese Premier : SATO
15. Seep : OOZE
16. Branch or oil : OLIVE
17. "War and Peace" backdrop : SNOWSTORM
19. Saltpeter : NITER
20. Heron : EGRET
21. Weather occurrence : HAILSTORM
23. Be furious : SEERED
25. French town : STLO
26. Footlike part : PES
28. North wind : BOREAS
33. Folk dance : HORA
37. Too bad : ALAS
40. Persian wheel : NORIA
41. Backdrop for Bela Lugosi : ELECTRICALSTORM
44. Paris subway : METRO
45. Native of ancient Persia : MEDE
46. They, in Italy : ESSE
47. Tricky questions : POSERS
49. Gabor or Peron : EVA
51. Pay attention : NOTE
54. Long accounts : ILIADS
59. Intimate chat : TETEATETE
64. Broadway backer : ANGEL
65. Knock over : UPEND
66. "Key Largo" backdrop : HURRICANE
68. Take care of : SEETO
69. Miss Adams : EDIE
70. Copied : APED
71. Games of chance : KENOS
72. Poetic words : EENS
73. Beaks : NEBS
1. Curves : ESSES
2. Buffalo home : RANGE
3. Pack away : STORE
4. Eiffel, for one : TOWER
5. Away, in Scotland : OOT
6. Winnie : POOH
7. Taft Benson et al. : EZRAS
8. Send : REMIT
9. Indian-movie backdrops : MONSOONS
10. Dismounted : ALIT
11. Marshal in Belgrade : TITO
12. Any time : EVER
13. Skin: Prefix : DERM
18. Dance part : STEP
22. Law degree : LLB
24. Letter beginning : DEAR
27. Scanty : SLIM
29. Routine : ROTE
30. Cupid : EROS
31. Affectations : AIRS
32. Ditto : SAME
33. Rope fiber : HEMP
34. Spread : OLEO
35. Soaks flax : RETS
36. Land measure : ACRE
38. Flier : ACE
39. Marquis de ___ : SADE
42. Backdrops for Dorothy : TORNADOS
43. One of Israel's 12 tribes : LEVI
48. Inebriate : SOT
50. Jai ___ : ALAI
52. Giggle : TEHEE
53. Musical piece : ETUDE
55. Quechuan : INCAN
56. Open-mouthed : AGAPE
57. Cygnus star : DENEB
58. Vehicles for 17 Across : SLEDS
59. Ivory base : TUSK
60. Sword : EPEE
61. ___-age : TEEN
62. Within: Prefix : ENTO
63. Kerry's land : ERIN
67. Phonebook abbr. : RES

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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