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New York Times, Wednesday, May 21, 1980

Author:
Benson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 40, Avg Word Len: 5.00, Missing: { F K Q U X Z }, Scrabble score: 264 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 65, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 4
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© 1980, The New York TimesNo. 11,152
Across
1. Catch flies : SHAG
5. Fun's companion : GAMES
10. Actor Richard, from S.F. : EGAN
14. Campbell of the Oilers : EARL
15. Author Jong : ERICA
16. Branch chosen by J.F.K., G.R.F. and J.E.C. : NAVY
17. Date of Columbus's last voyage : MDII
18. Claw : TALON
19. Word with clothes or shoe : TREE
20. He wrote "The Fire Next Time" : JAMESBALDWIN
23. Nieuwe ___, Rotterdam's river : MAAS
24. Draw forth : ELICIT
26. De Niro : ROBERT
29. Black Sea port : ODESSA
31. Rare individuals : ONERS
32. Lessen : ABATE
35. Onto the jive : HEP
36. "___ is more": Browning : LESS
37. Bridge parts : SPANS
38. Mil. groups : DETS
39. Kindled : LIT
40. Poor : NEEDY
41. A.F.B. in Texas : REESE
42. Bowdler was one : EDITOR
44. Does a grammar exercise : PARSES
45. Unpaid debt : ARREAR
47. Mrs., in Poland : PANI
48. He wrote "Invisible Man" : RALPHELLISON
52. Dry : ARID
54. Of a certain time period : HORAL
55. Start of a plot : IDEA
57. Hamlet, e.g. : DANE
58. Silly : INANE
59. Weskit : VEST
60. Cake ingredients : EGGS
61. Allotted : METED
62. U.S. satellite : ESSA
Down
1. Theological inst. : SEM
2. Pilgrimage : HADJ
3. Part of an opera : ARIA
4. Dim perceptions : GLIMMERS
5. Influences by bribery : GETSAT
6. Some members of OPEC : ARABS
7. "___ 18," Uris book : MILA
8. Elève's milieu : ECOLE
9. Young hitters' haunts : SANDLOTS
10. Lure : ENTICE
11. Attaches a debtor's property or wages : GARNISHEES
12. Galba's greeting : AVE
13. American humorist : NYE
21. Sonar, to a destroyer : EARS
22. Word with angle or eyed : WIDE
25. African fly : TSETSE
26. Esther of "Good Times" : ROLLE
27. N.Y. county, city, lake or river : ONEIDA
28. Rousing : BESTIRRING
30. Church parts : APSES
32. Mimic : APE
33. Like Leroy Brown : BAD
34. "___ Wednesday," Robards vehicle : ANY
37. Heavenly beings : SERAPHIM
38. Scornful : DERISIVE
40. Coward : NOEL
41. Rajah's mate : RANI
43. Occupations : TRADES
44. Wearied : PALLED
46. River of Europe : RHONE
47. Carpenter's tool : PLANE
49. Quod ___ faciendum : ERAT
50. Lyrical literature : ODES
51. Monster's milieu, perhaps : NESS
52. Cool drink : ADE
53. Joplin composition : RAG
56. ___ loss for words : ATA

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

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