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New York Times, Saturday, May 27, 1972

Author: Unknown
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 68, Blocks: 35, Avg Word Len: 5.59, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 308 (avg 1.62)
Open Squares: 80, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 1, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,323
Across Down
1. Circus : BIGTOP
7. Where Libreville is : GABON
12. Lizard : IGUANA
13. Seagoing groups : ARMADAS
15. Guerrilla, at times : SNIPER
16. French armchair : FAUTEUIL
18. Faucet reading : HOT
19. Snouted ray : SAWFISH
21. Repast : TEA
22. Exam : ORAL
24. Hag : CRONE
25. Kitchen fixture : SINK
26. Circumference : PERIPHERY
28. Brazilian port : BELEM
29. Tied : BOUND
30. Muddle : BEMUSE
31. Baseball's Zach et al. : WHEATS
33. Pascal : BLAISE
34. Force : COERCE
35. German chest : BRUST
36. Reluctant : LOATH
37. Covered, as a wall : PLASTERED
41. Singer Nelson : EDDY
42. Rumor : BRUIT
43. Attractive, in a way : SEXY
44. ___ loss : ATA
45. Kind of vault : GROINED
47. Haunt : DEN
48. Pearly : NACREOUS
50. Ocean sucker : REMORA
52. German wine : RHENISH
53. Incidents : EVENTS
54. Crow over : EXULT
55. Think over : DIGEST
1. Knight's neighbor, on a board : BISHOP
2. Slight : IGNORE
3. Instrument : GUITAR
4. Water source : TAP
5. Bills : ONES
6. Aerial lifesaver : PARACHUTE
7. Like sand : GRAINY
8. Divert : AMUSE
9. City on the Avon : BATH
10. Poetic output : ODE
11. First nuclear sub : NAUTILUS
13. Furnish : AFFORD
14. Residents of a Tuscan city : SIENESE
17. Delibes opus : LAKME
20. Songbirds : WRENS
23. Patrick Henry word : LIBERTY
25. Phoenicians, for example : SEMITES
27. Cook, in a way : POACH
28. Beauty's friend : BEAST
30. Made empty threats : BLUSTERED
31. Sticky preservative : WOODTAR
32. Annoying problem : HEADACHE
33. Kind of drain : BRAIN
34. Recently laundered : CLEAN
35. Somewhat like the Danube : BLUISH
37. Writer Marcel : PROUST
38. Accomplished anew : REDONE
39. Strains : EXERTS
40. Ruler : DYNAST
42. Cook, in a way : BROIL
45. Knee : GENU
46. Consort of Siva : DEVI
49. Fido's friend : REX
51. Million: Prefix : MEG

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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