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New York Times, Friday, May 5, 1978

Author: Jean Reed
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 32, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { J Q V X }, Scrabble score: 295 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 73, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 13, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,492
Across Down
1. Nile bird : IBIS
5. Cars for V.I.P.'s : LIMOS
10. Tuner of the orchestra : OBOE
14. Agcy. with far-out ideas : NASA
15. Hebrew letter : ALEPH
16. Women's suffrage leader : CATT
17. Starting funds: Slang : FRONTMONEY
19. Lovesick nymph : ECHO
20. Burning : ONFIRE
21. Resolute; dauntless : UNSHAKEN
23. Mineral used in making lubricants : TALC
25. Kind of ray : STING
26. Poem that sounds like a red boat : RUBAIYAT
30. Substitute : ERSATZ
33. Cut short : ABORT
34. Bête ___ : NOIRE
36. Low : MOO
37. President of France: 1954–59 : COTY
38. Knee exercises : BENDS
39. "Give ___ a horse . . . " : AMAN
40. Krazy one : KAT
41. Baltic port : MEMEL
42. "I'm ___ lorn creetur . . . ": Mrs. Gummidge : ALONE
43. Segar or seegar : STOGIE
45. Abrogates : RESCINDS
47. "How many ___ to Babylon?" : MILES
49. Marriage or baptism : RITE
50. Indiscretions in one's salad days : WILDOATS
53. "And ___ poor to do him reverence": Shak. : NONESO
57. "It's a Sin to Tell ___" : ALIE
58. Regional anatomy : TOPOGRAPHY
60. "There ___ tomorrow" : ISNO
61. Make exultant : ELATE
62. Stooge or patsy : TOOL
63. Suffix with six or seven : TEEN
64. X-___ : RATED
65. Glimpse : ESPY
1. Data, for short : INFO
2. Potential playhouse : BARN
3. "Time ___ the essence" : ISOF
4. Hygienic : SANITARY
5. In a weak or clumsy way : LAMELY
6. U.N. arm : ILO
7. What's for lunch : MENU
8. Makes the first bid : OPENS
9. Ambulance chasers : SHYSTERS
10. One measure of love : OCEANS
11. Dicing game : BACKGAMMON
12. Will-___-wisp : OTHE
13. Oxford feeder : ETON
18. Courage or cowardice : TRAIT
22. Give a job to : HIRE
24. Cave ___ (beware of the dog) : CANEM
26. Parts of dishwashers : RACKS
27. Lusitania's undoer : UBOAT
28. The final analysis, in business : BOTTOMLINE
29. Dye or paint pigment : TONER
31. ___ fro : TOAND
32. City sections : ZONES
35. Lazybones : IDLER
38. Bird that thrives on hives : BEEEATER
39. Make hostile : ALIENATE
41. Where Venus left her arms : MILO
42. Caine or Cotten : ACTOR
44. Kind of Bible : GIDEON
46. Lightly burnt : SINGED
48. Calpurnia's garb : STOLA
50. Show patience : WAIT
51. Elizabeth, in Germany : ILSE
52. Squabble : SPAT
54. Oral history in verse : EPOS
55. Hunt bargains : SHOP
56. Richard D'___ Carte : OYLY
59. Suffix with Capri : OTE

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

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