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New York Times, Thursday, May 9, 1985

Author:
Harold B. Counts
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.92, Missing: { F H J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 247 (avg 1.32)
Open Squares: 72, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 2
Harold B. Counts has 24 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Regarding the 43-Across clue, although a two-step can be done in polka time (2/4), nearly all are done in 4/4 time. Regarding the 28-Down clue, a lulu is something or someone remarkable or wonderful, which might make this clue puzzling—but The Andrews Sisters had a song called "Don't Bring Lulu," which is doubtless what the clue was referring to.

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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 12,966
Across
1
Rectifies : MENDS
6
Summoned, in a way : PAGED
11
___-la-la : TRA
14
Eskimo, e.g. : ALEUT
15
Actress Hervey : IRENE
16
Word on a tote board : WIN
17
Blue points : SIAMESECATS
19
Wedding vow : IDO
20
Lever in a steam engine : TAPPET
21
Predominated : REIGNED
23
Horseshoes hit : RINGER
26
Farm tract : ACRE
27
Alan from N.Y.C. : ALDA
31
Twerp : NERD
32
"The Greatest" : ALI
33
Tête-à-tête : DUOLOGUE
35
Gold or silver : METAL
38
Winglike part : ALULA
39
Antique car : REO
41
Coins in Islamabad : PAISE
42
Hayseeds : RUBES
43
Dances in polka time : TWOSTEPS
45
Rom. tongue : LAT
46
U.S. inventor: 1847–1922 : BELL
47
Chimney on das Haus : ESSE
48
Surplus word : OVER
50
Scene of a miracle : REDSEA
52
Start a voyage : SETSAIL
54
Joined : ALLIED
59
Actress Alicia : ANA
60
Old radio show : AMOSANDANDY
63
"My ___ Sal" : GAL
64
Fissures : RENTS
65
Musical based on a comic strip : ANNIE
66
Wapiti : ELK
67
Moves sideways : EDGES
68
Retreats : NESTS
Down
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Jigger, e.g. : MAST
2
Mr. Lamb : ELIA
3
A tide : NEAP
4
Kind of truck : DUMP
5
Cox : STEER
6
Turnover, for one : PIE
7
Rainbow : ARC
8
Equipped : GEARED
9
Script direction : ENTER
10
Lucy's ex : DESI
11
Minn. combo : TWINCITIES
12
Addendum of a sort : RIDER
13
Electrolytic terminal : ANODE
18
Cheat a buyer : STING
22
Helmet-shaped : GALEATE
24
Of nerves: Comb. form : NEUR
25
Hailed the guests : GREETED
27
Jewish month : ADAR
28
Someone not to bring : LULU
29
Gibberish : DOUBLETALK
30
Listening eagerly : ALLEARS
32
Elec. units : AMPS
34
Tobacco kiln : OAST
36
Killers near Cairo : ASPS
37
___-majesté : LESE
40
Moreporks : OWLS
44
City in Cattaraugus Co., N.Y. : OLEAN
46
Inhere : BELONG
48
Okla. Indian : OSAGE
49
Corrupt : VENAL
50
Crusted with ice tufts : RIMED
51
Russian river : ALDAN
53
Rhine feeder : AARE
55
Bowling alley : LANE
56
Pubs : INNS
57
Tailor a tale : EDIT
58
Coloring agents : DYES
61
Sault ___ Marie : STE
62
Its ears sprouted on Midas : ASS

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

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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