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New York Times, Wednesday, August 15, 1979

Author:
Charles Engler
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 44, Avg Word Len: 4.76, Missing: { J W X Z }, Scrabble score: 283 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 51, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 8, XRef: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
Charles Engler has 13 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Clue for 50-Down should actually have "'There is'" instead of "'There's'"; left as in the original.

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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,872

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Across
1
Backward : FRO
4
D.C. agent : TMAN
8
Author of "The Alteration" : AMIS
12
Follower of bridge or street : LAMP
14
"Laborare est ___" : ORARE
15
Piquant : RACY
16
Ningpo nurse : AMAH
17
Fictional detective : NICKCARTER
19
Top-ranking bishop : PRIMATE
21
Out on a limb, literally : TREED
22
Rock: Comb. form : LITE
23
Cronies : PALS
24
"Bread and Wine" author: 1937 : SILONE
27
TV plainclothesman : BARETTA
30
Hot ___ pistol : ASA
31
Mediterranean gulf or seaport : GABES
33
Whey : SERUM
35
Program featuring Hawkeye : MASH
37
Dean Martin show : ROAST
39
Monkeyshine : DIDO
40
Studio tripod : EASEL
42
Midnight plus 60 minutes : ONEAM
44
Browning's "Rabbi ___ Ezra" : BEN
45
TV sleuth : COLUMBO
47
Nine days' devotion : NOVENA
49
Antelope, to a lion : PREY
50
Architectural pier : ANTA
51
Baby powders : TALCS
53
Like the neighbors' grass : GREENER
56
Spillane's shamus : MIKEHAMMER
58
Gator's cousin : CROC
60
Wellaway! : ALAS
61
Effrontery : BRASS
62
Within: Comb. form : ENDO
63
Utensils for Poe : PENS
64
Stevie Wonder's "___ She Lovely" : ISNT
65
Kt.'s attendant : ESQ
Down
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Peninsula in the U.S.A. : FLA
2
Garage entrance : RAMP
3
Colleague of Dwight in W.W. II : OMAR
4
Timeworn, as a joke : TRITE
5
Defense against a mugger : MACE
6
Floating zoo : ARK
7
Juice for Zeus : NECTAR
8
Collared : ARRESTED
9
Chanticleer, to a biddy : MATE
10
On the rocks : ICED
11
___ Darya, Soviet river : SYR
13
S.S. Van Dine protagonist, with 48 Down : PHILO
14
Painting the town red : ONATEAR
18
Van Gogh's "Bedroom at ___" : ARLES
20
Chinese dynasty or vase : MING
23
Gone with the winds of fashion : PASSE
24
Like many an "old story" : SAME
25
Rebecca's spouse : ISAAC
26
Steer snagger : LASSO
27
Bingo's twin : BEANO
28
Chief's concern : TRIBE
29
Pulitzer poet: 1948 : AUDEN
32
Kind of prize : BOOBY
34
Leonardo lady : MONA
36
Incapacitated : HELPLESS
38
Leatherworkers : TANNERS
41
Decisive defeat in cribbage : LURCH
43
Small particle : MOTE
46
Iron-ore range : MESABI
48
See 13 Down : VANCE
50
"There's no music in ___": Ruskin : AREST
51
High silk hat : TILE
52
Descendant of Esau : AKAN
53
Relative of 4 Across : GMAN
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Lightweight champ: 1899–1902 : ERNE
55
Gangland gats : RODS
56
Touring aid : MAP
57
Gamp or Gummidge : MRS
59
Rimsky-Korsakov's "Le ___ d'Or" : COQ

Answer summary: 3 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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