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New York Times, Wednesday, September 1, 1976

Author: Hugh P. Holland
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.79, Missing: { F J Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 285 (avg 1.52)
Open Squares: 74, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 3, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
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© 1976, The New York TimesNo. 9,881
Across Down
1. Busy creatures : ANTS
5. Sour : ACERB
10. Soviet agency : TASS
14. Reiner or Carmer : CARL
15. Mushroom : MOREL
16. Can. province : ALTA
17. Bewildered : ASEA
18. Acid prefix : AMIDO
19. Tide : NEAP
20. Shunners of evil : THETHREEMONKEYS
23. Kind of rule : MOB
24. Candlenut tree : AMA
25. Shoe molds : LASTS
29. Grain beard : AWN
31. Gay ___ : PAREE
36. Movie dog : ASTA
37. German pronoun : ICH
38. Precisionist : PEDANT
39. Symbol of disruption : THEMONKEYWRENCH
42. Publicize : HERALD
43. Spanish town : ROA
44. Paris parent : PERE
45. McCarthy sidekick : SNERD
46. Peleg's son : REU
47. Man the tiller : STEER
48. Miss Lupino : IDA
50. Seamen's org. : NMU
52. Trifling : MONKEYINGAROUND
61. Thought: Prefix : IDEO
62. Choose : ELECT
63. Employ: Lat. : UTOR
64. Fasten : SEAL
65. Moroccan port : RABAT
66. Irish kings' home : TARA
67. Mrs. Roosevelt : SARA
68. Bounces, in Scotland : STOTS
69. Counterfeit : SHAM
1. Weak as ___ : ACAT
2. Defunct auto : NASH
3. Catalpa or elm : TREE
4. Blind part : SLAT
5. Italian peak : AMARO
6. Smart retort : COMEBACK
7. Fisk's railroad : ERIE
8. American Indian : REDMAN
9. Flourish : BLOOM
10. Thinking place : TANK
11. Sheltered : ALEE
12. Restrain : STAY
13. Military trenches : SAPS
21. Initials on a limey's cap : HMS
22. Nebraska town : NAPER
25. Wood strips : LATHS
26. Colorless : ASHEN
27. Cubic measure : STERE
28. Sister of Absalom : TAMAR
30. Seeker's question : WHERE
32. Adroit : ADEPT
33. Hindu title : RANEE
34. Ink, in France : ENCRE
35. Empyrean : ETHER
37. Neither Dem. nor Rep. : IND
38. Depression org. : PWA
40. Stale joke : OLDIE
41. Kitten : YOUNGCAT
46. Scold : RAILAT
47. Big ___ of Calif. : SUR
49. Fabric workers : DYERS
51. Dillon et al. : MATTS
52. Muffet or America : MISS
53. Old Greek theaters : ODEA
54. Approach : NEAR
55. Caffeine nut : KOLA
56. Biblical mount : NEBO
57. Election losers : OUTS
58. Where Bryce Canyon is : UTAH
59. Ibsen character : NORA
60. Small drink : DRAM

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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