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 Benson
Benson

New York Times, Wednesday, September 19, 1979

24-Across : Messy

Author:
Benson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 40, Avg Word Len: 4.87, Missing: { F Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 274 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 70, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
Benson has 7 known pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,907
Across
1
Superlative suffix : EST
4
Provide a party service : CATER
9
Highlands head covering : TAM
12
Distort : SKEW
14
"No ___ Love," 1953 song : OTHER
15
___ Island, Calif. : MARE
16
The Mets, e.g. : NINE
17
Yule songs : NOELS
18
"___ boy!" : ATTA
19
Tries : ENDEAVORS
21
Exhaust : DRAIN
22
Michelangelo work : PIETA
23
Hidden : SECRET
24
Messy : UNTIDY
27
Deep ravine : GULCH
29
Fishermen's equipment : SEINES
30
Render, as fat : TRY
31
Fashion term : MIDI
35
Bell sounds : DINGS
36
Storage area : BIN
37
Maine college : BATES
38
Again : ANEW
39
Ark crewman : HAM
40
Discard : REJECT
41
Actress Worth : IRENE
43
Tropical resins : ELEMIS
44
Transaction principal : SELLER
47
Uses the telephone : DIALS
49
Small ducks : TEALS
50
Commanding : MANDATING
54
Therefore : ERGO
55
Hard to penetrate : DENSE
56
"Yes ___": Sammy Davis Jr. : ICAN
57
Apartment plus-factor : VIEW
58
Member of a Hoosier team : PACER
59
Best seller by Robin Cook : COMA
60
Always, to poets : EER
61
Proofreaders' marks : STETS
62
Profit : NET
Down
1
Victim of feudalism : ESNE
2
"Birthday suit" : SKIN
3
Care for : TEND
4
Transports : CONVEYS
5
On ___ (making merry) : ATOOT
6
Scott Joplin work: 1906 : THERAGTIMEDANCE
7
Slippery ones : EELS
8
B.&O., etc. : RRS
9
Turkic tongue : TATAR
10
Bandleader Shaw : ARTIE
11
Intended : MEANT
13
Joplin work: 1903 : WEEPINGWILLOW
15
Joplin work: 1902 : MARCHMAJESTIC
20
Assistants : AIDES
21
Winter month: Abbr. : DEC
23
Stallone's nickname : SLY
24
Abbr. on a meat package : USDA
25
German negative : NEIN
26
Part of a fork : TINE
28
Subject of a Keats poem : URN
32
News piece : ITEM
33
One-tenth: Comb. form : DECI
34
Adherents: Suffix : ISTS
36
Taboo : BAN
37
Abzug : BELLA
39
L.B.J. beagle : HER
40
Personnel in publishing : READERS
42
Thing, in law : RES
44
Martin or Allen : STEVE
45
Weird : EERIE
46
Beer that has been aged : LAGER
48
Map feature : INSET
50
Vegetarian's no-no : MEAT
51
Religious image : ICON
52
Subject of a question by Juliet : NAME
53
Small insect : GNAT
55
People without a country: Abbr. : DPS

Answer summary:
3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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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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