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New York Times, Wednesday, September 19, 1979

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
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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,907
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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
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

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