New York Times, Tuesday, October 1, 1985

Author:Jeffrey A. Mercer
Editor:Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.97, Missing: { Q V X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 275 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 75, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 8, XRef: 0, Spans: 3
Jeffrey A. Mercer has 8 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.

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© 1985, The New York Times
Across Down
1. "You're a better man ___ . . . ": Kipling : THANI
6. Express weariness : SIGH
10. Disimpassioned : CALM
14. Gossip's fodder : RUMOR
15. On the Mediterranean : ASEA
16. Was contrite : RUED
17. "But war's ___ . . . ": Cowper : AGAME
18. Mozart's Vienna : WIEN
19. Kirghiz range : ALAI
20. Ben Kingsley role : MOHANDASKGANDHI
23. Venus, to Virgil : DEA
24. Mineo and Bando : SALS
25. Track circuits : LAPS
28. Part of a ballroom dance : CHA
31. Ceremonial act : RITUAL
35. Word with bred or will : ILL
36. A captain and a king : AHABS
38. Tuned drum : BONGO
39. E. M. Forster novel : APASSAGETOINDIA
42. Vitalize afresh : RENEW
43. Makes a move : STIRS
44. Claus aide : ELF
45. Blows z's : SNORES
47. Vichy is one : SPA
48. "___ bien!" : TRES
49. Equation word : PLUS
51. Double this for an insect : TSE
53. Paul Scott novel, with "The" : JEWELINTHECROWN
61. Zagros Mountains site : IRAN
62. Poi source : TARO
63. Do-___ effort : ORDIE
64. Fluff : LINT
65. Sister of Ares : ERIS
66. Disturbs : ROILS
67. Positions a golf ball : TEES
68. Family branch : SEPT
69. Aquatic eagles : ERNES
1. Streetcar in London : TRAM
2. A sci-fi writer's award : HUGO
3. Oriental nurse : AMAH
4. Desert rovers : NOMADS
5. Reynolds Broadway role : IRENE
6. "I never ___ Moor": Dickinson : SAWA
7. Goddess of fertility : ISIS
8. Some carnies : GEEKS
9. La Guardia structure : HANGAR
10. Presidential hopeful in 1984 : CRANSTON
11. "___ Lang Syne" : AULD
12. Jacob's first wife : LEAH
13. Year of Columbus's fourth voyage : MDII
21. Gorbachev's villa : DACHA
22. Excuses at court : ALIBIS
25. Perjurers : LIARS
26. Horn or stock predecessor : ALPEN
27. City in Tex. or Ill. : PLANO
29. Witches : HAGS
30. Incites : ABETS
32. Prefix with line or mine : UNDER
33. Nimble : AGILE
34. Lazes : LOAFS
36. Too : ASWELL
37. Yugoslav tobacco-shipping town : STIP
40. "How sharper than a ___ tooth . . . ": Shak. : SERPENTS
41. Emulate Demosthenes : ORATE
46. Trains : SUITES
48. French Revolution aftermath : TERROR
50. Delusion's partner : SNARE
52. Shutout spoiler : SCORE
53. Leave a lover : JILT
54. River or canal : ERIE
55. Anagram for anew : WANE
56. Stumble : TRIP
57. Army : HOST
58. Thor's sire : ODIN
59. Sly trick : WILE
60. Loch ___ : NESS

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