New York Times, Friday, December 31, 1982

Author:Cometa
Editor:Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 40, Avg Word Len: 5.00, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 303 (avg 1.64)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 9, XRef: 0
Cometa has 5 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.

JimH notes: The split stepquote reads, "Cheers to good health, happiness and wealth."
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© 1982, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Stage : PHASE
6. Tchu! : BAH
9. Ancient Syria : ARAM
13. Fin : FIVER
14. Dickens heroine : ADA
15. Galileo's birthplace : PISA
16. First line of a "Stepquote" toast : CHEERS
18. "Come, let's away ___": Shak. : TOPRISON
20. Bulb receptacles : SOCKETS
22. State definitely : SPECIFY
23. Espouse : ADOPT
25. "Life ___ jest": Gay : ISA
26. Word with top or tail : SPIN
29. Needlefish : GAR
30. Wrestling hold : NELSON
34. Divot : CLOD
35. Rumanian border city : ORADEA
37. French I noun : AMI
38. Unedited : RAW
39. Slowest : POKIEST
40. Tabard, e.g. : INN
41. Actress Balin : INA
42. Pastoral compositions : IDYLLS
43. Stew of a sort : SNIT
44. Sensible, responsible fellow : MENSCH
46. Rights proposal: Abbr. : ERA
47. "Industry" is its motto : UTAH
48. Musical Duke's monogram : EKE
49. Coin for Hussein : DINAR
51. Frost's "___ Not Taken" : THEROAD
55. Eccentricity : ODDNESS
59. Baker, to Dirksen : SONINLAW
61. End of toast : WEALTH
62. Garbo role : ANNA
63. Govt. group since 1933 : TVA
64. ___ days (fasting periods) : EMBER
65. Authentic : REAL
66. Jinx : HEX
67. Gathers : REAPS
1. Enl. men : PFCS
2. Vallee's salutation : HIHO
3. ___ plaisir (willingly) : AVEC
4. "___ ye shall find . . . ": Matt. 7:7 : SEEKAND
5. Strayed : ERRED
6. Hitter's need : BAT
7. Fusses : ADOS
8. Third line of toast : HAPPINESSANDW
9. At the top : APICAL
10. ___ e bisi, Italian dish : RISI
11. Time-setting phrase : ASOF
12. Lots : MANY
17. Second line of toast : STOGOODHEALTH
19. Homophone for receipt : RESEAT
21. Pitcher Lyle : SPARKY
24. Shadowed : TRAILED
26. Theater curtain : SCRIM
27. Level : PLANE
28. Grant Wood was one : IOWAN
31. Theresa or Thomas : SAINT
32. "___ vincit amor" : OMNIA
33. Beethoven's last symphony : NINTH
36. Actress Dolores : DELRIO
39. Heckle; tease : PICKON
43. The Terrible or the Great, e.g. : SURNAME
45. Kind of number : SERIAL
50. "Do, ___ . . . ": Hammerstein : ADEER
51. Autocrat : TSAR
52. Sharpen : HONE
53. Danish composer : ENNA
54. Pianist-composer Brubeck : DAVE
56. Island off Tuscany : ELBA
57. Process unit : STEP
58. AMEX entities : SHRS
60. Wane's partner : WAX

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