SPRING FEVER

New York Times, Sunday, March 13, 1977

Author: Louis C. Mandes Jr.
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.24, Missing: { none — this is a pangram }, Scrabble score: 729 (avg 1.64)
Open Squares: 140, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 7, XRef: 0
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© 1977, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Predicament : SCRAPE
7. Hastily : APACE
12. Culmination : ACME
16. Toasting words : MUDIN
21. On ___ : THELAM
22. Core group : CADRE
23. Linen source : FLAX
24. Agreed : ATONE
25. Heroine of 1778 : MOLLYPITCHER
27. Precipitate : RASH
28. Yells at the ump : RANTS
29. Notice : SPY
30. Expanded : DILATED
31. Locomotive parts : COWCATCHERS
33. Laugh, in Lyons : RIRE
34. Portnoy's creator : ROTH
36. Alone : SOLE
37. Score into the 10th : TIE
38. Love, on the Lido : AMORE
40. Spate : FRESHET
43. Luncheonettes : TEAROOMS
46. Confide in : TRUST
47. Pastry : FLAN
48. Desire : EROS
50. Read meter : SCAN
51. Stretch in the 7th : RISE
52. A Dionne girl : QUINT
53. Like sandlot infields : BUMPY
55. Cavalryman : HUSSAR
59. Comic-strip cries : EEKS
60. Like taped baseballs : USED
61. Hacks : CABBIES
63. Release : LETGO
64. More disreputable : SLEAZIER
66. Little bits : JOTS
67. Innocent one : NAIF
69. Overhead carrier : TRAM
70. True's partner : TRIED
71. Batter's ploy : BUNT
72. Played on home grounds : HOSTED
74. Hit ___ country mile : ITA
75. Relaxed : UNBENT
77. Left : WALKEDOUT
79. Split, as a bat : BROKEN
81. Arrowroot : PIA
82. Dieter's standby : CELERY
84. Tarnish : RUST
85. "___ Ben Jonson" : ORARE
86. Senator from R.I. : PELL
88. Home run by-product : ROAR
89. Fishing net : FYKE
90. Brest's region : BRITTANY
93. Renown : ECLAT
95. Intend : PROPOSE
97. Energy source : COAL
98. Eye defect: Suffix : OPIA
99. Deliver : RESCUE
101. Excalibur : SWORD
102. Intact : WHOLE
103. Hit a fly : LOFT
104. Apple pitcher : ERIS
106. Passable : SOSO
107. Smog factor : HAZE
108. Strike hard at : PASTE
109. Football infractions : OFFSIDES
113. Riding whip : RAWHIDE
115. C.J. after Marshall : TANEY
116. Ewe said it : BAA
117. Golden and Bronze : ERAS
119. Coalesce : KNIT
120. Maglie and Bando : SALS
121. Flatware item : SILVERPLATE
125. Riverfront : STADIUM
128. Big-leaguer : PRO
131. Aunt in "Oklahoma!" : ELLER
132. Captive of Hercules : IOLE
133. Albania : BALKANNATION
135. Chinks : SLITS
136. Yacht haven : COVE
137. Ryan or Tatum : ONEAL
138. Compact : TREATY
139. Sanity : SENSE
140. Singles : ONES
141. Confuse : ADDLE
142. Sentence structure : SYNTAX
1. Hurricanes: Abbr. : STMS
2. Baltimore ___ : CHOP
3. Count (on) : RELY
4. Everyone : ALL
5. Lucky strike : PAYDIRT
6. Furniture style : EMPIRE
7. Recorded proceedings : ACTA
8. Agreement : PACT
9. Supporter : ADHERENT
10. Statements of faith : CREDOS
11. Poetic word : EER
12. Hair style : AFRO
13. Pincers : CLAWS
14. Bat boy : MASCOT
15. Blows out : EXHALES
16. French brandy : MARC
17. State or lake : UTAH
18. ___ a turn : DONETO
19. Physically fit : INTRIM
20. Headlands : NESSES
26. O'Neill play : ILE
31. Putti : CHERUBS
32. Inform : TEACH
33. Rhyme opening : ROSESARE
35. "The Bronx is up, but ___" : THEBATTERYSDOWN
38. Blithe spirit : ARIEL
39. Ammo of '76 : MUSKETBALLS
40. Handbill : FLIER
41. Leather strip : RAND
42. Vault : TOMB
44. Gov. Castro of Arizona : RAUL
45. Beginning : ONSET
46. Very, in Vichy : TRES
47. Blended : FUSED
49. Protract : SPINOUT
52. Librarian, at times : QUIETER
54. Beer ingredient : YEAST
56. Attitudinize : STRIKEAPOSE
57. Precious stone : AGATE
58. Caesar, e.g. : ROMAN
61. Bop on the head : CONK
62. What subs do : SIT
65. Chemical element : ZINC
66. All-Star game time : JULY
68. Feverish : FEBRILE
71. Pushcarts : BARROWS
72. Sox : HOSE
73. Darn it! : DRAT
75. Kind of deck : UPPER
76. Relative : NIECE
77. Lasts : WEARS
78. Snider : DUKE
80. Bobolinks : ORTOLANS
83. Cut off : LOP
85. Papal cape : ORALE
87. Clouts the ball : LACES
89. Desert : FORSAKE
90. Red-eye : BOOZE
91. Smart : NIFTY
92. Eucalypt : YATE
94. Pakistani people : TURI
96. Unfortunate : POOR
97. Republic of Africa : CHAD
100. Sea duck : EIDER
102. Pared away : WHITTLED
105. Al Pacino film : SERPICO
108. Outstanding : PALMARY
109. Preoccupy : OBSESS
110. Ribbed fabric : FAILLE
111. N.C.O.'s order : FALLIN
112. Barroom : SALOON
114. ___ hers : HISAND
115. Catcalls : TAUNTS
118. Balm : SALVE
120. Sloth, e.g. : SIN
122. Rookies' opposites : VETS
123. Gaelic : ERSE
124. Links places : TEES
126. Hindu deity : AKAL
127. Rural spot : DALE
128. British antitank gun : PIAT
129. Roster : ROTA
130. Cameo stone : ONYX
133. Neckpiece : BOA
134. A.L. team : TEN

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