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A. J. Santora
A. J. Santora

FLOWERY SPEECH

New York Times, Sunday, March 26, 1978

Author: A. J. Santora
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 94, Avg Word Len: 5.18, Missing: { K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 654 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 123, Cheaters: 14, FITB: 18, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
A. J. Santora has 185 pre-Shortz puzzles and 68 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,452
Across Down
1. Iniquity : VICE
5. Shaded walk : ALAMEDA
12. "There is ___ in the affairs . . . " : ATIDE
17. Kind of scale or test : BINET
18. Seats of taste : PALATES
19. Pansy : THOUGHTS
23. Yellow violet : RURALHAPPINESS
25. Forget-me-not : TRUELOVE
26. Others, to Dante : ALTRI
27. "A wither'd violet is her ___" : BLISS
28. Rice dish : PILAU
30. White ___ ("youthful innocence") : LILAC
31. Fishline sinker : PLUMB
32. Reedlike grass : BENT
33. Pinchfist : MISER
34. Hubby's : HIS
35. Affirmative vote : AYE
36. Andy's partner : AMOS
38. ___ bag (pitching aid) : ROSIN
39. "Pure and lovely," if red : ROSEBUD
43. His emblem is the thistle flower : SCOT
44. Part of "A Loss of Roses" : SCENE
46. Inclination : SLANT
48. Yoko from Tokyo : ONO
49. Japanese city : ASHIYA
52. Printshop worker : PAGER
53. Dam : MARE
54. Agitated state : SNIT
55. Signet : SEAL
56. Deep red rose : BASHFULSHAME
60. V.I.P. in Cairo : SADAT
61. White chrysanthemum : TRUTH
63. Bicycle part : WHEEL
64. Items of interest : ANA
65. Petulant : FEISTY
66. Easter oval : EGG
67. Love affair : AMOUR
69. Leeds's river : AIRE
72. Seabee motto : CANDO
73. Doe, in Düren : REH
74. Thornless rose : EARLYATTACHMENT
78. The G-men : FBI
81. Like old jokes : TIRED
83. Kind of tide : NEAP
84. Pour ___ dire (so to speak): Fr. : AINSI
85. Youngster : LAD
86. Worcester and York : SHIRES
88. Health resort : SPA
90. Pollute : TAINT
92. Lasso : NOOSE
94. Soft, as a sound : LENIS
95. Blue violet or heliotrope : FAITHFULNESS
99. Sheep genus : OVIS
100. Réunion and Corse : ILES
101. Billboard : SIGN
102. Inventor Pliny ___ : EARLE
103. Phase : ASPECT
105. High railways : ELS
106. Key dice throw : SEVEN
107. Regions : AREAS
108. Crops : MAWS
109. Cockade : ROSETTE
111. After, in Arles : APRES
113. In this place : HERE
114. Troublesome : BAD
117. O. T. book : NEH
118. Rabbit tails : SCUTS
119. Sheepskin clutcher : GRAD
121. "Adonais" is one : ELEGY
123. Hoofed animal : TAPIR
126. Max and Buddy : BAERS
127. Garment for Gandhi : DHOTI
128. Man-___ : TOMAN
129. Blue crocus : ABUSENOT
131. Peach blossom : IAMYOURCAPTIVE
134. French marigold or yellow rose : JEALOUSY
135. Italian port : TRIESTE
136. Celebrate Alumni Day : REUNE
137. Perfume ingredient : ESTER
138. Leavened : YEASTED
139. Instance : CASE
1. Green mint : VIRTUE
2. Walking arm ___ : INARM
3. Bachelor's button : CELIBACY
4. Numerical ending : ETH
5. "Temptation" is their word : APPLES
6. Rabbit fur : LAPIN
7. Tilting, as a ship : ALIST
8. Fortifies : MANS
9. Fleur season : ETE
10. Contemnors : DESPISERS
11. Town of St. Francis : ASSISI
12. Rose oil : ATTAR
13. Done, for short : THRU
14. Gambling note : IOU
15. Swordsman : DUELIST
16. Notre Dame de Paris, e.g. : EGLISE
17. Ruffian : BULLY
20. Londoner's day off : HOL
21. Tenn. power project : TVA
22. Part of a min. : SEC
23. ___ Nui (Easter Island) : RAPA
24. Monastery head : ABBOT
29. Photographer : LENSMAN
33. Commercial alloy : MONEL
34. Sharpen : HONE
37. Biblical land : MOAB
38. Adjust : REGULATE
39. Recherché : RARE
40. Yellow honeysuckle : BONDSOFLOVE
41. Eastern Catholic : UNIAT
42. Tetched : DOTTY
43. Dregs : SILT
44. Starlike : SPHERY
45. Barroom : CAFE
47. Dalai ___ : LAMA
49. "Variety" is its word : ASTER
50. Suit fabric : SERGE
51. Yellow sunflower : HAUGHTINESS
54. Uttered : SAID
57. "___ to the wise . . . " : AWORD
58. Synagogue : SHUL
59. Hic, ___, hoc : HAEC
60. Submitted : SENTIN
62. Inheritor, in law : HAERES
65. Rooters : FANS
68. Daisy and Winnie : MAES
70. Give ___ try : ITA
71. Ecstasies : RAPTURES
72. Piggy-bank money : CENTS
75. Med. school subject : ANAT
76. Army base in Alaska : HAINES
77. Colliery : MINE
79. Irreducible : BASIC
80. That is: Lat. : IDEST
82. "Message" is its message : IRIS
86. More cunning : SLIER
87. Greeting : HELLO
88. "Domestic virtue" is its phrase : SAGE
89. Ship's boat : PINNACE
91. ___ breve : ALLA
93. Apologetic exclamation : OOPS
95. ___-fingered ivy : FIVE
96. "Kind ___ more than coronets" : HEARTSARE
97. Bus riders : FARES
98. European coal basin : SAAR
101. Clockmaker Thomas : SETH
104. It speaks of "delicate pleasures" : SWEETPEA
106. Recording systems : STEREOS
108. Doc : MEDIC
110. Quarantine : ENISLE
112. White lily : PURITY
113. Basil : HATRED
114. Four-leaf clover : BEMINE
115. Century plant : AGAVE
116. Unit of force : DYNE
118. Butterfly : SATYR
119. Poltergeist : GHOST
120. Way : ROUTE
122. It signifies "eloquence" : LOTUS
123. ___ Mahal : TAJ
124. Ribicoff : ABE
125. ___ hemp : PUA
126. Make ground tests : BOSE
127. Hennas : DYES
130. Pecan : NUT
132. Miss Farrow : MIA
133. Curve : ARC

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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