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A. J. Santora
A. J. Santora

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New York Times, Sunday, April 24, 1977

Author: A. J. Santora
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 154, Blocks: 92, Avg Word Len: 5.68, Missing: { J Q Z }, Scrabble score: 665 (avg 1.52)
Open Squares: 161, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 13, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 23
A. J. Santora has 185 pre-Shortz puzzles and 68 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,116
Across Down
1. Down: Prefix : CATA
5. Christmas trio : MAGI
9. Nail barrels : KEGS
13. Improvises like Ella : SCATS
18. Assyrian god : ASUR
19. City in China : IPIN
20. "___ not in Gath" : TELLIT
22. Alpine cottage : CHALET
23. Enjoying a May day : STROLLINGTHROUGHTHEPARK
27. Girl-watching : HANGINGAROUNDTHECORNER
28. Do harm to : MISUSE
29. Leather punch : AWL
30. Iron band : STRAKE
31. Gazelle : ARIEL
32. Felt compassion : PITIED
35. Withered : SERE
36. Gumbo : OKRA
40. River in England : NEN
41. Small grain spike : EARLET
43. ___ as a pin : ASNEAT
46. Exerted : PLIED
47. U.S. money: Abbr. : DOLS
48. Melville book : TYPEE
49. Like Berlin : WALLED
50. Make into soap : SAPONIFY
55. Vacationing : AWAYFROMITALL
58. Entraps: Var. : TRAPANS
59. Raucous noise : BLAT
60. Second audition : RETEST
61. Bugbears : OGRES
62. Tallies : COUNTS
64. Apiece : EACH
65. Kind of nail : HOB
68. Viewed the Marxes : WATCHEDANIGHTATTHEOPERA
74. Culbertson : ELY
75. Protracted : LONG
76. Boil : SEETHE
77. "Quo ___?" : VADIS
78. Troubles : GRIEFS
81. Former Brazilian money : REIS
82. Venomous snakes : TAIPANS
84. Exercise in fitness : GOINGFORAWALK
88. ___-to-meeting : SUNDAYGO
89. Verse : POETRY
90. Being cooled : ONICE
91. Channel: Sp. : CANO
92. Coincide : AGREE
93. Chickweed genus : ALSINE
95. Giving sparingly : DOLING
97. Sleeper or diner : CAR
100. Fling : TOSS
101. Hudson Bay Indian : CREE
102. Viewpoints : SLANTS
104. "A rag and ___" : ABONE
106. C'est la ___ : GUERRE
108. Outside: Comb. form : ECT
109. Draw out : ELICIT
110. Spring song : TAKEMEOUTTOTHEBALLGAME
117. Went prying : WASONAFISHINGEXPEDITION
118. Strad : VIOLIN
119. Binaural system : STEREO
120. Ripped : TORE
121. Word in Mass. motto : ENSE
122. Caine film : ALFIE
123. Snow-fun vehicle : SLED
124. Esau's land : SEIR
125. Avant-garde : NEOS
1. Wayne of hockey : CASHMAN
2. Actor-dancer : ASTAIRE
3. Hands over : TURNSIN
4. " . . . ___ and peasant slave" : AROGUE
5. Heffalump's creator : MILNE
6. ___ in a poke : APIG
7. Lollobrigida : GINA
8. Thankless people : INGRATES
9. Composer Jerome : KERN
10. Charged force : ELOD
11. Sates : GLUTS
12. Tourist : SIGHTSEER
13. ___ khan : SHERE
14. Lincoln's "___ Eri" : CAPN
15. Wings : ALAE
16. Alas. in 1942 : TERR
17. Wall St. cert. : STK
20. Remote settlement : THULE
21. "Is ___ doctor . . . ?" : THEREA
22. Congest : CHOKE
24. Cotton thread : LISLE
25. Namely : TOWIT
26. Two-seated wagon : TCART
32. Prexy's staff : PROFS
33. In a bad way : ILLY
34. Saratoga outing : DAYATTHERACES
36. Stewpots : OLLAS
37. While away some time : KILLTHEDAY
38. Spool : REEL
39. Do sums : ADD
42. Tennis term : ADIN
44. Double agent : SPY
45. Ship-shaped clock : NEF
46. Noggin : PATE
48. Nasal tones : TWANGS
49. Twig : WITHE
50. Place to ski : STOWE
51. Therefore : ARGAL
52. Some celebrators : PARTYGOERS
53. Oil cartel : OPEC
54. Versifier Ogden : NASH
55. His: Fr. : ALUI
56. Harangue : ORATE
57. Pit-stop pro : MECH
59. Big Ben sound : BONG
62. Troubadour's love song : CANSO
63. "Tatler" writer : STEELE
64. Numerical endings : ETHS
66. Sealing gasket : ORING
67. Siepi, e.g. : BASSO
69. Lament : ELEGY
70. Tip (one's hat) : DOFF
71. Star in Perseus : ATIK
72. Roman poet : OVID
73. Bear or Doc : PAPA
79. Ceremonies : RITES
80. Concerning : INRE
82. African capital : TUNIS
83. Soon : ANON
84. Kind of dancer : GOGO
85. Diseases of ramblers : ROSERUSTS
86. Black cuckoo : ANI
87. Get a victory : WIN
88. Season : SALT
89. Caress : PAT
91. Environments : CONTEXTS
93. Take ___ (reduce sail) : AREEF
94. Peot Jones and others : LEROIS
95. Chapeaux designer : DACHE
96. ___ Curci : GALLI
97. Narcotic : COCAINE
98. Lively: Mus. : ANIMOSO
99. Pine-tar products : RETENES
101. Turkic people : CUMAN
103. Release : LETGO
105. Group of football fame : BIGTEN
106. Bottled spirit : GENIE
107. A Kennedy : ETHEL
109. Graybeard : ELDER
110. Follow : TAIL
111. Date-setting phrase : ASOF
112. Hindu caste : KOLI
113. Fatigue : TIRE
114. United : ONED
115. Initials since 1868 : BPOE
116. Air: Comb. form : AERI
117. Ky. neighbor : WVA

Answer summary: 18 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 20 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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