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Eugene T. Maleska
Eugene T. Maleska

"STEPQUOTE"

New York Times, Sunday, January 19, 1969

Author: Eugene T. Maleska
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 162, Blocks: 90, Avg Word Len: 5.42, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 603 (avg 1.37)
Open Squares: 150, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 7, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 18
Eugene T. Maleska has 410 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
JimH notes: The stepquote reads, "Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits."
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© 1969, The New York TimesNo. 7,099
Across Down
1. Start of an eight-word "Stepquote" ending at 150 Across : NOTHIN
7. Small-time operator : BUSHER
13. Parnassians : BARDS
18. Road job : TARRING
19. Crisp cracker : SALTINE
20. Soirees : PARTIES
22. Gets one's bearings : ORIENTS
23. Franken heroine : CLAUDIA
24. Chilean desert : ATACAMA
25. Money player : PRO
26. Bach opus : CHORAL
28. Exceeded the resources of : BEGGARED
30. Needlefish : GAR
31. Standstill : HALT
33. ___ Gay, historic plane : ENOLA
34. Trifling : SMALL
35. Together : ALONG
37. Took pleasure in : ATEUP
39. Part of "Stepquote" : EEDSRE
42. B'way group : ANTA
43. Sweeten the pot : ANTE
44. Proven : TESTED
46. Put in relief : SETOFF
48. Utter : SAY
49. Author of "Stepquote" : TWAIN
50. Bills : ONES
52. Roundabout way : DETOUR
54. Construct : REAR
56. D-Day vessel : LCT
57. Certain rummy cards : TURNUPS
60. Moved swiftly : DARTED
62. Mind over platter : DIET
64. Science fiction site : MARS
65. Social asset : TACT
67. Hits hard : SMITES
69. Raid : MARAUD
73. Eastern title : AGA
74. Very funny! : HAHA
76. Actress Massey : ILONA
77. Turkish city : EDIRNE
78. Zero : NONE
80. Stubborn : UNREGENERATED
83. Southern France : MIDI
84. Prayer : ORISON
86. Part of an antler : PRONG
87. Tupelo or wicopy : TREE
88. Family member : SIS
89. Rich repasts : FEASTS
90. Knitted cape : SONTAG
92. Whoop : YELL
94. Mailed : SENT
95. Sweetsop : ATES
97. Printers' double daggers : DIESES
99. Geological period : NEOCENE
101. Cold cubes : ICE
104. Sheep : EWES
106. Hags : CRONES
108. Sullen : DOUR
109. David's daughter : TAMAR
111. A.M.A. members : GPS
113. Gide's "___ Is the Gate" : STRAIT
115. Figures of speech : TROPES
119. Turkish standard : ALEM
120. Man-made lake : MEAD
122. Part of "Stepquote" : HERPEO
124. ___ umber : BURNT
125. Opp. of fortis : LENIS
127. Fervent : EAGER
129. Partner of fish : CHIPS
131. Utah flower : SEGO
132. Neither Dem. nor Rep. : IND
133. Do-it-yourself man : TINKERER
136. Shouts : HOLLOS
138. D.C. group : CIA
139. Unyielding : ADAMANT
141. End of a K.O. count : NINETEN
143. Krypton, for one : ELEMENT
145. Indigenous group : NATIVES
146. Dodgers : EVADERS
147. Rank symbols : STRIPES
148. Ballerina Jeanmaire : RENEE
149. Perceives : SENSES
150. End of "Stepquote" : HABITS
1. Tell : NARRATE
2. Memorial Stadium team : ORIOLES
3. Three in Roma : TRE
4. Hence: Latin : HINC
5. ___ dark : INTHE
6. Part of "Stepquote" : NGSONE
7. Stabilized : BALLASTED
8. Gums : ULA
9. Very short pencil : STUB
10. Trapper's cache : HIDES
11. Mystery : ENIGMA
12. Family at Sacramento : REAGANS
13. Moderate : BATE
14. Tilled land : ARADA
15. Army group: Abbr. : RTC
16. Twill weave : DIAGONAL
17. Of word meanings : SEMANTIC
18. Items for heads with tails : TOPHAT
19. Cooked, in a way : SCALDED
20. Reinvested stakes : PARLAYED
21. U. S. painter : SARGENT
27. Some Richards : ROES
29. Place for a frontal : ALTAR
32. Coaches : TUTORS
36. Principle : LAW
38. Ivy League team : PENN
40. Rosters : ROTAS
41. Part of "Stepquote" : EFORMINGASOTH
45. Part of O. T. : DEUT
47. Vain : FUTILE
49. Tire mark : TREAD
51. Famous southpaw : SPAHN
53. Wry reply : RETORT
55. Intended : AIMED
57. Sir Rabindranath : TAGORE
58. Sister of Clio : URANIA
59. Steep slopes : SCARPS
61. Tenfold : DENARY
63. Shipshape : TRIM
64. ___ few words : MANOF
66. Symbol of discipline : THEROD
68. Glossy fabric : SATEEN
70. Gone up : ARISEN
71. Water nymph : UNDINE
72. Follower of a belief : DEIST
75. Not forming an angle : AGONIC
79. Artificial satellite : ESSA
80. Take out stitches : UNSEW
81. Makes a debut : ENTERS
82. Sniggled : EELED
85. Coat fur : OTTER
91. Category : GENRE
93. Boodle : LOOT
94. Like an antitoxin : SEROUS
96. Parts : SEGMENTS
98. Customs officers : SEARCHERS
100. Check : CURB
101. Romance language : ITALIAN
102. "Pudd'nhead Wilson's _____," source of "Stepquote" : CALENDAR
103. Correct mss. : EMENDATE
105. Hold forth : SPEAK
107. Draws off : SIPHONS
110. "What ___ bid?" : AMI
112. Russian length units : SAGENES
114. European linden : TEIL
116. Maxim : PRECEPT
117. Airport roarers : ENGINES
118. Ermines in brown : STOATS
121. Infer : DERIVE
123. Part of "Stepquote" : OPLESH
126. Rung : STAVE
128. French writer: 1823–92 : RENAN
130. Adriatic island : SOLTA
134. Arrow poison : INEE
135. Colors : REDS
137. Belgradian : SERB
140. Sixty secs : MIN
142. Kickoff gadget : TEE
144. Twice DI : MII

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 8 debuted here and reused later, 13 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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