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A. J. Santora
A. J. Santora

New York Times, Thursday, January 19, 1978

Author: A. J. Santora
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 4.82, Missing: { H Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 309 (avg 1.64)
Open Squares: 66, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 9, XRef: 0, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
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. 10,386
Across Down
1. Like estate entrances : GATED
6. Club mixer : SODA
10. Groggery : BAR
13. Blow ___ (become enraged) : AFUSE
14. Of law : JURAL
15. Neighbor of Fla. : ALA
16. Some Western runners : FORTYNINERBACKS
19. Enjoyment : FUN
20. Easy gait : AMBLE
21. "The ___ the limit" : SKYS
22. "Born Free" lioness : ELSA
24. High-ranking officers : BRASS
25. Land body : ISLE
26. Harem room : ODA
28. Surface for the Rangers : ICE
29. Cool drink : ADE
30. Returns a punt : RUNSBACK
33. Gratify : PLEASE
36. Dir. from Genoa to Rapallo : ESE
37. Ending for Clement or Benedict : INE
38. Long-tailed monkey : SAI
39. Seaver or Swift : TOM
40. Church area : VESTRY
42. Went in reverse : BACKEDUP
44. Unfavorable : BAD
45. Horse soldiers: Abbr. : CAV
46. Always, to poets : EER
47. Scorch : SEAR
49. Agoutis' kin : PACAS
51. Kind of bean : LIMA
54. Rainbow shapes : ARCS
55. Kind of bracelet : ANKLE
56. Erich ___ Stroheim : VON
57. Not in the spotlight : TAKINGABACKSEAT
61. Servicemen's org. : USO
62. As ___ a beet : REDAS
63. Artery : AORTA
64. Play enclosure : PEN
65. A year and ___ : ADAY
66. Kobold : NISSE
1. Faux pas : GAFFE
2. Tangled : AFOUL
3. Forsakes : TURNSONESBACKON
4. Sum, es, ___ : EST
5. Former Tunisian ruler : DEY
6. Like some summer dresses : SUNBACK
7. Threatening words : ORELSE
8. Challenges : DARES
9. Celebrant's robe : ALB
10. No easy riders : BACKSEATDRIVERS
11. Ethyl or methyl : ALKYL
12. Civet prized by Javanese : RASSE
14. Red Sox slugger : JIMRICE
17. Arrest : NAB
18. On reserve : ASIDE
23. Commercials : ADS
27. "___ in the hand . . . " : ABIRD
29. Equally : ALIKE
30. Gun a motor : REV
31. Employ : USE
32. At ___ rate : ANY
33. Felt shoe : PAC
34. Proverbial French coin : SOU
35. Part of H.R.E. : EMP
38. Telly of the "telly" : SAVALAS
41. Bones of the ankle : TARSI
42. Part of Boston : BACKBAY
43. Elongated fish : EEL
45. U.S. neighbor : CANADA
47. Kept a vigil : SATUP
48. Delete : ERASE
49. Called on the intercom : PAGED
50. Part of a min. : SEC
52. Castle visitors' hurdles : MOATS
53. Piers, in architecture : ANTAE
58. Blue Eagle inits. : NRA
59. Neighbor of Mo. : KAN
60. ___-disant (so-called) : SOI

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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