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New York Times, Wednesday, January 30, 1974

Author: Evelyn Benshoof
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { J Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 276 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 76, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Evelyn Benshoof has 71 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1974, The New York TimesNo. 8,936
Across Down
1. Declines : EBBS
5. Foot: Prefix : PODO
9. British barleys : BIGGS
14. Loud sound : CLAP
15. Word of assent : AMEN
16. "___ and his money . . . " : AFOOL
17. Not in conformity : OUTOFLINE
19. Prefix for mural : INTRA
20. Be the cause of : LEADUPTO
21. Alter a skirt : REHEM
22. Sea birds : ERNES
23. Businessman : TRADER
26. Wingdings : SPREES
29. Info : DOPE
32. Wrong : OFF
35. Skips over : ELIDES
36. Gore Vidal subject : BURR
37. Plan : DIAGRAM
39. Cruet contents : VINEGAR
41. Fitzgerald : ELLA
42. Saint and mystic of Spain : TERESA
44. Newsman Gardner et al. : HYS
45. Arias : SOLI
46. Ida Tarbell targets : TRUSTS
47. Save : UNLESS
49. Neighbor of Luzon : SAMAR
54. Mottled : PINTO
56. Avoid humiliation : SAVEFACE
59. Loosened : UNDID
60. Outwit : GETAROUND
61. ___ de cacao : CREME
62. Islamic names : ALIS
63. Eye layer : UVEA
64. Pueblo people : KERES
65. Happy feeling : GLEE
66. Lacking: Suffix : LESS
1. School: Fr. : ECOLE
2. More unhappy : BLUER
3. Philippine island group : BATAN
4. China from England : SPODE
5. Insect antenna : PALP
6. Neglect : OMIT
7. Indicated : DENOTED
8. At ___ (agreed) : ONE
9. Puppeteer Bil : BAIRD
10. Reluctant assent : IFNEEDBE
11. Experience : GOTHROUGH
12. Garment insert : GORE
13. "Doll's House" sound effect : SLAM
18. Worrywart : FUSSER
24. Town officers : REEVES
25. Box-score entry : ASSIST
27. Missouri tributary : PLATTE
28. Versifiers: Var. : RIMERS
30. Importune : PRAY
31. Strays : ERRS
32. Literary works : ODES
33. String: It. : FILO
34. Be classified as : FALLUNDER
38. Stall : GAINTIME
40. Gamal Abdel : NASSER
43. Author Bertrand : RUSSELL
48. Mineral deposits : LODES
50. Tangled : AFOUL
51. Word for a decade : MAUVE
52. Rashes : ACNES
53. As ___ a beet : REDAS
54. Shakespearean sprite : PUCK
55. Concerning : INRE
57. End in ___ (be even) : ATIE
58. Amphora : VASE
60. Funny line : GAG

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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