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A. J. Santora
A. J. Santora

New York Times, Friday, November 9, 1979

Author: A. J. Santora
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.79, Missing: { C J Q X }, Scrabble score: 288 (avg 1.54)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
A. J. Santora has 185 pre-Shortz puzzles and 68 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,958
Across Down
1. Emblem of Minerva : OWL
4. "Taras ___," Gogol novel : BULBA
9. Leafworm, e.g. : LARVA
14. Taunting cry : OHO
15. Staggering : AREEL
16. Word on a "wanted" poster : ALIAS
17. Buddhist sect : ZEN
18. De Mille film: 1927 : KINGOFKINGS
20. Plastic resin : ELEMI
22. Punching-in time : NINE
23. Shivers : AGUE
24. Leaps and bounds : SPRINGINGS
26. Tennis official's call : LET
27. T-shirt size : LGE
28. Pith helmet : TOPI
31. Washington's foe : HOWE
34. Bell sounds : TINGALINGS
40. Heep : URIAH
42. Pair : DUO
43. Provoke : ANGER
44. Kooks : DINGALINGS
47. Mil. medals : DSMS
48. Actress Rowlands : GENA
49. Alter or super follower : EGO
51. Mindless : MAD
53. Hockey action phrase : WINGTOWING
60. Where Singapore is : ASIA
62. "The ___ lama . . . ": Ogden Nash : ONEL
63. To the point that : UNTIL
64. Benny Goodman : KINGOFSWING
67. Greek letter : ETA
68. Sidewalk tool : EDGER
69. Arm bones : ULNAE
70. Miniver or Calabash : MRS
71. Start-again switch : RESET
72. Legends' kin : MYTHS
73. Call to the Coast Guard : SOS
1. Exudes : OOZES
2. Puppy or cub : WHELP
3. Recluse : LONER
4. Pizzeria chore : BAKING
5. N. Eng. team : URI
6. ___-Lenape (Del. Indian) : LENNI
7. Peace Prize cowinner in 1978 : BEGIN
8. Word with come or sing : ALONG
9. "Mighty ___ a Rose" : LAK
10. Inter ___ : ALIA
11. Circus family : RINGLINGS
12. Indefinite : VAGUE
13. Property or poise : ASSET
19. Celebration, as for St. Rocco : FESTA
21. Odometer recording : MILEAGE
25. Catch : GET
29. Slangy suffix for pay or boff : OLA
30. Establish or confirm : PINDOWN
31. Govt. agency : HUD
32. Mouth: Comb. form : ORI
33. Sprees : WINGDINGS
35. Amin : IDI
36. Bernadette, for one : NUN
37. Heathen nation of the Bible : GOG
38. Highly prized person : GEM
39. Next year's alums : SRS
41. River of China : HAN
45. ___ averages : LAWOF
46. Sequence : SET
50. Overcharges : GOUGES
51. Opificer : MAKER
52. In reserve : ASIDE
54. Briefly : INSUM
55. Afresh : NEWLY
56. Sparkle : GLINT
57. Details : ITEMS
58. Explosive, for short : NITRO
59. Toledo product : GLASS
61. Writer James ___ : AGEE
65. Women's service org. : ORT
66. Slangy refusal : NAH

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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