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A. J. Santora
A. J. Santora

New York Times, Tuesday, December 22, 1981

Author:
A. J. Santora
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 4.92, Missing: { J K Q V X }, Scrabble score: 298 (avg 1.59)
Open Squares: 65, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 11, 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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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,732
Across
1. Famed name in tennis : ASHE
5. Coal size : PEA
8. Part of a foundation : SLAB
12. Famed name in tennis : MOODY
14. Part of a manor : HALL
15. Bathroom flooring : TILE
16. Free : ONTHEHOUSE
18. Salt tree : ATLE
19. Stadium cheer : RAH
20. Swarthmore chaperon : HOUSEMOTHER
22. Conductor Peter ___ : EROS
24. Lao-___, reputed founder of Taoism : TSE
25. Carefree : BREEZY
26. Like a dicer or ricer : UTILE
28. Costly : HIGH
29. Builder : MASON
31. Gator's kin : CROC
33. "All ___," 1931 song : OFME
37. Signal of a sort : ALERT
38. Ath. group : AAU
39. Cult leaders : GURUS
40. Like Gaspar : WISE
41. Submissions to a newspaper ed. : RPTS
42. Custom : USAGE
43. Tills : HOES
45. Ant : EMMET
47. Go ___ (have a spree) : TOTOWN
50. I love: Lat. : AMO
51. Wearing sabots : SHOD
54. Like ___ (very fast) : AHOUSEAFIRE
57. "___ Gang" : OUR
58. Mauls : PAWS
59. What Hoban designed : WHITEHOUSE
61. HOMES lake : ERIE
62. Nary ___ (none) : AONE
63. Bridge positions : EASTS
64. Bedroom and kitchen followers : SETS
65. Housewife's cleanser : LYE
66. Trueheart : TESS
Down
1. Con ___ (tenderly) : AMORE
2. Sub detector : SONAR
3. Structures made mainly of glass : HOTHOUSES
4. Old English letter : EDH
5. Break : PAUSE
6. Word before where : ELSE
7. Purifier : ALEMBIC
8. Structures at Albany, Trenton, etc. : STATEHOUSES
9. Nimble : LITHE
10. "Comment ___-vous?" : ALLEZ
11. Maudlin at a tavern : BEERY
13. Slangy approval : YEH
14. Headgear at English colleges : HOUSECAPS
17. Lanford Wilson's "The ___ Baltimore" : HOTL
21. Part of O.A.S. : ORG
23. Depositories : STOREHOUSES
27. F.H.A. charge : INT
28. Minute arachnid : HOUSEMITE
29. Gullet : MAW
30. Arena attraction for decades : ALI
32. He can't be trusted : RAT
34. Belushi's "Animal" place : FRATHOUSE
35. Toby : MUG
36. Nav. course : ESE
39. Chicle : GUM
41. Urban project : RENEWAL
44. Cries from the woodshed : OWS
46. Encore : MORE
47. Records : TAPES
48. Where the Cubs alight : OHARE
49. Namely : TOWIT
50. "___ Romance," 1936 song : AFINE
52. Evicts : OUSTS
53. Kind of rehearsal : DRESS
55. Salt's call : AHOY
56. Until, in Berlin : EHE
60. Pilcorn : OAT

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

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