It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.

BACKGROUND MUSIC

New York Times, Sunday, December 9, 1962

Author:
Barbara L. Golub
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 158, Blocks: 81, Avg Word Len: 5.67, Missing: { Z }, Scrabble score: 671 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 140, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
Barbara L. Golub has 8 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Solution to this puzzle was not in the paper.

1
A
2
C
3
T
4
I
5
O
6
N
7
S
8
F
9
O
10
R
11
T
12
E
13
H
14
O
15
M
16
J
17
A
18
D
19
E
20
I
R
O
Q
U
O
I
21
S
22
I
D
I
O
T
23
E
C
O
24
N
O
M
I
C
25
R
E
D
S
T
O
N
E
26
S
E
D
G
E
27
A
C
R
O
B
A
T
S
28
S
A
D
29
S
N
A
T
30
C
H
31
E
A
R
32
D
R
U
M
S
33
R
O
T
34
M
Y
35
T
H
36
I
S
L
E
37
T
S
38
N
I
T
R
O
39
I
N
A
40
R
I
41
A
42
F
A
D
E
43
P
A
N
S
44
N
45
A
46
P
L
E
S
47
E
48
L
49
L
I
N
G
50
T
O
N
51
M
52
A
L
L
E
T
53
S
54
P
A
L
S
Y
55
S
O
O
N
E
R
O
R
56
H
E
R
A
L
D
R
Y
57
E
G
O
58
T
O
S
K
59
A
U
T
60
H
O
R
I
T
Y
61
I
R
62
E
N
E
63
S
E
E
64
M
65
C
H
E
M
I
S
E
66
O
N
I
O
N
S
67
K
68
I
69
N
70
P
E
T
T
I
71
S
H
72
L
A
T
E
73
A
R
G
A
L
I
74
E
R
A
75
E
N
I
S
L
E
76
F
O
G
Y
77
M
U
D
S
78
I
N
79
T
E
R
N
80
L
E
M
81
L
A
82
C
I
T
E
83
V
I
S
A
84
O
C
E
A
N
I
A
85
F
R
E
86
E
H
O
L
D
S
87
D
I
S
T
I
88
L
L
89
S
I
N
G
90
B
O
R
E
D
91
P
R
O
M
E
N
A
D
92
E
93
L
E
A
94
H
95
A
B
U
96
A
L
97
V
E
O
L
A
R
98
D
E
F
99
R
O
S
T
S
100
G
101
E
L
E
S
102
R
E
A
L
I
S
T
103
W
I
N
T
E
R
S
E
T
104
R
E
A
D
E
105
R
106
S
L
O
T
107
E
108
P
E
E
109
S
H
E
110
A
R
C
111
E
112
S
T
O
P
113
A
S
S
I
S
114
T
115
E
D
116
A
117
M
118
M
I
A
119
D
E
L
I
R
I
120
U
M
121
A
R
M
A
122
D
A
123
M
E
124
W
125
M
E
R
126
R
I
M
A
C
127
D
R
O
128
O
L
129
E
X
O
R
130
A
B
L
E
131
A
S
T
E
R
I
S
K
132
A
G
R
A
M
133
N
E
W
S
R
E
E
L
134
R
T
E
S
135
T
H
S
136
S
E
E
K
S
137
S
N
E
E
R
E
D
© 1962, The New York TimesNo. 4,895
Across
1. Mechanisms, as of a piano. : ACTIONS
8. Loud: Mus. : FORTE
13. Alike: Prefix. : HOM
16. Green. : JADE
20. Red Jacket, for one. : IROQUOIS
22. ___ card (teleprompter). : IDIOT
23. Thrifty. : ECONOMIC
25. Canaveral booster. : REDSTONE
26. Marsh grass. : SEDGE
27. Circus stars. : ACROBATS
28. Elegiac. : SAD
29. Fragment of a melody. : SNATCH
31. The human percussion section. : EARDRUMS
33. Poppycock. : ROT
34. Legend. : MYTH
36. Keys. : ISLETS
38. Explosive, for short. : NITRO
39. ___ jiffy. : INA
40. Creek. : RIA
42. Diminuendo. : FADE
43. Opposite of "praises." : PANS
44. Where Teatro San Carlo is. : NAPLES
47. The Duke. : ELLINGTON
51. Hammers. : MALLETS
54. Chummy: Slang. : PALSY
55. ___ later. : SOONEROR
56. Armorial science. : HERALDRY
57. The self. : EGO
58. Southern Albanian. : TOSK
59. Command. : AUTHORITY
61. Peace goddess. : IRENE
63. Appear. : SEEM
65. Garment. : CHEMISE
66. Type of paper. : ONIONSKIN
70. Somewhat fretful. : PETTISH
72. Not in time. : LATE
73. Asian wild sheep. : ARGALI
74. Period. : ERA
75. Isolate. : ENISLE
76. Dull old man. : FOGY
77. Makes turbid. : MUDS
78. Hospital resident. : INTERN
80. Gulliver to his friends. : LEM
81. Ile de ___. : LACITE
83. Permit of a sort. : VISA
84. Pacific island group. : OCEANIA
85. Inherited estates: Law. : FREEHOLDS
87. Fall in drops. : DISTILL
89. Tell all to the D.A. : SING
90. Terribly unamused. : BORED
91. Stroll. : PROMENADE
93. Wife of Jacob. : LEAH
95. Arabian first name. : ABU
96. Pronounced in a certain way. : ALVEOLAR
98. Melts. : DEFROSTS
100. Crédits ___ (frozen credits): Fr. : GELES
102. One with no fancies. : REALIST
103. Maxwell Anderson play. : WINTERSET
104. Type of performer. : READER
106. Aperture. : SLOT
107. Type of sword. : EPEE
109. "Who is Silvia ? what is ___ . . . " : SHE
110. Bow. : ARC
111. Bar. : ESTOP
113. Lend a hand. : ASSIST
115. Cheese. : EDAM
118. Mamma ___! : MIA
119. Madness. : DELIRIUM
121. Fleet. : ARMADA
123. Hiding place. : MEW
125. Historic ironclad. : MERRIMAC
127. Drivel: Slang. : DROOL
129. Amenable to appeal. : EXORABLE
131. Star sign. : ASTERISK
132. German name for Zagreb. : AGRAM
133. Type of movie. : NEWSREEL
134. Ways: Abbr. : RTES
135. Lisp sounds. : THS
136. Looks for. : SEEKS
137. Scoffed. : SNEERED
Down
1. Tunes. : AIRS
2. Emulsion. : CREAM
3. Hot mixture of spirits. : TODDY
4. Mental evaluations. : IQS
5. Surpass. : OUTSHINE
6. When the whistle blows. : NOON
7. Biblical peak. : SINAI
8. Angled. : FISHED
9. Poem. : ODE
10. Moves well rhythmically: Jazz. : RIDES
11. Ancient garment. : TOGA
12. Infinitely. : ETERNALLY
13. The human violin section. : HEARTSTRINGS
14. Take place. : OCCUR
15. Joseph Smith. : MORMON
16. Performance. : JOB
17. Texas city. : AMARILLO
18. Major thirds in old music. : DITONES
19. Rapture. : ECSTASY
21. Presents a view. : SETSFORTH
24. Numbers: Abbr. : NOS
30. Social unit. : CLAN
32. Ate. : DINED
35. Pretty things. : TRINKETS
37. Nerviness. : TEMERITY
41. Site of the Taj Mahal. : AGRA
43. Metal frame of a piano. : PLATE
45. Italian range. : APENNINES
46. Parts of a score. : PAGES
47. Superlative suffix. : EST
48. Relaxer. : LOOSENER
49. Go too slow. : LOSETIME
50. Expressiveness of the fingers. : TOUCH
52. Begin. : ARISE
53. Near East country. : SYRIA
56. What is paid to great artists. : HOMAGE
60. Ancient serfs. : HELOTS
62. Of an early Greek colony. : EOLIC
64. Maggie Tulliver locale. : MILLHOUSE
66. Decree. : ORDAIN
67. Sharpness. : KEENNESS
68. Supply with water. : IRRIGATE
69. Nurse's pet name. : NANA
70. Riches. : PELF
71. "The light that never was on ___ land." : SEAOR
73. South wind. : AUSTER
76. Nonsense! : FIDDLESTICKS
77. Joins unsuitable things. : MISMATES
79. Business-styled. : TAILORED
82. Limpid. : CLEAR
83. Former chamber instruments. : VIOLS
84. Of yore. : OLDEN
86. Waned. : EBBED
87. Legal right. : DROIT
88. Casanovas. : LADIESMEN
91. Liberator of Thebes, 379 B.C. : PELOPIDAS
92. Newts. : EFTS
94. Presidential pianist. : HST
95. One way to order dinner. : ALACARTE
97. Courage. : VALOR
99. What musicians do much of the time. : REHEARSE
100. School study. : GRAMMAR
101. Most weird. : EERIEST
103. Dam. : WEIR
105. Send out again. : REEMIT
108. Church songs. : PSALMS
112. Cut. : SLASH
113. Viola d'___. : AMORE
114. Strains. : TAXES
116. Semi-precious stone. : AMBER
117. Free-for-all. : MELEE
119. Theatrical VIP: Abbr. : DIR
120. Insist on. : URGE
122. ___ beat. : DOWN
124. Unite. : WELD
126. Home: Abbr. : RES
128. Wood. : OAK
130. Verb. : ARE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 11 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

Found bugs or have suggestions?

Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

|