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New York Times, Tuesday, February 13, 1979

Author: Jeanette K. Brill
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 74, Blocks: 38, Avg Word Len: 5.05, Missing: { J K Q X Y Z }, Scrabble score: 254 (avg 1.36)
Open Squares: 69, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 9, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
Jeanette K. Brill has 79 pre-Shortz puzzles and 2 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,689
Across Down
1. Food fish : SHAD
5. Having finesse : DEFT
9. Early shepherd : ABEL
13. Parrot fish : LORO
14. City NNE of Nagasaki : OMURA
16. Seaport of the 49th State : NOME
17. Opp. of real : IMAG
18. Like jelly : GELATINOUS
20. Trivial verse : DOGGEREL
22. Birthplace of H. C. Andersen : ODENSE
23. Sharif : OMAR
24. Entreat : PLEAD
25. Not forming an angle : AGONIC
28. Roman sun god : SOL
29. Tennis strokes : LOBS
32. Slum dwellings : TENEMENTS
34. Dem. opposition : GOP
35. Pay attention : HEED
36. Installs in office : SEATS
38. Taj Mahal's site : AGRA
39. Explorer Johnson : OSA
40. Given an incorrect name : MISCALLED
42. ___ precedent : SETA
44. Japanese money : SEN
45. Mickey of the Yankees : RIVERS
46. Sphere of action : ARENA
48. Victor Borge, e.g. : DANE
49. Tempt : ENTICE
51. Canine of a sort : DOGTOOTH
55. Dampening : MOISTENING
57. See 49 Across : LURE
58. "Woe ___!" : ISME
59. Actress Taylor : RENEE
60. On the briny : ASEA
61. Word with ager : TEEN
62. Do a garden job : WEED
63. Part of R & R : REST
1. Skittered : SLID
2. ___ sapiens : HOMO
3. "To ___ and a bone . . . " : ARAG
4. "I'll be ___!" : DOGGONED
5. Rabbit-chasing events : DOGRACES
6. Title in Ankara : EMEER
7. Sated : FULL
8. Refrain syllable : TRA
9. Toughen, as steel : ANNEAL
10. Do pointless work : BOONDOGGLE
11. Ratites of Australia : EMUS
12. ___-majesté : LESE
15. Coral island : ATOLL
19. Chemical ending : IDE
21. "Terrible ones" of the O.T. : EMIM
24. Mails : POSTS
25. One of the Three Musketeers : ATHOS
26. Honkers : GEESE
27. Singly : ONEATATIME
28. Blot : STAIN
30. Shipworm : BORER
31. Miners' nails : SPADS
33. Scene of Hercules' first labor : NEMEA
37. Lean : SCRAGGED
38. Socketlike : ALVEOLAR
41. "It ___ Necessarily So" : AINT
43. Gone up : ARISEN
44. Scoff : SNEER
47. External: Comb. form : ECT
48. Beneficiary : DONEE
49. Eject : EMIT
50. Win by a ___ : NOSE
51. Have a meal out : DINE
52. York's river : OUSE
53. Very, in Vichy : TRES
54. Fervor : HEAT
56. ___ Guinea : NEW

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

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