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New York Times, Wednesday, February 7, 1973

Author: Unknown
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { B J K Q W X Z }, Scrabble score: 256 (avg 1.36)
Open Squares: 76, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 8, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,579
Across Down
1. Table staple : SALT
5. Homestead, in Britain : TOFT
9. Isabella, e.g. : REINA
14. Sheltered : ALEE
15. Asian boundary river : AMUR
16. Anglo-Saxon workers : ESNES
17. N.Y.C. museum : CLOISTERS
19. Point in an orbit : APSIS
20. Vendor's wagon : HANDCART
21. Withered old woman : CRONE
22. Downright : SHEER
23. Hiker's stopover : HOSTEL
26. Silvery : ARGENT
29. Heraldic design : SEME
32. Nabokov title : ADA
35. Hostess at tea : POURER
36. Fastener : SNAP
37. Card game : CANASTA
39. Soft leather : MOROCCO
41. Glove : MITT
42. Page size : OCTAVO
44. Letter : ESS
45. Gallic name : ELIE
46. Actor Mickey : ROONEY
47. Creped fabric : PLISSE
49. Cantonese or Nepalese : ASIAN
54. ___ in the neck : APAIN
56. Merge : COALESCE
59. ___ into (pries) : NOSES
60. Roman general : MARCELLUS
61. ___ Dame : NOTRE
62. ___ on the back : APAT
63. Dillon : MATT
64. Belgian town : ALOST
65. Mallorca, for one : ISLA
66. Votes for : AYES
1. Meistersigner Hans : SACHS
2. Deity : ALLAH
3. Sierra ___ : LEONE
4. Peak on Tenerife : TEIDE
5. Bye-bye : TATA
6. Part of an ephah : OMER
7. Aid : FURTHER
8. Company officers: Abbr. : TRS
9. Respond : REACT
10. Heady coffee : ESPRESSO
11. Haughtiness : INSOLENCE
12. German negative : NEIN
13. African fox : ASSE
18. Discards : SCRAPS
24. Kind of dog or show : ONEMAN
25. Tried hard : STROVE
27. Machine parts : ROTORS
28. Tropical American vines : GUACOS
30. Rainwear, for short : MACS
31. Literary work : EPOS
32. Peak : ACME
33. ___ Eireann : DAIL
34. Appetizer on Mulberry St. : ANTIPASTO
38. Workshops : ATELIERS
40. Isle ___ : ROYALE
43. Shoe parts : TOECAPS
48. Map piece : INSET
50. Alabama city : SELMA
51. Island off Scotland : ISLAY
52. Shrewd : ACUTE
53. Homes of a kind : NESTS
54. O'Neill heroine : ANNA
55. Word with room or table : POOL
57. Kind of surgeon : ORAL
58. ___ part : ACTA
60. After avril : MAI

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

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