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New York Times, Tuesday, March 14, 1978

Author: Herb L. Risteen
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 76, Blocks: 40, Avg Word Len: 4.87, Missing: { J Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 272 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 3
Herb L. Risteen has 244 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,440
Across Down
1. Simba's abode : LAIR
5. Item in a "Spirit of '76" painting : FLAG
9. He said, "Candy is dandy . . . " : NASH
13. Diminutive suffix : ETTE
14. Wild grape vine : LIANA
15. Grocery purchase : OLEO
16. Autumnal event in 1781 : SIEGEOFYORKTOWN
19. Snare for small game : SPRINGE
20. One of the Forsytes : IRENE
21. Heather land : MOOR
22. Dixie fare : PONE
24. Fondle : CARESS
27. Partner of Jackson and Smith on TV : LADD
28. Sunday seat : PEW
31. Arabian sultanate : OMAN
32. Edible mushroom : MOREL
33. Monroe's "___ of Good Feeling" : ERA
34. Yuletide event in 1776 : BATTLEOFTRENTON
38. Way: Abbr. : RTE
39. Friendliness : AMITY
40. Washington, to Braddock, in 1755 : AIDE
41. It flows through flues : AIR
42. Grant from England : CARY
43. Cake mix : BATTER
45. Telegram : WIRE
46. Grandiose story : SAGA
47. Flaming : AFIRE
50. Diet staple : PROTEIN
54. Early loser at Saratoga: Oct. 17, 1777 : GENERALBURGOYNE
58. Heating vessel : ETNA
59. Suspicious : LEERY
60. Church tribunal : ROTA
61. Governor Winthrop, e.g. : DESK
62. Confined : PENT
63. Kind of sign or watch : STOP
1. Minus : LESS
2. Eagerly expecting : ATIP
3. Brain passage : ITER
4. Group of redcoats : REGIMENT
5. Musician in a "Spirit of '76" painting : FIFER
6. Scott's "___ of the Last Minstrel" : LAY
7. Enero–diciembre period : ANO
8. Veterans' gp. founded in 1866 : GAR
9. ___ Dame : NOTRE
10. Century plant : ALOE
11. Fastened, in a way : SEWN
12. Sharpen : HONE
14. The Word : LOGOS
17. Biblical oldster : ENOS
18. Stir up : KINDLE
22. Boston Tea ___: Dec. 16, 1773 : PARTY
23. River in central Europe : ODER
24. Venomous snake : COBRA
25. Fine fiddle : AMATI
26. He makes the grade : RATER
27. Towering : LOFTY
28. A size of larceny : PETIT
29. Wear away : ERODE
30. "Big Poison" of baseball fame : WANER
32. Watered fabric : MOIRE
35. More open in pattern : LACIER
36. "Cielo ___!" (Ponchielli aria) : EMAR
37. Swimmers : NATATORS
43. John ___, naval hero of '76 : BARRY
44. Excited : AGOG
45. Inflict : WREAK
46. Jet : SPURT
47. Like John Adams in the early 1820's : AGED
48. Entertain : FETE
49. Tourist havens : INNS
51. Islet : EYOT
52. Toward the direction of : INTO
53. ___ tide : NEAP
55. High mountain : ALP
56. Light-Horse Harry of '76 : LEE
57. Famed nickname of '76 : BEN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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