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A. J. Santora
A. J. Santora

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New York Times, Sunday, March 25, 1973

Author: A. J. Santora
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 92, Avg Word Len: 5.20, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 667 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 130, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 18, XRef: 0, Spans: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 22
A. J. Santora has 185 pre-Shortz puzzles and 68 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,625
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1. Have ___ loose : ASCREW
7. Laugh : HAHA
11. Embrace, as ideas : ADOPT
16. Scolded : CHID
20. Fragrant oil : NEROLI
21. Electrical unit : FARAD
22. Mexican man : SENOR
23. Prefix for sphere : HEMI
24. Jet-setter : GLOBETROTTER
26. Dispatch boat : AVISO
27. "Yes, ___ fatal man . . . " : IAMA
28. Bad in Germany : EMS
29. Coin of Korea : CHON
30. Purse item : COMPACTMIRROR
33. Eye or back : LASH
35. Styled, as hair : DIDUP
38. Food for Don Ho : POI
39. Nigerian tribe: Var. : EBO
40. G-men's place : FBI
41. Where above: Lat. : UBISUPRA
44. Added : ANNEXED
47. Sweetbread: Fr. : RIS
48. Most drenched : WETTEST
51. Merchandise : SELL
53. Ref. book : ENC
54. Frisky as ___ : ACOLT
56. After jay : VEE
57. Mimic : APE
58. Clue of a sort : SIGNOFTHETIMES
62. July game : ALLSTAR
64. ___ lard : TUBSOF
65. Arabian gulf : ADEN
66. Lynne or Orange : EAST
67. Bear Bryant's team : BAMA
68. Fiends : SATANS
71. Being: Fr. : ETRE
75. Simplified English : ANGLIC
77. Protozoan : AMEBA
79. Siamese twin : ENG
80. Newspaper, to some : RAG
81. December line : HARKTHEHERALDANGELSSING
88. ___ hunch : ONA
89. Greek letters : XIS
90. Change : COINS
91. Excuses : ALIBIS
92. Force down : TAMP
94. Outpourings : SPATES
97. Pluck : GRIT
98. River of Korea : YALU
99. Stravinsky : IGOR
101. Go by again : REPASS
103. Make ___ about : NOBONES
106. Old grapevine : MORSETELEGRAPH
111. ___ tide : EBB
112. D.D.E. locale : ETO
113. To the back : AREAR
114. Raleigh or Scott : SIR
115. Barfront light : NEON
117. Harmful flies : TSETSES
119. "___ in rooster" : RAS
120. Subjugate : ENSLAVE
124. Fly catchers : SWATTERS
126. ___ 1 (tie score) : ITO
127. "___ as a Stranger" : NOT
128. Daughter of Cadmus : INO
130. Word with way or case : STAIR
131. Smooth : EVEN
135. Old-World reptile : MONITORLIZARD
140. Son of Jacob : LEVI
142. ___ daze : INA
143. Cereal : BRAN
144. "You ___ mouthful" : SAIDA
145. Olympic runners' goals : TRACKRECORDS
149. "That ___ hay" : AINT
150. Sea duck : EIDER
151. Joyous : HAPPY
152. Cheap liquor : ROTGUT
153. "And ___ bed" : SOTO
154. Hairnet : SNOOD
155. German king : OTTO
156. Curious : SNOOPY
1. Show backer : ANGEL
2. Southern city : SELMA
3. Charing or double : CROSS
4. Thieve : ROB
5. Tesla's field: Abbr. : ELEC
6. Quickly : WITHDISPATCH
7. Cloche : HAT
8. Carney : ART
9. After hic : HAEC
10. Old alchemy stone : ADROP
11. Neat ___ : ASAPIN
12. Hindu deity : DEVA
13. Chem. suffix : ONIC
14. G.I. store : POSTEXCHANGE
15. Organ stops : TROMBE
16. Variety of pine : CHIR
17. Get a report : HEARFROM
18. Like a stranded ship : IMMOBILE
19. Pepys et al. : DIARISTS
21. Blended, as colors : FONDU
25. Carouse : ROISTER
31. Extinct bird : MOA
32. Treat a cut : IODATE
34. Quonset : HUT
36. Raises : UPS
37. Brash one : PRESUMER
42. Scrams : BEATSIT
43. Sesame man : ALIBABA
45. Old clock : NEF
46. Way in: Abbr. : ENT
48. State: Abbr. : WVA
49. Fish : EEL
50. Singing item : TELEGRAM
52. Linemen: Abbr. : LGS
55. Movies, in Spain : CINE
59. Some votes : NOS
60. Two ___ kind : OFA
61. Ames et al. : EDS
63. Kind of vaccine : SALK
64. Least challenging : TAMEST
67. State of Brazil : BAHIA
69. Goolagong's game : TENNIS
70. Dread : ANGST
72. Roman officials : TRIBUNES
73. Hindu queen : RANI
74. Incites, with "on" : EGGS
75. Get ___ tip : AHOT
76. Nursemaid : NANA
78. Antifreeze: Abbr. : ALC
82. Amtrak unit : EXPRESSTRAIN
83. Baboons : DOGAPES
84. Flying circuses : AIRSHOWS
85. Certain church watchdogs : LAYOBSERVERS
86. Drivel : SLABBER
87. Farm unit : SILO
93. Arno city : PISA
94. Tippler : SOT
95. Work unit : ERG
96. Pulpit offering: Abbr. : SER
100. Manager : GERENT
102. Criticize : PAN
103. More filmy : NETTIER
104. French season : ETE
105. Sea call : SOS
106. Xylophones : MARIMBAS
107. Handel work : ORATORIO
108. Vibrant : RESONANT
109. Diamond name : LIL
110. Eventful period : ERA
116. Pendleton : NAT
118. Lao follower : TSE
121. Neck ties : NOOSES
122. Disguise : VIZARD
123. Spanish queen : ENA
125. Prolix : TALKY
129. Prefix for dox : ORTHO
132. Zodiac sign : VIRGO
133. Finish : ENDUP
134. Unpleasant : NASTY
136. Go ___ a huddle : INTO
137. Beach resort : LIDO
138. Thought: Prefix : IDEO
139. Mild oath : DRAT
141. Sacred image : ICON
146. Quick to learn : APT
147. Navy man: Abbr. : CPO
148. Sioux Indian : OTO

Answer summary: 15 unique to this puzzle, 7 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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