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CIRCLES IN THE SQUARE

New York Times, Sunday, April 16, 1978

Author:
Jeanette K. Brill
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 66, Avg Word Len: 5.36, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 529 (avg 1.41)
Open Squares: 125, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 9, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
Jeanette K. Brill has 79 pre-Shortz puzzles and 2 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
Notepad: The circled squares from left to right, starting at the top, contain a quotation.
David Steinberg notes:

The quote is, "A jackass can kick a barn down but it takes a carpenter to build one." Clue for 36-Across should be "Topgallant" (one word); left as in the original.

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© 1978, The New York TimesNo. 10,473
Across
1. Indian princes : RAJAS
6. Deficiency : LACK
10. Cockles : OASTS
15. Cordon bleu : CHEF
19. Father of Shamgar : ANATH
20. Dust bowl fugitive : OKIE
21. Raven's cry : CROAK
22. Gounod contemporary : LALO
23. Person to whom quotation is attributed : SAMRAYBURN
25. Metric measure : CENTIMETER
27. Ancient ascetics : ESSENES
28. California city east of L.A. : COVINA
30. Like some currents : DIRECT
31. Will subject : ESTATE
33. Hebrew months : ADARS
35. Sites of knights' fights : LISTS
36. Top gallant : MAST
38. ___ soul (contract with Satan) : SELLONES
41. Soft mineral : TALC
43. Commercials : ADS
44. Confine : STRAITEN
45. Carnival lure : SIDESHOW
49. Cacophony : NOISE
51. Detect : SPOT
52. Former German coin : THALER
54. Wine: Comb. form : ENO
55. Teem : ABOUND
57. Brahmin : SNOB
59. Candid : OPEN
60. Layer : TIER
61. Long-shot odds : TENTOONE
63. " . . . swift ___ radiant ends": Watson : MEANSTO
65. Baghdad's country: Var. : IRAK
66. Aspen or alder : TREE
67. Famed ex-jockey : SANDE
68. Yorkshireman: Var. : TIKE
70. Valenciennes, e.g. : LACE
73. Pitched woo : SPOONED
75. Fountain drinks : SODAPOPS
79. African cypress pine : ARAR
80. Notch made by a saw : KERF
81. Allowance for waste : TRET
83. Easter shrub : SPIREA
84. Sow's home : PEN
85. Hanging jar at Navidad : PINATA
87. Greek letters : ETAS
89. Falling short of : UNDER
90. Clinic clientele : PATIENTS
92. Quotation source : FISHBAIT
95. Violinist ___ Bull : OLE
96. Strike hard : BASH
97. Arm armor : BRASSARD
98. Dirk of yore : SNEE
99. "Lonesome George" : GOBEL
102. Resort, for short : EVIAN
104. Formosa : TAIWAN
106. Accrues : INURES
108. Keats and Sappho : ODISTS
111. Cargo carrier's charge : BOATAGE
114. Passed bills : LEGISLATED
116. Of kinship : RELATIONAL
118. Gershwin's "___, Lucille" : LALA
119. Moving force : AGENT
120. Osmund, for one : IRON
121. Clare and Henry : LUCES
122. British machine gun : STEN
123. ___ Alegre, Brazil : PORTO
124. Hang fire : PEND
125. Carved stone pillar : STELA
Down
1. Form by carving : RASE
2. Table-talk items : ANAS
3. Impromptu jazz performance : JAMSESSION
4. Relaxing : ATREST
5. Negative contraction : SHANT
6. Seafood delicacies : LOBSTERS
7. Hawaiian fish : AKU
8. Diam. × 3.1416 : CIRC
9. Game akin to lotto : KENO
10. The West : OCCIDENT
11. Spheres of action : ARENAS
12. Sub detector : SONAR
13. Use a shuttle : TAT
14. Mishap on ice : SKID
15. Synod attendees : CLERICS
16. Execrates : HATES
17. Choose : ELECT
18. Dix and Knox : FORTS
24. Beer ingredient : YEAST
26. Author of 92 Across : MILLER
29. Spire attachment : VANE
32. Pass : ELAPSE
34. Slender dagger : STILETTO
36. ___-arms (soldier) : MANAT
37. Sun-dried brick : ADOBE
39. Matinee idol : LION
40. Upholstered footstool : OTTOMAN
42. Pharyngeal tissues : ADENOIDS
44. Madrileño : SENOR
45. Enervates : SAPS
46. Beneficiary : HEIR
47. Draft status : ONEA
48. Employment : WORK
50. Gold Rush name : SUTTER
53. Fine oilstone : HONE
56. Soft leather gloves : DOESKINS
58. Author of "John Brown's Body" : BENET
60. Haberdashery item : TIEPIN
62. Potion to dull sorrow : NEPENTHE
64. Formal speech : ADDRESS
67. Kindhearted : SOFT
69. Utterly defeated : KAPUT
70. Finn's neighbor : LAPP
71. Field : AREA
72. Jargon : CANT
74. Domesday Book money : ORAS
75. "___ Mater" : STABAT
76. Decree : ORDONNANCE
77. Elizabethan dramatist : PEELE
78. Hindu garment : SAREE
82. Numerical suffixes : ETHS
85. Norman Vincent and Rembrandt : PEALES
86. "___ Dream," 1937 song : AFRAIDTO
88. Stately court dance : SARABAND
91. Basque's possible ancestor : IBERIAN
93. Smith and Fleming : IANS
94. Dostoyevsky novel, with "The" : IDIOT
97. Two-pronged weapon : BIDENT
98. Stayed to the end : SATOUT
99. Fish organs : GILLS
100. ___ a time (singly) : ONEAT
101. G.I.'s "alarm clock" : BUGLE
103. Campaign target : VOTER
105. Ululates : WAILS
107. Affront : SLAP
109. Jaunt : TRIP
110. Arid : SERE
112. Author Greene : GAEL
113. "Born Free" heroine : ELSA
115. Short follower of long : AGO
117. Chaney or Nol : LON

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 12 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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

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