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FIRST READER

New York Times, Sunday, April 25, 1971

Author:
Nancy W. Atkinson
Editor:
Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 160, Blocks: 81, Avg Word Len: 5.60, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 660 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 168, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 12, XRef: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 29
Nancy W. Atkinson has 16 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Clue for 65-Down is as it appeared in the original, though the "to" shouldn't be there, since the answer is YEARS TO.

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© 1971, The New York TimesNo. 7,925
Across
1. Advance sampling : PRETEST
8. In proximity : BESIDE
14. Certain readers : EDITORS
21. Swiss lake : LUCERNE
22. Mended in a way : RELINED
23. Count : TOTALUP
24. Miracles : ANOMIES
25. Author of "Child from the Sea" : ELIZABETHGOUDGE
27. Hemingway novel : ISLANDSINTHESTREAM
29. Cassette : TAPE
30. Scottish now : NOO
31. Word with burns : SIDE
32. Beneficiary in a suit : USEE
33. Scottish weather : SNA
34. Relative : DAD
35. ___ war : TUGOF
38. Present times : NOWS
40. Verne captain and others : NEMOS
42. Unhappy states : BADS
43. Designed : STYLED
45. Ball game : LACROSSE
48. Good friends : CHUMS
50. Small duck : TEAL
52. Frankie : LAINE
53. Braised meat dish : HASLET
56. Arabic letters : TAS
59. Uppity one : SNOB
61. Pacific porgy : TAI
62. Author of "Wall Street Jungle" : RICHARDNEY
66. Scottish resort : OBAN
68. Gardner and others : AVAS
70. Patrol vehicle : SCOUTCAR
72. Compiègne's river : OISE
73. Valley of fame : FORGE
75. Number ending : ETH
76. Blew up photos : ENLARGED
78. Youth org. : GSA
79. Nonfiction best seller : FUTURESHOCK
83. Architect and writer of memoirs : ALBERTSPEER
85. Missive: Abbr. : LTR
86. Starlike : ASTEROID
88. Dutch commune : EDE
89. Preserves : CORNS
90. Paris seasons : ETES
92. Ready to go onstage : COSTUMED
94. "No More ___" (Dick Gregory) : LIES
96. Steady fare : DIET
97. Fragrant herbs : ROSEMARIES
99. ___ capita : PER
101. Explosives : TNTS
103. Honshu town : ASO
104. Voice source : LARYNX
105. Dreams: Fr. : REVES
107. Word in Cleaver title : SOUL
109. Orchid tubers : SALEP
111. Small fish : ALEWIVES
114. Word in Miller title : TROPIC
118. Norms: Abbr. : STDS
119. Word in Berne title : GAMES
121. Bristle : SETA
123. ___ reason at all : FORNO
124. Reception : TEA
125. Prattle : GAB
126. P.I. native : AETA
129. Room, in Madrid : SALA
131. Gabor : EVA
132. "Do you ___ car?" : OWNA
134. Writers Leon, Charles and Antonia : URISREICHANDFRASER
139. Writers Shirley and Irwin : MACLAINEANDSHAW
141. Impetuous lovers : ELOPERS
142. Introduction : PRELUDE
143. Oddballs : GEEZERS
144. "It makes ___ to me" : NOSENSE
145. Picket-line member : STRIKER
146. Out-and-out : ARRANT
147. Fly's nemesis : SWATTER
Down
1. Laments : PLAINTS
2. Terminates : RUNSOUT
3. Popular science : ECOLOGY
4. Musical subject : TEMA
5. Joyce's land : ERIN
6. Prunes, in Scotland : SNEDS
7. Swiss canton : TESSIN
8. Gift for a man : BELT
9. Root : ELIHU
10. Appraises, with up : SIZES
11. To some extent : INASENSE
12. Creditors : DEBTEES
13. River to the Fulda : EDER
14. Allen and Frome : ETHANS
15. Belief : DOGMA
16. Japanese statesman : ITO
17. Strained : TAUT
18. Unredeemed man : OLDADAM
19. Backings on floors : RUGPADS
20. Races : SPEEDS
22. Subscriber's encore : RENEWAL
26. Uganda people : TESO
28. Admired one : IDOL
36. Danube tributary : OLT
37. Charges : FEES
39. Out! : SCAT
41. Archy's friend : MEHITABEL
42. "___ you really know?" : BUTDO
44. Andrews : DANA
46. Inlets : RIAS
47. See 107 Across : ONICE
48. Red wine : CLARET
49. Pronoun : HER
51. Segal phenomenon : LOVESTORY
54. Authorize : ACCREDIT
55. Rawhides : SHAGREENS
56. Author of 79 Across : TOFFLER
57. On the verge of : ABOUTTO
58. "No Exit" author et al. : SARTRES
60. Uses to the utmost : BATHESIN
62. Trundle, as ore : RULL
63. Home of Lagos : NIGERIA
64. Early mystics : ESSENES
65. Add ___ to one's life : YEARSTO
67. Annamese measure : NGU
69. Mini-test : SHORTEXAM
71. ___ cruise : ONA
74. Epoch : ERA
77. Award : DSC
80. Steep slope : ESCARP
81. Edible herb : COUS
82. Kipling hero : KIM
84. Vessel of a kind : POD
87. Orator Chauncey : DEPEW
91. Betrays, with out : SELLS
93. Wife of Siva : DEVI
95. Bounce, in Scotland : STOT
98. Miss West : MAE
100. Accelerates : REVS
102. Beach sight : SURF
105. One making a new try for grass : RESEEDER
106. Vacillates : SEESAWS
108. Card game : LOO
109. Author of "Crystal Cave" : STEWART
110. As graceful as ___ : ADANCER
112. Pupil : LEARNER
113. Musial : STAN
115. Offer : PRESENT
116. Direct opposite : INVERSE
117. Less fine : COARSER
118. Noisy dances : STOMPS
119. James or John Nance : GARNER
120. Nichols hero : ABIE
122. Early New Englanders : ALDENS
125. Safari V.I.P. : GUIDE
127. Danube tributary : TISZA
128. Geologic stage : ACHEN
130. Running : AFLOW
133. "___ want for Xmas is . . . " : ALLI
135. Forsyte, for one : SAGA
136. Kaufman cohort : HART
137. Ponselle : ROSA
138. In ___ (peeved) : APET
140. Diving bird : AUK

Answer summary: 18 unique to this puzzle, 11 debuted here and reused later, 16 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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