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New York Times, Tuesday, April 25, 1972

Author: Unknown
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 28, Avg Word Len: 5.47, Missing: { F J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 279 (avg 1.42)
Open Squares: 100, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 2, XRef: 0, Spans: 2, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 6
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© 1972, The New York TimesNo. 8,291
Across Down
1. Inflated mattress : AIRBED
7. Example : INSTANCE
15. Piece of leg armor : GREAVE
16. In no way : NOTATALL
17. Decrees : IRADES
18. Like a camera support : TRIPODAL
19. Minor spasm : TIC
20. Scottish resort : SKYE
22. Adriatic port : RIMINI
23. Siamese coins : ATTS
25. Slav : SERB
27. One of the Beatles : RINGO
28. Bettor's choice : TAILS
30. Gush : SPEW
32. ___ la vie : CEST
33. French star : ETOILE
35. Ages : ERAS
37. Readers of Louisa May Alcott : SENTIMENTALISTS
43. Swell : DUDE
44. Combine : CARTEL
45. Roughen : CHAP
49. Since, once : SITH
51. Garry or Terry : MOORE
52. Of blood : HEMIC
54. Stepped : TROD
56. Alaskan cape : NOME
57. Special cutting tool : ICESAW
59. Copies : APES
61. Seed : PIP
62. Abuse : MALTREAT
64. Spacecraft : GEMINI
66. Bleach : ETIOLATE
67. Unkeyed, in music : ATONAL
68. Ocean paths : SEALANES
69. Alone : SINGLY
1. Excites : AGITATES
2. Pique : IRRITATE
3. Double take : REACTION
4. Inferior : BAD
5. Nights before : EVES
6. Secretaries : DESKS
7. Permeates : INTERPENETRATES
8. Conjunction : NOR
9. Ado : STIR
10. Snouted animal : TAPIR
11. Very minute : ATOMIC
12. Singer Conner : NADINE
13. Loud sounds : CLANGS
14. U. S. zoologist : ELLIOT
21. "___, I can" : YES
24. Cut : SLIT
26. Lahr : BERT
29. Skidded : SLID
31. British army woman : WAAC
34. Big birds : EMUS
36. Contract bid : SLAM
38. Revise : EDIT
39. Certain curtain material : IRON
40. Bent over : STOOPING
41. Grand Central, for one : TERMINAL
42. In a sluggish manner : SLEEPILY
45. Belfry sounds : CHIMES
46. Sorceress : HECATE
47. Earhart : AMELIA
48. Weapon : PISTOL
50. Dance : HOP
53. Hurricane of 1961 : CARLA
55. French painter : DEGAS
58. Withdraw from a habit : WEAN
60. Bristle: Prefix : SETI
63. Supped : ATE
65. 24 blue hrs. : MON

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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