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Eugene T. Maleska
Eugene T. Maleska

STEPQUOTE

New York Times, Sunday, June 21, 1970

Author: Eugene T. Maleska
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 158, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.68, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 611 (avg 1.36)
Open Squares: 154, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 7, XRef: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 19
Eugene T. Maleska has 410 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
JimH notes: The stepquote reads, "Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament."
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© 1970, The New York TimesNo. 7,617
Across Down
1. Start of a 12-word Stepquote ending at 142 Across : LIFEIS
7. Infancy : CRADLE
13. "Things ___ what they seem" : ARENOT
19. Poet of Shakespeare's day : CAMPION
20. Permissive : LENIENT
22. Guernsey lilies : NERINES
24. Greek port : LEPANTO
25. Seminole chief : OSCEOLA
26. Tennis's ___ Hard : DARLENE
27. Siouan : OTO
28. Devours : EATSUP
30. Toned down : DRABBED
32. Preacher's talk: Abbr. : SER
33. Flower holder : VASE
35. Pan-fries : SAUTES
37. City in S.E. France : ARLES
38. Spyri heroine : HEIDI
40. Castle of yesteryear : IRENE
42. Part of Stepquote : SPECTA
44. Hears rumors about : GETSWINDOF
46. Ali Baba word : SESAME
48. With 13 Down, source of Stepquote : ARTICLES
50. Unventilated : AIRLESS
51. "___ 18," Uris novel : MILA
53. Best ___ : SELLER
54. Melville novel : TYPEE
55. Diving ducks : SCOTERS
58. Legal paper : DEED
59. Flower : ROSE
60. Gives a hand : AIDS
64. Winnie the Pooh : BEAR
65. Resumé : VITA
67. Dress : TOGOUT
69. Extent : DEGREE
71. Follower of Mar. : APR
72. Take off flab : REDUCE
74. Pardon : REMIT
75. Blandly urbane : SUAVE
76. Visit briefly : STOPIN
78. Bread spread : MARGARINE
80. Office gal : STENOG
81. Companion of Paul : SILAS
82. Lawyer's homework : BRIEF
83. Of earth: Lat. : TERRAE
85. Native of: Suffix : ITE
86. Diner dish : OMELET
88. In the phone book : LISTED
90. Judge : DEEM
91. Liszt's teacher : PAER
92. Sonoran Indian : SERI
93. Second-hand : USED
95. Port ___ : SAID
97. Foreordain : DESTINE
99. Cremona creation : STRAD
101. Hall of Fame name : SISLER
103. Waste time : FOOL
104. Spongelike cake : SAVARIN
107. Bruised : CONTUSED
109. Spread rumors : NOISED
113. Item that gives confidence : CREDENTIAL
115. Part of Stepquote : ITISAP
117. Scapegrace : KNAVE
118. Concur : AGREE
119. Head monk : ABBOT
121. All : ENTIRE
123. Voluble : GLIB
124. Shaveling : LAD
125. Forceful : DYNAMIC
127. Atelier items : EASELS
129. Nabokov heroine : ADA
130. City in Calif. : ALAMEDA
133. Naught : NOTHING
135. Misleads : DELUDES
137. Boxers : RINGMEN
138. Magnify : ENHANCE
139. Cued up : INALINE
140. Italian resort : STRESA
141. Faculties : SENSES
142. End of Stepquote : CAMENT
1. Fourth Sunday in Lent : LAETARE
2. Dictates : IMPOSES
3. "Conning Tower" man : FPA
4. "___ Kleine Nachtmusik" : EINE
5. Greek vowels : IOTAS
6. Part of Stepquote : SNOTAS
7. Aaron, Ruth, etc. : CLOUTERS
8. Held in esteem : RESPECTED
9. Olden: Abbr. : ANC
10. Was left on base : DIED
11. Arrowsmith's wife : LEORA
12. Photo developer's device : ENLARGER
13. See 48 Across : ANDESSAYS
14. Decipher : READ
15. Blunder : ERR
16. Nonexistent : NIL
17. Way-clearer's words : ONESIDE
18. Aegean island : TENEDOS
19. Frankish king : CLOVIS
21. Sets aside, as a motion : TABLES
23. Printer's cross-strokes : SERIFS
29. Tree of Pacific : SUPA
31. Big A action : BET
34. Captivate : ENAMOR
36. Surgical instrument: Var. : STILET
38. Sign on : HIRE
39. Form a coalition : ENLEAGUE
41. Give out : EMIT
43. Part of Stepquote : ACLEORAFEASTI
45. Did dishes : WIPED
47. Field-hockey team : ELEVEN
49. Account book : LEDGER
52. Dry-as-dust : ARID
54. Wavered : TOTTERED
55. Fencing position : SEPTIME
56. Joyful singer : CAROLER
57. Made a slip : STUMBLED
59. Undone : RUINED
61. Man from Teheran : IRANIAN
62. Aficionado : DEVOTEE
63. Folksinger Pete : SEEGER
64. Hines, Tozzi, etc. : BASSOS
66. Mite or tick : ACARID
68. Skip : OMIT
70. Town near Padua : ESTE
72. Appear : RISE
73. Troublemaker of myth : ERIS
77. Hudson River sight : PALISADE
79. Arrives : GETSIN
80. Strong man : SAMSON
84. Offshore hazard : REEF
87. City on the Po : TURIN
89. Thin : DILUTE
91. Dam foundation : PILING
94. Author of Stepquote : SANTAYANA
96. Ending : DESINENCE
98. Captured : TOOK
100. Place for a boy's house : TREE
101. Islands off New Guinea : SOLOMONS
102. Presents again : RESTAGES
104. Graduated : SCALAR
105. Wild sheep : ARGALIS
106. Green : VERDANT
107. Hut: Fr. : CABANE
108. Place for V.I.P.'s : DAIS
110. Crusaders' foe : SALADIN
111. Plain : EVIDENT
112. Vitiate : DEBASE
114. ___ Saud : IBN
116. Part of the Stepquote : PREDIC
120. Tenth part : TITHE
122. Former queen of Italy : ELENA
125. White House monograms: 1953–61 : DDES
126. Oriental Sherlock : CHAN
128. Bridge bid : SLAM
131. Hodges, for one: Abbr. : MGR
132. Uncle: Scot. : EME
134. Office holders : INS
136. Rubber tree : ULE

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 16 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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