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Alex F. Black
Alex F. Black

IT'S ELEMENTAL!

New York Times, Sunday, July 17, 1977

Author: Alex F. Black
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 172, Blocks: 104, Avg Word Len: 4.94, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 654 (avg 1.54)
Open Squares: 102, Cheaters: 14, FITB: 6, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14
Alex F. Black has 12 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1977, The New York TimesNo. 10,200
Across Down
1. Tropical tree : ACACIA
7. Width of a ship : BEAM
11. Capital of Oregon : SALEM
16. Hick : RUBE
20. Stubborn : MULISH
21. He, to Caesar : ILLE
22. Strainer : SIEVE
23. Jar : OLLA
24. Shakespearean nugget : ALLTHATGLISTERSISNOTAU
28. Three-way joint : TEE
29. Type of relief : BAS
30. Zeta follower : ETA
31. M.S. prerequisite : BSC
32. A king of Israel : OMRI
33. Vessel for Omar : JUG
34. World's best people : THENACLOFTHEEARTH
40. Sectors : AREAS
43. Go-ahead signal : AOK
44. Corn spike : EAR
45. Antediluvian : OLD
46. Half a bray : HEE
47. Evening star : VESPER
49. Tracy's wife : TESS
52. Prepares tea : STEEPS
54. Tops : AONE
55. "___ ever so humble . . . " : BEIT
57. Convinced : SOLD
59. Wallach : ELI
60. Brought to court : SUED
61. German diplomat : VONPAPEN
65. Engines : DIESELS
68. Littoral region : COAST
70. Case for trivia : ETUI
71. Geraint's wife : ENID
73. Roman naturalist : PLINY
74. Frank and Sexton : ANNES
75. Flattop, e.g. : SHIP
76. Served perfectly : ACED
78. Genesis name : EVE
79. Electrical unit : FARAD
81. Carry : TOTE
82. Petty bettor : SNHORNGAMBLER
85. Receptive : OPEN
89. Rodeo structure : CHUTE
91. Shoe size : AAA
92. "This Is ___ Life" : YOUR
93. Kind of moth : LUNA
94. Homeric classic : ILIAD
96. Strike : SMITE
98. Rose lover : ABIE
100. Sack the QB : DROP
101. Lieder : SONGS
102. Oldest, as jokes : STALEST
104. Like some nylons : SEAMLESS
106. Judge's bench : BANC
107. Vandalize : MAR
108. Use a muddler : STIR
110. Portico : STOA
111. Lofty : HIGH
112. Like evergreen cones : PINEAL
115. "Beowulf" is one : EPIC
117. Pele's sport : SOCCER
121. Kind of dye : AAL
122. Lacking color : WAN
123. St. Tropez season : ETE
124. Far East name : MAO
126. Hector : TEASE
127. Dumas hero : THEMANINTHEFEMASK
133. F.D.R. agency : CCC
134. Arena receipts : GATE
135. Undivided : ONE
136. Tax pro : CPA
137. Andalusian aunt : TIA
139. Ring decision : TKO
140. Mary's flowers : AGBELLSANDCOCKLESHELLS
146. Groucho look : LEER
147. Point toward : AIMAT
148. Amerind : CREE
149. Sun Moon, e.g. : KOREAN
150. Without purpose : IDLY
151. Crowd : PRESS
152. Durocs : HOGS
153. Like the Milky Way : STARRY
1. Wine cup : AMA
2. Refinement in manners, taste, etc. : CULTURE
3. States without proof : ALLEGES
4. Quote : CITE
5. Kabibble : ISH
6. Pequod skipper : AHAB
7. V.I.P. : BIGSHOT
8. Extension : ELL
9. Strange : ALIEN
10. Memorable hostess : MESTA
11. Wind dir. : SSE
12. Okefenokee vehicle : AIRBOAT
13. With more restraint : LESSFREELY
14. Oust : EVICT
15. Enero or febrero : MES
16. Lodged at a dorm : ROOMED
17. Extreme : ULTRA
18. Famed D.C. residence : BLAIRHOUSE
19. ___ de Cologne : EAU
25. Wodehouse goodbye : TATA
26. Langley A.F.B. group : TAC
27. Seasonal airs : NOELS
33. Jakarta native: Abbr. : JAV
35. Squeezes out : EKES
36. Article, in Amiens : LES
37. Pueblo Indian : HOPI
38. Beliefs : TENETS
39. Take advice : HEED
41. A shoo-in : APBPIPECINCH
42. "___ pin, pick it up" : SEEA
48. In season : RIPE
50. Grassy patch : SOD
51. Fluff : SLIP
53. City lines : ELS
54. Broadway Rx for murder : ASANDOLDLACE
56. Lessee : TENANT
58. Assigns : DELEGATES
61. Endow : VEST
62. Roman emperor : OTHO
63. Night, in Nantes : NUIT
64. Spot for a bust : NICHE
66. Hindu deity : SIVA
67. Marius, to Sulla : ENEMY
68. Vikki from Texas : CARR
69. Out ___ limb : ONA
72. "In ___ Speramus" : DEO
77. Kyd work : DRAMA
79. Bungles : FLUBS
80. Hawks' nests : AERIES
82. River pollution problem : SUDS
83. Brad or spad : NAIL
84. Stole : BOA
86. Like Simon : PURE
87. Biblical patriarch : ENOS
88. Rests : NAPS
90. Beldam : HAG
94. Major Prophet : ISAIAH
95. Like storks and stilts : LONGLEGGED
96. Main or Elm : STREETNAME
97. Town near Padua : ESTE
99. Diner sign : EATS
102. Vistula feeder : SAN
103. O'Neill : TIP
105. Debatable : MOOT
106. Bombay bard : BHAT
107. Dress style : MINI
109. Fissure : RIMA
112. Switchboard : PANEL
113. Statues by Phidias et al. : ATHENAS
114. Jackie's sister : LEE
116. Moves rook and king : CASTLES
118. Egg layer : CACKLER
119. Oilfish : ESCOLAR
120. Disk for a D.J. : REC
122. Diluted : WATERY
125. Migrant worker : OKIE
128. Normand of the silents : MABEL
129. Emphatic denial : NOSIR
130. Agency controlling TV : FCC
131. Miocene or Pliocene : EPOCH
132. Large or gross : MACRO
138. Questions : ASKS
139. Japanese monastery : TERA
140. Clay today : ALI
141. Baby's perch : LAP
142. Skid-row affliction : DTS
143. Vessel for beer : KEG
144. Peppery : HOT
145. Hull curve : SNY

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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