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New York Times, Monday, July 23, 1973

Author: Unknown
Editor: Will Weng
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 32, Avg Word Len: 5.36, Missing: { F J Q }, Scrabble score: 306 (avg 1.59)
Open Squares: 81, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 3, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
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© 1973, The New York TimesNo. 8,745
Across Down
1. Gravel ridges : OSAR
5. Spanish silver : PLATA
10. Catch sight of : ESPY
14. Punting need : POLE
15. K. C. player : ROYAL
16. African plant : ALOE
17. Theatrical wheeze : THESHOWMUSTGOON
20. Friendly : SOCIABLE
21. Houston players : OILERS
22. Squirrels' nest : DREY
23. Indian of North America : CREE
24. Regards highly : VALUES
27. Sounding off : BOASTING
31. Places: Suffix : ORIA
32. ___-Ola, Soviet range : TANNU
33. Biblical city : ZER
34. Avon signature : WILLSHAKESPEARE
38. Swedish village : EDA
39. Ale's companion : CAKES
40. Spelunker's habitat : CAVE
41. Asserted : DECLARED
43. Refused, with "at" : BALKED
45. Auto man R. E. : OLDS
46. Kind of final or pro : SEMI
47. France, Italy, etc. : EUROPE
50. How a burglar operates : ONTIPTOE
54. Dry runs of a sort : DRESSREHEARSALS
56. U. S. writer : AGEE
57. Archangel : URIEL
58. Quiz : EXAM
59. Sticky situation : MESS
60. Shade of gray : PEARL
61. Swan or gainer : DIVE
1. Makes a choice : OPTS
2. London's Greenwich Village : SOHO
3. Templeton : ALEC
4. Bonus for TV performers : RESIDUAL
5. Investigates : PROBES
6. Humble : LOWLY
7. Marcel ___, French author : AYME
8. Frat initial : TAU
9. Some horses : ALSORANS
10. Young bird : EAGLET
11. Type of gin : SLOE
12. Unacceptable : POOR
13. Cash in Tokyo : YENS
18. Runner-up in well-known race : HARE
19. Binds : TIESUP
23. Volcanic shapes : CONES
24. Swore : VOWED
25. Taken for ___ : ARIDE
26. Fragrant shrub : LILAC
27. Sweltered : BAKED
28. First name in angling : IZAAK
29. Brashness : NERVE
30. Miser's trait : GREED
32. Movie shots : TAKES
35. Extorts in a way : SCALPS
36. More strapped : HARDERUP
37. Overshadowed : ECLIPSED
42. Lets go : LOOSES
43. Shot the works : BETALL
44. Moslem prince : AMIR
46. Nasty look : SNEER
47. Cheese : EDAM
48. Impulse : URGE
49. Female ruffs : REES
50. Hawaiian fruit tree : OHIA
51. Hack : TAXI
52. Norse name : OLAV
53. Boy's or girl's name : ESME
55. Before : ERE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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