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New York Times, Friday, August 18, 1961

Author: Unknown
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 72, Blocks: 37, Avg Word Len: 5.22, Missing: { B J Q V X Z }, Scrabble score: 250 (avg 1.33)
Open Squares: 84, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 1, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 1
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© 1961, The New York TimesNo. 4,417
Across Down
1. Takers of prisoners. : CAPTORS
8. Place of action. : THEATER
15. Interstices. : AREOLAE
16. Lull. : RESPITE
17. Where Missoula is. : MONTANA
18. Indians. : ONEIDAS
19. Witticisms of a sort. : PUNS
20. Drums, cymbals, etc. : TRAPS
22. Lily plant. : SEGO
23. Patriotic monogram. : USA
24. 3rd cen. date. : CCI
25. Type of pronoun: Abbr. : REL
26. City in France. : SENS
28. Young bird. : CHICK
30. Ardor. : FIRE
31. Historic. : STORIED
33. Absconds. : ELOPES
35. Stable fare. : RATS
36. Animal abode. : LAIR
37. English novelist. : STERNE
40. Tot tenders. : SITTERS
43. Numerous. : MANY
44. Rubbish. : DROSS
46. Makes a fine seam. : SEWS
48. Conjunction. : AND
49. Begone! : OUT
50. Unit of troops: Abbr. : DET
51. Jewelry item. : STUD
53. Breadstuffs. : ROLLS
55. Box with caution. : SPAR
56. Stringbean: Fr. : HARICOT
58. In a series: Fr. : ENSUITE
60. Hermit. : EREMITE
61. Signal devices: Var. : SIRENES
62. More impudent: Dial. : SASSIER
63. Arachnids. : SPIDERS
1. Academic area. : CAMPUS
2. Kindles. : AROUSES
3. Diamond prize. : PENNANT
4. Small fry. : TOTS
5. Wave: Sp. : OLA
6. Talk wildly. : RANT
7. Probes. : SEARCHES
8. ___ of Capricorn. : TROPIC
9. Poultry. : HENS
10. Compass point. : ESE
11. Sacred bull of Egypt. : APIS
12. Rough water. : TIDERIP
13. Open-shelved cabinet. : ETAGERE
14. Does a cobbler's job. : RESOLES
21. Ill-tempered. : ACID
27. Full of regret. : SORRY
28. Mentioned. : CITED
29. Poet who was apprenticed to a surgeon. : KEATS
30. Warning cries on the links. : FORES
32. Spread. : RAN
34. Illuminated. : LIT
36. Languid. : LISTLESS
37. Hard, heavy hits. : SMASHES
38. Trumpet blast. : TANTARA
39. Lasts. : ENDURES
40. Human being. : SOUL
41. North American tree. : REDPINE
42. Popular garment. : SWEATER
45. Fan. : ROOTER
47. Importance. : STRESS
52. Blurs. : DIMS
53. Routine. : ROTE
54. Scissor stroke. : SNIP
55. Petitioned. : SUED
57. 2nd cen. date. : CII
59. Hindu title. : SRI

Answer summary: 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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