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Eugene T. Maleska
Eugene T. Maleska

"STEPQUOTE," PUNNY STYLE

New York Times, Sunday, September 25, 1966

Author:
Eugene Maleska
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 66, Avg Word Len: 5.36, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 525 (avg 1.40)
Open Squares: 119, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 8, XRef: 5, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 26
Eugene T. Maleska has 410 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
Jim Horne notes:

The stepquote reads, "Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?"

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© 1966, The New York TimesNo. 6,252
Across
1. Start of a 12-word "Stepquote" ending at 130 Across. : ISITHA
7. Advocate. : PLEADER
14. Theatrical. : SCENIC
20. Nylons' unit. : DENIER
21. Cinematograph inventor. : LUMIERE
22. Cottage, in Spain. : CASITA
23. Rubbed out. : ERASED
24. Punishes by fine. : AMERCES
25. The evening star. : HESPER
26. Type of talk: Abbr. : SER
27. In case. : LEST
29. Radio org. : RCA
30. Tin foil for mirrors. : TAIN
32. Player or Palmer. : PRO
33. Burden. : ONUS
35. Part of the "Stepquote." : RTOT
37. Mediterranean food fish. : OMBERS
39. Tune a radio. : DIAL
40. Honored at a party. : FETED
42. Atomist's concern. : ISOTOPE
44. Irreverence. : IMPIETY
46. Good motor sound. : PURR
48. City on the Loire. : ORLEANS
50. Italian actress. : LOREN
51. Things sought for. : DESIDERATA
55. Desiccates. : DRIESUP
57. Town SW of Brindisi. : ORIA
58. Shaped like a spindle. : FUSOID
60. Lectern. : DESK
61. Dancer Shawn. : TED
64. Sound on a freezing day. : BRR
65. Goer. : DEPARTER
67. Previously: Poet. : ERENOW
70. Trades. : BARTERS
72. Part of the "Stepquote." : TOTUT
74. Go over again. : RETRACE
75. Man with a gin. : SNARER
76. Establish in a new place. : RELOCATE
78. East Indian herb. : TIL
79. See 107 Down. : THE
80. Initials of school group. : AASA
84. Go cycling again. : RERIDE
85. Market. : SELL
86. Wild duck. : MALLARD
89. Up-down places at school. : STAIRCASES
91. The ___ the beat. : COPON
94. Notable Civil War diplomat. : BIGELOW
96. ___ were. : ASIT
97. Study closely, British style. : ANALYSE
99. Twelve inches. : ONEFOOT
101. Grapevine tale. : RUMOR
105. Town in Normandy. : STLO
106. Slackens. : LETSUP
108. Part of the "Stepquote." : TOOT
110. Boyer role. : PEPE
111. Son of Noah. : HAM
112. Actress Pitts. : ZASU
113. Flounder. : DAB
115. Sketched. : DREW
117. Steep. : RET
118. Armenian capital. : ERIVAN
120. Wooden peg. : TRENAIL
123. Gully. : RAVINE
125. Electrician's concern. : WIRING
126. Catch up with: Poet. : OERTAKE
127. Limits in size. : SCANTS
128. One of the Forsytes. : SOAMES
129. Does a cobbler's job. : RESOLES
130. End of the "Stepquote." : TOTOOT
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1. ___ March. : IDESOF
2. Undisturbed. : SERENE
3. Tied to a routine. : INARUT
4. "___ folly to be wise." : TIS
5. Place for a spur. : HEEL
6. Part of the "Stepquote." : ARDER
7. ___ "Republic." : PLATOS
8. Abner's radio partner. : LUM
9. Legendary Irish beauty. : EMER
10. Reduce heat, in a way. : AIRCOOL
11. Fled. : DECAMPED
12. Rather than. : ERE
13. Remainder: Fr. : RESTE
14. Split. : SCHISM
15. City on the Orne. : CAEN
16. Sigma. : ESS
17. More tangy. : NIPPIER
18. Repeat. : ITERATE
19. See 69 Down. : CAROLYN
28. Saddle attachments. : STIRRUPS
31. Originates. : ARISES
34. Brown pigment. : SEPIA
36. Part of the "Stepquote." : TOOTORT
38. Vandyke. : BEARD
39. Oculist's unit. : DIOPTER
41. Flop. : DUD
43. Perfidious one. : TRAITOR
45. More than one: Abbr. : PLU
47. Case given a social agency. : REFERRAL
49. Never: Ger. : NIE
51. ___ Ferry, N.Y. : DOBBS
52. Wandering. : ERRANT
53. Reproachful title, old style. : SIRRAH
54. Sly ___ fox. : ASA
56. Winged pests: Colloq. : SKEETERS
59. Hinder. : DETER
62. Kin on the mother's side. : ENATES
63. Tractable. : DOCILE
65. Letter. : DEE
66. Robert's "___ Order." : RULESOF
68. U.S. 1, for one. : RTE
69. With 19 Down, author of the "Stepquote." : WELLS
71. Virtuoso's quaver. : TREMOLO
73. Part of the "Stepquote." : TORTWOT
74. Part of a car. : RADIATOR
77. Washington group. : CIA
81. Playwright Edward and others. : ALBEES
82. Capuchin monkey. : SAI
83. City of anc. Greece. : ARGOS
85. Was surprised: Colloq. : SATUP
87. Even one. : ANY
88. Strippers. : DENUDERS
90. About: Abbr. : CIR
91. Nuts. : CASHEWS
92. Neighbor of Minnesota. : ONTARIO
93. City in Colombia. : PALMIRA
95. Site of naval battle, 1571. : LEPANTO
98. Uses hep talk. : SLANGS
100. Scads. : OODLES
102. Sheep. : MERINO
103. Available for. : OPENTO
104. Double check. : RETEST
107. With 79 Across, "Stepquote" source. : TUTOR
109. Part of the "Stepquote." : TERST
112. Author Grey. : ZANE
114. False god. : BAAL
116. Where Baylor University is. : WACO
119. Vitality. : VIM
121. Arikara. : REE
122. Dwight. : IKE
124. Tank. : VAT

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 12 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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