Today's featured pre-Shortzian puzzle was constructed by Tap Osborn. It was originally published on March 27, 1992, and was recently litzed by Nancy Kavanaugh. I find this puzzle particularly interesting because it had ten mostly symmetrical theme entries, several of which interlock. This is amazing for a 1992 puzzle—and still would be by today's standards. In case you're wondering, each theme entry is a movie that won an Oscar. The fill was somewhat compromised by the high theme density (OESE, clued as "Bacteriologist's wire," is bad), but I hope to see many more puzzles like this one! The answer grid (with highlighted theme entries) can be seen below:
Today's featured pre-Shortzian entry is SHADUF. SHADUF, according to the Ginsberg database, has never been reused in a Shortzian puzzle. It originally appeared in the May 2, 1992, puzzle by Jesse Roarke, which was litzed by Vic Fleming. The clue for SHADUF was: "Irrigation device: Var." Webster defines a shadoof (the primary spelling) as "a counterbalanced sweep used since ancient times especially in Egypt for raising water (as for irrigation)." Below is a picture of a worker using a shadoof:
Picture courtesy of FAO Corporate Document Repository.