The Jan. 27, 1975 issue of National Home Center News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, established itself in those early days as a source of information, education, and also entertainment.
Case in point: the page 4 crossword puzzle.
The frequency of the National Home Center News crossword puzzle, as well as details about its origins and authors, are unknown. The concept hasn't appeared in print for several decades.
One thing that is clear: the answer to 1. across is "fir." The remaining answers are revealed here. They are upside down to discourage cheating.