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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

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New York Times, Sunday, December 21, 1986

Author: John M. Samson
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.41, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 692 (avg 1.54)
Open Squares: 162, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 15, XRef: 0, Spans: 5, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 10
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1986, The New York TimesNo. 13,557
Across Down
1. Apothegm : ADAGE
6. Bout : SETTO
11. Small herring : SPRAT
16. Mrs. Findlay of TV : MAUDE
21. Vintner's grape : PINOT
22. Tamarisk : ATHEL
23. Michelangelo work : PIETA
24. Hangar locale : APRON
25. Murillo painting : STJOSEPHANDTHEHOLYCHILD
29. Honshu city : ITO
30. ___ Empire, in NW U.S. : INLAND
31. Cheap tire : RECAP
32. Maroon : ENISLE
33. Mulligatawny : SOUP
35. Movie: Comb. form : CINE
36. Parthenope, for one : SIREN
37. Weeded : HOED
38. Similar : AKIN
40. H. H. Munro : SAKI
41. Prefix for sweet : SEMI
42. Month, in Madrid : MES
45. Winslow Homer painting : SKATINGATTHECENTRALPARK
53. Missionary mother : TERESA
54. Novelist Lessing : DORIS
55. Buenos Aires suburb : MORON
56. An Anderson from St. Paul : LONI
57. They're held by Santa : REINS
58. Lesser Antilles Indian : CARIB
59. Number 3 wood : SPOON
60. Actress Dressler : MARIE
61. "Thanks ___!" : ALOT
62. Cum laude preceder : MAGNA
63. Jefferson's creed : DEISM
64. One's specialty : METIER
65. ___ Moines : DES
66. Mongolian desert : GOBI
67. To be, in Bordeaux : ETRE
68. Creator of the G.O.P. elephant : NAST
69. Hugo van der Goes painting : ADORATIONOFTHESHEPHERDS
78. Foretoken : OMEN
79. Tract : AREA
80. Lampreylike : EELY
81. Milestone : ERA
82. Horn or hound type : BASSET
85. Wild goose : BRANT
86. He wore a Union suit : MEADE
88. Flutter : FLIT
89. Rose oil : ATTAR
90. Monks' hoods : COWLS
91. Divine : GODLY
92. Kind of boat or train : GRAVY
93. Mr. Heyerdahl : THOR
94. Principled : MORAL
95. ___ jury : PETIT
96. A gender : NEUTER
97. Rembrandt painting, with "The" : HOLYFAMILYWITHTHEANGELS
101. Suffix for Nepal : ESE
102. Shaw's "___ and the Man" : ARMS
103. Formicary inhabitants : ANTS
104. Pilaster : ANTA
105. Eight: Comb. form : OCTA
106. Full of potholes : RUTTY
108. Cheeky : PERT
110. Dark soil : LOAM
114. Furtive : SHIFTY
117. Peter's ___ : PENCE
118. Four-time Masters winner : PALMER
120. Dernier ___ : CRI
121. Grandma Moses painting : OUTFORTHECHRISTMASTREES
125. Gibe : FLEER
126. Passage to a pew : AISLE
127. Golden willow : OSIER
128. Mother's relative : ENATE
129. Linger : TARRY
130. Run together, as dyes : BLEED
131. Voiceless bird : STORK
132. More reasonable : SANER
1. Altar locale : APSIS
2. Likewise : DITTO
3. Popular pear : ANJOU
4. Moo ___ gai pan : GOO
5. Although, to Cato : ETSI
6. Nursery member : SAPLING
7. First name of a Wharton hero : ETHAN
8. Scottish feudal baron : THANE
9. Look after : TEND
10. Former : OLD
11. Globular : SPHERIC
12. Knight or bishop : PIECE
13. Ada from Limerick : REHAN
14. At the pinnacle : ATOP
15. Mikhail of chess : TAL
16. Lehrer's partner on TV : MACNEIL
17. Plant louse : APHID
18. "Trinity" author : URIS
19. Kachina, e.g. : DOLL
20. "The Neverending Story" author : ENDE
26. Live oak : ENCINA
27. Three-wheelers : TRIKES
28. Naval clerk : YEOMAN
34. Kind of leather : PATENT
36. Master, to Din : SAHIB
37. Tiger bittern : HERON
39. Bridegroom's buss fare : KISS
40. Narrow groove : STRIA
41. Senator Thurmond : STROM
42. New Zealand minority member : MAORI
43. Sesame Street resident : ERNIE
44. Schussboomer : SKIER
45. Street, in Siena : STRADA
46. ___ over (capsized) : KEELED
47. Melodious : ARIOSO
48. Slow, to Solti : ADAGIO
49. "___ Curtain," Newman film : TORN
50. Dominion : EMPIRE
51. Ensnares : NOOSES
52. River of S Iowa : PLATTE
58. Space capsule's interior : CABIN
59. Third son : SETH
60. Netlike : MESHY
62. Sacred song : MOTET
63. Coup ___ : DETAT
64. Box elder : MAPLE
66. Winning hit, in baseball argot : GAMER
68. Indigent : NEEDY
70. Nevin's "The ___" : ROSARY
71. Arctic cetacean : NARWAL
72. By mouth : ORALLY
73. Bogs : FENS
74. A province of Minerva : HEALTH
75. Tell : RELATE
76. Foolish talk : DRIVEL
77. Goat-men : SATYRS
82. Lave : BATHE
83. Greek peak : ATHOS
84. Priest's scarf : STOLE
85. Netman Becker : BORIS
86. Luna and miller : MOTHS
87. Emend : EDIT
88. Saving : FRUGAL
90. Slight pause : COMMA
91. He made his fortune in oil : GETTY
92. Mannerly chap : GENT
94. Stephen or Peter, e.g. : MARTYR
95. "The Homecoming" dramatist : PINTER
96. City on the Loire : NANTES
98. Plant : FACTORY
99. Saw : WATCHED
100. Identify : EARMARK
105. Bid : OFFER
106. Pee Wee of Cooperstown : REESE
107. Chekhov's "___ Vanya" : UNCLE
108. Place for a chaise : PATIO
109. Rice or Bernstein : ELMER
111. Singer Billy ___ : OCEAN
112. Virtue; valor : ARETE
113. Molière's Harpagon, e.g. : MISER
114. Downy : SOFT
115. ___ Bowl, for all-pro teams : HULA
116. Road, to Romulus : ITER
117. QB Simms : PHIL
118. Attention-getting word : PSST
119. A.A.A. concerns : RTES
122. Bill : TAB
123. Cyclades island : IOS
124. A nucleic acid, for short : RNA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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