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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

YULETIDE SPIRIT

New York Times, Sunday, December 22, 1985

Author: John M. Samson
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 72, Avg Word Len: 5.27, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 539 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 119, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 13,193
Across Down
1. Comedienne Peggy : CASS
5. First V.P. : ADAMS
10. Floridian Reubin : ASKEW
15. Jezebel's husband : AHAB
19. Arthur from Richmond : ASHE
20. Olympic locale of 1988 : KOREA
21. Maui neighbor : LANAI
22. PBS show : NOVA
23. Yule gifts from Bigfoot? : STOCKINGSTUFFERS
26. Superficial : GLIB
27. Kind of jelly : CURRANT
28. Yes follower : SIRREE
29. Unfold : EVOLVE
31. Vermont's ___ Creek : OTTER
32. "Ain't She Sweet?" composer : AGER
33. Polite Post : EMILY
34. Cosmetician Lauder : ESTEE
36. Located : SITED
38. Foretold : PRESAGED
41. Interwove : ENTWINED
43. Appomattox name : GRANT
44. Gorky river : OKA
45. Book ascribed to St. Luke : ACTS
48. Bears' founder : HALAS
49. Busch and Marsh of films : MAES
50. Shoelace tag : AGLET
52. Startling sound : BOO
53. Water-polo team : SEVEN
54. Regal Egyptian name : RAMSES
56. ___-mémoire : AIDE
57. Cambridgeshire's Isle of ___ : ELY
58. Birdhouse dweller : WREN
59. Title in Bangalore : RANEE
60. Yuletide drink : NOGG
62. Weatherwax's collie : LASSIE
64. Cocked hat : TRICORN
66. Pres. Ford, e.g. : OMAHAN
69. Jot : IOTA
70. "Unsafe at Any Speed" author : NADER
71. What Claus is coming to : TOWN
73. Singer's syllable : TRA
74. Choreographer White : ONNA
76. Dawdle : LOITER
78. TV talk-show hostess Freeman : SANDI
79. Unit for Steve Cram : LAP
80. Aquarium fish : TETRA
82. Some noncoms : SGTS
83. Pole in a Gaelic game : CABER
84. Nabors role : PYLE
85. Suffix for sheep : ISH
86. Questionable : FISHY
88. Circus-parade sight : CALLIOPE
90. "Hurry!" : STEPONIT
92. Actor Markham : MONTE
93. "Ariel" poet : PLATH
96. Originated : AROSE
97. Touch down : LAND
98. Hood's missile : ARROW
100. Idaho, e.g. : POTATO
102. Sally : SORTIE
104. Southwestern saloon : CANTINA
106. High: Comb. form : ALTI
107. Buddy Rich, at three? : LITTLEDRUMMERBOY
110. Redolent garlands : LEIS
111. A sister of Clio : ERATO
112. Evans of "Dynasty" : LINDA
113. Receive a stipend : EARN
114. Nutmeg product : MACE
115. American saint : SETON
116. Hanker : YEARN
117. More : ELSE
1. Portland's bay : CASCO
2. Wily : ASTUTE
3. Attire for Wilander : SHORTS
4. Hides : SECRETES
5. Similar : AKIN
6. "I ___ Care," 1905 song : DONT
7. Rosario loc. : ARG
8. Hodgepodge : MESS
9. Gluts : SATIATES
10. Southwestern N.Y. university : ALFRED
11. Morley of TV : SAFER
12. Kind of jerk : KNEE
13. Mug's lug : EAR
14. "Star Trek" principals? : WISEMEN
15. Zambian neighbor : ANGOLA
16. Advice to a hall decorator? : HOLLYGOLIGHTLY
17. Tel ___ : AVIV
18. Crèche cynosure : BABE
24. Black in "Nashville" : KAREN
25. Exhorted : URGED
30. ACTION program : VISTA
33. Wipe out : ERASE
35. Heavenly : ETHEREAL
36. Song new parents long for? : SILENTNIGHT
37. ___ instant (immediately) : INAN
38. How every Santa should look? : PRESENTABLE
39. Supplemented, with "out" : EKED
40. Coin inscription : DATE
42. Roller : WAVE
43. Winning hit, in baseball lingo : GAMER
45. Second son : ABEL
46. ___ di Rienzi, Roman orator : COLA
47. Hellman's Christmas Eve work? : TOYSINTHEATTIC
49. Lord's residence : MANOR
51. Dippy or dotty : GAGA
53. Loretta from Passaic : SWIT
54. Heiden's skate : RACER
55. Spring-blooming herb : SNOWDROP
59. Fair attractions : RIDES
61. Hawks' Georgian home : OMNI
63. Hang glide : SOAR
65. Like a flophouse : RATTY
67. Russian sea : ARAL
68. Scruff : NAPE
72. "The ___ Love Belongs . . . ": Kahn-Jones : ONEI
74. N.B.A.'s Birdsong : OTIS
75. Retreat : NEST
77. Actor Davis : OSSIE
78. 'Tis the seasoning to be chary of : SALT
81. In progress : AFOOT
83. How Frank speaks? : CANDIDLY
84. Place for a partridge? : PEARTREE
87. They comfort heels : INSOLES
88. Actor in "Tony Rome" : CONTE
89. Santa's alternative vehicle? : PLANE
91. "___ the Lord" : PRAISE
92. A Jackson brother : MARLON
94. Clannish, in a way : TRIBAL
95. Tee privileges : HONORS
97. Numbers game : LOTTO
99. Levi of the links : WAYNE
100. Victorious symbol : PALM
101. Olive genus : OLEA
102. Thermo follower : STAT
103. Buffalo's county : ERIE
104. U.S.N.A. rank below capt. : CMDR
105. "___ Called Peter," 1955 movie : AMAN
108. Exasperation : IRE
109. "Faerie Queene" damsel : UNA

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