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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

12 CHRISTMAS GIFTS

New York Times, Sunday, December 22, 1991

Author: John M. Samson
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 73, Avg Word Len: 5.26, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 541 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 122, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 3, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1991, The New York TimesNo. 15,384
Across Down
1. Stocking stuffer : SANTA
6. Orange gem : BALAS
11. "Cantique de Noël" composer : ADAM
15. Colors : FLAG
19. Doll up : PREEN
20. Byword : ADAGE
21. Beach resort : LIDO
22. Superior : AONE
23. Naos : CELLA
24. Variable stars : NOVAE
25. "The World of Words" author : PARTRIDGE
27. Those with telephonitis? : CALLINGBIRDS
30. Cleanses : DETERGES
31. Thrills : ELATES
32. Mother of Eos : THEA
34. "The Old Wives' Tale" dramatist : PEELE
35. Tannenbaum topper : STAR
38. Crush : MASH
39. Traveling salesmen : DRUMMERS
41. Trio from Oslo : AHA
42. Prefix for center : EPI
43. Gray and Moran : ERINS
44. Puissant : POTENT
48. Jumpy noblemen? : LORDSALEAPING
52. DII doubled : MIV
53. O.T. book : NEH
54. Sugarplum, e.g. : TREAT
55. Fetch : BRING
56. Medicate : DOSE
57. Self-image : EGO
58. Rustic : MOSSBACK
61. Elvis Presley hit : DONT
62. Confederate gen. : REL
63. Poulettes? : FRENCHHENS
66. Slow pacifist? : TURTLEDOVE
69. Linear measure : ROD
70. Puts away : EATS
71. Vaquero's relative : RANCHERO
72. Radio plugs : ADS
73. Confines, in a way : PENS
74. About : CIRCA
75. Kind of tape : VIDEO
79. Society-page word : NEE
80. Mork's planet : ORK
81. Part of the holiday check-out snarl? : LADIESWAITING
84. A sheepdog : COLLIE
86. Indian's protector : TOTEM
87. Under the weather : ILL
88. Female kangaroo : DOE
89. Firedogs : ANDIRONS
91. Admits : OWNS
93. Rudolph's high beam : NOSE
94. Come out : DEBUT
97. Lee in "Funny Face" : RUTA
98. Range of NE Italy : CADORE
100. Alert : OPENEYED
102. Busy flautists : PIPERSPIPING
108. Spousal symbols : GOLDRINGS
110. Swedish seaport : MALMO
111. Preceder of 63 Across : THREE
112. Futile : IDLE
113. Magpie : PIET
114. German river : ALLER
115. TV's "___ Indiana" : EERIE
116. Wrench : TEAR
117. Very light brown : ECRU
118. Soubrettes : MAIDS
119. Cob and pen : SWANS
1. Humane org. : SPCC
2. Quarter : AREA
3. Dudley Do-Right's love : NELL
4. Job O. Henry had : TELLER
5. "For want of ___ the shoe . . . " : ANAIL
6. Pony : BANGTAIL
7. Taos buildings : ADOBES
8. Opulent : LAVISH
9. Seaweed substance : AGAR
10. Coconut, e.g. : SEED
11. Snowcapped peak : ALP
12. Magi headbands : DIADEMS
13. In the arms of Morpheus : ADREAM
14. Peace Nobelist John R. ___: 1946 : MOTT
15. Superlative for Snow White : FAIREST
16. Fraternal club : LODGE
17. Tannenbaum topper : ANGEL
18. Simpletons : GEESE
26. Chastise : REPROVE
28. City in SW Idaho : NAMPA
29. Sequence : STRING
33. Dangled : HUNG
35. 'Tis the season to be chary : SALT
36. Sif's husband : THOR
37. Solothurn's river : AARE
39. Wassail : DRINK
40. Letter from Paul : EPISTLE
42. Renaissance sword : ESTOC
43. D. W. Griffith films : EPICS
45. Año nuevo time : ENERO
46. Beersheba's locale : NEGEV
47. Gunwale pin : THOLE
49. Denounce : DAMN
50. Brooklyn's "field of dreams" : EBBETS
51. Irish islands : ARANS
52. Two fortnights : MONTH
56. Biblical seamstress : DORCAS
59. Swerved : SHEERED
60. Cut of beef : SHANK
61. Blockhead : DUNCE
63. Coin for Père Noël : FRANC
64. Copland ballet : RODEO
65. Car of 1957 : EDSEL
66. Basin in W China : TARIM
67. Forage plant : ERVIL
68. Trifle : DOIT
71. Sleighs, e.g. : RIDES
73. Tip : POINTER
74. Forty winks : CATNAP
76. Prank : DIDO
77. Country Slaughter : ENOS
78. S-curve : OGEE
81. Joe Orton play : LOOT
82. Wide ties or knots : WINDSORS
83. "Matter of Fact" columnist : ALSOP
85. Wash : LAUNDER
86. Plodding one : TRUDGER
90. Peaceful : IRENIC
91. Peacock spots : OCELLI
92. Became friendly, with "to" : WARMED
93. Enoch, to Seth : NEPHEW
94. Loaf : DOGIT
95. Lyric poem : EPODE
96. Adjective for Loren : BELLA
99. Observances : RITES
101. Eek! : YIPE
103. Muslim scholar : IMAM
104. Spanish shovel : PALA
105. Soprano Petina : IRRA
106. Opposite of ja : NEIN
107. Turns right : GEES
109. Miami inst. : STU

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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