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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

GIFTS OF THE MAGI

New York Times, Sunday, December 23, 1984

Author: John M. Samson
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 88, Avg Word Len: 5.25, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 659 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 144, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 9, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1984, The New York TimesNo. 12,829
Across Down
1. City NW of Orlando : OCALA
6. Place to park : SPACE
11. Picketer's pariah : SCAB
15. Covenant : BOND
19. Kind of system : SOLAR
20. Family car : WAGON
21. Suffix for citron : ELLA
22. Earl Weaver was one : ORIOLE
25. Gift from Too Tall Jones to Xavier Roberts? : CABBAGEPATCHDOLL
28. Tinged : TINTED
29. ___ snail's pace : ATA
30. Carefree : BREEZY
31. Port for a "desert ship" : OASIS
32. Feared fly : TSETSE
33. Durian skin : RIND
35. Being, to Berlioz : ETRE
36. Show of hands : VOTE
37. Guthrie album : ARLO
39. Hankering : YEN
40. Spud buds : EYES
42. Mongoose kin : CIVET
43. Bucolic brooder : HEN
44. Gift from Xavier Roberts to Too Tall Jones? : ELEVATORSHOES
49. God: Comb. form : THEO
51. Nomadic Finn : LAPP
55. Chartreuse, e.g. : COLOR
56. A wild rose has five : PETALS
57. Abrupt : BRIEF
58. N.L. batting champ: 1966 : ALOU
59. Extant : LIVING
61. Drury ___ Theatre : LANE
62. Jim who pitched for 25 years : KAAT
63. Carpel : PISTIL
65. Like a lunar sea : ARID
66. Shawm's descendant : OBOE
68. Gift from Tony Randall to John McEnroe? : TENNISLESSONS
71. Mark for Retton : TEN
72. Frescoes : MURALS
74. Wienerschnitzel staple : VEAL
75. Virtuoso : ARTISTE
76. Read carefully, with "over" : PORED
77. Shade of pink : PRAWN
79. Carbine : RIFLE
80. Emulates the Mahres : SLALOMS
83. Spanish city : LEON
84. Means of access : AVENUE
86. Org. employing Diane Sawyer : CBS
89. Gift from John McEnroe to Tony Randall? : CIGARETTECASE
92. Particular : ITEM
93. Guitarist Atkins : CHET
94. Long-legged wader : AVOCET
95. Foray : RAID
96. Flintstone's pet : DINO
98. May in "A New Leaf" : ELAINE
100. Calabrian coins : LIRE
101. Elected : CHOSE
103. Lever supports : FULCRA
105. Tube or ear precursor : INNER
106. Hebrew month : ADAR
107. Vow : OATH
108. Gift from Castro to Snoopy? : TICKETSTOCATS
110. Kind of luck : POT
111. Princedom of Charles : WALES
112. Louise or Sinatra : TINA
113. Org. for Belli : ABA
116. Anagram of seek : EKES
118. Troubles : AILS
119. Smudge : SLUR
121. Foch or Morgana : NINA
125. Flytrap : COBWEB
127. City near Leipzig : HALLE
129. Commencement V.I.P. : ORATOR
131. Corgi, e.g. : DOG
132. El Greco's city : TOLEDO
133. Gift from Snoopy to Castro? : AFTERSHAVELOTION
136. Forerunner of quadraphonic : STEREO
137. Birdhouse boarder : WREN
138. Uranus moon : ARIEL
139. Loyal Order : MOOSE
140. Emit smoke : REEK
141. "Little ___ Jesus asleep . . . " : LORD
142. Singer Pendergrass : TEDDY
143. Hamill and Rozelle : PETES
1. "Sesame Street" grouch : OSCAR
2. Raccoonlike animal : COATI
3. First British martyr : ALBAN
4. Research rm. : LAB
5. Aba wearer : ARAB
6. Sugar apple : SWEETSOP
7. Kind of tiger : PAPER
8. Staring : AGAZE
9. Fourth Republic president : COTY
10. Insert: Abbr. : ENC
11. Makes calm : SEDATES
12. Cupboard : CLOSET
13. "___ want for Christmas . . . " : ALLI
14. Corkwood : BALSA
15. Gift from Julia Child to Estée Lauder? : BOTTLEOFPERFUME
16. Prayer : ORISON
17. Number of "ladies dancing" : NINE
18. Bonkers : DOTTY
23. ___-majesté : LESE
24. Tree-of-life locale : EDEN
26. Meet : GREET
27. Features of Pan : HOOVES
34. Empty : DEVOID
36. Garden State's flower : VIOLET
38. South Korean president: 1948–60 : RHEE
41. Story : YARN
42. Toler role : CHAN
44. Renown : ECLAT
45. Orléans's river : LOIRE
46. Hayes of the N.B.A. : ELVIN
47. Lade anew : RELOAD
48. "Delphine" author Mme. de ___ : STAEL
49. Chisholm was one : TRAIL
50. Chart toppers : HITS
51. Knight's collie : LASSIE
52. Chorale members : ALTOS
53. Pen part : POINT
54. Throb : PULSE
57. Split base : BANANA
60. Gift from Estée Lauder to Julia Child? : GOURMETCOOKBOOK
62. Recognized : KNEW
64. Pita fiber : ISTLE
67. French naval port : BREST
69. "Dynasty" star : EVANS
70. "Mule Train" singer : LAINE
72. Dudley of films : MOORE
73. Hard money : SPECIE
76. Glacial deposit : PLACER
78. Way : ROAD
79. Incisive answer : RETORT
80. Milan's Teatro alla ___ : SCALA
81. Enraged : LIVID
82. Spartan marketplace : AGORA
83. Curb : LEASH
85. Actor Edwards : VINCE
86. Chow's origin : CHINA
87. John Brown's eulogizer : BENET
88. Adherents of fun : STERS
90. Bustle : TROT
91. Infers from data : EDUCES
93. Moulin Rouge dance : CANCAN
97. Types : ILKS
99. Idol : LION
102. Abhor : HATE
103. Unnewsy news : FILLER
104. In a clever way : ASTUTELY
108. Conclusion : TAILEND
109. Innsbruck's region : TIROL
110. Carolina river : PEEDEE
111. Conductor Bruno : WALTER
113. St. Luke book : ACTS
114. Kick : BOOT
115. Less incompetent : ABLER
117. Coat alternative : SHAWL
119. Plait : SRAID
120. Bathed : LAVED
122. Dostoyevsky's "The ___" : IDIOT
123. Riata part : NOOSE
124. Patron saint of young girls : AGNES
126. "The Way We ___" : WERE
128. Full, bouffant hair style : AFRO
129. Arm of the Labe : OHRE
130. Easy win : ROMP
134. Sab., to some : SAT
135. Wing-tip tip : TOE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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