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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

YULETIDE NINE

New York Times, Sunday, December 23, 1990

Author: John M. Samson
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 78, Avg Word Len: 5.26, Missing: { Q Z }, Scrabble score: 535 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 102, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 1, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 7
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1990, The New York TimesNo. 15,020
Across Down
1. Castile : SOAP
5. Ontario tribesmen : CREES
10. N.Y.C. river : HARLEM
16. Piece of cake : CINCH
17. Novelist Troyat : HENRI
18. Birdman : AVIATOR
20. CUPID : SAMCOOKESONG
22. Hurdle : LEAPOVER
24. Farrell's knee bend : PLIE
25. Peter and a Wolfe : NEROS
26. "The Perfect Fool" composer : HOLST
28. Prime-time time : NINE
29. Small "small" : LIL
30. Canary's cousin : SERIN
31. Label anew : RETAG
33. Athenian vowel : ETA
34. Asunder : APART
36. Spruce : NEAT
38. TV bee : MAYA
39. Poor surfer : HODAD
41. Voice : THROAT
43. "Santa Claus Is Watching You" singer : STEVENS
45. Indeed : VERILY
46. Rats! : DRAT
48. They were: Lat. : ERANT
49. Tower of Bombay : MINAR
50. Alluded : REFERRED
54. Old age, of old : ELD
55. VIXEN : BATTLEAX
58. European capital : OSLO
59. Oder tributary : NEISSE
61. In holiday spirits : GALA
62. Behold, to Brutus : ECCE
63. Western lizard : UTA
64. DANCER : TARANTIST
66. Jacky : TAR
67. Mild oath : GOSH
69. Boston catcher : PENA
70. Shelved : TABLED
72. Convex moldings : TORI
73. Transient things : EPHEMERA
75. Marble : MIB
76. Abstruse : ESOTERIC
78. Ferric : IRONY
79. Dr. Salk : JONAS
81. John, in Cardiff : EVAN
82. William Conrad role : CANNON
84. Zingers : RETORTS
86. Ham : EMOTER
90. Swiss sledder : LUGER
91. Bastes : SEWS
92. Hang behind : DRAG
94. Likely : PRONE
95. "Artie" author : ADE
96. Tape over : ERASE
98. Soft-palate projection : UVULA
100. Divinity deg. : STD
101. Letter opener : SIRS
103. White poplar : ABELE
105. Useful : UTILE
106. A sister of Europa : ASIA
107. Nov. 11 honoree : STMARTIN
109. DASHER : PARTOFACHURN
112. Conspicuous : SALIENT
113. Propose : OFFER
114. Mold : SHAPE
115. Where Virgil wrote the "Georgics" : NAPLES
116. Rating symbols : STARS
117. Focal points : HUBS
1. Suchlike : SIMILAR
2. Third of thrice : ONCE
3. French explorer in Colonial America : ACO
4. Modern medium : PHONE
5. Dijon darlings : CHERIES
6. Resound : RESONATE
7. One of Eve's grandsons : ENOS
8. White-tailed bird : ERN
9. Deep breath : SIGH
10. COMET : HALLEYS
11. Parsees' sacred writings : AVESTA
12. Cowboy's rope : RIATA
13. Pomeranian's place : LAP
14. Lord Wimsey's alma mater : ETON
15. DONNER (popular variant of Donder) : MOVIEDIRECTOR
16. Islamic leader : CALIPH
19. Charter car : RENTAL
20. Panel strip : SPLAT
21. "Sunny" composer : KERN
23. Psyched up : READY
27. Praying figure : ORANT
30. Brenda of comics : STARR
32. Belgian port : GHENT
35. Copland ballet : RODEO
37. Missionaries of Charity founder : TERESA
38. Remedy : MEND
40. Pontifical cape : ORALE
42. Lake in a cirque : TARN
44. RUDOLPH : VALENTINO
45. Biography : VITA
47. Wobbling : TEETERY
49. Kind of cross : MALTESE
50. Roulette bet : ROUGE
51. Bar, to a barrister : ESTOP
52. BLITZEN : FLASHINGERMAN
53. An aunt of Princess Beatrice : DIANA
55. Swiss canton (former spelling) : BASLE
56. Mites : ACARI
57. Adapted to the desert : XERIC
60. Mme., in Madrid : SRA
61. Male cat : GIB
65. Garment for Geraint : TABARD
68. City in the Ruhr region : HERNE
69. Keystone State's eponym : PENN
71. "Pacific" bird : DOVE
72. Substance : TENOR
74. "Santa Claus" star : MOORE
75. Epigrams : MOTS
77. Super Bowl XVIII site : TAMPA
79. Pink Panther, e.g. : JEWEL
80. PRANCER : STRUTTER
82. Caliber : CLASS
83. I.R.S. inquiries : AUDITS
84. Bristles : RESENTS
85. Deliverers : SAVIORS
87. Even choices : TOSSUPS
88. Plenary : ENTIRE
89. Fortification : REDAN
91. E Texas river : SABINE
93. Abyss : GULF
97. Badgerlike mammal : RATEL
99. Trammel of a sort : LEASH
102. Reception room : SALA
104. Heroic verse : EPOS
105. City in SE Turkey : URFA
106. Husband of Jezebel : AHAB
108. Torn or Taylor : RIP
110. Sternward : AFT
111. Philosopher ___ Hsi : CHU

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 13 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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