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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

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New York Times, Sunday, April 3, 1983

Author: John M. Samson
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 136, Blocks: 79, Avg Word Len: 5.32, Missing: { Q }, Scrabble score: 542 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 130, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 12, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1983, The New York TimesNo. 12,199
Across Down
1. Massage : RUB
4. Evade : DODGE
9. Medieval helmet : ARMET
14. Nobelist in Literature: 1957 : CAMUS
19. Gibbon : APE
20. Kind of squash : ACORN
21. Charter : LEASE
22. Ammann's sect : AMISH
23. Avoir. weights : LBS
24. Rent anew : RELET
25. Arterial trunk : AORTA
26. Nouveau ___ : RICHE
27. English songbird? : PETULALARK
30. Certain monuments : STELAE
32. Half a snicker : HEE
33. Supreme Court member: 1955–71 : HARLAN
34. Babilonia et al. : TAIS
36. Command to a canine : HEEL
37. Stable : BARN
38. Sheppard-Turpin gun : STEN
39. Incandescent linguist? : WILLIAMAFIRE
42. Overwhelm : SWAMP
45. Started a pool : ANTED
46. Big endings : FINALES
49. To scent, in Sevilla : OLER
51. Trip in a ship : SAIL
53. Playwright Ionesco : EUGENE
54. Ascended : SCALED
57. Invalidate : VOID
59. Cowboy's need : RIATA
60. Designer with a young lady in mind? : BILLLASS
62. He never grew up : PETERPAN
65. Musical dir. : RIT
66. "Sometimes ___ Goes By" : ADAY
67. Apprehend : SEIZE
69. Habituate : INURE
70. Formerly : ONCE
71. Pronoun : HER
72. Greek : HELLENIC
74. Nast uprooted him? : BOSSWEED
76. White poplar : ABELE
78. Va. neighbor : TENN
79. Limit : BOUNDS
80. Opposite of "exeunt" : MANENT
82. Actress Allgood : SARA
84. Legionnaire's cap : KEPI
85. Secret : ARCANUM
87. "The ___ See of You" : MOREI
89. Originate : START
93. Actress who's misbehavin'? : EVAMARIEAINT
96. Dull one : NERD
98. Highlands hillside : BRAE
100. "___ Old Cowhand" : IMAN
101. ___ vu : DEJA
102. Dieter's no-no : SUNDAE
104. You, to Johann : IHR
105. Confesses : ADMITS
107. Clever actress? : LORETTAWIT
109. Heat-resistant glass : PYREX
111. Hilo hello : ALOHA
113. Atoll part : ISLET
114. Song from "A Chorus Line" : ONE
115. Ham it up : EMOTE
116. Subsequently : LATER
117. Bête follower : NOIRE
118. Poetic preposition : OER
119. Moistened : DEWED
120. Trample : STOMP
121. Flout : SNEER
122. Irish golfer Smyth : DES
1. Bellamy and Edwards : RALPHS
2. Certain baton strokes : UPBEATS
3. Scatter about : BESTREW
4. ___ Hood, "Our Gang" actress : DARLA
5. Lindy's hurdle : OCEAN
6. Looker : DOLL
7. W.W. I : GREATWAR
8. Hop the Orient Express : ENTRAIN
9. Beef ___ mode : ALA
10. Speed Wagons : REOS
11. First First Lady : MARTHA
12. Admiration : ESTEEM
13. Gunpowder item : TEALEAF
14. Custody : CARE
15. Gaston, to Alphonse : AMI
16. Actress who deserved her Emmy? : MICHAELEARNED
17. Peck's early job : USHER
18. Radiance : SHEEN
28. Elbow-wrist link : ULNA
29. Tartan wraparounds : KILTS
31. Caine role: 1966 : ALFIE
35. Silk filament : SLEAVE
37. Odin's counselor : BRAGI
40. Fatuous : IDIOTIC
41. Entomb, in a way : INURN
43. "___ Flanders" : MOLL
44. Satisfy : PLEASE
47. Tempts : ENTICES
48. "Gentlemen, be ___ " : SEATED
50. De Soto contemporary : EDSEL
52. Property incumbrance : LIEN
54. Short journalistic addendum : SIDEBAR
55. Lawyer who made his mark? : CLARENCEARROW
56. A Khan : ALY
58. Defeat soundly : DRUB
60. ___ Islands, near Fla. : BAHAMA
61. Sediment : SILT
62. Boz or Ouida : PENNAME
63. Investigate : PROBE
64. "___ Fables" : AESOPS
68. Razzle-dazzle foursome : ZEES
70. Have : OWN
72. Reddish brown : HENNA
73. Foray : INROAD
75. Clubs, e.g. : SUIT
77. Hit the road : LEAVE
81. Protuberant : TUMID
83. Will Durant's wife : ARIEL
84. Famous trailblazer? : KITARSON
86. Warmblooded group : MAMMALS
88. Commands : ENJOINS
90. Soprano Moffo : ANNA
91. Sequoia : REDWOOD
92. Apprentice : TRAINEE
94. Scold : RAILAT
95. Altogether : INTOTO
97. Discourages : DETERS
98. Man, e.g. : BIPED
99. Nash forte : RHYME
102. Cubic meter : STERE
103. Absolute : UTTER
105. Fired : AXED
106. Noah's eldest son : SHEM
108. Author Wiesel : ELIE
110. Summer, in Somme : ETE
112. Dadaist Jean ___ : ARP

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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