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Ho, Ho, Ho

New York Times, Sunday, December 19, 1993

Author:
John M. Samson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John M. Samson

This puzzle:

Rows: 25, Columns: 25 Words: 190, Blocks: 122 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 50 for Mr. Samson. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1993, The New York TimesNo. 1219 ( 16,112 )
Across
1
Tv excerpts : CLIPS
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Adjective for an elf : SHORT
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Ate like a bird : PECKED
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Grated cheese : ROMANO
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Rousseau or Matisse : HENRI
24
Copier requirement : TONER
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Darting ballet movement : ELANCE
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Writer Wylie : ELINOR
27
Landed : ACRED
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Woolly, maybe : OVINE
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The emu, for one : RATITE
30
Sampled : TASTED
31
1969 Anthony Quinn film : THESECRETOFSANTAVITTORIA
35
Pale aqua : NILE
36
Lament : WAIL
37
"The ___ Love" (Gershwin tune) : MANI
38
The Flintstones' "snorkasaurus" : DINO
40
Foretells : PRESAGES
44
Black suit : SPADES
46
Longfellow poem : SANTAFILOMENA
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Wined and dined : REGALED
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James Farmer grp. : CORE
53
Be doctor to : HEAL
55
Toyed with : LEDON
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One way to be taken : ABACK
57
Any Louis from I to XVIII : ROI
58
Closefitting : SNUG
60
Patois : ARGOT
61
William Gaines founded it in 1953 : MAD
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Long-running NBC soap : SANTABARBARA
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Forbearing : PATIENT
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Actress Sue ___ Langdon : ANE
71
Roosters, in a way : ALARMS
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Rosie's bolt : RIVET
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Like the ankylosaur : ARMORED
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"Mazel ___!" : TOV
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Jagger's band, with "the" : STONES
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Site of a 1975 "Thrilla" : MANILA
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Stadium level : TIER
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Japan's largest lake : OMI
83
French world : MONDE
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Peyote : MESCAL
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Early-blooming, in old poetry : RATHE
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Reply for Miss O'Hanlon : YESVIRGINIATHEREISASANTACLAUS
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Slowpoke : SNAIL
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Scroogelike, in a way : SNEERY
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Nucleus of officers : CADRE
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"Great Expectations" hero : PIP
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Nudnik : PEST
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Ten through ace : HONORS
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Waco university : BAYLOR
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Piggery : STY
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___ kill (doll up) : DRESSTO
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Abdominal ailment : ILEUS
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Zoom and fisheye : LENSES
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Grig : EEL
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Parvenu : UPSTART
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Beethoven's Sixth : PASTORAL
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Legend locale? : MAP
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Shake like ___ : ALEAF
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Splinter group : SECT
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Popular card game : UNO
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Sultan Said, e.g. : OMANI
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Washer cycle : RINSE
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One of the five W's : WHEN
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City in northern Brazil : SANTAREM
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Baked holiday treat : SANTACOOKIE
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"26 Miles" island : SANTACATALINA
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Call to a waitress : OHMISS
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Embassies : MISSIONS
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Piccadilly Circus statue : EROS
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Ancient temple : NAOS
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"So that's what you mean" : ISEE
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"Miracle Mile" star : AGAR
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Train in a song by 74-Down : ATCHISONTOPEKAANDSANTAFE
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Hidden : BURIED
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John Wayne film set in Africa : HATARI
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Wolf herring : DORAB
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Elite Navy group : SEALS
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Sports racquet : CROSSE
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Peaceful : IRENIC
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"All kidding ___ ..." : ASIDE
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Radiuses' partners : ULNAS
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Sank a sinker : DUNKED
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Nobelist Mother : TERESA
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Netherworld : SHEOL
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"Beetle Bailey" intellect : PLATO
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Bat the breeze : CHAT
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Walesa of Warsaw : LECH
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As to : INRE
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Chief exec. : PRES
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December bell ringer : SIDEWALKSANTA
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Floored : STORIED
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Huts : HOVELS
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"Step ___!" : ONIT
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City west of Sparks : RENO
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Not kosher : TREF
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Spread throughout : PERVADE
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Galahad's mother : ELAINE
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Spiteful : CATTISH
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Make a bootee : KNIT
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Prefix used in "Ghostbusters" : ECTO
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Stag party? : DEER
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Market : RETAIL
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Wave on the Ebro : OLA
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"Prairie dog," for example : MISNOMER
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Opposed : ANTI
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"The First ___" : NOEL
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General Wingate : ORDE
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"Amos & Andres" star Nicolas : CAGE
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One of Niña's companions : SANTAMARIA
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Dictator Amin : IDI
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Vincent Lopez's theme song : NOLA
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Baby buggy : PRAM
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Singer McEntire : REBA
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"Zounds!" : EGAD
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Cul-de ___ : SAC
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Beats it : SCRAMS
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Standard & ___ : POORS
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Noted California race track : SANTAANITA
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Air duct : FLUE
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Mystery award : EDGAR
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Peter of Herman's Hermits : NOONE
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Pitched in? : ANTED
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Actress Getty : ESTELLE
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Annoying buzzer : GNAT
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Ulan ___ : BATOR
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"___ came a spider..." : ALONG
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"Amazing" magician : RANDI
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Deep brownish-green : BREEN
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Lobster claws : PINCERS
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Place where many flights originate : AVIARY
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Part of TNT : TRI
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Bacon slices : RASHERS
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See 144-Across : MERCER
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Sounded : ORAL
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North Pole exports : TOYS
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Straw in the wind : OMEN
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Discover rival : VISA
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Beams : SMILES
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Allocate : METEOUT
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To the ___ born : MANNER
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"Lights out" indicator : TAPS
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Twice quatre : HUIT
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Agriculture Secretary Mike : ESPY
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Big wheels : VIPS
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Seclude : ISOLATE
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"___ Stop Loving You" : ICANT
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Go-ahead : SAYSO
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Sherlock Holmes's love Irene ___ : ADLER
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City north of San Francisco : SANTAROSA
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Erwin of 50's TV : STU
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First-class : TOPS
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___ ride (thumb) : HITCHA
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Twiggy brooms : BESOMS
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Yuletide salutation : DEARSANTA
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Museum artifact : RELIC
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Turgenev heroine : ELENA
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Bucolic byways : LANES
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Darned : SEWN
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Stickler : PURIST
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Relaxes : LOOSENSUP
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Deadly shark : MAKO
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Have ___ with : ANIN
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Sondheim's "The Worst ___ in London" : PIES
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Phone button : ASTERISK
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Trepidation : FEAR
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"Pardonnez- ___!" : MOI
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Irrational : NONSANE
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Los Angeles suburb : SANTAMONICA
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Capital of Equatorial Guineau, once : SANTAISABEL
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State workers' union: Abbr. : CSEA
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Well-heeled : LOADED
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Suffix with lobby or hobby : IST
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Japanese coats : HAORIS
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Nanki-Poo's father : MIKADO
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"Alphabet Song" start : ABCD
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Expert : GURU
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Elvis ___ Presley : ARON
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Gambler's marker : CHIT
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Lagomorph : HARE
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Brain passage : ITER
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Turkish rooms : ODAS
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Ritzy : POSH
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Sight from Sandusky : ERIE
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Name in paperback publishing : DELL
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Kind of winds : SANTAANA
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Fizzless : FLAT
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Old gas brand : ESSO
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Language ending : ESE

Answer summary: 15 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 9 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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