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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

LETTER-PERFECT

New York Times, Sunday, October 21, 1979

Author:
David J. Pohl and John M. Samson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 92, Avg Word Len: 5.14, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 679 (avg 1.55)
Open Squares: 129, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 17, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
David J. Pohl and John M. Samson have 3 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1979, The New York TimesNo. 10,939
Across
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Mil. award : DSC
4
Menelaus' wife : HELEN
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Savoy dance : STOMP
14
Lombard city : MILAN
19
Wash : BATHE
21
Glide along : SKATE
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Marine painter : HOMER
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"Pal Joey" author : OHARA
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i : EYEOFTHEHURRICANE
27
Where Shillong is : ASSAM
28
Bring ___ (animate) : TOLIFE
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Twaddle : DRIVEL
30
Lustrous black : RAVEN
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___-la-la : TRA
33
Card position : FACEUP
35
Slaughter : ENOS
37
Turner's org. : CIA
38
PT or U- : BOAT
39
Prefix with plasm : ECTO
40
h : BEETHOVENSFIFTH
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Crew member : OAR
47
Acme : TOP
48
Particular : OWN
49
___ Palmas : LAS
50
Cardinal point : EAST
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Locale : SPOT
53
Invalidated : NULLED
55
Swab : MOP
56
Excited : FLUSHED
59
___ Coeur, Parisian landmark : SACRE
61
Den : LAIR
62
Skipjack : BONITO
64
Impoverished : NEEDY
65
Actor Alan : ARKIN
66
Pt. of speech : ADV
67
___ es Salaam : DAR
68
Smear : DAUB
70
Govt. agents : TMEN
71
Adman's come-on : TEASER
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Antipathetic : AVERSE
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Bric-a-___ : BRAC
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Undivided : ONE
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Blunder : FLUFF
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Quell : REPRESS
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Refuse : TRASH
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Primate : APE
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Being, in Brest : ETRE
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Grooming : TOILET
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Tumultuous : HECTIC
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Quiet : LULL
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Alone : SOLO
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Its: Fr. : SES
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Past : AGO
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Implicit : TACIT
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Deck : ORLOP
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Crab's claw : NIPPER
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Campus V.I.P. : PROF
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Austrian neighbor : ITALY
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Practice quiz : PRETEST
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Son of Odin : TYR
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Arizona native : NAVAJO
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Scissors sound : SNIP
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Russian hemp : RINE
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Painting : OIL
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Ram's dam : EWE
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___ affaire flambée : UNE
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___ Paulo : SAO
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o : SECONDINCOMMAND
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Minus : LESS
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Small songbird : WREN
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Red Baron, e.g. : ACE
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At no time: Poet. : NEER
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Barked, in a way : YIPPED
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Mass. cape : ANN
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Pico de ___ : ANETO
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Take down a peg : DEMOTE
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Memorable actress from Canada : LILLIE
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Type of maid : METER
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c : CIVILRIGHTSLEADER
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Grenoble's river : ISERE
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Organic compound : AMINE
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Bias : SLANT
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Words on proofs : STETS
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Narrow groove : STRIA
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Annoying : PESKY
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Bristles : SETAE
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June grads : SRS
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___ Judgment : DAYOF
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Stone monument : STELA
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Selection : CHOICE
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Royal letters : HSH
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___ out (got by) : EKED
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City in Germany : LAHR
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Sewing case : ETUI
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e : NERVEEND
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Civil War battle site: 1862 : SHILOH
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Couperin's "Tic-___-choc" : TOC
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Jerusalem's Mosque of ___ : OMAR
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Imperils : MENACES
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Conductor/composer : PREVIN
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Lament : MOAN
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Letters on a chasuble : IHS
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Turkey's highest point : ARARAT
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Athlete/actor : NAMATH
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Stake : BET
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Result : EFFECT
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Münster man : TEUTON
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Tear : RENT
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Canvas support : EASEL
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p : POPULARFRONT
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Lawgiver : SOLON
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Actress Jacqueline : BISSET
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"El Libertador" : BOLIVAR
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Oenochoe : EWER
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Tasteless : VAPID
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Rural Roman god : FAUN
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Greek peak : OSSA
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Aside : APART
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f : ROCKEFELLERCENTER
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Examination : TRIAL
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Youth : LAD
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Tasty tidbits : MORSELS
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y : FOURTHOFJULY
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First place : EDEN
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Unit of force : DYNE
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Result : ENSUE
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Fence : BARRIER
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Flap : TAB
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Trial witness, of a sort : DEPOSER
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Expose : BARE
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Tritons : EFTS
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Legionnaire, e.g. : VET
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Stengel follower : ESE
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Cholla and opuntia : CACTI
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Famished : STARVED
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Photocopies : STATS
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Askew : ALOP
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Engine sound : PURR
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Hebrew judge : ELI
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Eyelashes : CILIA
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Emollient : LOTION
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Of vision : OPTIC
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Tibetan gazelle : GOA
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Steno's slip : TYPO
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Robert ___ Warren : PENN
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Power tower : PYLON
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Pledge or risk : PAWN
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Portable chair : SEDAN
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Almost a direct hit : NEARMISS
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"Anna Christie" playwright : ONEILL
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Former : ONETIME
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Discerns : ESPIES
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Pundits : SWAMIS
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Composer Bloch : ERNEST
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Glacial mass : ICECAP
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Jumble : MEDLEY
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Seemann's milieu : MEER
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Slapping sounds : SPLATS
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Doyen : ELDER
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Fares : DIETS
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Range : AREA
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Genus of 114 Across : OVIS
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Stare amorously : OGLE
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"Take ___!" : THAT
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"Vulcan's chimney" : ETNA
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Forage plant : ERS
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"___ tu," Verdi aria : ERI
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Squid's defense : INK
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___ Anne de Beaupré : STE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

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