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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

WHITE CHRISTMAS

New York Times, Sunday, December 20, 1992

Author:
John M. Samson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 78, Avg Word Len: 5.19, Missing: { J K Z }
Open Squares: 125, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 12, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
Jim Horne notes:

The blank squares are intended to mean "White CHRISTMAS."

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© 1992, The New York TimesNo. 15,748
Across
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Female swan : PEN
4
Hit song: Dec. 1960 : BLUECHRISTMAS
9
Gray and Candler : ASAS
13
Rimsky-Korsakov opera : CHRISTMASEVE
17
Rathskeller offering : ALE
18
Monday, in Marseille : LUNDI
19
Tannenbaum : CHRISTMASTREE
21
Row : SCRAP
22
Kiss of peace : PAX
23
Road to Fairbanks : ALCAN
24
Rhodes or DeMille : CECIL
25
Manada member : HORSE
26
Formicary : ANTHILL
28
Ties : CRAVATS
30
Rage onstage : EMOTE
31
Douay Bible book : OSEE
32
Eight-___ shell : OARED
33
A little while, to Burns : AWEE
35
Unguiculate : CLAWED
38
Vocalized : INTONED
40
Top off 19 Across : INSTAR
44
Malt kiln : OAST
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Brand of fiber : ARNEL
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Swedish turnip : RUTABAGA
48
Baseball legend : RUTH
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Disney mermaid : ARIEL
50
Be frugal : STINT
52
"Trinity" author : URIS
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Villa Maria College site : ERIE
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Kind of brake : DISC
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Chinese black tea : BOHEA
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Flat : STALE
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Hangs loosely : DANGLES
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Harrowed : TILLED
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Winter bloomers : CHRISTMASROSES
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Mellow : RIPE
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Eidolon : IDEAL
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"A Yank at ___," 1942 film : ETON
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Look toward the sun : SQUINT
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Hard: Comb. form : SCLERO
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Hire Mutt to play Jeff? : MISCAST
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"If You ___, But You Did," 1951 song : HADNT
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Cemented : GLUED
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TV police drama of 1967 : NYPD
77
Kitchen annex : ETTE
78
Suffix with diet : ETIC
79
Masterstrokes : FEATS
80
A May birthstone : AGATE
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A sister of Europa : ASIA
82
What Ed Norton uncovered : MANHOLES
84
" . . . day ____ true love . . . " : OFCHRISTMASMY
85
Vociferate : YELL
86
Magical word : PRESTO
87
"Mean machines" : HOTRODS
90
Seasonal stamps : CHRISTMASSEALS
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Trillion: Comb. form : TERA
94
Blue Grotto site : CAPRI
95
Turkish chief : AGHA
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Verbal : PAROL
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" . . . spare the ___ tree!": Campbell : BEECHEN
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Purposeful parties : SOIREES
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" . . . and motherhood dragging ___ . . . ": Beck : ADOLL
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Cicero's heat : CALOR
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"___ your life!" : NOTON
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Contest : VIE
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Cousin of a walk-on : CAMEO
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Hippo chaser : DROME
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Name in a Beethoven opus : ELISE
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Bollix : ERR
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"___ Wife," 1988 Robards TV film : THECHRISTMAS
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Sojourn : STAY
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Less prevalent : RARER
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Lemieux's target : NET
Down
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"Oh, My ___" : PAPA
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Zing : ELAN
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Barber's call : NEXT
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Pascal : BLAISE
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Soothed : LULLED
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Popeye, to Pipeye : UNCLE
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Author LeShan : EDA
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Stanwyck film: 1945 : CHRISTMASINCONNECTICUT
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It starts with "Marley was dead . . . " : ACHRISTMASCAROL
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Director Spielberg : STEVEN
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London's Burlington ____ : ARCADE
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Since, in Stuttgart : SEIT
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December platitude : CHRISTMASCOMESBUTONCEAYEAR
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I wander, to Ovid : ERRO
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Boundless : VAST
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Sign-language pioneer : EPEE
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Composer Barraine : ELSA
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Jungle queen : SHEENA
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Dr. Seuss classic : HOWTHEGRINCHSTOLECHRISTMAS
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Nocturnal badger : RATEL
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Skater with two golds : WITT
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Made Jonathan feel hollow? : CORED
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Petrarch's beloved : LAURA
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"Toy Soldiers" star: 1991 : ASTIN
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Fleur-de-lis : IRIS
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Like some strawflowers : DRIED
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Cossack Bulba : TARAS
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Nimble : AGILE
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Levels, in Toronto : RASES
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Emanate : ARISE
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"The Faerie Queene" heroine : UNA
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Expert : ADEPT
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"___ Barque," Nin work : SOLAR
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Thornton Wilder play : THELONGCHRISTMASDINNER
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Run in the wash : BLEED
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Lobby signs : SROS
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Fluff : LINT
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Lazes : IDLES
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Yule : CHRISTMASTIDE
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Vacuous : EMPTY
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One of the Stooges : SHEMP
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OPEC member : QATAR
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City NE of Venice : UDINE
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Mark down : SLASH
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Perplexed : ATSEA
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Like a silent night : STILL
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Dabbling ducks : TEALS
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Command to Dobbin : GEE
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Tasty tubers : YAMS
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Blossom for Batista : FLOR
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Ahead of, to Ahab : AFORE
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Verdi opera : OTELLO
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Gold embroidery : ORPHREY
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Painted leopard : OCELOT
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U. of Puget Sound site : TACOMA
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Seasonal dish in England and elsewhere : CHRISTMASGOOSE
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Mouse or fish : SHINER
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Initial letters : ABCD
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Up and about : ASTIR
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Covenant : PACT
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Daughter of Elon the Hittite : ADAH
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"Tony ___," Sinatra film : ROME
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Dumbo's were jumbo : EARS
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Impartial : EVEN
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Where the Liffey flows : EIRE
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Waldorf-Astoria muralist : SERT
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Wave on the Ebro : OLA

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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