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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

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New York Times, Sunday, December 21, 1986

Author:
John M. Samson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.41, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 692 (avg 1.54)
Open Squares: 162, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 15, XRef: 0, Spans: 5, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 10
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1986, The New York TimesNo. 13,557
Across
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Apothegm : ADAGE
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Bout : SETTO
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Small herring : SPRAT
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Mrs. Findlay of TV : MAUDE
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Vintner's grape : PINOT
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Tamarisk : ATHEL
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Michelangelo work : PIETA
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Hangar locale : APRON
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Murillo painting : STJOSEPHANDTHEHOLYCHILD
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Honshu city : ITO
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___ Empire, in NW U.S. : INLAND
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Cheap tire : RECAP
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Maroon : ENISLE
33
Mulligatawny : SOUP
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Movie: Comb. form : CINE
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Parthenope, for one : SIREN
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Weeded : HOED
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Similar : AKIN
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H. H. Munro : SAKI
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Prefix for sweet : SEMI
42
Month, in Madrid : MES
45
Winslow Homer painting : SKATINGATTHECENTRALPARK
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Missionary mother : TERESA
54
Novelist Lessing : DORIS
55
Buenos Aires suburb : MORON
56
An Anderson from St. Paul : LONI
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They're held by Santa : REINS
58
Lesser Antilles Indian : CARIB
59
Number 3 wood : SPOON
60
Actress Dressler : MARIE
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"Thanks ___!" : ALOT
62
Cum laude preceder : MAGNA
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Jefferson's creed : DEISM
64
One's specialty : METIER
65
___ Moines : DES
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Mongolian desert : GOBI
67
To be, in Bordeaux : ETRE
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Creator of the G.O.P. elephant : NAST
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Hugo van der Goes painting : ADORATIONOFTHESHEPHERDS
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Foretoken : OMEN
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Tract : AREA
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Lampreylike : EELY
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Milestone : ERA
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Horn or hound type : BASSET
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Wild goose : BRANT
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He wore a Union suit : MEADE
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Flutter : FLIT
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Rose oil : ATTAR
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Monks' hoods : COWLS
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Divine : GODLY
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Kind of boat or train : GRAVY
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Mr. Heyerdahl : THOR
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Principled : MORAL
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___ jury : PETIT
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A gender : NEUTER
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Rembrandt painting, with "The" : HOLYFAMILYWITHTHEANGELS
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Suffix for Nepal : ESE
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Shaw's "___ and the Man" : ARMS
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Formicary inhabitants : ANTS
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Pilaster : ANTA
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Eight: Comb. form : OCTA
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Full of potholes : RUTTY
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Cheeky : PERT
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Dark soil : LOAM
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Furtive : SHIFTY
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Peter's ___ : PENCE
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Four-time Masters winner : PALMER
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Dernier ___ : CRI
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Grandma Moses painting : OUTFORTHECHRISTMASTREES
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Gibe : FLEER
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Passage to a pew : AISLE
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Golden willow : OSIER
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Mother's relative : ENATE
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Linger : TARRY
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Run together, as dyes : BLEED
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Voiceless bird : STORK
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More reasonable : SANER
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Altar locale : APSIS
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Likewise : DITTO
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Popular pear : ANJOU
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Moo ___ gai pan : GOO
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Although, to Cato : ETSI
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Nursery member : SAPLING
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First name of a Wharton hero : ETHAN
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Scottish feudal baron : THANE
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Look after : TEND
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Former : OLD
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Globular : SPHERIC
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Knight or bishop : PIECE
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Ada from Limerick : REHAN
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At the pinnacle : ATOP
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Mikhail of chess : TAL
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Lehrer's partner on TV : MACNEIL
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Plant louse : APHID
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"Trinity" author : URIS
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Kachina, e.g. : DOLL
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"The Neverending Story" author : ENDE
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Live oak : ENCINA
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Three-wheelers : TRIKES
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Naval clerk : YEOMAN
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Kind of leather : PATENT
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Master, to Din : SAHIB
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Tiger bittern : HERON
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Bridegroom's buss fare : KISS
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Narrow groove : STRIA
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Senator Thurmond : STROM
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New Zealand minority member : MAORI
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Sesame Street resident : ERNIE
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Schussboomer : SKIER
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Street, in Siena : STRADA
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___ over (capsized) : KEELED
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Melodious : ARIOSO
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Slow, to Solti : ADAGIO
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"___ Curtain," Newman film : TORN
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Dominion : EMPIRE
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Ensnares : NOOSES
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River of S Iowa : PLATTE
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Space capsule's interior : CABIN
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Third son : SETH
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Netlike : MESHY
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Sacred song : MOTET
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Coup ___ : DETAT
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Box elder : MAPLE
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Winning hit, in baseball argot : GAMER
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Indigent : NEEDY
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Nevin's "The ___" : ROSARY
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Arctic cetacean : NARWAL
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By mouth : ORALLY
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Bogs : FENS
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A province of Minerva : HEALTH
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Tell : RELATE
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Foolish talk : DRIVEL
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Goat-men : SATYRS
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Lave : BATHE
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Greek peak : ATHOS
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Priest's scarf : STOLE
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Netman Becker : BORIS
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Luna and miller : MOTHS
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Emend : EDIT
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Saving : FRUGAL
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Slight pause : COMMA
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He made his fortune in oil : GETTY
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Mannerly chap : GENT
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Stephen or Peter, e.g. : MARTYR
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"The Homecoming" dramatist : PINTER
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City on the Loire : NANTES
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Plant : FACTORY
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Saw : WATCHED
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Identify : EARMARK
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Bid : OFFER
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Pee Wee of Cooperstown : REESE
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Chekhov's "___ Vanya" : UNCLE
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Place for a chaise : PATIO
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Rice or Bernstein : ELMER
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Singer Billy ___ : OCEAN
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Virtue; valor : ARETE
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Molière's Harpagon, e.g. : MISER
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Downy : SOFT
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___ Bowl, for all-pro teams : HULA
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Road, to Romulus : ITER
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QB Simms : PHIL
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Attention-getting word : PSST
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A.A.A. concerns : RTES
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Bill : TAB
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Cyclades island : IOS
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A nucleic acid, for short : RNA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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