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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

12 CHRISTMAS GIFTS

New York Times, Sunday, December 22, 1991

Author:
John M. Samson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 73, Avg Word Len: 5.26, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 541 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 122, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 3, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 8
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1991, The New York TimesNo. 15,384
Across
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Stocking stuffer : SANTA
6
Orange gem : BALAS
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"Cantique de Noël" composer : ADAM
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Colors : FLAG
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Doll up : PREEN
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Byword : ADAGE
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Beach resort : LIDO
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Superior : AONE
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Naos : CELLA
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Variable stars : NOVAE
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"The World of Words" author : PARTRIDGE
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Those with telephonitis? : CALLINGBIRDS
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Cleanses : DETERGES
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Thrills : ELATES
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Mother of Eos : THEA
34
"The Old Wives' Tale" dramatist : PEELE
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Tannenbaum topper : STAR
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Crush : MASH
39
Traveling salesmen : DRUMMERS
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Trio from Oslo : AHA
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Prefix for center : EPI
43
Gray and Moran : ERINS
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Puissant : POTENT
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Jumpy noblemen? : LORDSALEAPING
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DII doubled : MIV
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O.T. book : NEH
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Sugarplum, e.g. : TREAT
55
Fetch : BRING
56
Medicate : DOSE
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Self-image : EGO
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Rustic : MOSSBACK
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Elvis Presley hit : DONT
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Confederate gen. : REL
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Poulettes? : FRENCHHENS
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Slow pacifist? : TURTLEDOVE
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Linear measure : ROD
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Puts away : EATS
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Vaquero's relative : RANCHERO
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Radio plugs : ADS
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Confines, in a way : PENS
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About : CIRCA
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Kind of tape : VIDEO
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Society-page word : NEE
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Mork's planet : ORK
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Part of the holiday check-out snarl? : LADIESWAITING
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A sheepdog : COLLIE
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Indian's protector : TOTEM
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Under the weather : ILL
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Female kangaroo : DOE
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Firedogs : ANDIRONS
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Admits : OWNS
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Rudolph's high beam : NOSE
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Come out : DEBUT
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Lee in "Funny Face" : RUTA
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Range of NE Italy : CADORE
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Alert : OPENEYED
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Busy flautists : PIPERSPIPING
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Spousal symbols : GOLDRINGS
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Swedish seaport : MALMO
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Preceder of 63 Across : THREE
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Futile : IDLE
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Magpie : PIET
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German river : ALLER
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TV's "___ Indiana" : EERIE
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Wrench : TEAR
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Very light brown : ECRU
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Soubrettes : MAIDS
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Cob and pen : SWANS
Down
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Humane org. : SPCC
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Quarter : AREA
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Dudley Do-Right's love : NELL
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Job O. Henry had : TELLER
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"For want of ___ the shoe . . . " : ANAIL
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Pony : BANGTAIL
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Taos buildings : ADOBES
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Opulent : LAVISH
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Seaweed substance : AGAR
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Coconut, e.g. : SEED
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Snowcapped peak : ALP
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Magi headbands : DIADEMS
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In the arms of Morpheus : ADREAM
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Peace Nobelist John R. ___: 1946 : MOTT
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Superlative for Snow White : FAIREST
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Fraternal club : LODGE
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Tannenbaum topper : ANGEL
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Simpletons : GEESE
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Chastise : REPROVE
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City in SW Idaho : NAMPA
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Sequence : STRING
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Dangled : HUNG
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'Tis the season to be chary : SALT
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Sif's husband : THOR
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Solothurn's river : AARE
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Wassail : DRINK
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Letter from Paul : EPISTLE
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Renaissance sword : ESTOC
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D. W. Griffith films : EPICS
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Año nuevo time : ENERO
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Beersheba's locale : NEGEV
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Gunwale pin : THOLE
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Denounce : DAMN
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Brooklyn's "field of dreams" : EBBETS
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Irish islands : ARANS
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Two fortnights : MONTH
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Biblical seamstress : DORCAS
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Swerved : SHEERED
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Cut of beef : SHANK
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Blockhead : DUNCE
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Coin for Père Noël : FRANC
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Copland ballet : RODEO
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Car of 1957 : EDSEL
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Basin in W China : TARIM
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Forage plant : ERVIL
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Trifle : DOIT
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Sleighs, e.g. : RIDES
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Tip : POINTER
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Forty winks : CATNAP
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Prank : DIDO
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Country Slaughter : ENOS
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S-curve : OGEE
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Joe Orton play : LOOT
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Wide ties or knots : WINDSORS
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"Matter of Fact" columnist : ALSOP
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Wash : LAUNDER
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Plodding one : TRUDGER
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Peaceful : IRENIC
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Peacock spots : OCELLI
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Became friendly, with "to" : WARMED
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Enoch, to Seth : NEPHEW
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Loaf : DOGIT
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Lyric poem : EPODE
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Adjective for Loren : BELLA
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Observances : RITES
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Eek! : YIPE
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Muslim scholar : IMAM
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Spanish shovel : PALA
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Soprano Petina : IRRA
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Opposite of ja : NEIN
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Turns right : GEES
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Miami inst. : STU

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 13 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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