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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

GIFTS OF THE MAGI

New York Times, Sunday, December 23, 1984

Author:
John M. Samson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 88, Avg Word Len: 5.25, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 659 (avg 1.49)
Open Squares: 144, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 9, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1984, The New York TimesNo. 12,829
Across
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City NW of Orlando : OCALA
6
Place to park : SPACE
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Picketer’s pariah : SCAB
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Covenant : BOND
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Kind of system : SOLAR
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Family car : WAGON
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Suffix for citron : ELLA
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Earl Weaver was one : ORIOLE
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Gift from Too Tall Jones to Xavier Roberts? : CABBAGEPATCHDOLL
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Tinged : TINTED
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___ snail’s pace : ATA
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Carefree : BREEZY
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Port for a “desert ship” : OASIS
32
Feared fly : TSETSE
33
Durian skin : RIND
35
Being, to Berlioz : ETRE
36
Show of hands : VOTE
37
Guthrie album : ARLO
39
Hankering : YEN
40
Spud buds : EYES
42
Mongoose kin : CIVET
43
Bucolic brooder : HEN
44
Gift from Xavier Roberts to Too Tall Jones? : ELEVATORSHOES
49
God: Comb. form : THEO
51
Nomadic Finn : LAPP
55
Chartreuse, e.g. : COLOR
56
A wild rose has five : PETALS
57
Abrupt : BRIEF
58
N.L. batting champ: 1966 : ALOU
59
Extant : LIVING
61
Drury ___ Theatre : LANE
62
Jim who pitched for 25 years : KAAT
63
Carpel : PISTIL
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Like a lunar sea : ARID
66
Shawm’s descendant : OBOE
68
Gift from Tony Randall to John McEnroe? : TENNISLESSONS
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Mark for Retton : TEN
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Frescoes : MURALS
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Wienerschnitzel staple : VEAL
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Virtuoso : ARTISTE
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Read carefully, with “over” : PORED
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Shade of pink : PRAWN
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Carbine : RIFLE
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Emulates the Mahres : SLALOMS
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Spanish city : LEON
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Means of access : AVENUE
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Org. employing Diane Sawyer : CBS
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Gift from John McEnroe to Tony Randall? : CIGARETTECASE
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Particular : ITEM
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Guitarist Atkins : CHET
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Long-legged wader : AVOCET
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Foray : RAID
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Flintstone’s pet : DINO
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May in “A New Leaf” : ELAINE
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Calabrian coins : LIRE
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Elected : CHOSE
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Lever supports : FULCRA
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Tube or ear precursor : INNER
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Hebrew month : ADAR
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Vow : OATH
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Gift from Castro to Snoopy? : TICKETSTOCATS
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Kind of luck : POT
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Princedom of Charles : WALES
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Louise or Sinatra : TINA
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Org. for Belli : ABA
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Anagram of seek : EKES
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Troubles : AILS
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Smudge : SLUR
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Foch or Morgana : NINA
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Flytrap : COBWEB
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City near Leipzig : HALLE
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Commencement V.I.P. : ORATOR
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Corgi, e.g. : DOG
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El Greco’s city : TOLEDO
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Gift from Snoopy to Castro? : AFTERSHAVELOTION
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Forerunner of quadraphonic : STEREO
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Birdhouse boarder : WREN
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Uranus moon : ARIEL
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Loyal Order : MOOSE
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Emit smoke : REEK
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“Little ___ Jesus asleep ... ” : LORD
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Singer Pendergrass : TEDDY
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Hamill and Rozelle : PETES
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“Sesame Street” grouch : OSCAR
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Raccoonlike animal : COATI
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First British martyr : ALBAN
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Research rm. : LAB
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Aba wearer : ARAB
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Sugar apple : SWEETSOP
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Kind of tiger : PAPER
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Staring : AGAZE
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Fourth Republic president : COTY
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Insert: Abbr. : ENC
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Makes calm : SEDATES
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Cupboard : CLOSET
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“___ want for Christmas ... ” : ALLI
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Corkwood : BALSA
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Gift from Julia Child to Estée Lauder? : BOTTLEOFPERFUME
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Prayer : ORISON
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Number of “ladies dancing” : NINE
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Bonkers : DOTTY
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___-majesté : LESE
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Tree-of-life locale : EDEN
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Meet : GREET
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Features of Pan : HOOVES
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Empty : DEVOID
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Garden State’s flower : VIOLET
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South Korean president: 1948-60 : RHEE
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Story : YARN
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Toler role : CHAN
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Renown : ECLAT
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Orléans’s river : LOIRE
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Hayes of the N.B.A. : ELVIN
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Lade anew : RELOAD
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“Delphine” author Mme. de ___ : STAEL
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Chisholm was one : TRAIL
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Chart toppers : HITS
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Knight’s collie : LASSIE
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Chorale members : ALTOS
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Pen part : POINT
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Throb : PULSE
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Split base : BANANA
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Gift from Estée Lauder to Julia Child? : GOURMETCOOKBOOK
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Recognized : KNEW
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Pita fiber : ISTLE
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French naval port : BREST
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“Dynasty” star : EVANS
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“Mule Train” singer : LAINE
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Dudley of films : MOORE
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Hard money : SPECIE
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Glacial deposit : PLACER
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Way : ROAD
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Incisive answer : RETORT
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Milan’s Teatro alla ___ : SCALA
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Enraged : LIVID
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Spartan marketplace : AGORA
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Curb : LEASH
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Actor Edwards : VINCE
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Chow’s origin : CHINA
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John Brown’s eulogizer : BENET
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Adherents of fun : STERS
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Bustle : TROT
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Infers from data : EDUCES
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Moulin Rouge dance : CANCAN
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Types : ILKS
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Idol : LION
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Abhor : HATE
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Unnewsy news : FILLER
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In a clever way : ASTUTELY
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Conclusion : TAILEND
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Innsbruck’s region : TIROL
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Carolina river : PEEDEE
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Conductor Bruno : WALTER
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St. Luke book : ACTS
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Kick : BOOT
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Less incompetent : ABLER
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Coat alternative : SHAWL
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Plait : SRAID
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Bathed : LAVED
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Dostoyevsky’s “The ___” : IDIOT
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Riata part : NOOSE
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Patron saint of young girls : AGNES
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“The Way We ___” : WERE
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Full, bouffant hair style : AFRO
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Arm of the Labe : OHRE
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Easy win : ROMP
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Sab., to some : SAT
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Wing-tip tip : TOE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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