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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

MATRON OF HONOR

New York Times, Sunday, March 17, 1985

Author:
John McCarthy Samson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 164, Blocks: 92, Avg Word Len: 5.33, Missing: { J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 664 (avg 1.52)
Open Squares: 151, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 12,913
Across
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Out of bed : ASTIR
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Buccaneers' home : TAMPA
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Leave the Union : SECEDE
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Bargain-hunt : SHOP
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Start of a limerick : THERE
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Scarf : ASCOT
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Gap : HIATUS
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Baylor U.'s city : WACO
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Limerick: Part II : WASAYOUNGROSEFROMTRALEE
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Echidna's edible : ANT
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Liberate : FREE
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Gay ___ : PAREE
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Heavens holder : ATLAS
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Traces of hope : RAYS
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Baked in a kiln : FIRED
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Songs from Erin : LILTS
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Octavian's foe : ANTONY
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Marked murderer : CAIN
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On (a specified time) : ASOF
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Children : ISSUE
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Limerick: Part III : WHOONCEWENTOFFONASPREE
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Secluded : REMOTE
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"Our Miss Brooks" star : ARDEN
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Harmonium : ORGAN
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Bill : TAB
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Wane : ABATE
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Tendon : SINEW
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Whimpering one : CRIER
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Misplace : LOSE
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Some swans : PENS
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Utah's or Vermont's ___ Creek : OTTER
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Leader's leader : CHEER
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Teases : BAITS
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English horn's kin : OBOE
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Hold sway : REIGN
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Ornamental band : ARMLET
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Limerick: Part IV : NOWSHEWRITESTOTHEPAPERS
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It's for the birds : AVIARY
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He lived by his own golden rule : MIDAS
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Esau : EDOM
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Veil material : TULLE
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Trident : SPEAR
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Uncovered : BARED
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Eschar : SCAB
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___ breve : ALLA
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Rebuff : SPURN
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Relay-race item : BATON
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River of Scotland : CLYDE
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Chou En-___ : LAI
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Pianist Victor : BORGE
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Conductor Sir Georg : SOLTI
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Auras : AROMAS
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Limerick: Part V : REPREHENDINGSUCHCAPERS
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Liza Minnelli's sister : LORNA
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City near Phoenix : MESA
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Zenith : ACME
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Most faultless : PUREST
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Hippo chaser : DROME
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Prefix for film : MICRO
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Gaff : SPAR
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Prophet fed by ravens : ELIAS
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Manicurist's board : EMERY
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Collars : NABS
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"___ Blue?," 1929 song : AMI
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Limerick: Part VI : ANDSIGNSHERSELFMOTHEROF
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Confine, in a way : CAGE
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Lute-family members : SITARS
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More calamitous : DIRER
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Riley's friend Digger : ODELL
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Hearken : HEED
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In ___ (so to speak) : ASENSE
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October birthstones : OPALS
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End of limerick : THREE
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In a state of conflict : ATWAR
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Columnist Alexander : SHANA
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Peevish : TESTY
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Tax-deferred acct. : IRA
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Juan Carlos I, e.g. : REY
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Bull-like : TAURINE
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He played Lou Grant : ASNER
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Fibber or Molly : MCGEE
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Spanish preposition : POR
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At the pinnacle : ATOP
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Robin Hood's pursuer : SHERIFF
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Plateau of W. Germany : EIFEL
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Insertion symbol : CARET
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W.W. II arena : ETO
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"___ Spiro, Spero" (S.C. motto) : DUM
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Part of i.e. : EST
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Fly follower : SWATTER
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Call to the hounds : HALLO
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Where the Shannon ends : OCEAN
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Lovelace's forte : POESY
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Pols seek this : OFFICE
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Bar : SALOON
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Amassed, as debts : RANUP
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Skedaddles : SCOOTS
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Temper : DANDER
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Maureen McGovern, e.g. : SINGER
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Part of A.M.A. : ASSN
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Pot ingredient : ANTE
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Mulligan's specialty : STEW
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Mosel tributary : SAAR
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Encase : WRAP
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Hercules' wife : HEBE
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Mideast sultanate : OMAN
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Garçon : WAITER
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County Donegal river : ERNE
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Precede : FOREGO
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Become aligned : ORIENT
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Prima ballerina : ETOILE
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Lent's conclusion : EASTER
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Defeats : BESTS
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Pack away : STOW
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Vouchers : CHITS
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Tiffany ___ : LAMP
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Comply : OBEY
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U.F.W.'s Chavez : CESAR
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Novelist Stoker : BRAM
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Czech river : OHRE
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Fortification : REDAN
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Eel, e.g. : APOD
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Dating from birth : NATAL
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Like a small egg : OVULAR
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A Nelson : WILLIE
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Reception hall : SALA
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Criticize : IMPUGN
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Arranged in rows : TIERED
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An adjective for St. Patrick : HEROIC
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Early garden spot : EDEN
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Unfurl : SPREAD
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Christmas tree : BALSAM
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Aleutian island : ATTU
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Foothills : SLOPES
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Flower cluster : CYME
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Month before Nisan : ADAR
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Actress Armstrong : BESS
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Son, in Stuttgart : SOHN
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Sources of peat : BOGS
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How some preppies prep : CRAM
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Ernie's Muppet-mate : BERT
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Fleers : SNEERS
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Greet first : ACCOST
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Contented : PLEASED
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Walden's "Lou Grant" role : ROSSI
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Absorb deeply : IMMERSE
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Clings to : HARBORS
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Nectarine : PEACH
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Forearm bones : ULNAE
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Riva ___, 1972 Derby winner : RIDGE
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Ada, from Limerick : REHAN
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Old Hebrew measures : OMERS
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Below: Prefix : INFRA
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Dromedary : CAMEL
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Corer's cousin : PARER
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Soap plant : AMOLE
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Carbine : RIFLE
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Tokyo, formerly : YEDO
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The Federal Register is this agcy.'s concern : GSA
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Serbian city : NIS
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___-Foy, Que. : STE
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Back talk : LIP
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Peppery : HOT
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Old English letter : EDH

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 4 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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