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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

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New York Times, Sunday, April 3, 1983

Author:
John M. Samson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 136, Blocks: 79, Avg Word Len: 5.32, Missing: { Q }, Scrabble score: 542 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 130, Cheaters: 8, FITB: 12, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 15
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1983, The New York TimesNo. 12,199
Across
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Massage : RUB
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Evade : DODGE
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Medieval helmet : ARMET
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Nobelist in Literature: 1957 : CAMUS
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Gibbon : APE
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Kind of squash : ACORN
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Charter : LEASE
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Ammann's sect : AMISH
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Avoir. weights : LBS
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Rent anew : RELET
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Arterial trunk : AORTA
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Nouveau ___ : RICHE
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English songbird? : PETULALARK
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Certain monuments : STELAE
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Half a snicker : HEE
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Supreme Court member: 1955–71 : HARLAN
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Babilonia et al. : TAIS
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Command to a canine : HEEL
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Stable : BARN
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Sheppard-Turpin gun : STEN
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Incandescent linguist? : WILLIAMAFIRE
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Overwhelm : SWAMP
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Started a pool : ANTED
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Big endings : FINALES
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To scent, in Sevilla : OLER
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Trip in a ship : SAIL
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Playwright Ionesco : EUGENE
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Ascended : SCALED
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Invalidate : VOID
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Cowboy's need : RIATA
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Designer with a young lady in mind? : BILLLASS
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He never grew up : PETERPAN
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Musical dir. : RIT
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"Sometimes ___ Goes By" : ADAY
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Apprehend : SEIZE
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Habituate : INURE
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Formerly : ONCE
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Pronoun : HER
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Greek : HELLENIC
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Nast uprooted him? : BOSSWEED
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White poplar : ABELE
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Va. neighbor : TENN
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Limit : BOUNDS
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Opposite of "exeunt" : MANENT
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Actress Allgood : SARA
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Legionnaire's cap : KEPI
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Secret : ARCANUM
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"The ___ See of You" : MOREI
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Originate : START
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Actress who's misbehavin'? : EVAMARIEAINT
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Dull one : NERD
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Highlands hillside : BRAE
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"___ Old Cowhand" : IMAN
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___ vu : DEJA
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Dieter's no-no : SUNDAE
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You, to Johann : IHR
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Confesses : ADMITS
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Clever actress? : LORETTAWIT
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Heat-resistant glass : PYREX
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Hilo hello : ALOHA
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Atoll part : ISLET
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Song from "A Chorus Line" : ONE
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Ham it up : EMOTE
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Subsequently : LATER
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Bête follower : NOIRE
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Poetic preposition : OER
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Moistened : DEWED
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Trample : STOMP
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Flout : SNEER
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Irish golfer Smyth : DES
Down
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Bellamy and Edwards : RALPHS
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Certain baton strokes : UPBEATS
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Scatter about : BESTREW
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___ Hood, "Our Gang" actress : DARLA
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Lindy's hurdle : OCEAN
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Looker : DOLL
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W.W. I : GREATWAR
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Hop the Orient Express : ENTRAIN
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Beef ___ mode : ALA
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Speed Wagons : REOS
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First First Lady : MARTHA
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Admiration : ESTEEM
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Gunpowder item : TEALEAF
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Custody : CARE
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Gaston, to Alphonse : AMI
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Actress who deserved her Emmy? : MICHAELEARNED
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Peck's early job : USHER
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Radiance : SHEEN
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Elbow-wrist link : ULNA
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Tartan wraparounds : KILTS
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Caine role: 1966 : ALFIE
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Silk filament : SLEAVE
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Odin's counselor : BRAGI
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Fatuous : IDIOTIC
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Entomb, in a way : INURN
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"___ Flanders" : MOLL
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Satisfy : PLEASE
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Tempts : ENTICES
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"Gentlemen, be ___ " : SEATED
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De Soto contemporary : EDSEL
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Property incumbrance : LIEN
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Short journalistic addendum : SIDEBAR
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Lawyer who made his mark? : CLARENCEARROW
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A Khan : ALY
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Defeat soundly : DRUB
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___ Islands, near Fla. : BAHAMA
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Sediment : SILT
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Boz or Ouida : PENNAME
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Investigate : PROBE
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"___ Fables" : AESOPS
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Razzle-dazzle foursome : ZEES
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Have : OWN
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Reddish brown : HENNA
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Foray : INROAD
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Clubs, e.g. : SUIT
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Hit the road : LEAVE
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Protuberant : TUMID
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Will Durant's wife : ARIEL
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Famous trailblazer? : KITARSON
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Warmblooded group : MAMMALS
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Commands : ENJOINS
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Soprano Moffo : ANNA
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Sequoia : REDWOOD
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Apprentice : TRAINEE
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Scold : RAILAT
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Altogether : INTOTO
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Discourages : DETERS
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Man, e.g. : BIPED
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Nash forte : RHYME
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Cubic meter : STERE
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Absolute : UTTER
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Fired : AXED
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Noah's eldest son : SHEM
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Author Wiesel : ELIE
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Summer, in Somme : ETE
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Dadaist Jean ___ : ARP

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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