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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

LETTERMEN UNCOVERED

New York Times, Sunday, April 5, 1981

Author:
John McCarthy Samson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 80, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 551 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 136, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 12
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
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© 1981, The New York TimesNo. 11,471
Across
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Sluggish : LEADEN
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"Heart of Dixie" : ALABAMA
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Indian ruler : RAJAH
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Restrains : BRIDLES
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They made a star trek : WISEMEN
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Figure of speech : TROPE
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General Stuart : JAMESEWELLBROWN
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Principle of right : ETHIC
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Sixth Hebrew month : ADAR
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Doozy : LULU
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Quechuan : INCA
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Dada : PAPA
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Town in Yugoslavia : STIP
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Serial material : PERILS
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Young oyster : SPAT
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Mythomaniac : LIAR
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Ho predecessor : HEIGH
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Piles : NAPS
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O'Neill play : ILE
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Poet cummings : EDWARDESTLIN
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Lament : GRIEVE
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Canal Zone district : BALBOA
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Esteem : HONOR
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Like Alice's pool : TEARED
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Mrs. Polk : SARAH
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Hidden by : BEHIND
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A famous picker : PIPER
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ETV purveyor : PBS
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Play, in a way : STRUM
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Actress Anouk ___ : AIMEE
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Writer Ephron : NORA
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Holmes called him "The Oldest" : ALI
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Poet Eliot : THOMASSTEARNS
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___ tree (margosa) : NIM
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Foxx : REDD
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Corday's victim : MARAT
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Exhaust : DRAIN
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Cachar, e.g. : TEA
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Landed estate : MANOR
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Muppet drummer : ANIMAL
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Grani or Sleipnir : STEED
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Punta ___, Chilean port : ARENAS
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Oneida Community founder : NOYES
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Thin pancakes : CREPES
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"Mr. October" is one : YANKEE
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Poet Housman : ALFREDEDWARD
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Type of gen. : MAJ
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Blunt : DULL
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Badger's kin : OTTER
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Empress Ivanovna : ANNA
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Firmness : IRON
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Sour drink : ALEGAR
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Pteroid : ALAR
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Fume : REEK
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Comme ci, comme ça : SOSO
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"___ corny . . . " : IMAS
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Olympic fencing game : EPEE
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Court petitioners : SUERS
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Novelist Wodehouse : PELHAMGRENVILLE
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Molded entree : ASPIC
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Scrooge, at first : SNEERER
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More unkempt : SEEDIER
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"Clo-Clo" composer : LEHAR
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State socialism : ETATISM
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Edward Morgan Forster, e.g. : WRITER
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J.F.K.'s successor : LBJ
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Epoch : ERA
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Purpose : AIM
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R.M.N. was his V.P. : DDE
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"Lohengrin" heroine : ELSA
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Requisites : NEEDS
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This can be boring : AWL
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A Gish, for short : LIL
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Fireproofing: Abbr. : ASB
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Uncle Miltie : BERLE
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Love affair : AMOUR
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Like the infant in Jaques' speech : MEWLING
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Ring-shaped : ANNULAR
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Abbr. for 1 or 81 : RTE
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Gilmore, of hoop fame : ARTIS
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Financier Morgan : JOHNPIERPONT
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At the summit : APICAL
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Queen of Hades : HECATE
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Bandage : SWATHE
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Iroquoian tribe : ERIES
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Frosh at the U.S.M.A. : PLEB
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Ghislanzoni libretto : AIDA
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Detent : PAWL
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Wahabis, e.g. : ARABS
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Inside stuff : PITH
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American showman Barnum : PHINEASTAYLOR
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Polish foregoer : SPIT
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Lumpish mass : GLOB
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Ooze : SEEP
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Meat treat : ROAST
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___ Vader, film villain : DARTH
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Type of pitcher's dream game : NOHIT
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Conceited : VAIN
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Frosted : RIMED
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Like Poe's prose : EERIE
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A work by Samuel Nathaniel Behrman : DRAMA
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Bouquet : AROMA
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Not quite angelic : HUMAN
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Comes close : NEARS
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Rid of rodents : DERAT
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Toscanini's birthplace : PARMA
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Dim; cloudy : BLEAR
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Humorist Perelman : SIDNEYJOSEPH
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U.S. watercolorist: 1870–1953 : MARIN
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Island group north of Tonga : SAMOA
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Caroline, to Ted : NIECE
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Wooden comedian : SNERD
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Lady from Lisbon : DONA
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Strip of shoe leather : RAND
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Jim Rice's field : LEFT
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Chemist's flask : DEWAR
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Gull-like sea bird : SKUA
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Muchacha's title: Abbr. : SRTA
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Counter follower : PANE
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Haliaeetus albicella : ERNE
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Pierre's loc. : SDAK
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Elongated circle : ELLIPSE
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Gold or silver : ELEMENT
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Conger catcher : EELER
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Part of the décor : DRAPES
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Prayer book : MISSAL
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Excite : AROUSE
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Water wheel : NORIA
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Casque : GALEA
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Scottish platter : ASHET
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Start over : RENEW
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Constantly : EVER
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Text for a dir. : SCR
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Onassis : ARI
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Enero or febrero : MES
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Metric unit of wt. : GRM
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Homophone for Eydie : IDI
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Kindled : LIT
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Grant of films : LEE
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Bungle : ERR

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 5 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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