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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 Down
1. Sluggish : LEADEN
7. "Heart of Dixie" : ALABAMA
14. Indian ruler : RAJAH
19. Restrains : BRIDLES
21. They made a star trek : WISEMEN
22. Figure of speech : TROPE
23. General Stuart : JAMESEWELLBROWN
25. Principle of right : ETHIC
26. Sixth Hebrew month : ADAR
27. Doozy : LULU
28. Quechuan : INCA
29. Dada : PAPA
33. Town in Yugoslavia : STIP
35. Serial material : PERILS
37. Young oyster : SPAT
38. Mythomaniac : LIAR
39. Ho predecessor : HEIGH
41. Piles : NAPS
43. O'Neill play : ILE
44. Poet cummings : EDWARDESTLIN
48. Lament : GRIEVE
50. Canal Zone district : BALBOA
51. Esteem : HONOR
53. Like Alice's pool : TEARED
56. Mrs. Polk : SARAH
59. Hidden by : BEHIND
62. A famous picker : PIPER
63. ETV purveyor : PBS
66. Play, in a way : STRUM
68. Actress Anouk ___ : AIMEE
69. Writer Ephron : NORA
70. Holmes called him "The Oldest" : ALI
71. Poet Eliot : THOMASSTEARNS
75. ___ tree (margosa) : NIM
76. Foxx : REDD
78. Corday's victim : MARAT
79. Exhaust : DRAIN
80. Cachar, e.g. : TEA
81. Landed estate : MANOR
83. Muppet drummer : ANIMAL
85. Grani or Sleipnir : STEED
87. Punta ___, Chilean port : ARENAS
89. Oneida Community founder : NOYES
91. Thin pancakes : CREPES
95. "Mr. October" is one : YANKEE
98. Poet Housman : ALFREDEDWARD
101. Type of gen. : MAJ
103. Blunt : DULL
104. Badger's kin : OTTER
105. Empress Ivanovna : ANNA
106. Firmness : IRON
108. Sour drink : ALEGAR
111. Pteroid : ALAR
113. Fume : REEK
114. Comme ci, comme ça : SOSO
115. "___ corny . . . " : IMAS
116. Olympic fencing game : EPEE
118. Court petitioners : SUERS
120. Novelist Wodehouse : PELHAMGRENVILLE
128. Molded entree : ASPIC
129. Scrooge, at first : SNEERER
130. More unkempt : SEEDIER
131. "Clo-Clo" composer : LEHAR
132. State socialism : ETATISM
133. Edward Morgan Forster, e.g. : WRITER
1. J.F.K.'s successor : LBJ
2. Epoch : ERA
3. Purpose : AIM
4. R.M.N. was his V.P. : DDE
5. "Lohengrin" heroine : ELSA
6. Requisites : NEEDS
7. This can be boring : AWL
8. A Gish, for short : LIL
9. Fireproofing: Abbr. : ASB
10. Uncle Miltie : BERLE
11. Love affair : AMOUR
12. Like the infant in Jaques' speech : MEWLING
13. Ring-shaped : ANNULAR
14. Abbr. for 1 or 81 : RTE
15. Gilmore, of hoop fame : ARTIS
16. Financier Morgan : JOHNPIERPONT
17. At the summit : APICAL
18. Queen of Hades : HECATE
20. Bandage : SWATHE
24. Iroquoian tribe : ERIES
29. Frosh at the U.S.M.A. : PLEB
30. Ghislanzoni libretto : AIDA
31. Detent : PAWL
32. Wahabis, e.g. : ARABS
34. Inside stuff : PITH
35. American showman Barnum : PHINEASTAYLOR
36. Polish foregoer : SPIT
40. Lumpish mass : GLOB
42. Ooze : SEEP
45. Meat treat : ROAST
46. ___ Vader, film villain : DARTH
47. Type of pitcher's dream game : NOHIT
49. Conceited : VAIN
52. Frosted : RIMED
54. Like Poe's prose : EERIE
55. A work by Samuel Nathaniel Behrman : DRAMA
57. Bouquet : AROMA
58. Not quite angelic : HUMAN
60. Comes close : NEARS
61. Rid of rodents : DERAT
63. Toscanini's birthplace : PARMA
64. Dim; cloudy : BLEAR
65. Humorist Perelman : SIDNEYJOSEPH
67. U.S. watercolorist: 1870–1953 : MARIN
72. Island group north of Tonga : SAMOA
73. Caroline, to Ted : NIECE
74. Wooden comedian : SNERD
77. Lady from Lisbon : DONA
82. Strip of shoe leather : RAND
84. Jim Rice's field : LEFT
86. Chemist's flask : DEWAR
88. Gull-like sea bird : SKUA
90. Muchacha's title: Abbr. : SRTA
92. Counter follower : PANE
93. Haliaeetus albicella : ERNE
94. Pierre's loc. : SDAK
96. Elongated circle : ELLIPSE
97. Gold or silver : ELEMENT
99. Conger catcher : EELER
100. Part of the décor : DRAPES
101. Prayer book : MISSAL
102. Excite : AROUSE
107. Water wheel : NORIA
109. Casque : GALEA
110. Scottish platter : ASHET
112. Start over : RENEW
117. Constantly : EVER
119. Text for a dir. : SCR
121. Onassis : ARI
122. Enero or febrero : MES
123. Metric unit of wt. : GRM
124. Homophone for Eydie : IDI
125. Kindled : LIT
126. Grant of films : LEE
127. 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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