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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

New York Times, Saturday, May 11, 1985

Author:
John M. Samson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 295 (avg 1.56)
Open Squares: 71, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Spans: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 1
John M. Samson has 49 pre-Shortz puzzles and 1 Shortz Era puzzle in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Regarding 49-Down clue, the actual title is "There's No Business Like Show Business"—may have been shortened here to save column space; left as in the original. This puzzle was a tribute to Irving Berlin, who was born May 11, 1888, and was still alive in 1985.

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B
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M
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C
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© 1985, The New York TimesNo. 12,968
Across
1
Model-airplane wood : BALSA
6
Dance step : PAS
9
G sharp : AFLAT
14
Bergman and Lerner : ALANS
15
Rhea's relative : EMU
16
César Franck's birthplace : LIEGE
17
With "They," 1946 Irving Berlin song : SAYITSWONDERFUL
20
Sonnet division : SESTET
21
Landon's running mate : KNOX
22
Chess champ: 1960–61 : TAL
23
Complain : CRAB
25
Certain vote : YEA
26
Kind of window brush : SASH
29
Coach Warner : POP
31
Busybodies : SNOOPS
36
Org. for a D.A. : ABA
37
Actress in "Limelight" : BLOOM
39
Ship's crane : DAVIT
40
Berlin classic: 1939 : GODBLESSAMERICA
43
Au revoir's cousin : ADIEU
44
Jon Vickers, e.g. : TENOR
45
Silent greeting : NOD
46
Required : NEEDED
48
___ Claro, Brazil : RIO
49
Numbered, to Daniel : MENE
50
Call for help : SOS
52
Actor Ray : ALDO
54
River near Emden : EMS
57
Emulate Haji-Sheikh : KICK
59
Mame, to Patrick Dennis : AUNTIE
63
Berlin song: 1929 : PUTTINONTHERITZ
66
"___ a Piano," 1915 Berlin song : ILOVE
67
Caddy contents : TEA
68
Charlie Chan actor : TOLER
69
Genre : CLASS
70
Composer Snyder : TED
71
Novelist Lagerlöf : SELMA
Down
1
Combo member : BASS
2
Insect's wings : ALAE
3
Melodies of yore : LAYS
4
Tattle : SNITCH
5
Tanglefoot : ASTER
6
Basilica bench : PEW
7
In a frenzy : AMOK
8
"Some ___ Day," 1922 Berlin song : SUNNY
9
He had Berlin's ragtime band : ALEXANDER
10
Fragrant tree : FIR
11
An outfield field : LEFT
12
Water, to Domingo : AGUA
13
Divulge : TELL
18
Principal : STAPLE
19
Female rabbits : DOES
24
Promote : BOOST
26
"Cosmos" host : SAGAN
27
Home : ABODE
28
"___ Salome . . . ," 1909 Berlin song : SADIE
30
Toughie : POSER
32
Row : OAR
33
Bighorn, e.g. : OVINE
34
Molly of the stage : PICON
35
Frederica von ___ : STADE
37
Berlin song: 1927 : BLUESKIES
38
Craze : MANIA
41
Board's buddy : BED
42
Gelt : MOOLAH
47
"___ What Comes Natur'lly," 1946 Berlin song : DOIN
49
Marilyn who sang Berlin's "Show Business" : MONROE
51
Composer Joplin : SCOTT
53
MacDonald-Eddy songs : DUETS
54
Grandiose : EPIC
55
Spice up cider : MULL
56
Plato's portico : STOA
58
Deep-___ bend : KNEE
60
Cultivate : TILL
61
Particular : ITEM
62
Biblical book : EZRA
64
Tubes, to some : TVS
65
Bit : TAD

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 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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