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John M. Samson
John M. Samson

New York Times, Friday, August 31, 1984

55-Down : V-E Day setting

Author:
John M. Samson
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 15, Columns: 15, Words: 78, Blocks: 36, Avg Word Len: 4.85, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 272 (avg 1.44)
Open Squares: 65, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 9, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
John M. Samson has 49 known pre-Shortz puzzles, and 1 Shortz Era crossword in our database.
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© 1984, The New York TimesNo. 12,715
Across
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Mandrell, to her friends : BARB
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Endured : STOOD
10
Schopfer's pen name : ANET
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Organ stop : OBOE
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"Duck Soup" star : HARPO
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Hay holder : SILO
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Lynn Anderson hit sing : ROSEGARDEN
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Slight : SNUB
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Atkins's instrument : GUITAR
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Que. neighbor : ONT
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Elusive : EELY
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___ Alamitos, Calif. : LOS
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Inadequate : SCANT
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"___ the Radio" (Don Williams hit) : LISTENTO
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Caesar's friend : ANTONY
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Bastard wing : ALULA
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Scrub a mission : ABORT
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Antagonist : FOE
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Forty-five, e.g. : DISC
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Stone marker : STELE
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Singer Turner : TINA
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Drink like a dog : LAP
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Beg : PLEAD
44
Goalies' stats : SAVES
45
S.C. island : EDISTO
47
"The ___ Girl in the Whole U.S.A." (Donna Fargo hit) : HAPPIEST
49
Pincers : CLAWS
51
Grand Ole Opry sign : SRO
52
Song for Aïda : ARIA
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"___ to Be A Country Star" (Statler Bros. hit) : HOW
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Certify : ATTEST
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Karpov's castle : ROOK
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"___ Mind" (Willie Nelson hit) : ALWAYSONMY
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Singer Murray : ANNE
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Childlike : NAIVE
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Celebrity : LION
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Assemblage : MASS
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Laundromat sight : DRIER
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Advantage : EDGE
Down
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Davis Cup star in 1975 : BORG
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Saudi father : ABOU
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Alpine skier Mittermaier : ROSI
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Swiss chard : BEET
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Israel's Plain of ___ : SHARON
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Gob : TAR
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Church calendar : ORDO
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Certain tournaments : OPENS
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"I ___" (Ricky Skaggs hit) : DONTCARE
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Agreement : ASSENT
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Dolly Parton hit : NINETOFIVE
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Jewish month : ELUL
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Yankees' Harrah : TOBY
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Helmet for Hadrian : GALEA
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Condition : STATE
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Army ___ : ANT
27
Tureen emptier : LADLE
28
Early epic : ILIAD
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Eddie Rabbitt hit : SUSPICIONS
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Mothering, for short : TLC
31
West Indian witchcraft : OBEAH
33
Canonical hour : NONES
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What a matzoh lacks : YEAST
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___ the hills (aged) : OLDAS
40
Conway Twitty hit : SLOWHAND
41
Lake near Shanghai : TAI
43
Harper Valley org. : PTA
44
Pips : SPOTS
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Quenches : SLAKES
48
Entreaty : PRAYER
50
Kind of battery : SOLAR
52
Composer Khachaturian : ARAM
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Author Jaffe : RONA
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V-E Day setting : WWII
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Enameled metalware : TOLE
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Geraint's wife : ENID
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E.P.A. concern : SMOG
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Actress Daly : TYNE
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Hwy. : AVE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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