It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.

VERY IMPORTANT PERSONS

New York Times, Sunday, January 18, 1953

Author:
Israel Gitter
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 68, Avg Word Len: 5.33, Missing: { J Q X }, Scrabble score: 563 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 116, Cheaters: 10, FITB: 6, XRef: 1, Spans: 4, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 18
Israel Gitter has 32 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
1
C
2
A
3
P
4
E
5
K
6
M
7
A
8
L
9
T
10
A
11
L
12
E
13
S
14
A
15
G
16
E
17
N
A
S
S
A
U
18
A
V
A
I
L
19
S
20
O
L
I
V
E
S
21
A
R
T
I
C
L
22
E
S
A
N
D
A
M
23
E
N
D
M
E
N
T
24
S
25
I
S
R
26
H
A
R
T
L
E
Y
27
E
D
G
E
S
28
E
O
N
29
L
O
E
30
S
31
K
O
E
L
S
32
B
A
S
E
R
33
E
R
N
A
34
S
N
E
A
35
D
36
S
R
O
37
M
I
R
E
S
38
B
L
A
I
R
39
T
R
E
40
K
41
S
N
42
O
R
K
E
L
43
M
I
L
L
A
Y
44
D
45
O
C
K
E
R
46
S
47
S
P
E
D
48
T
U
D
E
H
49
I
N
A
50
P
I
C
51
T
52
A
R
S
53
B
O
Y
D
54
O
55
S
56
S
57
M
E
R
58
L
59
S
H
R
60
I
K
E
61
M
A
L
62
L
63
E
Y
T
E
64
P
I
N
A
65
Y
66
I
O
W
A
S
67
T
A
T
E
68
E
C
T
O
N
69
L
L
A
M
A
70
S
A
O
71
I
O
D
I
D
72
E
73
A
V
O
N
74
E
L
M
75
H
76
I
T
S
77
F
D
R
78
K
O
L
79
N
80
A
G
A
81
E
82
B
O
N
S
83
P
I
E
S
84
S
K
I
85
N
N
E
R
86
R
87
A
D
I
O
S
88
Z
I
N
N
I
89
A
90
S
91
O
B
E
D
92
E
D
D
A
S
93
R
O
G
E
T
94
S
L
95
D
96
S
T
E
97
T
98
S
99
C
H
E
S
100
D
A
R
T
S
101
S
T
E
E
102
N
103
S
N
A
P
104
A
E
S
105
L
U
C
I
A
106
S
W
A
N
S
E
107
A
108
B
B
L
109
P
R
I
110
M
E
M
I
N
I
111
S
T
E
R
D
I
S
R
112
A
E
L
I
113
E
R
I
V
A
N
114
L
I
G
A
T
E
115
T
A
B
R
E
T
116
D
E
V
I
S
E
117
P
E
T
E
R
118
S
M
O
G
S
© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,309
Across
1. Playwright known for "R. U. R." : CAPEK
6. Valletta is its capital. : MALTA
11. French dramatist. : LESAGE
17. Vacation spot in the Bahamas. : NASSAU
18. Serves. : AVAILS
20. Products of Sicily. : OLIVES
21. Make-up of the Constitution. : ARTICLESANDAMENDMENTS
25. Middle East nation: Abbr. : ISR
26. Name on a controversial act. : HARTLEY
27. Advances gradually. : EDGES
28. Long time. : EON
29. Dodgers' pitcher. : LOES
31. Cuckoos. : KOELS
32. Of less value. : BASER
33. Singer Berger of the Met. : ERNA
34. Famous golfer. : SNEAD
36. Full house. : SRO
37. Involves. : MIRES
38. Guest house for 37 Down. : BLAIR
39. Journey. : TREK
41. Ventilation for submarines. : SNORKEL
43. She wrote "My candle burns at both ends . . . " : MILLAY
44. A. F. L. men. : DOCKERS
47. Expedited. : SPED
48. Iran's Communist party. : TUDEH
49. Miss Claire. : INA
50. Early Briton. : PICT
52. Arms depot: Abbr. : ARS
53. He plays Hopalong. : BOYD
54. Wartime agency. : OSS
57. Blackbird. : MERL
59. Pulitzer prize play (with "The"). : SHRIKE
61. ___ du pays (homesickness): French. : MAL
62. Famous U. S. carrier. : LEYTE
64. French V. I. P. : PINAY
66. College in Ames. : IOWASTATE
68. Senator Mansfield replaces him. : ECTON
69. Guanaco's relative. : LLAMA
70. ___ Miguel, largest of the Azores. : SAO
71. Chemical salt. : IODIDE
73. Cotswold's river. : AVON
74. Hard wood. : ELM
75. Doubles, for instance. : HITS
77. Before H. S. T. : FDR
78. City on the Rhine: Ger. : KOLN
80. Turkish title. : AGA
81. Tropical trees: Poet. : EBONS
83. Indian coins. : PIES
84. Well-known actress. : SKINNER
86. U. S. has 99 million. : RADIOS
88. Symbols of Indiana. : ZINNIAS
91. Man's name. : OBED
92. Norse songs. : EDDAS
93. Compiler of word book, 1852. : ROGET
94. Sealed: Abbr. : SLD
96. Lets stand. : STETS
99. English county: Abbr. : CHES
100. Pub game. : DARTS
101. Umpteen. : STEEN
103. Wafer. : SNAP
104. One of the Stevensons. : AES
105. Donizetti heroine. : LUCIA
106. Welsh port. : SWANSEA
108. Barrel: Abbr. : BBL
109. V. I. P. of 19th century. : PRIMEMINISTERDISRAELI
113. Capital of Armenia. : ERIVAN
114. Tie. : LIGATE
115. Small drum. : TABRET
116. Think out. : DEVISE
117. Yugoslavia's last King. : PETER
118. Atmospheric problems. : SMOGS
Down
1. Man of the wild west. : CARSON
2. New ballet by Valerie Bettis. : ASTREETCARNAMEDDESIRE
3. After chi. : PSI
4. Apiece. : EACH
5. Russian peasant. : KULAK
6. Augusta golf tournament. : MASTERS
7. King Arthur's ocean island: Var. : AVALLON
8. Routes. : LANES
9. Piece of fancy work. : TIDY
10. ___ carte. : ALA
11. Ropes for circus horses. : LONGES
12. A shrub. : ELDER
13. U. S. admiral of W. W. I. : SIMS
14. Hail: Latin. : AVE
15. V. I. P. in the Pentagon. : GENERALHOYTVANDENBERG
16. Where Lake Peipus is. : ESTONIA
17. Synonym of hardness. : NAILS
19. Threw mud. : SMEARED
22. Mythical V. I. P. : EROS
23. ___ Ford. : EDSEL
24. Insidious. : SNARY
30. Channel island. : SARK
32. Hostelers' means of travel. : BIKES
33. French pronoun. : ELLE
35. Heartfelt. : DEEP
37. V. I. P. of Jan. 20. : MRPRESIDENT
38. F. D. R. Cabinet member. : BIDDLE
40. Malay dagger: Var. : KRIS
42. Honshu port. : OSAKA
43. Very: Spanish. : MUY
44. Facial asset. : DIMPLE
45. He wrote "The Hairy Ape." : ONEILL
46. Foliated rocks. : SCHISTS
48. Swords. : TOLEDOS
51. Ancient Troy's territory. : TROAS
53. Colorful patterned fabric. : BATIK
55. Foil for a comedian. : STOOGE
56. Ancient kingdom in the Sudan. : SENNAR
58. Book of the Old Testament: Abbr. : LAM
60. ___ Jima. : IWO
61. Hilarious. : MAD
63. Before M. S. A. : ECA
65. Louts. : YAHOOS
67. Trunks. : TORSI
72. City in Nevada. : ELKO
76. Republicans. : INS
77. Clarifies by filtration. : FINES
79. His ___, V. I. P. : NIBS
82. Bigot's stock in trade. : BIAS
83. Hair-do. : PIGTAIL
85. Captures. : NETS
86. Made-over tire. : RECAP
87. Was devoted. : ADHERED
88. Malik's successor in U. N. : ZORIN
89. Phoenician goddess. : ASTARTE
90. Suitor of Anne Page. : SLENDER
93. French dramatist. : RACINE
95. Lucille Ball's husband. : DESI
97. Statistical lists. : TABLES
98. Yugoslav port. : SPLIT
100. Creator of E. Dantes. : DUMAS
101. One of a famous Churchill trio. : SWEAT
102. Abodes. : NESTS
105. Son of Jacob. : LEVI
106. Storage: Abbr. : STGE
107. Ancient Syria. : ARAM
110. Leif Ericson's time. : MIV
111. Taste. : SIP
112. Turku's other name. : ABO

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 11 debuted here and reused later, 14 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

Found bugs or have suggestions?

Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

|