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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
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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,309
Across
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Playwright known for "R. U. R." : CAPEK
6
Valletta is its capital. : MALTA
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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
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Sealed: Abbr. : SLD
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Lets stand. : STETS
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English county: Abbr. : CHES
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Pub game. : DARTS
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Umpteen. : STEEN
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Wafer. : SNAP
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One of the Stevensons. : AES
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Donizetti heroine. : LUCIA
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Welsh port. : SWANSEA
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Barrel: Abbr. : BBL
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V. I. P. of 19th century. : PRIMEMINISTERDISRAELI
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Capital of Armenia. : ERIVAN
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Tie. : LIGATE
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Small drum. : TABRET
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Think out. : DEVISE
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Yugoslavia's last King. : PETER
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Atmospheric problems. : SMOGS
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Man of the wild west. : CARSON
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New ballet by Valerie Bettis. : ASTREETCARNAMEDDESIRE
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After chi. : PSI
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Apiece. : EACH
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Russian peasant. : KULAK
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Augusta golf tournament. : MASTERS
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King Arthur's ocean island: Var. : AVALLON
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Routes. : LANES
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Piece of fancy work. : TIDY
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___ carte. : ALA
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Ropes for circus horses. : LONGES
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A shrub. : ELDER
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U. S. admiral of W. W. I. : SIMS
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Hail: Latin. : AVE
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V. I. P. in the Pentagon. : GENERALHOYTVANDENBERG
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Where Lake Peipus is. : ESTONIA
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Synonym of hardness. : NAILS
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Threw mud. : SMEARED
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Mythical V. I. P. : EROS
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___ Ford. : EDSEL
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Insidious. : SNARY
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Channel island. : SARK
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Hostelers' means of travel. : BIKES
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French pronoun. : ELLE
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Heartfelt. : DEEP
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V. I. P. of Jan. 20. : MRPRESIDENT
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F. D. R. Cabinet member. : BIDDLE
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Malay dagger: Var. : KRIS
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Honshu port. : OSAKA
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Very: Spanish. : MUY
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Facial asset. : DIMPLE
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He wrote "The Hairy Ape." : ONEILL
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Foliated rocks. : SCHISTS
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Swords. : TOLEDOS
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Ancient Troy's territory. : TROAS
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Colorful patterned fabric. : BATIK
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Foil for a comedian. : STOOGE
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Ancient kingdom in the Sudan. : SENNAR
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Book of the Old Testament: Abbr. : LAM
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___ Jima. : IWO
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Hilarious. : MAD
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Before M. S. A. : ECA
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Louts. : YAHOOS
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Trunks. : TORSI
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City in Nevada. : ELKO
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Republicans. : INS
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Clarifies by filtration. : FINES
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His ___, V. I. P. : NIBS
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Bigot's stock in trade. : BIAS
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Hair-do. : PIGTAIL
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Captures. : NETS
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Made-over tire. : RECAP
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Was devoted. : ADHERED
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Malik's successor in U. N. : ZORIN
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Phoenician goddess. : ASTARTE
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Suitor of Anne Page. : SLENDER
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French dramatist. : RACINE
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Lucille Ball's husband. : DESI
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Statistical lists. : TABLES
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Yugoslav port. : SPLIT
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Creator of E. Dantes. : DUMAS
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One of a famous Churchill trio. : SWEAT
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Abodes. : NESTS
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Son of Jacob. : LEVI
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Storage: Abbr. : STGE
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Ancient Syria. : ARAM
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Leif Ericson's time. : MIV
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Taste. : SIP
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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.

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