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VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE

New York Times, Sunday, October 1, 1950

Author:
Jack Luzzatto
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 144, Blocks: 66, Avg Word Len: 5.21, Missing: { F J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 536 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 116, Cheaters: 3, FITB: 7, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 29 Grid has diagonal symmetry.
Jack Luzzatto has 292 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1950, The New York TimesNo. 469
Across
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Former Under Secretary of State. : WELLES
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Cheerless. : BLEAK
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Moshe Shertok's new name. : SHARETT
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President of Italy. : EINAUDI
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Last movement of a sonata. : RONDO
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He's worthy of his hire. : LABORER
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Not granted. : UNGIVEN
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Alfred Lunt. : ACTOR
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Words from Clay, Webster, Bryan. : ORATORY
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Electrical unit. : REL
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Strategic town on W. coast of Dead Sea. : ENGEDI
28
Chaucer's "The ___ Tale." : REEVES
30
___ Moines. : DES
31
Mediterranean port. : ORAN
33
Deal in. : SELL
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Lift and throw. : HEAVE
35
Happening. : EVENT
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Punitive. : PENAL
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Peewee ___, Dodgers' shortstop. : REESE
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Thrice threefold. : NINE
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Formerly. : ONCE
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Swirls. : EDDIES
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Round of years. : CYCLE
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Strong Mediterranean wind. : LEVANTER
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Gentleman's gentleman. : VALET
52
Spanish jar. : OLLA
54
Early. : SOON
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Monrovia is its capital. : LIBERIA
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President of Council of Ministers, U. S. S. R. : STALIN
60
Amative. : EROTIC
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Rubs the wrong way. : IRES
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Fruits of the earth. : CROP
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Block of ice on a glacier. : SERAC
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Of thee. : THINE
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Money in Sofia. : LEV
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Gasoline to John Bull. : PETROL
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Trading center of the Levant. : SMYRNA
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Pop. : DAD
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Liqueur flavor. : ANISE
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Physician among Moslems. : HAKIM
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Oriental world. : ASIA
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Having reason. : SANE
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Hub. : CENTER
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3,091,810 men. : LEGION
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Less obvious. : SUBTLER
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Sigh of grief. : ALAS
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Coarse tobacco. : SHAG
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Quicker to learn. : APTER
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Picture. : SNAPSHOT
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Premier Gunaltay's people. : TURKS
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Baffles. : STUMPS
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Peg. : NAIL
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Sour fruit. : SLOE
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Founder of Communist International, Switzerland, 1915. : LENIN
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Sound of sleep. : SNORE
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Flanders battlefield, 1914–18. : YPRES
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Tennis cup. : DAVIS
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Dutch cheese. : EDAM
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Merriment. : GLEE
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Society bud. : DEB
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Stayed with. : ABIDED
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He brought Cleopatra to Rome. : CAESAR
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Theory. : ISM
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Obliteration. : ERASURE
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Inclined from a perpendicular. : RAKED
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Native of Bangkok. : SIAMESE
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Dweller. : RESIDER
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"Over ___." : THERE
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Transposed. : ALTERED
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Sappy, as pine. : RESINY
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Planted. : SOWED
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Customs. : USAGES
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Burgundy-colored. : WINERED
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Austerity country. : ENGLAND
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Medieval short tale. : LAI
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Like a red, red rose, to Burns. : LUVE
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Happy places. : EDENS
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Margaret Truman. : SINGER
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Candidate for five stars. : BRADLEY
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Places. : LOCI
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Common suffix. : ENT
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Honor. : ADORE
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Native of Pusan. : KOREAN
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Natives of Ljubljana. : SLOVENES
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Run swiftly. : HARE
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Lower oneself. : ABASE
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Piffle. : ROT
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Causing friction. : ERODENT
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Roman writer of comedies. : TERENCE
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One who keeps a date. : TRYSTER
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Continent in ideological turmoil. : EUROPE
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Choose democratically. : ELECT
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Iniquity. : EVIL
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Simple folk. : NAIVES
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Greece. : HELLAS
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American portrait artist (1858–1933). : VONNOH
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He wrote "The Owl and the Pussy Cat." : LEAR
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Highlander. : SCOT
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Exclamation of exhilaration. : EVOE
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Chop stroke. : SLICE
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They: Fr. : ELLES
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Great heart artery. : AORTA
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Troubled planet. : EARTH
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Pilot. : AIRMAN
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Garden shrub. : LILAC
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Goddess of peace. : IRENE
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Britain's foreign minister. : BEVIN
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Wheel radii. : SPOKES
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Negatives. : NAYS
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Rising, like the sea. : TIDAL
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Senseless. : INANE
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Yielder. : CEDER
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Spoken. : ORAL
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Brittle. : CRISP
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Strips. : PEELS
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Daytime. : LIGHT
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Sea miles: Australia. : NAUTS
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Basic commodity. : STAPLE
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Caterwauls. : MIAULS
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Tied. : STRUNG
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Cheers. : RAHS
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Blunderbore. : OGRE
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Stakes. : BETS
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The military. : SOLDIERY
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Apart. : ASIDE
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He signs our paper money. : SNYDER
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Officer in charge of royal table linen. : NAPERER
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Flying center. : AIRBASE
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Puddock. : TOAD
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Manipulated. : KNEADED
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Playwright (1622–72). : MOLIERE
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Printing machines. : PRESSES
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Appeared. : SEEMED
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Turns inside out. : EVERTS
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City in New Providence Island. : NASSAU
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___ Arabia. : SAUDI
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Senator Taylor's state. : IDAHO
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Donaldson's assignment. : MAILS
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British gun. : BREN
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Wax. : CERE
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Pro ___. : RATA
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Girl. : SIS
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"Come down to ___ in lilac time." : KEW
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Miss March. : MEG

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 24 debuted here and reused later, 1 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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