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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.
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© 1950, The New York TimesNo. 469
Across Down
1. Former Under Secretary of State. : WELLES
7. Cheerless. : BLEAK
12. Moshe Shertok's new name. : SHARETT
19. President of Italy. : EINAUDI
20. Last movement of a sonata. : RONDO
21. He's worthy of his hire. : LABORER
22. Not granted. : UNGIVEN
23. Alfred Lunt. : ACTOR
24. Words from Clay, Webster, Bryan. : ORATORY
25. Electrical unit. : REL
26. 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
34. Lift and throw. : HEAVE
35. Happening. : EVENT
37. Punitive. : PENAL
39. Peewee ___, Dodgers' shortstop. : REESE
41. Thrice threefold. : NINE
43. Formerly. : ONCE
44. Swirls. : EDDIES
46. Round of years. : CYCLE
48. Strong Mediterranean wind. : LEVANTER
50. Gentleman's gentleman. : VALET
52. Spanish jar. : OLLA
54. Early. : SOON
55. Monrovia is its capital. : LIBERIA
58. President of Council of Ministers, U. S. S. R. : STALIN
60. Amative. : EROTIC
64. Rubs the wrong way. : IRES
65. Fruits of the earth. : CROP
67. Block of ice on a glacier. : SERAC
69. Of thee. : THINE
70. Money in Sofia. : LEV
71. Gasoline to John Bull. : PETROL
73. Trading center of the Levant. : SMYRNA
75. Pop. : DAD
76. Liqueur flavor. : ANISE
78. Physician among Moslems. : HAKIM
80. Oriental world. : ASIA
81. Having reason. : SANE
82. Hub. : CENTER
84. 3,091,810 men. : LEGION
86. Less obvious. : SUBTLER
88. Sigh of grief. : ALAS
90. Coarse tobacco. : SHAG
91. Quicker to learn. : APTER
92. Picture. : SNAPSHOT
96. Premier Gunaltay's people. : TURKS
98. Baffles. : STUMPS
102. Peg. : NAIL
103. Sour fruit. : SLOE
105. Founder of Communist International, Switzerland, 1915. : LENIN
107. Sound of sleep. : SNORE
108. Flanders battlefield, 1914–18. : YPRES
110. Tennis cup. : DAVIS
112. Dutch cheese. : EDAM
114. Merriment. : GLEE
115. Society bud. : DEB
116. Stayed with. : ABIDED
118. He brought Cleopatra to Rome. : CAESAR
120. Theory. : ISM
121. Obliteration. : ERASURE
123. Inclined from a perpendicular. : RAKED
125. Native of Bangkok. : SIAMESE
127. Dweller. : RESIDER
128. "Over ___." : THERE
129. Transposed. : ALTERED
130. Sappy, as pine. : RESINY
131. Planted. : SOWED
132. Customs. : USAGES
1. Burgundy-colored. : WINERED
2. Austerity country. : ENGLAND
3. Medieval short tale. : LAI
4. Like a red, red rose, to Burns. : LUVE
5. Happy places. : EDENS
6. Margaret Truman. : SINGER
7. Candidate for five stars. : BRADLEY
8. Places. : LOCI
9. Common suffix. : ENT
10. Honor. : ADORE
11. Native of Pusan. : KOREAN
12. Natives of Ljubljana. : SLOVENES
13. Run swiftly. : HARE
14. Lower oneself. : ABASE
15. Piffle. : ROT
16. Causing friction. : ERODENT
17. Roman writer of comedies. : TERENCE
18. One who keeps a date. : TRYSTER
19. Continent in ideological turmoil. : EUROPE
27. Choose democratically. : ELECT
29. Iniquity. : EVIL
32. Simple folk. : NAIVES
34. Greece. : HELLAS
36. American portrait artist (1858–1933). : VONNOH
38. He wrote "The Owl and the Pussy Cat." : LEAR
40. Highlander. : SCOT
42. Exclamation of exhilaration. : EVOE
45. Chop stroke. : SLICE
47. They: Fr. : ELLES
49. Great heart artery. : AORTA
51. Troubled planet. : EARTH
53. Pilot. : AIRMAN
55. Garden shrub. : LILAC
56. Goddess of peace. : IRENE
57. Britain's foreign minister. : BEVIN
58. Wheel radii. : SPOKES
59. Negatives. : NAYS
61. Rising, like the sea. : TIDAL
62. Senseless. : INANE
63. Yielder. : CEDER
66. Spoken. : ORAL
68. Brittle. : CRISP
71. Strips. : PEELS
72. Daytime. : LIGHT
74. Sea miles: Australia. : NAUTS
77. Basic commodity. : STAPLE
79. Caterwauls. : MIAULS
81. Tied. : STRUNG
83. Cheers. : RAHS
85. Blunderbore. : OGRE
87. Stakes. : BETS
89. The military. : SOLDIERY
91. Apart. : ASIDE
92. He signs our paper money. : SNYDER
93. Officer in charge of royal table linen. : NAPERER
94. Flying center. : AIRBASE
95. Puddock. : TOAD
97. Manipulated. : KNEADED
99. Playwright (1622–72). : MOLIERE
100. Printing machines. : PRESSES
101. Appeared. : SEEMED
104. Turns inside out. : EVERTS
106. City in New Providence Island. : NASSAU
109. ___ Arabia. : SAUDI
111. Senator Taylor's state. : IDAHO
113. Donaldson's assignment. : MAILS
117. British gun. : BREN
118. Wax. : CERE
119. Pro ___. : RATA
122. Girl. : SIS
124. "Come down to ___ in lilac time." : KEW
126. Miss March. : MEG

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