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VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE

New York Times, Sunday, October 19, 1952

Author: Israel Gitter
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 79, Avg Word Len: 5.36, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 666 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 162, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 7, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 34
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© 1952, The New York TimesNo. 1,218
Across Down
1. Where Sarajevo is. : BOSNIA
7. Large seaport of Honshu. : OKAYAMA
14. Talented modern composer. : MENOTTI
21. Lightless. : APHOTIC
23. Oceanic. : PELAGIC
24. Parisian gangsters. : APACHES
25. Novel by Frank Yerby. : THESARACENBLADE
27. Robbers. : LOOTERS
28. Loki's daughter. : HEL
29. Fruit. : LEMON
30. Commotion. : STIR
31. Juniors. : LADS
32. Heat units: Abbr. : BTU
33. Girl's name. : ELLA
35. Bridge bid. : SPADE
37. Mystical meaning of words. : ANAGOGE
39. ___ de vivre. : JOIE
40. Yugoslav name for Flume. : RIEKA
42. Actress Massey. : ILONA
44. Zagreb's river. : SAVA
45. Composer of "Gypsy Love." : LEHAR
46. Moslem titles. : SAYIDS
48. Hot drink. : TODDY
50. Te-___. : HEE
51. Overnight places. : MOTELS
52. Every motorist wants one. : NEWCAR
54. Haran's son. : LOT
56. Godlessness. : ATHEISM
58. British radio: Abbr. : BBC
61. Tall story man : LIAR
62. Pish-___, rice broth. : PASH
63. A short act. : TURN
64. Middle East nation: Abbr. : ISR
67. Not a dreamer. : REALIST
69. Men with burdens. : WAITERS
72. Famous author. : RLS
73. Had brunch. : ATE
74. Potential citizens in U. S. : ALIENS
75. Theda, the vamp. : BARA
76. Touchy: Scot. : KITTLE
78. Crackle. : SNAP
79. Chile con ___. : CARNE
80. Famous watercolorist. : MARIN
81. Product of Africa. : IVORY
82. Actress Hasso. : SIGNE
83. Tropical tree. : EBOE
84. Iraq's capital. : BAGDAD
85. Novel by Zola. : NANA
86. Pres. Quirino's capital. : MANILA
87. Fabulous bird. : ROC
88. Profit. : NET
89. Professional sign. : SHINGLE
91. A stool. : TABORET
92. Broadway sign. : SRO
93. Drying chamber. : OVEN
95. New Zealand parrots. : KEAS
96. Island of giant waringin trees. : BALI
97. French river. : LYS
98. Native of Boulder City. : NEVADAN
101. Sea eagle. : ERN
102. Epistle to the ___. : ROMANS
104. Gown worn in the Levant. : CAFTAN
106. The piper's son. : TOM
108. Stranger. : ODDER
110. Mend one's fences. : REPAIR
114. Instigates. : ABETS
115. 35-mi.-long lake in Lombardy. : COMO
116. Secretary-general of NATO. : ISMAY
118. Lizard: Comb. form. : SAURO
119. Money in Pisa. : LIRE
120. The oldest Christian state. : ARMENIA
123. Mentions. : CITES
125. Stake: Dial. : STOB
126. Island: Fr. : ILE
127. Willow shrub. : ITEA
128. Bushes. : TODS
130. Lease again. : RELET
132. Miss Munson. : ONA
133. Ancient name for Lake Garda. : BENACUS
135. Man from Alabama. : SENATORSPARKMAN
138. Word for the pyramids. : ANCIENT
139. Old card game. : PRIMERO
140. Emerald. : SMARAGD
141. City near Hoover Dam. : NEEDLES
142. Household appliance. : TOASTER
143. Heavy downpours. : SPATES
1. Seashore visitors. : BATHERS
2. Character in "Hamlet." : OPHELIA
3. English poet. : SHELLEY
4. Numbers: Abbr. : NOS
5. European country: Abbr. : ITAL
6. Buenos ___. : AIRES
7. U. S. foreign policy in 1899. : OPENDOOR
8. Cognizance. : KEN
9. Vestments. : ALBS
10. Historic meeting place, Feb. 1945. : YALTA
11. Another time. : AGAIN
12. Explanation of Hebrew Scriptures. : MIDRASH
13. Card. : ACE
14. Spanish wine district. : MALAGA
15. Lyric poem. : EPODE
16. Cella: Arch. : NAOS
17. Eight: Prefix. : OCT
18. Operetta by Balfe, 1843. : THEBOHEMIANGIRL
19. Kind of feather. : TERTIAL
20. Publishers. : ISSUERS
22. Open places in Italy. : CAMPI
26. Source of benzene, phenol, etc. : COALTAR
31. Important Cabinet member. : LOVETT
34. Allied. : AKIN
36. Footballer. : END
38. Earth as a goddess. : GAEA
39. F-84, F-86. : JETS
41. Girl in a song. : ADELINE
43. A couple of optimists. : ADLAIANDIKE
45. Cuts of beef. : LOINS
47. Native of Locarno. : SWISS
49. Famous name in football. : YOST
51. Actress Oberon. : MERLE
53. Strong tackle: Naut. : CAT
55. A version of Margaret Landon's story. : THEKINGANDI
57. Commotion. : HURLY
58. Tea and coffee. : BRACERS
59. Beat vigorously. : BELABOR
60. Historic meeting, Nov. 1943. : CAIROCONFERENCE
62. Despised person. : PARIAH
65. Noted explorer. : STANLEY
66. Echoes. : REPEATS
68. Smooth. : LENE
69. Political divisions. : WARDS
70. Word for 43 Down. : RIVALS
71. Fourteen pounds. : STONE
75. Catch. : BAG
77. ___-la-la. : TRA
78. Chinese: Comb. form. : SINO
80. Joined suitably. : MATED
82. Ancient Italians. : SABINES
84. He wrote "In Place of Fear." : BEVAN
86. Lake with 1200 islands, near Stockholm. : MALAR
88. Kinds of stars. : NOVAS
90. Rex Stout sleuth. : NERO
91. Headgear. : TAM
94. Victor Herbert operetta. : NATOMA
96. Salts of a certain acid. : BORATES
99. Diminutive suffix. : ETTE
100. Cape on Seward Peninsula. : NOME
102. Reflect again. : REMIRROR
103. Resorts. : SPAS
104. Character in "The Tempest." : CALIBAN
105. Midwestern city in news. : ABILENE
107. Hunter's cap. : MONTERO
109. A decoration. : DSC
111. Place to eat. : AUTOMAT
112. A step in human progress. : IRONAGE
113. Marlines: Naut. : ROBANDS
115. Helmets. : CRESTS
117. Barks. : YELPS
120. In harmony. : ATUNE
121. Part of ancient Asia Minor. : IONIA
122. Eisenhower's "Chief of Staff." : ADAMS
124. Coal beds. : SEAMS
127. Republic since 1944: Abbr. : ICEL
129. Printer's word. : STET
131. Light carriage. : TRAP
134. M. S. A.'s function. : AID
135. Harbor: Abbr. : SPT
136. Bauxite. : ORE
137. Siam isthmus. : KRA

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 27 debuted here and reused later, 11 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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