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VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE

New York Times, Sunday, February 18, 1951

Author:
Louis Baron
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 160, Blocks: 69, Avg Word Len: 5.75, Missing: { F Q }, Scrabble score: 679 (avg 1.48)
Open Squares: 188, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 5, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 50 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1951, The New York TimesNo. 609
Across
1. Author of "Jean Christophe." : ROLLAND
8. Flemish painter, pupil of Franz Hals. : BROUWER
15. English composer of church music. : STAINER
22. Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. : OCEANIA
23. Composer of "William Tell." : ROSSINI
24. He succeeded Holmes on the Supreme Court. : CARDOZO
25. Seizing suddenly. : NABBING
26. French dramatist (1794–1854). : ANCELOT
27. Dwellers. : INMATES
28. Small Malay pewter coin. : TRA
29. Apocryphal. : LEGENDARY
31. Settle a debt. : REPAY
33. Eisenhower. : IKE
34. Cotton machines. : GINS
36. Dispatchers. : SENDERS
37. Elsie ___, former stage star. : JANIS
38. "Let George ___." : DOIT
39. Father of Methuselah. : ENOCH
41. Units of film. : REELS
42. Slogan. : MOTTO
43. Deviser of intelligence tests. : BINET
44. Dwarfish. : NANOID
46. ___ de veau. : RIS
47. "He gave a voice to ten silent centuries." : DANTE
48. The "fuller's herb": Var. : TEASLE
49. Scotsman's "duds." : TROGGS
51. Term of endearment. : PET
52. Author of "1984." : ORWELL
54. Alexander Selkirk was one. : CASTAWAY
57. Mutineer. : REBEL
59. Slender running stems. : SARMENTA
63. Philippine insurgent. : HUK
64. Hebrew M. : MEM
65. Division of the Roman Senate. : DECURIA
67. Food retailers. : GROCERS
68. Parched. : ARID
70. The "r" in r.p.m. : REVOLUTIONS
73. County and town in N. Ireland. : ANTRIM
74. Rent again. : RELET
76. Pacific coast shrub. : SALAL
77. Any negative ion. : ANION
79. County of N. Y. : TIOGA
80. Lounged. : LOLLED
82. England's type of government. : SOCIALISTIC
85. Yokel. : CLOD
86. Of a school of Greek philosophers. : ELEATIC
88. Become aware. : REALIZE
89. Lincoln Park TV spot. : ZOO
91. Girl's name. : INA
92. Handbags. : SATCHELS
94. Religious sectarian of Syria. : DRUSE
95. Egocentrics. : NARCISSI
97. Early viols. : REBECS
99. Ideology. : ISM
100. Moods. : HUMORS
101. The "blues," in grandma's day. : VAPORS
104. The "Springtime of Life." : YOUTH
106. Ooze. : MUD
107. Bed canopy. : TESTER
111. Turkish regiments. : ALAIS
112. Site of famous Benedictine abbey, France. : CLUNY
113. Unkempt, as a dog. : MANGY
115. Effluvia. : AURAE
116. Harpo ___. : MARX
117. Lithuanians. : BALTS
118. Well-mannered. : GENTEEL
120. Ornamental band. : SASH
121. Bizarre. : ODD
122. Ancient weight. : GERAH
123. Rain-catching area. : WATERSHED
125. Philip Murray's organization. : CIO
126. Order of dragonflies. : ODONATA
128. Forbode. : PRESAGE
130. Unconsumed. : UNEATEN
132. Of the ancient Chinese. : SINAEAN
133. Charges with gas. : AERATES
134. Put in proper order. : DISPOSE
135. Catch in toils. : ENSNARE
136. Tinyness. : WEENESS
137. Extra leaves in a book. : INSERTS
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1. Discoverer of X-rays. : RONTGEN
2. Musical "potato." : OCARINA
3. Dr. Malik's country. : LEBANON
4. Where Goose Bay is: Abbr. : LAB
5. Indigo dye. : ANIL
6. Teams. : NINES
7. Sign in printing. : DAGGER
8. Noted American liberal jurist (1856–1941). : BRANDEIS
9. Verses of 14 lines. : RONDELS
10. Hollywood trophies. : OSCARS
11. Utilizers. : USERS
12. Foxy. : WILY
13. Wine: Comb. form; var. : ENO
14. Portrait: Ital. : RITRATTO
15. He defeated Hannibal at Zama, 202 B.C. : SCIPIO
16. Sumatran squirrel-shrews. : TANAS
17. Frank Pace's concern. : ARMY
18. Mrs. Cantor. : IDA
19. Department store section. : NOTIONS
20. He saw the cherubim. : EZEKIEL
21. Flowerlike ornament. : ROSETTE
30. The "E" in A. E. C. : ENERGY
32. Matriculates. : ENTERS
35. Senator Lucas. : SCOTT
37. Man's name. : JON
38. Art of logical discussion. : DIALECTIC
40. Ex-Senator Bingham. : HIRAM
42. Doctrine that self-interest is first law of life. : MATERIALISM
43. He built the New York subway (1853–1924). : BELMONT
45. Natural gift. : DOWER
47. Première. : DEBUT
48. Roman earth goddess. : TERRA
50. Seven-up, pedro, pam, etc. : GAMES
51. Idiosyncrasy. : PECULIARITY
53. Witty fellow. : WAG
54. Mr. Wilson, Defense Mobilizer. : CHARLES
55. Mystical circlet of light. : AUREOLA
56. Cooking utensil. : SKILLET
57. Refastened. : RELACED
58. Treat like a V. I. P. : LIONIZE
60. Orange flower oils. : NEROLIS
61. Three-sided figures. : TRIGONS
62. Hebrew arch-demon: Milton. : ASMADAI
65. Sorrow. : DOLOR
66. Aromatic seed. : ANISE
69. Painter who led French Romantic school (1799–1863). : DELACROIX
71. Duct: Anat. : VAS
72. Obstinate: Dial. : SOT
75. Leashes. : TETHERS
78. The ___ of Hyderabad. : NIZAM
81. African jackals. : DIEBS
83. Israelites' camp: Num. xxxiii, 13. : ALUSH
84. Fontainebleau painter (1796–1875). : COROT
87. Noun-diminutive suffix. : CLE
90. Sheath around petiole base: Bot. : OCREA
93. Rock opposite the whirlpool Charybdis. : SCYLLA
95. Pokes gently. : NUDGES
96. Site of Darius' defeat by Alexander, 333 B.C. : ISSUS
98. Warren Spahn is one. : SOUTHPAW
100. Diana's vocation. : HUNTRESS
101. "Scram!" in the 20's. : VAMOOSE
102. He owned a lamp and a ring. : ALADDIN
103. Amnesties. : PARDONS
105. Us: German. : UNS
106. Equestrian schools. : MANEGES
108. Farm machine. : TRACTOR
109. Least difficult. : EASIEST
110. Sharpens again. : REHONES
112. Chemical hydrocarbon. : CARANE
113. Indian meal-grinding stone. : METATE
114. Violinist Menuhin. : YEHUDI
117. Cover with viscous substance. : BETAR
118. Town in Marinduque Island, P. I. : GASAN
119. Former Bolshevik leader. : LENIN
122. Earth goddess sprung from Chaos. : GAEA
123. Existed. : WERE
124. Heap: Scot. : DESS
127. Girl's nickname. : NAN
129. Arikara. : REE
131. Symbol of Hanuman; Hindu myth. : APE

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 36 debuted here and reused later, 17 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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