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VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE

New York Times, Sunday, May 11, 1952

Author:
Hilda E. Allen
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 65, Avg Word Len: 5.30, Missing: { F J K Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 522 (avg 1.39)
Open Squares: 128, Cheaters: 2, FITB: 3, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 20
Hilda E. Allen has 4 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Added accent in "Les Misérables" in 90-Down clue.

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© 1952, The New York TimesNo. 1,057
Across
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King who abdicated in 1951. : LEOPOLD
8
Ice-cream dishes. : SPLITS
14
Redemption fee. : RANSOM
20
General Vandenberg. : AVIATOR
21
Popular fictional detective. : POIROT
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Maugham's new film. : ENCORE
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Like amber. : YELLOWY
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City of 134,995 in N. Y. : ALBANY
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Casual invitiation. : STOPIN
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Annapolis graduate: Abbr. : ENS
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Sixtyish. : ELDERLY
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Thin man's nickname. : SLATS
31
Experienced. : HAD
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Superabound. : TEEM
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Strong desires: Sl. : YENS
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Shaky. : AGUEY
37
___ qua non. : SINE
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Discuss. : TREAT
40
Dramatist Coward. : NOEL
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Major and Minor bears. : URSAS
44
Oldtime prosperity. : WEAL
45
Name of two Apocryphal books. : ESDRAS
47
Infancy. : CRADLE
49
Hero of the Revolution. : HALE
51
A popular haircut. : BUTCH
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Square measures. : ROODS
55
Follower of fashion. : MODIST
59
Babbitt's job. : REALTOR
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Selves. : EGOS
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Artifice: Var. : PRETENCE
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Well-known Anglican prelate. : INGE
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Marianas, Marshalls, etc. : MICRONESIA
69
Arrogate. : USURP
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Actor Johnson. : VAN
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Pacific site of large U. S. radio station. : SAMOA
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Start of a toast. : HERES
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Girl's name. : RAE
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Remote ancestors. : ATAVI
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Heretofore: Archaic. : ERSTWHILES
81
Le Moko himself. : PEPE
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Markedly bookish: Rare. : LITEROSE
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Eternity. : AEON
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Steps forward. : STRIDES
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Where actions occur. : SCENES
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One of the Philippines. : SAMAR
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Go quietly. : STEAL
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Second-hand. : USED
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Rake over the coals. : BERATE
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Over-and-over ___. : STITCH
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Caliber. : BORE
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England's Upper House. : LORDS
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Blackstone's subject. : LAWS
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Entangling. : SNARY
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Magnum ___. : OPUS
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Drives out. : ROUTS
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Subject of experiment by 19 Down. : PEAS
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Frightful. : GRIM
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Girl: Colloq. : SIS
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Sea off Australia. : CORAL
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Stagnation. : INERTIA
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Bay State cape. : ANN
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Discover of Fiji Islands, 1643. : TASMAN
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Terrapin. : SLIDER
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Encroach upon. : IMPINGE
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Being at leisure. : OTIOSE
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A waist: Fr. : TAILLE
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Bully. : ROISTER
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Less wind-blown. : NEATER
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Policeman's badge. : SHIELD
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Captivates. : ENAMORS
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Newcomer's wardrobe. : LAYETTE
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Doubletrees. : EVENERS
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Castor bean product. : OILSEED
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Keep company. : PAL
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Nebraska county. : OTOE
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On bended knee. : LOWLY
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Famous English poet. : DRYDEN
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Scantier. : SPARSER
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Head counting. : POLL
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Country independent since Jan. 1. : LIBYA
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Man's name. : IRA
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Shaven. : TONSURED
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Senator Bridges of N. H. : STYLES
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Take it easy. : REST
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Crawlers. : ANTS
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A sergeant, for instance. : NCO
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Miss Tucker. : SOPHIE
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Name for Queen Anne. : ORIANA
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Discover of a famous "Law." : MENDEL
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Tennyson hero. : ENOCH
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Indian nurse. : AYAH
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Alice of the tennis courts. : MARBLE
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Artificial sugar. : GULOSE
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Tage Erlander's people. : SWEDES
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Not slack. : TAUT
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Slowly: Music. : LARGO
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Corresponding. : SAME
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Ostiole. : STOMA
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Robert Burns' favorite river. : DOON
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Decorative flower. : LOTUS
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Police blotter items. : CRIMES
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Barker's talk. : SPIEL
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Hardened. : INURED
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Predicament. : SCRAPE
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Tents. : TEPEES
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Competitors. : RIVALS
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Related on the mother's side. : ENATIC
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Related on the father's side. : AGNATE
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Times. : ERAS
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Thinnest. : RAREST
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Apple leftovers. : CORES
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Part of the leg. : SHIN
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Sovereigns. : SIRES
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Man from Chattanooga. : ESTES
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Jurisdictions of courts. : VENUES
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Meekest. : TAMEST
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Last under use. : WEAR
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By the hour. : HORAL
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Dock support. : PILING
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Island in the Baltic: Var. : OSEL
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Slangy "Bah!" : RATS
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King who was assassinated in 1951. : ABDULLAH
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Scene of a chase in "Les Misérables." : SEWER
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Rebel of 1842. : DORR
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Pyramidical. : TAPERED
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Port on Italy's heel. : TARANTO
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Fawner. : CRINGER
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Psalm singers. : HYMNERS
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Gov. Dever's headquarters. : BOSTON
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Soporific. : OPIATE
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Slav's land. : RUSSIA
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Sunday dinner luxuries. : ROASTS
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Marquand's forte. : SATIRE
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Move internally. : SIDLE
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Former Lord Chancellor. : SIMON
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Senator from S. D. : CASE
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First in line. : ONER
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Kit Nubbles served her. : NELL
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Seaport on Upolu Island. : APIA
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Witticism. : MOT
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A trio. : III
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Doctine. : ISM

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 16 debuted here and reused later, 6 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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