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VERY IMPORTANT PERSONS

New York Times, Sunday, May 31, 1953

Author:
Israel Gitter
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 84, Avg Word Len: 5.24, Missing: { Q Z }, Scrabble score: 700 (avg 1.57)
Open Squares: 128, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 6, XRef: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 36
Israel Gitter has 32 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,442
Across
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Former Minister. : MESTA
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Jumps onto: Colloq. : HOPS
10
Errs. : TRIPS
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220-mile Italian river. : ADIGE
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Seemingly unlimited space. : OCEAN
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French name for Syrian city. : ALEP
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F. D. R.'s press secretary. : EARLY
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Enumerate. : RECITE
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Popular poem of 1859. : THECHILDRENSHOUR
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Eighth Army head. : TAYLOR
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Tabu for 40 Down. : TOPHATS
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Shows pity. : FEELS
31
Italy's center of music. : MILAN
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Part of a cellar. : BIN
34
French pronoun. : ILS
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Port on Red Sea: Var. : JEDDA
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Menotti hero. : AMAHL
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Wires: Abbr. : TELS
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Chypre. : SCENT
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Agreements. : PACTS
42
Improve. : AMEND
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L'Argonne, for instance. : FORET
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Prude's sister. : PRIG
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"Cosi Fan ___." : TUTTE
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British imports. : MEATS
47
Necessity. : MUST
48
___ Alamos. : LOS
49
Persian weight. : SER
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Event of March 19. : OSCARS
52
Bureaucracy's "offspring." : REDTAPE
55
Col. Baker is one. : ACE
56
Follow. : TAIL
58
Volumes: Span. : TOMOS
59
Its motto, "Sic Semper Tyrannis." : VIRGINIA
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Its motto, "Agriculture and Commerce." : TENNESSEE
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Apron top. : BIB
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Any authoritative book. : BIBLE
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An "out": Abbr. : DEM
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Each of us has one. : HOMETOWN
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Fishermen. : EELERS
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Verb suffix. : ESCE
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A man who knows operas. : CROSS
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City on Shenango River, Pa. : NEWCASTLE
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Kind of music. : BLUES
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F. D. R. adviser. : HOWE
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He wrote "The Compleat Angler." : WALTON
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Obstinacy. : SELFWILL
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Hoosier writer. : ADE
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State of 52 Across. : SNARL
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Singular. : ODD
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Garden flowers. : MARIGOLDS
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Important kit. : FIRSTAID
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Creator of Happy Hooligan. : OPPER
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College ___. : YELL
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Man's name. : IRA
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Captivate: Var. : ENAMOUR
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Car accessory. : HEATER
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Alfonso XIII, for instance. : REY
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___ ordinaire. : VIN
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Present times. : NOWS
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Divorced. : APART
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Investigator of dock labor rackets. : TOBEY
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Noted jurist. : HAND
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Hollywood actress. : JUDGE
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Corundum. : EMERY
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Adjusts. : TRUES
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U. S. gunboat, sunk by Japanese, 1937. : PANAY
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Miss Sothern et al. : ANNS
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Famous first name in the movies. : GRETA
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Rouen's river. : SEINE
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Tributary of the Yangtze. : HAN
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1002. : MII
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Part of the Philharmonic. : HORNS
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19th century swindler. : TWEED
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Mythical sleep-producer. : SANDMAN
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Hollywood actress. : BAXTER
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Novel by T. B. Costain. : THESILVERCHALICE
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Zeno's followers. : STOICS
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Greek letters. : IOTAS
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Silkworm. : ERIA
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Baltic port. : MEMEL
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River of Shoshone Falls. : SNAKE
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Unoriginal persons. : APERS
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Part of an invitation. : RSVP
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Songs. : ARIAS
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Famous street in Manhattan. : MOTT
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Oread. : ECHO
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Ooze. : SEEP
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Manchu dynasty, 1644–1911. : TACHING
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German state. : ANHALT
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Dutch painter. : HALS
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___ Baldy. : OLD
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Kind of cigar. : PERFECTO
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A "must" for a Gregg student. : SPEEDTEST
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U. S. inventor. : TESLA
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Huzzas. : RAHS
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Organization to aid D. P.'s. : IRO
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Surveyer's item. : PLUMMET
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Natives of Homs. : SYRIANS
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N. African weights. : ARTAL
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V. I. P. in atomic research. : DEAN
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Cold. : ICY
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Famous partners once split by "carpet" quarrel. : GILBERTANDSULLIVAN
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Parisian star. : ETOILE
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German man's name. : ERNST
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Pronoun. : ITS
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Actor Sparks et al. : NEDS
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University degree. : LHD
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Indian native. : JAT
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Pile up. : AMASS
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Italian composer. : TOSTI
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Part of a chair. : SPLAT
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Italian philosopher. : CROCE
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Principals in a 1953 event. : EISENHOWERANDNIXON
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Oversolicitous one. : PURIST
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Organisms: Biol. : AEROBES
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Nonsense! : FUDGE
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Tantalize. : TEASE
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They shared the spotlight with 40 Down. : MAMIEANDPAT
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Blackbird. : MERL
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Derives. : STEMS
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Coal lump. : COB
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Leaf veins. : RIBS
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A firearm. : PIECE
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Former soprano. : EAMES
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Lightweight champ of the '20's. : LEONARD
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Old French verse form. : VIRELAY
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___ bag. : NOSE
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Actor in "The Seven Year Itch." : EWELL
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Brazilian seaport. : BELEM
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Part of Canada: Abbr. : NWT
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Shavetails: Abbr. : LTS
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It: Spanish. : ELLO
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Annoy. : CHAFE
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Sculptor of "The Hand of God." : RODIN
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Barrel factory. : COOPERY
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Massively. : BIGLY
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Spend: Scot. : WAIR
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Parisian brothers. : FRERES
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Head of Senate Foreign Relations Committee. : WILEY
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Her pseudonym was Crowfield. : STOWE
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Ship: Greek. : NAUS
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Body of troops: Abbr. : DET
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Yugoslav river. : DRINA
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Little Orphan Annie's dog. : SANDY
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City problems. : SMOGS
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Kipling character. : OHARA
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Kind of dog. : RETRIEVER
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Baseball's ancestor. : ROUNDERS
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Lack of intellectual growth. : AMENTIA
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Where to find a boxer. : PETSHOP
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Sewing session. : BEE
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Boxer's aide. : HANDLER
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Sides of an opening. : JAMBS
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Eastern Christians. : UNIATS
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Be incorrect. : ERR
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Sesame: Var. : TEEL
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Col. Remon's country. : PANAMA
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Spiny shrub. : GORSE
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Natives of St. Gall. : SWISS
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Well, well! : HAH
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"The dickens." : HECK
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A Caesar. : TSAR
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MacArthur's former title. : SCAP
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Bidú Sayão role. : MIMI
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Zoological suffix. : ACEA
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Role in "Mama." : NELS
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Aunt: Span. : TIA
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French season. : ETE
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Stream: Abbr. : RIV

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 30 debuted here and reused later, 17 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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