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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
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© 1953, The New York TimesNo. 1,442
Across Down
1. Former Minister. : MESTA
6. Jumps onto: Colloq. : HOPS
10. Errs. : TRIPS
15. 220-mile Italian river. : ADIGE
20. Seemingly unlimited space. : OCEAN
21. French name for Syrian city. : ALEP
22. F. D. R.'s press secretary. : EARLY
23. Enumerate. : RECITE
25. Popular poem of 1859. : THECHILDRENSHOUR
28. Eighth Army head. : TAYLOR
29. Tabu for 40 Down. : TOPHATS
30. Shows pity. : FEELS
31. Italy's center of music. : MILAN
33. Part of a cellar. : BIN
34. French pronoun. : ILS
35. Port on Red Sea: Var. : JEDDA
36. Menotti hero. : AMAHL
37. Wires: Abbr. : TELS
38. Chypre. : SCENT
41. Agreements. : PACTS
42. Improve. : AMEND
43. L'Argonne, for instance. : FORET
44. Prude's sister. : PRIG
45. "Cosi Fan ___." : TUTTE
46. British imports. : MEATS
47. Necessity. : MUST
48. ___ Alamos. : LOS
49. Persian weight. : SER
50. 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
60. Its motto, "Agriculture and Commerce." : TENNESSEE
63. Apron top. : BIB
64. Any authoritative book. : BIBLE
65. An "out": Abbr. : DEM
66. Each of us has one. : HOMETOWN
68. Fishermen. : EELERS
70. Verb suffix. : ESCE
71. A man who knows operas. : CROSS
73. City on Shenango River, Pa. : NEWCASTLE
75. Kind of music. : BLUES
76. F. D. R. adviser. : HOWE
77. He wrote "The Compleat Angler." : WALTON
78. Obstinacy. : SELFWILL
81. Hoosier writer. : ADE
82. State of 52 Across. : SNARL
84. Singular. : ODD
86. Garden flowers. : MARIGOLDS
89. Important kit. : FIRSTAID
91. Creator of Happy Hooligan. : OPPER
93. College ___. : YELL
94. Man's name. : IRA
95. Captivate: Var. : ENAMOUR
96. Car accessory. : HEATER
98. Alfonso XIII, for instance. : REY
99. ___ ordinaire. : VIN
100. Present times. : NOWS
101. Divorced. : APART
103. Investigator of dock labor rackets. : TOBEY
105. Noted jurist. : HAND
106. Hollywood actress. : JUDGE
108. Corundum. : EMERY
109. Adjusts. : TRUES
110. U. S. gunboat, sunk by Japanese, 1937. : PANAY
111. Miss Sothern et al. : ANNS
112. Famous first name in the movies. : GRETA
113. Rouen's river. : SEINE
114. Tributary of the Yangtze. : HAN
115. 1002. : MII
116. Part of the Philharmonic. : HORNS
117. 19th century swindler. : TWEED
118. Mythical sleep-producer. : SANDMAN
122. Hollywood actress. : BAXTER
124. Novel by T. B. Costain. : THESILVERCHALICE
127. Zeno's followers. : STOICS
128. Greek letters. : IOTAS
129. Silkworm. : ERIA
130. Baltic port. : MEMEL
131. River of Shoshone Falls. : SNAKE
132. Unoriginal persons. : APERS
133. Part of an invitation. : RSVP
134. Songs. : ARIAS
1. Famous street in Manhattan. : MOTT
2. Oread. : ECHO
3. Ooze. : SEEP
4. Manchu dynasty, 1644–1911. : TACHING
5. German state. : ANHALT
6. Dutch painter. : HALS
7. ___ Baldy. : OLD
8. Kind of cigar. : PERFECTO
9. A "must" for a Gregg student. : SPEEDTEST
10. U. S. inventor. : TESLA
11. Huzzas. : RAHS
12. Organization to aid D. P.'s. : IRO
13. Surveyer's item. : PLUMMET
14. Natives of Homs. : SYRIANS
15. N. African weights. : ARTAL
16. V. I. P. in atomic research. : DEAN
17. Cold. : ICY
18. Famous partners once split by "carpet" quarrel. : GILBERTANDSULLIVAN
19. Parisian star. : ETOILE
24. German man's name. : ERNST
26. Pronoun. : ITS
27. Actor Sparks et al. : NEDS
32. University degree. : LHD
35. Indian native. : JAT
36. Pile up. : AMASS
37. Italian composer. : TOSTI
38. Part of a chair. : SPLAT
39. Italian philosopher. : CROCE
40. Principals in a 1953 event. : EISENHOWERANDNIXON
41. Oversolicitous one. : PURIST
42. Organisms: Biol. : AEROBES
43. Nonsense! : FUDGE
45. Tantalize. : TEASE
46. They shared the spotlight with 40 Down. : MAMIEANDPAT
47. Blackbird. : MERL
49. Derives. : STEMS
51. Coal lump. : COB
52. Leaf veins. : RIBS
53. A firearm. : PIECE
54. Former soprano. : EAMES
57. Lightweight champ of the '20's. : LEONARD
59. Old French verse form. : VIRELAY
61. ___ bag. : NOSE
62. Actor in "The Seven Year Itch." : EWELL
64. Brazilian seaport. : BELEM
67. Part of Canada: Abbr. : NWT
69. Shavetails: Abbr. : LTS
70. It: Spanish. : ELLO
71. Annoy. : CHAFE
72. Sculptor of "The Hand of God." : RODIN
74. Barrel factory. : COOPERY
75. Massively. : BIGLY
77. Spend: Scot. : WAIR
79. Parisian brothers. : FRERES
80. Head of Senate Foreign Relations Committee. : WILEY
82. Her pseudonym was Crowfield. : STOWE
83. Ship: Greek. : NAUS
85. Body of troops: Abbr. : DET
87. Yugoslav river. : DRINA
88. Little Orphan Annie's dog. : SANDY
90. City problems. : SMOGS
91. Kipling character. : OHARA
92. Kind of dog. : RETRIEVER
97. Baseball's ancestor. : ROUNDERS
101. Lack of intellectual growth. : AMENTIA
102. Where to find a boxer. : PETSHOP
104. Sewing session. : BEE
105. Boxer's aide. : HANDLER
106. Sides of an opening. : JAMBS
107. Eastern Christians. : UNIATS
108. Be incorrect. : ERR
109. Sesame: Var. : TEEL
110. Col. Remon's country. : PANAMA
112. Spiny shrub. : GORSE
113. Natives of St. Gall. : SWISS
114. Well, well! : HAH
116. "The dickens." : HECK
117. A Caesar. : TSAR
118. MacArthur's former title. : SCAP
119. Bidú Sayão role. : MIMI
120. Zoological suffix. : ACEA
121. Role in "Mama." : NELS
123. Aunt: Span. : TIA
125. French season. : ETE
126. 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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