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VERY IMPORTANT PERSONS

New York Times, Sunday, July 10, 1955

Author:
Jules Arensberg
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 174, Blocks: 82, Avg Word Len: 5.14, Missing: { Q Z }, Scrabble score: 659 (avg 1.47)
Open Squares: 114, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 10, XRef: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 29
Jules Arensberg has 95 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original 113-Across clue had "Manchausen"; changed to "Munchausen."

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© 1955, The New York TimesNo. 2,203
Across
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Municipal. : CIVIC
6
Red China's spokesman. : CHOU
10
Gear for Andrea Lawrence. : SKIS
14
Obfuscate. : BEDIM
19
Authoress Dickens. : MONICA
20
William Allen White. : JOURNALIST
22
See 18 Down. : PERLE
23
Make beloved. : ENDEAR
24
Douglas Dillon. : AMBASSADOR
25
Certain exams. : ORALS
26
Protection. : EGIS
27
Except. : SAVE
29
___ la guerre. : CEST
30
Box. : LOGE
32
Amen-Ra's mother. : MUT
33
Refrain syllable. : TRA
34
Man on the fence. : STRADDLER
36
Mantilla. : CAPE
37
"When I ___ lad . . . " : WASA
38
Herbert Lehman. : SENATOR
40
Vexes. : IRES
41
Stubborn: Dial. : SOT
42
Decide upon. : ELECT
44
Fragment. : SCRAP
45
The Meuse to Hollanders. : MAAS
46
Whimper. : PULE
47
___ Nevada. : SIERRA
49
Volcanic outpouring. : ASHES
50
Crew. : GANG
51
Locale of Bridge of San Luis Rey. : PERU
52
Card rookie Boyer. : KEN
53
Adjective suffix. : IAL
54
Acts of neglect. : OMISSIONS
56
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt. : TURFMAN
58
As before. : DITTO
60
Born. : NEE
61
Winds up. : ENDS
62
I. O .U. : DEBT
63
It follows soir. : NUIT
65
River into Black Sea. : RION
66
"Allons, ___ de la patrie." : ENFANTS
68
Cloudy. : DULL
69
Piebald pony. : PINTO
70
Farm division. : ACRE
71
Greek letter. : PSI
72
Nathan Milstein. : VIOLINIST
74
Jeu de mots. : PUN
76
Distribute. : METE
79
Othello and others. : MOORS
81
Mailed. : SENT
82
Greek letter. : UPSILON
86
Wife: Latin. : UXOR
87
City SW of Buffalo. : ERIE
88
Part of Chiang's name. : SHEK
89
Move briskly. : STEP
90
See 75 Down. : APO
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Sudden burst of effort. : SPASM
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In a dither. : EXCITED
95
Jean Lafitte. : SEAROBBER
97
Parenthetical sounds. : ERS
98
Lopat and Ford. : EDS
100
Circuit. : TOUR
101
Opulent. : RICH
102
The Kaiser's "Elba." : DOORN
103
Gun dog. : SETTER
105
Creation by Dior. : GOWN
106
Goose. : DOLT
107
Larry of the Yanks. : BERRA
108
Something beclouding. : SMOKE
109
Southern constellation. : ARA
110
Milkmaid's burden. : PAIL
111
Famous British cruiser. : REPULSE
113
Baron Munchausen. : LIAR
114
Sacred bull. : APIS
116
Enrico Fermi. : PHYSICIST
118
___ wool, glossy yarn. : EIS
119
Blurbs. : ADS
120
J. Edgar Hoover and Fred Wilt. : GMEN
121
"There'll be ___ time . . . " : AHOT
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Kind of tide. : NEAP
123
Johnson and Heflin. : VANS
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Iron. : METAL
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Sir James H. Jeans. : ASTRONOMER
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Impatient. : ONEDGE
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Dutch news agency. : ANETA
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Virgil Partch. : CARTOONIST
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Soup dish. : TUREEN
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Instrument for 72 Across. : STRAD
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Like Swiss cheese. : EYEY
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Caves in. : SAGS
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Kay ___, singer. : STARR
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Long and Short. : CONGRESSMEN
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Geronimo. : INDIANCHIEF
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Competes. : VIES
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City in Peru. : ICA
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Trolley station. : CARSTOP
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Hope and Wynn. : COMEDIANS
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Boston. : HUB
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Prophetic utterings. : ORACLES
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Fails to notice. : UNSEES
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Metal strip. : SLAT
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Youngster. : KID
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Place alone. : ISOLATE
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Sharpen. : STROP
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Elks. : BPOE
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Poetic word. : EER
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Brooks Atkinson. : DRAMACRITIC
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Rockwell Kent. : ILLUSTRATOR
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Famous Truman appointee. : MESTA
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Gatherings. : MEETS
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Kind of coffee. : JAVA
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Soviet member: Abbr. : ASSR
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Timetable abbreviation. : ARR
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Graylags. : GEESE
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G. O. P.'s Harold and family. : STASSENS
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Large, heavy coach. : DRAG
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F. P. A. : COLUMNIST
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Tiny. : WEE
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Olympian. : ARES
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Sea. : SURF
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Barnum's find. : LIND
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Furnishes with a crew. : MANS
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Forward. : PERT
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Single-handed. : ALONE
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Top quality. : AONE
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Odin and Thor. : GODS
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Bennett Cerf. : PUBLISHER
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Make Argyles. : KNIT
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Eventually. : INTIME
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Gessler's adversary, 1291. : TELL
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Polly, to Tom Sawyer. : AUNT
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Pahlevi and Entezam. : IRANI
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Pairs. : DUOS
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Role for Leo Carroll. : TOPPER
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Mimics. : APERS
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Kazan and Hitchcock. : DIRECTORS
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Flower. : PINK
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Voice: Fr. : VOIX
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Lack. : NEED
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Arthur Summerfield heads it. : USPODEPT
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Helicon dwellers. : MUSES
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H. S. T. : EXPRESIDENT
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George Jessel. : TOASTMASTER
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Raw matrials. : ORES
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J. Bracken Lee's state. : UTAH
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G. A. W. man. : LABORLEADER
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Robert Merrill. : OPERASINGER
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Teutonic goddess. : NORN
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Flabbergast. : STUN
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Part: Abbr. : SECT
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Actor Donald. : MEEK
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Hickenlooper's state. : IOWA
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Inanity. : SILLINESS
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Brian ___, Irish hero. : BORU
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Build castles in the air. : DREAM
101
Louis and Charles. : ROIS
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Pinnacle. : TOR
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Deny. : GAINSAY
106
Floridian beach. : DAYTONA
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Spatters completely. : BESPOTS
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Record players, for short. : PHONOS
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Inlet. : RIA
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To eat: Ger. : ESSEN
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Oriental priests. : LAMAS
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River in Canada. : PEACE
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Exclamation of contempt. : PHOO
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Document: Abbr. : CERT
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Happy. : GLAD
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Showy. : ARTY
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___ Cruz, Brazil. : VERA
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One ___ time. : ATA
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Town: Cornish prefix. : TRE
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Marble. : MIG
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Cashew. : NUT

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 18 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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