It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.
This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge for best results.

VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE

New York Times, Sunday, July 27, 1952

Author:
Jules Arensberg
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 166, Blocks: 76, Avg Word Len: 5.46, Missing: { F J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 646 (avg 1.43)
Open Squares: 157, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 33 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Jules Arensberg has 95 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original 41-Across clue had "across"; changed to "Across."

1
R
2
O
3
S
4
S
5
I
6
E
7
U
8
R
9
E
10
A
11
L
12
I
13
S
14
T
15
A
16
G
17
H
18
A
19
S
20
T
21
E
T
H
A
N
22
A
L
L
E
N
23
M
O
N
T
H
24
L
E
A
N
T
O
25
D
I
A
M
O
N
D
L
I
L
26
B
A
G
U
E
27
D
O
G
T
A
G
28
G
O
R
E
29
D
E
A
N
30
D
I
D
O
N
A
31
T
O
32
S
O
N
O
33
A
S
K
34
B
E
R
G
35
M
O
T
E
T
36
T
R
U
37
E
38
I
L
S
39
P
E
S
40
T
E
R
41
E
42
Y
E
L
I
D
43
B
R
I
S
B
44
A
N
E
45
A
N
S
46
A
47
E
L
M
O
48
T
I
E
S
49
O
B
E
Y
50
S
51
S
52
T
53
A
S
S
E
N
54
S
T
A
N
55
T
O
N
56
S
N
I
T
C
H
57
H
O
D
S
58
N
E
59
L
S
O
N
60
A
B
A
61
D
62
A
N
63
E
T
U
I
64
I
N
E
E
65
S
66
W
E
I
R
67
P
O
E
T
I
C
A
68
L
69
E
P
P
70
S
T
E
L
A
71
R
72
A
R
M
73
O
R
Y
74
E
S
T
R
A
75
Y
76
H
O
M
E
L
E
77
S
S
78
E
L
O
I
79
N
80
B
A
L
M
O
81
R
82
A
83
L
84
D
A
C
O
I
85
T
86
C
A
N
A
87
D
A
88
Y
A
K
I
M
A
89
S
90
A
91
D
92
T
O
R
N
A
93
D
O
S
94
G
A
N
95
T
96
S
O
P
O
R
97
O
N
A
98
S
99
R
E
G
R
E
T
100
L
A
P
D
O
101
G
102
H
E
R
D
103
U
N
S
O
104
L
D
105
P
E
T
106
T
I
S
H
107
G
O
108
C
A
R
T
S
109
P
E
K
O
E
110
K
111
N
O
P
112
E
L
A
N
113
S
L
A
M
114
B
A
T
A
115
V
I
A
N
116
S
N
A
K
E
117
S
118
G
R
A
119
V
120
E
121
L
122
C
O
P
123
R
I
E
N
124
C
E
N
C
I
125
P
126
R
O
D
127
I
N
E
128
O
L
I
129
O
130
O
V
E
131
R
L
A
Y
S
132
R
I
O
T
133
A
R
C
S
134
R
E
T
I
135
A
L
136
T
E
A
R
S
137
P
O
C
A
H
138
O
N
T
A
S
139
N
Y
A
S
S
A
140
T
A
S
C
O
141
O
P
E
R
A
H
O
U
S
E
142
U
N
L
E
S
S
143
E
S
S
E
N
144
T
E
S
S
145
S
N
E
E
R
© 1952, The New York TimesNo. 1,134
Across
1
Noted Italian physicist. : ROSSI
6
Tributary of the Seine. : EURE
10
Inclined to one side. : ALIST
15
Horror-struck. : AGHAST
21
Real-life character in Melville novel. : ETHANALLEN
23
March. : MONTH
24
Camper's shelter. : LEANTO
25
Perennial play. : DIAMONDLIL
26
Ring: Fr. : BAGUE
27
G.I. jewelry. : DOGTAG
28
National League umpire. : GORE
29
Either of two great pitchers. : DEAN
30
He wrote "Christ in Concrete." : DIDONATO
32
___ Osata, ballet dancer. : SONO
33
Invite. : ASK
34
Molly of TV. : BERG
35
Choral composition. : MOTET
36
Right. : TRUE
38
French pronoun. : ILS
39
Harass. : PESTER
41
It's lacking in 116 Across. : EYELID
43
Capital of Queensland. : BRISBANE
45
Handle. : ANSA
47
Poll-taker's first name. : ELMO
48
Hand-painted accessories. : TIES
49
Conforms in action. : OBEYS
51
He's a Republican. : STASSEN
54
Lincoln's Secy. of War. : STANTON
56
Tattle. : SNITCH
57
Coal carriers. : HODS
58
Canadian river. : NELSON
60
Important oil port. : ABADAN
63
Fancy case. : ETUI
64
Substances like curare. : INEES
66
River dam. : WEIR
67
Highly imaginative. : POETICAL
69
Epistles: Abbr. : EPP
70
Resembling a pillar. : STELAR
72
National Guard H.Q. : ARMORY
74
Lost sheep. : ESTRAY
76
Hobo's state. : HOMELESS
78
Convey beyond jurisdiction. : ELOIN
80
Royal home in Scotland. : BALMORAL
84
Burmese highwayman. : DACOIT
86
St. Laurent's country. : CANADA
88
Apple-growing center in Washington. : YAKIMA
89
Shocking. : SAD
92
Tropical house wreckers. : TORNADOS
94
Thomas Wolfe character. : GANT
96
Lethargic sleep. : SOPOR
97
Miss Munson and others. : ONAS
99
Have misgivings. : REGRET
100
Symbol of the idle rich. : LAPDOG
102
Farmer's pride. : HERD
103
Still on the shelves. : UNSOLD
105
Fretful. : PETTISH
107
Family vehicles. : GOCARTS
109
Product of India. : PEKOE
110
A button. : KNOP
112
Impetuosity. : ELAN
113
Bridge bid. : SLAM
114
Indonesian citizen. : BATAVIAN
116
Racers. : SNAKES
118
Road covering. : GRAVEL
122
Bobby's twin. : COP
123
___ du tout. : RIEN
124
Drama by Shelley (with "The"). : CENCI
125
Relative of the ankus. : PROD
127
Chemical suffix. : INE
128
Chowchow. : OLIO
130
Superimposes. : OVERLAYS
132
Haphazard mixture. : RIOT
133
Spotlights. : ARCS
134
Plexiform. : RETIAL
136
Lizette Reese's famous sonnet. : TEARS
137
Mrs. John Rolfe. : POCAHONTAS
139
Long, narrow lake in Africa. : NYASSA
140
Clay for making melting pots. : TASCO
141
Mecca of music lovers. : OPERAHOUSE
142
Except. : UNLESS
143
Ruhr city. : ESSEN
144
Mrs. Dick Tracy. : TESS
145
Curl the lip. : SNEER
Down
1
Where Ruggles discovered America. : REDGAP
2
Fainéant. : OTIOSE
3
Unusually able people: slang. : SHARKS
4
Ibid. : SAME
5
Sister of Semele. : INO
6
Shrub. : ELDER
7
Loss of wine by evaporation. : ULLAGE
8
Part of a bridle. : REIN
9
Type of soldier: Abbr. : ENL
10
Caesar's downfall. : AMBITION
11
Weighed down. : LOADED
12
Raw material for coinage. : INGOT
13
Bedazzle. : STUN
14
Could be the Jones Beach Marine Stadium. : THEATRE
15
Mr. Huxley. : ALDOUS
16
Man's name: Abbr. : GEO
17
Broomstick riders. : HAGS
18
Balzac heroine. : ANTOINETTE
19
The Red Wings won it. : STANLEYCUP
20
Regions of the Gold Coast. : TOGOS
22
Danny Kaye's coming role. : ANDERSEN
30
Woman's cloak. : DOLMAN
31
Mr. Speaker. : TRIS
34
Hogan and Hur. : BENS
35
"The Velvet Fog." : MELTORME
37
Atrous. : EBON
40
Put forth inflorescence. : TASSELED
42
Proper reply before saluting. : YESSIR
43
Growing in pairs. : BINATE
44
Hero of a famous play. : ABIE
46
Once more. : ANEW
48
Soliloquy start. : TOBE
50
The United States, for instance. : SHIP
51
Prolonged hissing. : SHISH
52
Friend of the Lone Ranger. : TONTO
53
Revoke legally. : ADEEM
55
Chinese provincial official. : TAOYIN
56
Ill-natured. : SNARLY
59
Renting. : LEASING
61
Muster out. : DISBAND
62
Judicial proceedings. : ACTA
65
Ritual prayer, said facing Mecca. : SALAT
67
Outriggers. : PROAS
68
Users of prayer wheels. : LAMAS
71
Highest degree attained. : RECORD
73
Famous singer of "Mother Machree." : OLCOTT
75
Scene of great earthquake, 1923. : YOKOHAMA
77
Irritated. : SORE
79
Rebuilt Kyushu port. : NAGASAKI
81
Approaching maturity. : RIPER
82
Dejected. : AMORT
83
Flatters. : LARDS
85
Florida game fish. : TARPON
87
Miss Du Maurier. : DAPHNE
89
Mulligatawny. : SOUP
90
Mother of Queen Elizabeth. : ANNEBOLEYN
91
Engels completed it. : DASKAPITAL
93
Abstruse. : DEEP
95
Summer clothes. : TOGS
98
Part of the grime wave. : SOOT
100
Symbols of New Hampshire. : LILACS
101
Place outside Jerusalem. : GOLGOTHA
104
He wrote "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat." : LEAR
106
He wrote "The May Queen." : TENNYSON
108
Slaughter, for instance. : CARD
110
Cathedral city of Russia. : KIEV
111
Miss Fabray. : NANETTE
115
Pansies. : VIOLAS
116
Sieve: Rare. : SEARCE
117
Gifts of the Magi. : SPICES
119
"Assume a ___, if you have it not." : VIRTUE
120
Put in a box. : ENCASE
121
Smaller. : LESSER
122
Horn. : CORNU
124
___ book. : CLASS
126
Zoo noises. : ROARS
129
Compiègne's river. : OISE
131
Cartoonist Irwin and others. : REAS
132
Cheap cigar. : ROPE
133
Author of "The Little Brown Jug." : ANON
135
Buridan's ___, a man of indecision. : ASS
137
Lobster ___. : POT
138
Exclaims. : OHS

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 27 debuted here and reused later, 9 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

Found bugs or have suggestions?

Crosswords published prior to Nov. 21, 1993 are provided by David Steinberg and The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project.

|