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VERY IMPORTANT PERSONS

New York Times, Sunday, July 29, 1956

Author:
William S. Lewis Jr.
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 71, Avg Word Len: 5.29, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 586 (avg 1.58)
Open Squares: 122, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 6, XRef: 3, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 14
William A. Lewis Jr. has 45 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
David Steinberg notes:

Original 18-Across clue had comma after "Essays"; removed it.

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© 1956, The New York TimesNo. 2,588
Across
1
Steam engine inventor. : WATT
5
Lull. : SLACK
10
Fastener. : HASP
14
Star of the animal kingdom. : MINK
18
"Essays of ___." : ELIA
19
Has-been dictator. : PERON
20
Sublime. : LOFTY
21
Sunken court. : AREA
22
Master of counterpoint. : BACH
23
Name of a well-known Center. : ROCKEFELLER
25
One way to travel. : RAIL
26
Swim suit. : BIKINI
28
Ancient Greece. : HELLAS
29
Wonderful example. : MIRACLE
31
Part of a car. : TANK
33
Off-tackle play in football. : SLANT
34
Carry: Colloq. : TOTE
35
Kashmir's neighbor. : PAKISTAN
39
Event at Aintree. : STEEPLECHASE
44
Flurry. : ADO
45
King of Judea. : HEROD
47
Qualifying events. : TRIALS
48
"Grapes of Wrath" itinerant. : OKIE
49
Followers of Rhee. : ROKS
51
Offense at bridge. : REVOKE
53
Sgt. or Cpl. : NCO
54
Fisherman's leader. : SNELL
55
Distinguishes. : KNOWS
57
Pro eleven, the Forty-___. : NINERS
59
Peter B. ___, novelist. : KYNE
61
"Campy." : ROY
62
Figure of speech. : SIMILE
64
Dictator. : CAESAR
66
Judge. : DEEM
68
Chief of Army service forces, 1942–46. : SOMERVELL
70
Iran's demoted Premier. : MOSSADEGH
74
Lily of Utah. : SEGO
75
45 Across, for example. : DESPOT
77
Fuel. : PETROL
79
Saturn's wife. : OPS
82
Stern deck of a caravel. : POOP
84
Good sense. : REASON
86
Moon goddess. : DIANA
87
Trifling. : POKEY
89
Title. : DUB
91
Where Belfast is. : ANTRIM
93
Protected at the hoof. : SHOD
94
Anti: Dial. : AGIN
95
"More in ___ than in anger." : SORROW
97
Scene of Napoleon III's debacle, 1870. : SEDAN
99
Auxiliary verb. : ARE
100
Dock worker. : LONGSHOREMAN
103
Juliana's ships. : DUTCHMEN
105
Escort for the evening. : DATE
106
Anatomical networks. : RETIA
108
Guy. : STAY
109
Richmond Va. eleven. : SPIDERS
112
Successfully campaigns for. : ELECTS
114
Hoi polloi. : RABBLE
118
Tribe of Israel. : LEVI
119
Choice steak. : PORTERHOUSE
122
Quantity of wire. : REEL
123
Type of golf tournament. : OPEN
124
Famous racing meet. : ASCOT
125
Singer Presley. : ELVIS
126
Type: Abbr. : ITAL
127
Exhibited. : WORE
128
Musial. : STAN
129
Throws carelessly. : SLAPS
130
Face. : DARE
Down
1
Portrayer of Friday. : WEBB
2
Russian range. : ALAI
3
Moment: Colloq. : TICK
4
Part of French Oceania. : TAHITI
5
Dave Sime, for example. : SPRINTER
6
Virgo's neighbor. : LEO
7
Part of a bridge. : ARCH
8
Light refreshments. : COKES
9
Warnings of evil omen. : KNELLS
10
Cow. : HOLSTEIN
11
Group in recent merger. : AFL
12
Main ___. : STEM
13
Fool's gold. : PYRITES
14
Endurance contest. : MARATHON
15
Signature of a former Air Chief. : IRACEAKER
16
Dog in "Topper." : NEIL
17
Vegetable. : KALE
20
Not so plump. : LEANER
24
Pleases the eye, ear, etc. : FLATTERS
27
Panelist on "Masquerade Party." : NASH
30
Army robot bomb. : ROC
32
Native of Burma. : KAREN
35
Estes and others. : PARKS
36
Hero of poem by Shakespeare. : ADONIS
37
City in Indiana. : KOKOMO
38
Rookie. : NOVICE
40
United group. : PACK
41
Synonym for insurance. : LLOYDS
42
Airtight tower on a farm. : SILO
43
Slippery. : EELY
46
Disney character. : DONALD
50
Competes with Chadwick. : SWIMS
52
Very broad, shallow tub. : KEELER
54
Favored in tourney. : SEEDED
56
Brother of Bashful. : SLEEPY
58
Skiff on the Yangtze. : SAMPAN
60
Least tide in the lunar month. : NEAP
63
Consequently. : ERGO
65
Perches. : ROOSTS
67
First wife of Zeus. : METIS
69
Jungle magic. : VOODOO
71
In moth balls. : STORED
72
Famous evangelist. : GRAHAM
73
Novelist de Balzac. : HONORE
76
Brine. : SEAWATER
78
Carrying a pack. : LADEN
79
Girasol. : OPAL
80
Friend of Churchy La Femme. : POGO
81
Relative of a frogman. : SKINDIVER
83
Sound of a quiet engine. : PURR
85
Spider's nest. : NIDUS
88
Valley where St. Moritz is. : ENGADINE
90
Airforce Chief in Europe, 1944–45. : BRERETON
92
Household necessity. : MATTRESS
95
Scalers of Annapurna. : SHERPAS
96
Ham, cheese, or western. : OMELET
98
College sports body: Abbr. : NCAA
101
___ Marie. : STE
102
Suitable places. : NICHES
104
Ophelia rose, for example. : HYBRID
107
See 26 Across. : ATOLL
109
Out of fashion. : SLOW
110
Squash. : PEPO
111
Musical direction: Abbr. : SOST
113
Capital of Fiji. : SUVA
115
Second of a series. : BETA
116
His last words were "Look there!" : LEAR
117
Miss Ma'm'selle. : ELLE
120
Building in 23 Across. : RCA
121
Taste. : SIP

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 11 debuted here and reused later, 4 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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