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VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE

New York Times, Sunday, September 16, 1951

Author: Charles Cross
Editor: Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 172, Blocks: 77, Avg Word Len: 5.26, Missing: { J Q W Z }, Scrabble score: 679 (avg 1.50)
Open Squares: 136, Cheaters: 0, FITB: 6, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 31 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
Charles Cross has 25 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
PS notes: Original 134-Across clue had "Dutchess"; changed to "Duchess."
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© 1951, The New York TimesNo. 819
Across Down
1. Mesta or Merman. : MADAM
6. F. D. R.'s specialty. : CHATS
11. Handbag closing. : CLASP
16. Wellesley president. : CLAPP
21. Lower. : ABASE
22. Dress of a religious order. : HABIT
23. June of Hollywood. : HAVER
24. Feebler. : LAMER
25. Queen who instigated a massacre, 1572. : CATHERINEDEMEDICI
28. Piazza's vocation. : OPERA
29. Summer in Paris. : ETE
30. Mrs. Lincoln's maiden name. : TODD
31. Miss Tanguay. : EVA
32. Confined. : YARDED
34. His wife looked back. : LOT
35. Slave. : SERF
37. Four kings, for instance. : MELD
39. Two ball teams. : EIGHTEEN
41. Where Mrs. Ross is boss. : MINT
42. Girl's name. : OSA
44. Before. : ERE
46. Spatter: Dial. : SLART
47. Rain slightly. : SPIT
49. Long: Prefix. : MACRO
52. Useless adornment. : FRILL
54. Mennonites. : AMISH
56. Collect. : AMASS
59. Menu phrase. : ALAMODE
61. Miss Potter of Peter Rabbit fame. : BEATRIX
63. Kind of piano. : UPRIGHT
65. Re-evaluating. : RERATING
67. Basket. : CREEL
68. Piccadilly Circus statue. : EROS
69. Swiss river. : AAR
70. Widow who married well in 1759. : MARTHACUSTIS
72. Ankles. : TARSI
74. ___ Gluck. : ALMA
75. Alpine necessity. : SKI
76. Bungling. : INEPT
77. Whence came Elaine. : ASTOLAT
79. Heaped. : PILED
80. Author of "Show Boat": 1st name. : EDNA
82. Measure. : PINT
84. S. A. Indians. : ONAS
85. Indonesian island. : BALI
86. With dark glasses and phony name: Slang. : INCOG
88. Verbal thrust. : RIPOSTE
90. Pinchpenny. : MISER
92. Conserve. : CAN
95. Cheers. : RAMS
96. Good nylons are. : SHEER
97. She played Camille, Juliet, Magda, etc. : ELEONORADUSE
100. Girl's name. : AVA
101. Fabre's subject. : BEES
102. A chief interest of females. : MALES
104. Famous square in N. Y. C. : GRAMERCY
105. Dessert. : TAPIOCA
107. The fabulous Dolly. : MADISON
109. Wild horses. : BRONCOS
110. Noted violinist. : ELMAN
111. Sudden effort. : SPASM
113. Footgear. : SPATS
115. Singleness: It. : UNITA
116. Connectives. : ANDS
118. Assyrian god. : ASHIR
120. English title. : SIR
121. Indian title. : SRI
122. Units of freight volume. : TONS
124. ___ fallacy. : PATHETIC
127. Italian coins. : LIRE
129. Soaks in. : SOPS
133. Begun by 140 Across: Abbr. : ARC
134. Duchess of Kent. : MARINA
135. Portuguese India. : GOA
137. Dickens heroine. : DORA
139. ___-polloi. : HOI
140. Miss Barton. : CLARA
142. Signature on our paper money. : GEORGIANEESECLARK
146. Observer. : NOTER
147. ___ den Linden. : UNTER
148. Former Chief Justice. : STONE
149. Flambeau. : TORCH
150. Skillfully. : APTLY
151. Suffixes of profession. : STERS
152. Colors. : TINTS
153. Indian nurses. : AYAHS
1. Staffs of office. : MACES
2. Slacken. : ABATE
3. Useful rubber stamp. : DATER
4. Baseball bat wood. : ASH
5. Grapple with. : MEET
6. Scold. : CHIDE
7. Man in boxer's corner. : HANDLER
8. Sally Bush's stepson. : ABE
9. Opportune time. : TIDE
10. Mr. Brodie. : STEVE
11. What: Ital. : CHE
12. Romney painted many portraits of her. : LADYHAMILTON
13. Jacqueline Cochran, for instance. : AVIATRIX
14. Hidden causes. : SECRETS
15. First word of Jane Austen title. : PRIDE
16. Bumpkin. : CLOD
17. Be one circuit ahead. : LAP
18. One of opera's all-time greats. : AMELITAGALLICURCI
19. An American Presidential candidate. : PERON
20. N. Y. Congresswoman for many years. : PRATT
26. European capital. : ROMA
27. But: French. : MAIS
33. Being. : ENS
36. Newspaper make-up. : FORMAT
38. Take little by little: Obs. : DRIB
40. Showiness. : GLARE
41. Opera heroine. : MIMI
43. Caressing. : SOOTHING
45. Vote in. : ELECT
48. 72's, usually. : PARS
49. Ladies: Dial. : MARMS
50. Dripping. : ALEAK
51. Suffragist and peace advocate. : CARRIECMAPMANCATT
52. Baffle by evasion. : FENCE
53. Lassos. : LARIATS
55. She wrote "Back Street." : HURST
57. Fie! : SHAME
58. Valuable violin. : STRAD
60. Miss Wynyard. : DIANA
62. Fiction heroine. : TESS
64. Hawaiian fare. : POI
66. Tropical fish. : GUPPIES
68. Blackboard cleaning. : ERASING
71. Stalk. : STIPE
73. Texan memory. : ALAMO
74. Be unwell. : AIL
78. A fashion in female footgear. : TOELESS
79. Mme. Pompadour, for instance. : PARAMOUR
81. ___ Passos. : DOS
83. Famous name in Hollywood. : NORMASHEARER
85. Indian province. : BERAR
86. Angry. : IRATE
87. WAVES are. : NAVAL
88. Ostriches. : RHEAS
89. Low Hindu caste. : TELI
91. Rowan trees. : SORBS
93. Fashionable raceway in England. : ASCOT
94. Artist McMein. : NEYSA
96. Dry. : SEC
98. ___ Fables: Var. : ESOPS
99. Cape Cod resort. : DENNIS
101. She wrote many of our beloved songs. : BOND
103. Concede. : ADMIT
106. Scottish Johns. : IANS
107. Item in fan mail. : MASHNOTE
108. Pin down. : NAIL
112. Persevering. : PATIENT
114. Part of Neptune's gear. : TRIDENT
117. Saratoga. : SPA
119. Swiss mountain. : RIGI
121. Dry. : SERE
122. Chilean province ceded to Peru, 1929. : TACNA
123. Deck of a battleship. : ORLOP
125. Giant with 100 eyes. : ARGUS
126. Seaside. : COAST
128. Bampton, Macaulay, etc. : ROSES
130. Maureen of Hollywood. : OHARA
131. Architectural item. : PORCH
132. Indian caste-rejectors. : SIKHS
134. Queen portrayed by Helen Hayes. : MARY
136. Against. : ANTI
138. Legal proceedings. : ACTA
141. Electrical unit. : REL
143. Small weights: Abbr. : GRS
144. Long time. : EON
145. Movie star. : LOY

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 22 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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