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VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE

New York Times, Sunday, September 28, 1952

86-Down : City in a song.

Author:
Evelyn E. Smith
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 172, Blocks: 85, Avg Word Len: 5.16, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 670 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 136, Cheaters: 6, FITB: 5, XRef: 1, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 27
Evelyn E. Smith has 8 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1952, The New York TimesNo. 1,197
Across
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Ancient Asians. : MEDES
6
Living Old Master. : MATISSE
13
Fiddlesticks! : BAH
16
British black-marketeer. : SPIV
20
Harbor of N. Z. : OTAGU
21
Three per cent in N. Y. C. : SALESTAX
22
Backslider. : APOSTATE
24
Japanese Premier. : SHIGERUYOSHIDA
26
Hired someone else. : REPLACED
27
Slippery one. : EEL
28
Lowest points. : ZEROES
29
Chinese nut. : LICHI
31
Vital waterway. : PANAMA
32
Killed. : SLEW
34
Voters. : MEN
35
Friend of 2 Down. : MESTA
36
Deliver. : SEND
37
Vacation spot. : MIAMI
39
Hope of Europe. : NATO
42
Valley sacred to Apollo. : TEMPE
44
Track official. : TIMER
48
Koussevitzky. : SERGE
49
Sport of kings. : RACING
51
Sew together. : DARN
52
Lake Ladoga's outlet. : NEVA
53
Kilmer poem. : TREES
54
Orly or Gander. : AIRPORT
56
Remote spot. : NOOK
58
Skirt decoration. : SLIT
59
Gen. Bradley. : OMAR
60
Sophisticated. : WISE
61
Disquiet. : PAIN
63
Materials for glass-making. : FRIT
65
Where Nipigon Lake is: Abbr. : ONT
66
Swedish county. : LAN
67
Hollywood street. : VINE
68
Weapon in the "cold war." : VOICEOFAMERICA
71
Temper. : ANNEAL
73
Senator from Montgomery. : HILL
74
Crusty breads. : RYES
75
British poet now U. S. citizen. : AUDEN
76
F. B. I. target. : SPY
77
Buffalo Bill. : CODY
78
More than. : OVER
79
Man's nickname. : EPH
80
Galo Plaza ___, former President of Ecuador. : LASSO
83
Arrow feather. : VANE
84
Economizer. : EKER
85
She made coats for widows. : DORCAS
89
Certain people. : INTERNATIONALS
92
Streaked. : LINY
94
Headline initials. : HST
95
Foreign charge on ships: Abbr. : FGA
96
Imam Ahmed's capital. : SANA
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Girl's name. : SARA
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Time: Var. : AERA
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Ovid. : NASO
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Had effect. : TOLD
102
Greek weight. : MINA
104
Throw into confusion. : UNHINGE
106
Arrive: 2 wds. : GETIN
107
Wool: Comb. form. : ERIO
108
Record. : LIST
110
Mercenary. : SORDID
111
Fall guy. : PATSY
112
Grazing ground. : RANGE
114
Bamboo stick: Anglo-Indian. : LATHI
116
Giant in the Army. : MAYS
117
Yankee pitcher. : LOPAT
118
Port in Brazil. : PARA
120
Dance. : RUMBA
122
Medieval poem. : LAI
124
Nonflunkable course. : SNAP
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Truman's former milieu. : SENATE
129
Mute Marx. : HARPO
130
Heroine of "Private Lives." : AMANDA
133
___ for the money. : ONE
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Acting. : PRETENSE
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Italian statesman philosopher. : BENEDETTOCROCE
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Greek poet noted for drinking songs. : ANACREON
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Provides knowledge. : EDUCATES
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Enthusiastic. : EAGER
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Hebrew letter. : TETH
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Radio call. : SOS
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Summaries. : RESUMES
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Gather. : AMASS
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Modern primitive. : MOSES
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Broadway luminary. : ETHELMERMAN
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Irish Parliament. : DAILEIREANN
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Good food. : EGG
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Near East trouble spot. : SUEZ
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Dieter's taboo. : MAYONNAISE
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Century plant. : ALOE
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Miss Durbeyfield. : TESS
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Adjective suffix. : ISH
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Set of steps. : STILE
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Cruel one. : SADIST
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Demanded. : EXACTED
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Adriatic port. : BARI
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Animal. : APE
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Billiards champion. : HOPPE
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Unsung Hollywood heroes. : STANDINS
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Spotted cavy. : PACA
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Piece of news. : ITEM
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Hindu scriptures. : VEDA
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Convinced. : SURE
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Mental leaning. : SLANT
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Ancient tribe of Gaul. : REMI
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Mordecai's enemy. : HAMAN
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Hazard. : WAGER
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Barred by the Sherman Act. : MONOPOLY
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Ladies of Leon. : SENORAS
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French pronoun. : MES
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Palestine port. : ACRE
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Incline. : TIP
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Give. : PROFFER
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Blister beetle. : MELOID
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Prove. : EVINCE
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It's used in wickerwork. : RATTAN
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Roman matron's garb. : STOLA
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Farmer's friend. : RAIN
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Subject of the Quest. : GRAIL
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Muscular contraction. : TIC
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Actress Hunter. : KIM
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Vulpine. : WILY
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One kind of war. : NERVES
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Three-legged table. : TEAPOY
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Old-fashioned ailment. : VAPORS
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TV sets. : VIDEOS
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Legal hearing. : OYER
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Important mining region. : RUHR
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Latin verb. : ESSE
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___ soit qui mal y pense. : HONI
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Sicilian seaport. : CATANIA
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Modern musical. : OKLAHOMA
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Miss Best. : EDNA
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Strong man. : LIFTER
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Fluffy feline. : ANGORA
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Synonym for dictator. : STALIN
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Favorite flavoring. : VANILLA
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Gains. : EARNS
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City in a song. : CHATTANOOGA
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Helps. : ASSISTANCES
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Unyielding. : STONY
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Business group. : NAM
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Ship: Comb. form. : NAU
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What Congress does. : LEGISLATES
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Angered. : IRED
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C. J. Correll. : ANDY
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Tides. : NEAPS
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Al Capp's creation. : DOGPATCH
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Ad ___ per aspera. : ASTRA
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Man's name. : IRA
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Printer for the U. S. : GPO
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American humorist. : THURBER
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Breakfaster. : EATER
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Stand in the way of. : IMPEDE
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Venetian beach. : LIDO
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M. Pleven and others. : RENES
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Gift. : BONUS
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Crawlers. : ANTS
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M. P.'s. : PEERS
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Tiff. : SPAT
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Sea bird. : ERNE
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Adroit. : NEAT
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Layers. : HENS
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Madam, I'm ___. : ADAM
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Apportion. : METE
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Zoological suffix. : ACEA
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Well-known ship canals. : SOO
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Old French coin. : ECU
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Animal. : RAM

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 19 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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