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Thrown for a Loop

By Joah The Protozoa

Constructor's Note: The two sections of the grid are connected, but how?

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Across
  1. 1A
    Life imitates it, according to some
  2. 4A
    "Dancing Queen" group
  3. 8A
    Ingredient that is no longer present in a certain cola
  4. 12A
    Dove's sound
  5. 13A
    Call, as 911
  6. 14A
    Sounds at a 21-across
    Place for a massage[---]
  7. 15A
    -
  8. 16A
    *Partially animated film whose main character was redone after initial public backlash
  9. 18A
    Coup d'____
  10. 20A
    Shrug, e.g.
  11. 21A
    Place for a massage
  12. 24A
    Zero, in soccer
  13. 25A
    Potential trigger for an allergic reaction
  14. 29A
    "____ of Eden": Steinbeck novel
  15. 33A
    -
  16. 36A
    *Thing that an excited and focused man might be on
  17. 37A
    Neet alternative
  18. 38A
    "Stay in your ____!"
  19. 39A
    Contraction in many Christmas songs
  20. 40A
    Long ago, long ago
  21. 41A
    Word represented literally in the answers to the starred clues
  22. 42A
    Fitting
Down
  1. 1D
    Tummy ____: toddler's woe
  2. 2D
    Word before "canal" or after "square"
  3. 3D
    Outfit at a particular party
  4. 4D
    They frequently have very small "x" buttons
  5. 5D
    Sci. that deals with living things
  6. 6D
    Signal to a dog to play dead, maybe
  7. 7D
    Megamind is one
  8. 8D
    They can be driven
  9. 9D
    Obama's birthplace
  10. 10D
    Singer with the album "Dancing Queen"
  11. 11D
    Arthur of tennis fame
  12. 17D
    "____: Miami" (forensic TV show)
  13. 19D
    Ammo for a certain cannon
  14. 22D
    Faux ____: social goof
  15. 23D
    "Clean up on ____ four!"
  16. 25D
    Ice cream container
  17. 26D
    Quite a ways off
  18. 27D
    "I agree," when commented below a social media post
  19. 28D
    Pore over
  20. 30D
    Prefix to "boy" or "girl"
  21. 31D
    S.S. Tipton or USS Arizona
  22. 32D
    What a student might cram for
  23. 34D
    "Life of Pi" director Lee
  24. 35D
    Start of a long drive?