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Themed (PfP #76a)

· By Conflux · Published 5 months ago

Nothing too unusual here, but I'm proud of how dense the theme is given the size. By the way, the clue for 26-Across was written by my mother; I think it's very good!
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  • Mike D 🤓2:40 · 5 months ago
    Fun one!
    1AWarm beverage holder
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    Across
    1. 1A
      Warm beverage holder
    2. 4A
      That people swallow 8 spiders a year while sleeping, for one (there's a whole rabbit hole about who started this)
    3. 8A
      Exam where the P is short for "preliminary"
    4. 10A
      Capital of Italy?
    5. 11A
      *General atmospheres
    6. 13A
      *Farmland units
    7. 14A
      __ throwing (sport)
    8. 15A
      What i.e. stands for
    9. 17A
      Suffix for proteins
    10. 19A
      *Some computers
    11. 22A
      Blackjack strategy tip...or a hint to the starred answers
    12. 24A
      Brood
    13. 25A
      Seventh most popular US street name
    14. 26A
      Leaves home?
    15. 27A
      Computing systems based on human brains (abbr.)
    Down
    1. 1D
      Movie-rating org.
    2. 2D
      Mil. branch
    3. 3D
      Gun-control advocate and former representative Giffords
    4. 4D
      Of Mice and __
    5. 5D
      Mexican subcuisine with Mayan influences
    6. 6D
      "King tyrant lizard," for short
    7. 7D
      "Mix it all together with a __ or a spoon. And you have to put in some water. That's why I said __." (from Dinosaur Soup (and Other Dubious Recipes Written by Children))
    8. 9D
      1-1, maybe
    9. 12D
      "Save me __"
    10. 16D
      An email offering a large sum of money, probably
    11. 17D
      Helper (abbr.)
    12. 18D
      Horseback rider's implement
    13. 20D
      Horseback rider's implement
    14. 21D
      Nine-digit IDs
    15. 23D
      Mike and __ (candy whose name's origin is unknown)
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