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Garden-Variety Names

· By JeffsPuzzles · Published 2 months ago

Constructor's Note: I think this is one of the easier puzzles I’ve ever constructed – a straightforward themed puzzle clued at a Monday/Tuesday level. There are a lot of proper names, but they’re all reasonably well-known. Enjoy!
Jeff Linder JeffsPuzzles.com PuffinlessTravel.wordpress.com
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  • Sommersmith 🤓9:49 · 2 months ago
    Lovely puzzle, with the very small nit to pick that a DOULA
    70A DOULAOne who might assist in the birth of a 64 Across
    provides support during labor but does not actually deliver babies.
    • JeffsPuzzles constructor · 2 months ago
      Thanks for the correction - I'll edit the clue.
    • Jon 11:59 · 2 months ago
      Very nice.
      • kurtalert 6:13 · 2 months ago
        Good puzzle!
        • emmie 🤓5:50 · 2 months ago
          Very fun!
          • Olio Grids 🤓5:21 · 2 months ago
            Love the theme. Great work!
            • JeffsPuzzles constructor · 2 months ago
              Thanks to all for the kind comments!
              1APurported (but nonexistent) basis for the Iraq War
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              Across
              1. 1A
                Purported (but nonexistent) basis for the Iraq War
              2. 5A
                Utah gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
              3. 9A
                Infield protector
              4. 13A
                Now (Sp.)
              5. 14A
                "Ta-da," but in French
              6. 15A
                Actor Morales (Ozark, La Bamba)
              7. 16A
                *Actress who portrays Rey in several Star Wars films
              8. 18A
                Performed with a choir
              9. 19A
                Tie-breaking pds.
              10. 20A
                "Smooth Operator" artist
              11. 21A
                Characteristic of red and yellow, but not green
              12. 23A
                Pro ___
              13. 25A
                Legendary video game princess
              14. 28A
                "You ____ beautiful to me" (Joe Cocker)
              15. 29A
                Pt. of EMT
              16. 30A
                *Actress/activist in "Charmed," "Nip/Tuck," many independent films
              17. 32A
                Character in "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
              18. 34A
                14 Down
                See 34 Across[-----]
                /audio compression standard
              19. 35A
                UFO flyers
              20. 36A
                *Actress whose 50+ year career includes starring roles in "Grace and Frankie" and "9 to 5"
              21. 41A
                NASA R&D center
              22. 44A
                Hammer or saw, e.g.
              23. 45A
                Conductor Ozawa
              24. 49A
                *Award-winning Irish author of "The Sea, the Sea", "The Black Prince," and many other books
              25. 54A
                Prayer leader in a mosque
              26. 55A
                ___ ray
              27. 56A
                Golfer Els
              28. 57A
                Sole
              29. 58A
                Two-piece bathing suit
              30. 60A
                Apt anagram of "vile"
              31. 62A
                Ctrl-Alt-___
              32. 63A
                Long-time ESPN sportscaster Andrews
              33. 64A
                Hippie, or what each of the starred entries was when little?
              34. 68A
                "___ Misbehavin'"
              35. 69A
                Egypt's Anwar
              36. 70A
                One who might assist in the birth of a 64 Across
                Hippie, or what each of the starred entries was when little?[-----------]
              37. 71A
                MBs alternative
              38. 72A
                Heed
              39. 73A
                "Me too"
              Down
              1. 1D
                Words before "chopped liver?"
              2. 2D
                Wet
              3. 3D
                ENTs, e.g.
              4. 4D
                States
              5. 5D
                Word after "scale" or "fashion"
              6. 6D
                10w40, e.g.
              7. 7D
                The "A" in IPA
              8. 8D
                Fundy and Chesapeake, e.g.
              9. 9D
                Spanish word for "treasure," which ends with the Spanish word for "gold"
              10. 10D
                "Us too"
              11. 11D
                Berates
              12. 12D
                Common urban avians
              13. 13D
                Beloved
              14. 14D
                See 34 Across
                14 Down/audio compression standard[----]
              15. 17D
                Motorola phone
              16. 22D
                Scottish dish that sounds offal to me
              17. 24D
                Disappearing Asian sea
              18. 26D
                Recording by an aspiring musician
              19. 27D
                Alarm clock toggle
              20. 31D
                Cartoon collectible
              21. 33D
                Profession for Bill Hader's "Barry"
              22. 37D
                Reed or Gehrig
              23. 38D
                Days of ___ (long ago)
              24. 39D
                "I had neither the time nor the desire to look at this" (acronym)
              25. 40D
                Diamond, Tyson, or Gaiman
              26. 41D
                Big name in American whiskey
              27. 42D
                Grassland
              28. 43D
                Referring to, as a web site
              29. 46D
                Stomach remedy that sounds like it should be on the Periodic Table
              30. 47D
                Singer/actress Monae
              31. 48D
                Former Philippine First Lady Marcos
              32. 50D
                Periods on the job
              33. 51D
                Like many streets in New York City
              34. 52D
                Feline source of musk
              35. 53D
                Legatee
              36. 59D
                "In that case"
              37. 61D
                Some screens
              38. 65D
                Part of many science courses
              39. 66D
                Poem of praise
              40. 67D
                Org. in many subdivisions
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