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They Could Be Verse

◆◆ · By JeffsPuzzles · Published about 2 months ago

Constructor's Note: Each theme answer is a movie title revised to incorporate a poetic term hinted at by the poem in the clue. To help non-English majors along, I've given actors' or directors' names as well. The write-up on my JeffsPuzzles site, which I'll post on Sunday 10/9, explains the terms.
Jeff Linder JeffsPuzzles.com PuffinlessTravel.wordpress.com
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  • spikeydlux 18:59 · about 2 months ago
    This was a workout! Really enjoyed it!
    • Capn Rick 16:33 · about 2 months ago
      Nice job, Jeff! I enjoyed it.
      • Olio Grids 🤓16:08 · about 2 months ago
        Lots of fun!
        • Wally 12:23 · about 2 months ago
          Really inspired theme, nice work
          • Larry Edelstein 🤓8:50 · about 2 months ago
            Nerve of you making me think
            • Shae 🤓24:04 · about 2 months ago
              Fun
              • JeffsPuzzles constructor · about 2 months ago
                Thanks, all!
                • kurtalert 20:59 · about 2 months ago
                  tricky, I liked it- thanks!
                  1AESPN investigative reporter Thompson (more generally, a nickname for Letitia)
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                  1. 1A
                    ESPN investigative reporter Thompson (more generally, a nickname for Letitia)
                  2. 5A
                    Spread
                  3. 10A
                    Current-day alternative to 12 Down
                    Older alternative to 10 Across[---]
                  4. 13A
                    Box lunch?
                  5. 14A
                    "The Rest Is ___" (Alex Ross book about 20th century music)
                  6. 15A
                    Const'l change killed by Phyllis Shlafly
                  7. 16A
                    Heed
                  8. 17A
                    Shaq
                  9. 18A
                    Gore follower?
                  10. 19A
                    *Two poets, one a slob, one neat/Share quarters 'bove a New York street (Think Oscar and Felix)
                  11. 22A
                    Info characterized by "variety, volume, and velocity"
                  12. 23A
                    Ring battle
                  13. 26A
                    Sleek, for short
                  14. 27A
                    *In Oregon four bards search through the woods/Encounter junk man, leeches, even hoods/Discover body but to no avail/They'll get in trouble if they tell their tale (Think River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Kiefer Sutherland)
                  15. 32A
                    *With "The" and 36
                    See 32 Across[-------]
                    and 43 Across
                    See 32 Across[-----]
                    : In Zubrowka a rich woman dies/Leaving all that she owns to Ralph Fiennes (Think Wes Anderson)
                  16. 34A
                    Average
                  17. 35A
                    Pampering place
                  18. 36A
                    See 32 Across
                    *With "The" and 36 and 43 Across: In Zubrowka a rich woman dies/Leaving all that she owns to Ralph Fiennes (Think Wes Anderson)[-----]
                  19. 39A
                    Eqpt. to which "screen time" originally referred
                  20. 42A
                    The "H" in HOF
                  21. 43A
                    See 32 Across
                    *With "The" and 36 and 43 Across: In Zubrowka a rich woman dies/Leaving all that she owns to Ralph Fiennes (Think Wes Anderson)[-----]
                  22. 48A
                    *Unstressed humanity lived life so sure /Til plague killed many and transformed the rest/Save one brave man whose blood contained a cure/His sacrifice our poets oft have stressed (Think Will Smith)
                  23. 52A
                    Poor, as an excuse
                  24. 53A
                    Jail:clink::gaol:____
                  25. 54A
                    Ideal
                  26. 56A
                    *Takes place in Russia a cent'ry ago, tells of/Yuri and Lara, their love and the snow, makes us/Ask whether Tonya's their daughter - you know? nor do/I (Think Omar Sharif and Julie Christie)
                  27. 61A
                    Express pleasure like a pup
                  28. 63A
                    Word before Whiz or -It in the grocery store
                  29. 64A
                    Fashionable city?
                  30. 65A
                    DDE
                  31. 66A
                    Basic swimming stroke
                  32. 67A
                    "The ___ of my ___ is my friend"
                  33. 68A
                    Sin/cos
                  34. 69A
                    Prize
                  35. 70A
                    Former Congolese President Mobutu ___ Seko
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                    Better-versed in a STEM field
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                    Acura model
                  3. 3D
                    Used to be taller
                  4. 4D
                    Acura parent
                  5. 5D
                    Winter transport with tank-like treads
                  6. 6D
                    Hawaiian concept of righteousness; also an MP3 alternative championed by Neil Young
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                    Place
                  8. 8D
                    Stat
                  9. 9D
                    Check for an echo, maybe
                  10. 10D
                    Bones and boxes, e.g.
                  11. 11D
                    Beats by ___
                  12. 12D
                    Older alternative to 10 Across
                    Current-day alternative to 12 Down[---]
                  13. 13D
                    Carrier for Louisville Sluggers
                  14. 20D
                    Drying out woes
                  15. 21D
                    Wane
                  16. 24D
                    Judge Judge's ABs
                  17. 25D
                    Liquid gossip?
                  18. 28D
                    Sufficient and more
                  19. 29D
                    Name Ere Elopment could be its backronym
                  20. 30D
                    Some food deliveries, for short
                  21. 31D
                    Coll. of poems, often
                  22. 33D
                    Kids' author whose name sounds like a kid's toy
                  23. 37D
                    "I'm afraid not, Angus"
                  24. 38D
                    It usually precedes trig
                  25. 39D
                    Frank McCourt memoir
                  26. 40D
                    Kind of vessel
                  27. 41D
                    Iota
                  28. 44D
                    Most common mineral in Earth's mantle; its normally green color (hint hint) ecomes yellower in its gem form, Peridot
                  29. 45D
                    Treats cooked in leaves
                  30. 46D
                    It's played using software that imitates other platforms, for short
                  31. 47D
                    Snicket of kid lit
                  32. 49D
                    Item generally graded on an A-D scale
                  33. 50D
                    Hose attachment that's one letter off from a sign of attachment
                  34. 51D
                    Expert on health care for underserved communities, perhaps
                  35. 55D
                    What x might mean
                  36. 57D
                    Mir letters
                  37. 58D
                    Via, informally
                  38. 59D
                    525,600 seconds, per "Rent"
                  39. 60D
                    Ross McDonald's Archer and Sesame Street's Zealand
                  40. 61D
                    "To ___" (quaint way of saying "for example")
                  41. 62D
                    Alias indicator
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