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"It's our specialty"

· By Wouter van Dijke · Published 9 months ago

Constructor's Note: My first finished puzzle! I'd love any feedback you might have.
This is the first puzzle I'm happy enough with to share. On Inauguration Day, I wanted to make some American food and decided on Jambalaya. It made me think of all the wonderful regional specialties in different parts of the US, and that it would be fun to combine that with the way cardinal directions are used in describing crosswords. So as a theme, each of these four foods is located in the region that's known for it.
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  • Mike D 🤓9:57 · 9 months ago
    Great puzzle Wouter - I liked ADAM
    64A ADAMFirst gentleman
    and EVE
    38D EVEFirst lady
    !
    • Wouter van Dijke constructor · 9 months ago
      Thanks Mike!
    • Aaron 6:07 · 9 months ago
      Some tricky fill here (YEEHOO
      32A YEEHOOExcited exclamation
      ?) and there but I absolutely loved the theme and discovering what foods were representative of each region. CRAFTBEER
      19A CRAFTBEERPopular food from this region
      may be everywhere now but I've had some of my favorites in the Northwest.
      1ATiny bit, like smoke
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      Across
      1. 1A
        Tiny bit, like smoke
      2. 5A
        "I ____ even"
      3. 9A
        Journey: Abbr.
      4. 13A
        City with 19 million inhabitants
      5. 14A
        On a boat
      6. 15A
        French river
      7. 16A
        "Wonderwall" band
      8. 17A
        Chewable plant
      9. 18A
        Big mouths
      10. 19A
        Popular food from this region
      11. 21A
        Ends of the world
      12. 22A
        Plaything
      13. 23A
        Harry Potter character Moaning ___
      14. 24A
        Double one
      15. 27A
        Popular food from this region
      16. 31A
        Piece of corn
      17. 32A
        Excited exclamation
      18. 33A
        ___ queen
      19. 36A
        Trailers
      20. 37A
        Drop in the heat
      21. 41A
        Comes back, as sound
      22. 43A
        Harris and her predecessors
      23. 44A
        Popular food from this region
      24. 49A
        "There's a mouse!"
      25. 50A
        Cookie cereal
      26. 51A
        +0 time zone
      27. 53A
        Ivy school in Philly
      28. 54A
        Popular food from this region
      29. 60A
        "Umbrella" singer, to fans
      30. 61A
        Elise, for Beethoven
      31. 62A
        Hues
      32. 63A
        Casting ___
      33. 64A
        First gentleman
      34. 65A
        Combined
      35. 66A
        "We want ___"
      36. 67A
        Drugs
      37. 68A
        "Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the ___"
      Down
      1. 1D
        Have on
      2. 2D
        Ingrid in "Casablanca"
      3. 3D
        Key that's on your keyboard twice
      4. 4D
        Piece, slangily
      5. 5D
        Birthday party necessity
      6. 6D
        Tennis stadium name
      7. 7D
        Come closer
      8. 8D
        Permanent picture
      9. 9D
        "Annie" song
      10. 10D
        Classic theater name
      11. 11D
        Also
      12. 12D
        Ship
      13. 13D
        Dwarf leader
      14. 20D
        Not supplied, as in booze
      15. 21D
        Compulsive fire starters, informally
      16. 23D
        "Whatever"
      17. 24D
        Conference with short talks
      18. 25D
        Big fight
      19. 26D
        Pop singer Rita
      20. 28D
        It would be much more efficient to fill airplanes this way
      21. 29D
        Cut off
      22. 30D
        Girl's name
      23. 34D
        Mineral found on Mt Vesuvius
      24. 35D
        Respond to, as an impulse
      25. 38D
        First lady
      26. 39D
        Mimic
      27. 40D
        "Ridiculous"
      28. 42D
        Owns
      29. 44D
        Early hour
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        Cicero's birthplace
      31. 46D
        Heckler
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        Place for a pint
      33. 48D
        Snow on tv
      34. 52D
        Dolly was the first one
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        Japanese sport
      36. 55D
        "Now!"
      37. 56D
        Grumpy Cat, for one
      38. 57D
        Uptight
      39. 58D
        Scream
      40. 59D
        Silent words
      41. 61D
        Irate
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