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· By Sommersmith · Published 4 days ago

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  • Frisco17 🤓4:15 · 4 days ago
    Very cool, love all of the theme content! And I was elated to see a Gumboots reference. One of the best albums out there, that Graceland.
    • Mike D 🤓2:58 · 4 days ago
      Yeah I think it's my favorite album - every track is so good!
      • Frisco17 🤓4:15 · 4 days ago
        Not one song to skip on the tracklist!
        • Sommersmith constructor · 4 days ago
          It's a classic album indeed! Glad you enjoyed the puzzle!
    • Mike D 🤓2:58 · 4 days ago
      This was awesome - so educational 😊
      • Sommersmith constructor · 4 days ago
        Every crossword should teach you something :)
      • Wally 5:25 · 4 days ago
        Loved the clue on 29A
        29A OPERATEOpen up, with "on"
      • ariel haymarket 🤓3:37 · 4 days ago
        EXCELLENT puzzle!
        • Sommersmith constructor · 4 days ago
          Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️
        • Sheila K 6:02 · 4 days ago
          I just learned so much! thank you!
          • spikeydlux 🤓5:21 · 4 days ago
            Whew this was fun!
            • Julia 🤓4:22 · 1 day ago
              this was great!
              1ABuilding for fixing up, or fixing-up for a building
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              1. 1A
                Building for fixing up, or fixing-up for a building
              2. 6A
                *German state that shares a border and a name source with the Czech region of Bohemia
              3. 8A
                They might pull out all the stops
              4. 10A
                Let loose
              5. 11A
                Aahs' partners
              6. 13A
                Meadow
              7. 14A
                *Marvel superhero with a metal in his name ultimately derived from a proto-Indo-European word for "blood"
              8. 17A
                *Just dandy; the last two letters might come from a nickname for Martin Van Buren, a Choctaw loanword, and/or a fanciful misspelling of "all correct"
              9. 18A
                *Winter beverage term whose origins are hotly debated
              10. 19A
                Stock launch, briefly
              11. 20A
                *"Der ___": German news magazine whose name means "The Mirror" and is derived from Latin "speculum"
              12. 22A
                Apple's Tim Cook or Google's Sundar Pichai: Abbr.
              13. 23A
                *Auspicious meaning of the names Malik and Roy
              14. 24A
                "I said hey, is this my problem? Is this my fault? / If that's the way it's going to be I'm going to call the whole thing to _____" - Paul Simon, "Gumboots"
              15. 26A
                *In Greek it means "the study of true senses [of words]", and it's the branch of linguistics alluded to in the clues to this puzzle's starred entries
              16. 29A
                Open up, with "on"
              17. 30A
                It might get braided
              Down
              1. 1D
                "Despite all my ____ / I am still just a rat in a cage" - Smashing Pumpkins, "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
              2. 2D
                *By wading into a river, you might succeed at doing this to the bloodhounds on your tail; it's also a cognate with "wading"
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                *Largest Chinese ethnic group, with a name derived from an imperial dynasty lasting four centuries
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                *Journalist Shapiro, whose first name means "lion"
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                *Just like "buffalo", this term also originally referred to a European animal
              6. 6D
                Visit after hours, perhaps
              7. 7D
                *Historical era that began July 16, 1945; its advent proved that its namesake particle is not "unbreakable", as the word's Greek origin suggests
              8. 8D
                *Black and white dessert with a crushed cookie crust; the cookie's name might come from the scientific term for the laurel wreath in its original design
              9. 9D
                *Voluptuous; the useful suffix on this word can turn nouns into adjectives and adjectives into adverbs
              10. 10D
                *Drink too much from this and you might cause a fiasco; it's also a cognate with "fiasco"
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                *One who turns up their nose, from a term for "nose"
              12. 15D
                Fish eggs
              13. 16D
                *Members of a Lakota subtribe whose name means "to scatter one's own"
              14. 21D
                *Country whose ancient capital on the Nile River lent its name to a Tennessee city on the Mississippi River
              15. 25D
                Three ____ and a cot: the bare necessities
              16. 27D
                *Cryptozoological prefix derived from the Proto-Germanic word for "sea"
              17. 28D
                *Mined material whose name is, surprisingly, unrelated to the Spanish word for "gold"
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