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MMXX

By ErniePublished 6 months ago

Constructor's Note: Wow, what an eventful year... seems like it's stretched for ages. Here's a bit of current events in starred clues, and even some of the non-starred are related.
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  • Mike D 馃9:42聽路聽6 months ago
    Good recap to the year Ernie! Here's to a better 2021!
    • Kurt S 8:37聽路聽6 months ago
      Excellent puzzle. It's hard to construct these densely themed puzzles without a bunch of cringey filler, but this is solid (and nicely clued) throughout. Well done.
      • LuckyDog 馃6:54聽路聽6 months ago
        Great puzzle. Really loved the clue for JKL
        35D JKL"Hi" followers?
        -- that one was new to me. Thank you for sharing.
        • Aaron 馃6:09聽路聽6 months ago
          Fun puzzle, super-clean fill, great recap to 2020 overall! Thanks for sharing.
          • Anonymous Crossharer 20:35聽路聽6 months ago
            Thanks for the timely puzzle. Don鈥檛 count your chickens before they hatch.
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            Across
            1. 1A
              *He was acquitted in 2020
            2. 6A
              *Supreme Court Justice who passed away in 2020
            3. 9A
              Adler of Sherlock Holmes
            4. 14A
              MPAA or ESRB, e.g.
            5. 15A
              Hawkeye's skill
            6. 16A
              Distributed (with "out")
            7. 17A
              Singer whose albums are named after her age
            8. 18A
              Summer hrs. in Ca.
            9. 19A
              *It turned 2020 into the deadliest year in U.S. history
            10. 20A
              *Best Picture film in the 2020 Oscars
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              *First female U.S. Vice President
            12. 23A
              Expert
            13. 24A
              *Bond actor who passed away in 2020
            14. 26A
              "I can't wait for 2020 to be ___"
            15. 28A
              Like 1-Across
              *He was acquitted in 2020[-----]
              and 7-Down
              *2020 Electoral College winner[-----]
            16. 29A
              Abbr. next to 7-Down
              *2020 Electoral College winner[-----]
            17. 32A
              Star Wars' Din Djarin, familiarly
            18. 35A
              Jorgensen and March
            19. 36A
              *Basketball player who passed away in 2020
            20. 37A
              *Black Panther actor who passed away in 2020
            21. 41A
              Martha, to Superman and Batman
            22. 42A
              Hurricanes and Senators org.
            23. 43A
              *His death sparked police brutality protests in 2020
            24. 44A
              Traditional soap ingredient
            25. 45A
              A.I. in a 2018 sci-fi thriller
            26. 46A
              Each
            27. 48A
              See 29-Down
              With 48-Across, Mr. Roboto's catchphrase[----]
            28. 50A
              2020 film about a female assassin
            29. 53A
              *Hornet trending in May 2020
            30. 56A
              *Merriam-Webster's 2020 Word of the Year
            31. 59A
              "Take away love and our earth is __ __" (Browning)
            32. 60A
              EMT skill
            33. 61A
              Together
            34. 62A
              The Frogs, in Latin
            35. 63A
              Movement associated with 43-Across
              *His death sparked police brutality protests in 2020[-----]
            36. 64A
              *Nationally-renowned physician in 2020
            37. 65A
              Give props to
            38. 66A
              ___ Moines, Iowa
            39. 67A
              Italian headquarters of Fiat and Alfa Romeo
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              "The Sound of Music" family
            2. 2D
              Storm tracker
            3. 3D
              Womb, scientifically
            4. 4D
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              Tech giant[-----]
              , in Rome
            5. 5D
              Nickname for 1-Across
              *He was acquitted in 2020[-----]
              and soon 7-Down
              *2020 Electoral College winner[-----]
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              Carnivorous bird or dino
            7. 7D
              *2020 Electoral College winner
            8. 8D
              Prime meridian hrs.
            9. 9D
              One may be needed to vote
            10. 10D
              Spacious
            11. 11D
              McLaren ___, French for "she goes!"
            12. 12D
              *Rush drummer Peart who passed away in 2020
            13. 13D
              Old Norse epic poetry
            14. 21D
              Word with box or cap
            15. 22D
              That '70s Show dope
            16. 25D
              Beginner player (slang)
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              They may be long or good
            18. 27D
              Oath
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              With 48-Across
              See 29-Down[-------]
              , Mr. Roboto's catchphrase
            20. 30D
              Weird Al parody of "I Want it That Way"
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              Darn or cobble, say
            22. 32D
              Year "Peanuts" was first published
            23. 33D
              Word with Chips or Matey
            24. 34D
              "A girl has no ___" (Game of Thrones)
            25. 35D
              "Hi" followers?
            26. 36D
              Giant algae
            27. 38D
              How 19-Across
              *It turned 2020 into the deadliest year in U.S. history[-----]
              is transmitted
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              Down rapidly
            29. 40D
              Bay Area airport (abbr.)
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              *Jeopardy host who passed away in 2020
            31. 46D
              __ __ length (safely distant)
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              Panel de ___ (Tetris Attack)
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              TV's Don Draper, e.g.
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              Tech giant
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              Nice love?
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              The Renaissance Man (with "da")
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              __ __ the hole
            38. 53D
              Shop
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              Jazz state
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              Nickname for 19-Across
              *It turned 2020 into the deadliest year in U.S. history[-----]
            41. 57D
              French duo ___ Punk
            42. 58D
              Jacob's brother
            43. 60D
              Trendy MJ extract oil
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