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Crossword Puzzle

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Theme: Famous Writers (Statepoint)

ACROSS
1. Put to the metal?
6. British rule over India prior to 1947
9. Gas giver
13. Grooves in rocks, e.g.
14. Flightless bird
15. Mr. in Mexico
16. Arm-__-___
17. ___ Kempner, famous socialite
18. Speak one’s mind
19. From times long ago
21. *”Anna Karenina” author
23. ___ date
24. C&H crop
25. Pacquiao move, e.g.
28. a.k.a. “The Biggest Little City in the World”
30. Preserve, as in body
35. Inspired by feeling of reverence
37. R in RPM, pl.
39. Titled peer of the realm
40. First ____ on a ship
41. *Romantic novelist
43. *Oscar Wilde’s character Dorian ____
44. _____ Park, CO
46. *Betty Smith’s grew in Brooklyn
47. Equal
48. Mohammed’s descendant
50. To, archaic
52. Sea in Spain
53. Lump of stuff
55. Remains container
57. *Creator of Inspector Maigret
61. *Rabbit’s chronicler
64. Found in the air
65. Transgression
67. Napoleon’s time on Elba, e.g.
69. Ralph in Paris
70. And so forth
71. Follows wash
72. They march one-by-one
73. Likewise
74. Passover meal

DOWN
1. Tire measurement
2. Volcano in Sicily
3. Crossdresser’s garb
4. Ran or appeared
5. *Prolific Western fiction writer
6. Tear violently
7. Medical group
8. Military-led government
9. To liven, as in “it ____ him up”
10. Used for measurement
11. Kissing disease?
12. *Michael Crichton’s novel about nano-robotic threat to mankind
15. In earnest
20. Sneers
22. The top seed
24. The corrupt often do this
25. *”The Turn of the Screw” author
26. Inundated
27. Davis or Midler, e.g.
29. As opposed to gross
31. Peat wetlands
32. Biblical Abraham’s original name
33. Camel’s cousin
34. *The Twilight Saga author
36. It freezes in headlights?
38. “As ____ on TV”
42. Reduce pressure
45. Communication that encodes a message
49. ___ Rida, rapper
51. Superior commands
54. Early stages, as in sickness
56. Female water-elf
57. *”Pretty Little Liars” author, ____ Shepard
58. Islamic Republic of ____
59. Debatable point
60. Plural of #14 Across
61. Beyond what is natural
62. Type or sort
63. Other than what’s implied
66. International trade organization
68. Poetic “ever”