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  • This week's theme: Valentine's Day
    Valentine's Day Features

    Across

    1. It's all you need on Valentine's Day!
    5. Heard on Valentine's Day: "This ___ got to be the greatest Valentine's Day ever!"
    8. Break
    12. Romantic Valentine Fabric
    13. Compass direction
    14. VALENTINE'S HISTORY: It stems from a ___ fertility festival celebrated by ancient Romans on Feb. 15th to honor the Pastoral God of Herbs and Crops (See #69A). The day before the festival (Feb. 14th), they would honor Juno, the Goddess of Women and Marriage. Through time, Valentine's has become a combo of the tales of the Pastoral God, Juno and Valentine (See #24A and #51A).
    16. Valentine's Day gifts
    19. German for "Here's to You!": "Auf ___ Gesundheit!"
    20. It'll make "regular" atypical
    21. Before, before
    22. Valentine's Vice
    24. Valentine, for one
    27. Winter sport verb
    28. It'll turn "Pica" into a famous painter
    29. Frilly 'n' Fancy Fabrics seen on Valentine's Day
    31. Valentine confectioneries
    34. Gullible assistant: ___ damnée
    35. ___ and behold!
    37. Within the limits
    38. Ship's Steerer
    42. Valentine's Day date itinerary
    47. Himalayan Humanoid
    48. Film rating
    49. Word seen on a Valentine's gift tag
    50. Comedian Phillips
    51. VALENTINE'S HISTORY: In the 2nd Century A.D., Valentine was a Christian ___ who wed young couples against the rules of Roman Emperor Claudius II who forbade soldiers from marrying because he feared it would interfere with their prowess. For disobeying, Valentine was beheaded on February 14th, 270 A.D..
    55. Cupid's matchmaking weapon on Valentine's Day
    57. Gershwin with pen
    60. Romantic play to watch on Valentine's Day: "Romeo ___ Juliet"
    61. Cute 'n' Cuddly Buddy Holly song to listen to on Valentine's Day
    63. Valentine Gift Giver: ___ Admirer
    65. Hawaiian guitar, briefly
    66. Male title
    68. Someone to celebrate Valentine's Day with
    69. VALENTINE'S HISTORY: As per #14A - Name of the ancient Roman festival that derives its name from the Roman Pastoral God of Herbs and Crops
    74. Undercover agents
    76. Romantic ___ Howard directed film to rent on Valentine's Day: "Far and Away" (1992)
    77. Heard on Valentine's Day: "I have been in such ___ since our breakup ...sniff, sniff. Won't you pleeeease take me back, honey?"
    78. It's Filled with Fodder on a Farm
    79. Outs Opposites
    80. Romantic Valentine symbol

    Down

    1. He was the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939): Bert ___
    2. "Logy" prefix
    3. Actor Damone
    4. Co-producer of the U2 album "Achtung Baby"
    5. Valentine's Day symbols
    6. Poker stake
    7. Heard at a Valentine's Day party: "When can I ___ you again?"
    8. Editor's notation
    9. Dewey-eyed
    10. Turkish Titles
    11. Romantic city to celebrate Valentine's Day
    12. ___-fi
    15. Roman Ruler
    17. Dykstra of baseball
    18. Japanese beverage
    23. Equip
    24. Aroma, of a perfume gift, on Valentine's Day
    25. Irish writer George William Russell's pseudonym
    26. Ait
    27. ___ a Valentine's Day card to that "special someone"
    29. Sizzlin' Tom Jones song to listen to on Valentine's Day: "She's a ___"
    30. Marie-Claire's friend
    32. Cupid's Valentine Flappers
    33. Certain Cable Channel
    36. Alternative word
    39. Heard on Valentine's Day: "___ moment away from you feels like an eternity!"
    40. Luxurious vehicle rented for a special Valentine's Day date
    41. Cat's Cry
    43. Pinch
    44. Copied
    45. Heard on Valentine's Day: "Okay, my darling, I'll pick you up ___ seven sharp, but please be discreet!"
    46. Land opposite Jericho
    52. Actress ___ Dawn Chong
    53. Worldwide, weenily
    54. Jewelry, Candy, Flowers, etc. on Valentine's Day: ___ of Affection
    56. Madonna's nickname for her good friend Ms. O'Donnell
    57. Belief systems
    58. Harvests
    59. Part of #60A
    62. Raunchy Rocker by The Beatles to listen to on Valentine's Day: "I Saw ___ Standing There"
    64. Screening Room item
    65. Fairytale Intro: "Once ___ a time..."
    66. Seen on a Valentine card: "Be ___"
    67. Beam of light
    70. Spoon bender Geller
    71. Convertible or Sedan
    72. In the past
    73. Angeles completer
    75. Heard on Valentine's Day: "___, now that you know how I feel about you; how do you feel about me?"

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