03.28.13 — Thirteen Colonies

The twenty fourth of July was always a gala day in the early history of Mt. Pleasant, Utah. The 13 original states were represented by 13 lovely ladies all dressed white carrying a torch to signify our beginning as a nation.
  ~ Mt Pleasant Pioneer Relic Home and Blacksmith Shop.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Puzzle by Randolph Ross / Edited by Will Shortz

THIRTEEN COLONIES (7D. Old group whose members are all represented in this puzzle) and thirteen squares containing the abbreviations of states that accompany ZIP CODES (38D. Numbers needed for letters) of the original thirteen colonies, e.g., SC, VA, NH, NY, DE, MA, NC, PA, MD, RI, CT, NJ and GA, along with AMERICAN CITIZENS (35A. Fourth of July celebrants) constitute the interrelated group of this brilliant Thursday crossword.
Other — Frank CALIENDO, DARK STAR (19A. 1974 John Carpenter sci-fi film), FORK OVER (4D. Pay), NATIONAL (49A. Washington player), RESORT (29A. Vacation destination), Michael STEELE (42A. Priebus‘s predecessor as Republican Party chairman), TOREADOR (23A. Escamillo of “Carmen,” e.g.), UPTON Sinclair.


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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Beginning with; 5. Criticize harshly; 10. Aging equipment?; 13. Waikiki warbler; 14. It’s often the last choice; 15. Full of salt; 16. Table; 17. Sets off; 18. Didn’t just mislead someone; 21. Baudelaire ou Rimbaud; 22. Inarticulate comebacks; 26. Ht spot; 30. Smooth, in a way; 31. Come and go; 32. Sneaker brand; 39. Bridge; 40. Backstage; 41. ___-European; 43. Author Sinclair; 44. Impressionist Frank; 47. Tolkien baddie; 48. Have ___ (live it up); 54. Year “Othello” was first performed; 55. Cheerleader’s asset; 57. Flats; 58. Novelist Ferber; 59. Playground retort; 60. Relish; 61. Maiden name preceder; 62. Fills the tank, with “up”; 63. ___-culotte. — DOWN: 1. Extra; 2. Soft seat; 3. “__ Majesty’s Secret Service; 5. Company that makes Turf Builder; 6. Cutting-edge product?; 8. Like a cool cat; 9. Hectic places in hosps.; 10. Not the same; 11. Connect with; 12. Tom who followed Johnny Carson on NBC; 15. Swell; 20. Yonder yacht; 21. “Jar of Hearts” singer Christina; 24. Relating to songbirds; 25. Blowout victory; 25. Places for sweaters; 27. N.F.C. South city; 28. It takes the cake; 29. Not for tweens, say; 32. Locked (up); 33. Reverse; 34. Trowel user; 36. Sponsor of an annual science competition; 37. ___ brothers (Hollywood duo); 42. Best-selling thriller author Daniel ___; 43. Geller with claims of paranormal powers; 44. ___ Yards; 45. Start of “The Alphabet song”; 46. Cleo of jazz; 47. Several Holy Roman emperors; 50. Heed the alarm; 51. Masked assassin; 52. Do something about; 53. Wise alternative; 55. It’s a long story; 56. 7 on an old phone.

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