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So Long, Winter!

Across

1. Seasonal celebration
6. Beginner, informally
9. Alley organization; abbr. 
12. Ring organization; abbr.
13. “Charles in Charge” star
15. Seasonal color, as forsythia
16. Somersault*
19. Actors Harris and Asner
20. “Don’t bet ___!”; 2 wds.
21. Talk, talk, talk
22. Seasonal shower
23. “Get ___!”
25. 1887 source for1900 Puccini opera
28. Seasonal Easter flower
31. Comprehensive victory*
33. “Another Green World” composer
34. “Hillary’s Choice” author Sheehy
35. Sylvester, to Tweety
36. Occupied, as a lavatory; 2 wds.
38. Gear component
40. Seasonal avian harbinger
44. Digital readout, for short
46. Some Olympians, now
48. “Crying” singer Orbison
49. Have a meal*
53. August in Avignon
54. Seasonal new life 
55. Dixie pronoun 
57. Items hunted for, seasonally 
58. Pas’ mates
60. Actresses Ryan and Tilly
63. “Act your ___!”
64. Hen house* 
68. Deserves, as a second look
69. Proofer’s catch
70. Rock’s Bon Jovi
71. 1960’s radical group, for short
72. Simmons, e.g.; abbr.
73. Theme of this puzzle, and word that can go before the first part of each long theme answer*

Down

1. T-Th alternative, in class schedules
2. “Bug” or “peek” follower
3. Ball material
4. Decrease
5. Shostakovich’s “Babi ___” Symphony
6. “A Doll’s House” heroine
7. “Popeye” last name
8. ___ canto
9. “The magic word”
10. Garment with laces
11. Mild expletive; 2 wds.
14. Like a perfect seasonal day
17. Like a lean physique
18. Neighbor of Mo.
22. A hard ___ hoe; 2 wds. 
24. Obamacare, initially 
26. Seasonal pest
27. Autocrats
28. “Fantasy Island” prop
29. “…no room for them in the ___” 
30. “Skip to My ___”
32. Run off to the chapel
34. Small lizard
37. High-fives
39. Harbinger of 22 Across
41. “Don’t tase me, ___!” (2007 catchphrase)
42. “Bill me later” note
43. Big name in crosswords, for short
45. Baseball two-bagger, box score
47. Harem room
49. Backup squads
50. Frayed and worn
51. Garden tools
52. Do followers
53. Actor Baldwin
56. 12 to 16 of 26
59. “Hamlet” conclusion
61. Asian berry “superfood”
62. Shortly
64. Federal agency in TV’s “24”; abbr. 
65. 24-hour buying channel, for short
66. 10-inch records, often
67. jpg alternative

Solution: Scroll below.

Solution