"Top" of the Morning


1Yellowish gemstone (5)
4The highest official level of classification of documents (3-6)
9Gain in wealth (7)
10Top of the _______ (7)
11To raise a child of other biological parents as if it were your own, in accordance with formal legal procedures (5)
13Used to raise the dough in making bread (5)
15(baseball) a failure by a batter or runner to reach a base safely in baseball (3)
16Strong anger ( literary ) (3)
17Devoutly religious (5)
19Groom feathers with beak (5)
21(of speed) having or caused by speed approximately equal to that of sound in air at sea level (5)
23Same as pith helmet (5)
24The most important or powerful person, often somebody who has beaten all other competitors ( informal ): Top-____ (3)
25Worn by men esp. on formal occasions: Top____ (3)
26Meeting the highest standards of excellence or quality ( informal ): Top ______ (5)
28An Asian country under the control of China; located in the Himalayas (5)
29A plant that lives in or on water (7)
31Describes drugs or medications that are applied directly to the surface of the part of the body being treated (7)
33The highest level of excellence, or the people at this level (3-6)
34An insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or studying excessively (5)


1Bushes, hedges, or trees trimmed into decorative shapes (9)
2Ask (someone) to marry you (7)
3To compress a computer file for storage or transmission (3)
4Topsy-_____ (5)
5Pamela (name) abbreviated form (3)
6Heron with long ornamental feathers (5)
7A usually-underground, horizontal stem of a plant (7)
8Snug: fitting the body very closely (5)
12The subject matter of a conversation or discussion (5)
14Greek author of fables (5)
18Eight performers or singers who perform together (5)
19A vertical fold in cloth or other material, usually one of a number, sewn into position or pressed flat (5)
20A spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (9)
22A bid or contract to play a hand of cards without a trump suit, especially in bridge (2 5)
24A sudden disaster, defeat, or humiliating failure (7)
25Organ located behind the sternum (5)
26(KNO3) used especially as a fertilizer and explosive (5)
27Someone who dislikes the stated thing: He thinks I'm a real man-_____ (5)
30Utter a cry, characteristic of crows, rooks, or ravens (3)
32A number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge (3)

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