"A" Next to Last

Across

1The thing that everyone looks at or is interested in: The television is usually the _____ point of the living room. (5)
4A practice session in preparation for a public performance (as of a play or speech or concert) (9)
9The hostile yet nonviolent relations between the former Soviet Union and the United States, and their respective allies, from around 1946 to 1989 (4,3)
10Plan in advance (7)
11A unit of mass for gemstones, equal to 0.2 gram (5)
13(of language) transparently clear; easily understandable (5)
15Motor vehicle (3)
16Take in solid food (3)
17A picture or design on specially treated paper that allows it to be transferred to a surface (5)
19A polite term of address for a woman, especially a customer in a store, restaurant, or hotel ( formal ) (5)
21A painting that is applied to a wall surface (5)
23A mass of particles in the air, e.g. dust or smoke (5)
24Cooking utensil (3)
25An informal term for a father (3)
26An utterance expressing pain or disapproval (5)
28Of a pale purple color (5)
29Pieces of paper or cards on which somebody can record a vote (7)
31A connection made to a telephone line in order to listen secretly to somebody's conversations (7)
33Immediately, without waiting or any delay (5,4)
34Reddened area on skin from blow (5)

Down

1Used cosmetically (mostly by women) for softening and cleaning the skin (4,5)
2Somebody who is responsible for or guilty of an offense or misdeed (7)
3Binding or enforceable rule (3)
4Living in or characteristic of farming or country life (5)
5A happening or occurrence (3)
6At or in the front (5)
7Joined the ends of two pieces of film or magnetic tape, e.g. in editing (7)
8Of or relating to or associated with the moon (5)
12Relating to or affected by tides (5)
14A large stringed instrument (5)
18A dried fatty seed. Use: source of cocoa, chocolate (5)
19Piece of metal given as award (5)
20Relating to a town, city, or region that has its own local government (9)
22A flag that serves as a warning signal (3,4)
24Board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints (7)
25To shut out or exclude from a place or condition (5)
26Be smugly happy (5)
27Filled with news and gossip (5)
30A power tool for cutting wood (3)
32Food that hasn't been cooked (3)


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