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For over a decade, Oxford University Press has asked its staff and online community to help it choose a Place of the Year. Past winners have been as varied as our lost ninth planet, Pluto, and the host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa. This year, each of the four places on the short list was important for its own reason, but one stood out among them. Complete the crossword puzzle and unscramble the letters in the shaded boxes to spell out the chosen 2017 Oxford Place of the Year.
One Across answer in each row must be altered to fit in the grid, forming an unclued entry in one of two related categories. When the grid is filled, the circled letters, read left to right, will say where these new diagram entries appear, ultimately. Enumerations for the Across entries are withheld; Down entries are normal. Good luck!
1 Cushion stuffed with long-processed grain
5 Sensual messenger, perhaps, in Berkeley
10 Greek letter on back of napkin—it might be double
11 Resting places with a turkey? Nonsense
12 Bird went into the water
13 Young animal is oddly chubby
14 Chief of police to agent: “A passport could be settled in advance”
16 Digital storage in retrograde medium, or…
18 …alternatively, Michael’s electronic holdings
20 Carefully examine sexy man at gym
21 Small beer transaction
23 For each sound made by a cat, loudly…
27 …suspicious stare is something shocking
29 Inside of café, anger is burning
30 Saucy dog, for example, swallows part of rug
31 Die in peace, drained of energy
32 Opening an old five-and-ten, surprisingly
33 Muscleman returned no strong tennis stroke, lacking height
34 Press down headgear softly
1 Contest mediocre grade in algebra, e.g. (5)
2 Quantity obtained from a horse (6)