I pulled out 37D Pollution in city skies: SMOG because early in the pandemic, Los Angeles had pretty good air quality, but now even after a heavy rain, the smog comes back really quickly. I’m staying pretty much inside now anyway. Outside is too cold and wet, and omicron, you know? I just found out about yet another friend who has been vaccinated, boosted, and had covid early on who has caught omicron. Like, what is going onnnnnnnnnn. Be safe, plz!
17A *TV remote inserts, often: AABATTERIES.
21A *Sobriety support group session, informally: AAMEETING.
30A *Animal whose name means “earth pig” in Afrikaans: AARDVARK.
40A *”Winnie-the-Pooh” writer: AAMILNE.
47A *4.0 on a transcript: AAVERAGE.
53A *Three-time Emmy winner for “Breaking Bad”: AARONPAUL.
63A Tennessee Smokies or Portland Sea Dogs … or what the answers to the starred clues comprise?: DOUBLEATEAM.
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