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February 2013 Monthly Crossword
X on the Y
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Explanations

The X on the Y was the SEAT on the BUS incident, referring to the ACTION taken by ROSA PARKS (16a/17a) in refusing to give up her seat to a white man, becoming one of the main catalysts for the Civils Rights movement. Four of the answers took the form of a synonym for SEAT being inserted in a synonym for BUS.

Across
  1. Sol-fa in the key of C: G=SO, F=FA => SOFA (X=SEAT from the title)
  2. DEMOCRA (Comrade Smith) + TIC (fit) => DEMOCRATIC (power to the people)
  3. ACT (cat litter) + IN containing (around) O (band) => ACTION (stand)
  4. Anagram (wrath) dragons + I => ROAD SIGN (say stop)
  5. SING (perform song) containing T (time) + AND (with) => STANDING (status)
  6. O (quO at last) following R.E.M. (Stipe's group) + VE (hollow VoicE) => REMOVE (shift)
  7. OR (golden) backwards (recalling) + S (sun) + A => ROSA (flower)
  8. PS (late thought) containing ARK (ancient method of flood protection) => PARKS (natural areas)
  9. Contained in (selection) junkiE CHOoses => ECHO (E, Phonetic Alphabet)
  10. CHARE (reach vainly) containing G (great) => CHARGE (burden)
  11. Anagram drubs + its => DISTURB (self, &lit)
  12. BARGE (transport) + SIN (law transgression) => BARGES IN (interrupts)
  13. ALL (complete) + DUE (balance due) => ALLUDE (make it known)
  14. SHUT (close) + T (time) + PE (exercise) + W (with) + L (little) + E (energy) => SHUTTPEWLE = SHUTTLE (element to loom) containing PEW
  15. TAIL (behind, homonym) => TALE (lie)
Down
  1. CO (company) + A (top grade) + C (about) + S (second) + TOO (and) + L (long) + H (hour) => COACSTOOLH = COACH (teach) containing STOOL
  2. HA (laugh) + CIENDA (dance I fancy) => HACIENDA (Latin Quarters)
  3. A + DON (Godfather) + AI (best) => ADONAI (title for God)
  4. R (right) + I (international leader) + ME (Middle East) backwards (return) => EMIR (&lit)
  5. B (black) + CHA (tea) + I (one) + RUS (Russian) => BCHAIRUS = BUS (transport) containing CHAIR
  6. RAN (flowed) + SOM (partly mostly = som(e)) => RANSOM (payment)
  7. Reference to role of king in chess (central character only able to take short steps in wargame) => KING
  8. GO (leave) + RED (blood) => GORED (left blood)
  9. VE (Victory in Europe) + HI (greeting) + BED (base) + C (caught) + LE (the French) => VEHIBEDCLE = VEHICLE (mechanism) containing BED
  10. PRE (before) + S (corpS finally) + SUPS (drinks) => PRESS-UPS (movement of arms)
  11. QU (question) contained in REALITY (truth) minus R (losing initial right) => EQUALITY (the goal of the theme)
  12. RIG (falsify) + THIS (this no one) anagram (broke) => RIGHTS (sides)
  13. SHED (cast) containing (to drink) A + P (pint) => SHAPED (elegant)
  14. Contained in (contributing to) arrhythmiA (CHEst => ACHE (pain)
  15. N + E + W + S (quarters) => NEWS (intelligence)