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March 2014 Monthly Crossword
Of The Sun by JWawro
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Explanations

The puzzle celebrated the Cirque du Soleil, hence "of the sun". The undefined thematic answers were locations for versions of the circus (22a).

Across
  1. LA (the French) + NO (rejection) + TUBA (brass instrument) minus T (independent of first Tone) => LA NOUBA
  2. A + MA (graduate honors) + L (liberal) + UNA (Latin one) => AMALUNA
  3. GIG (horsedrawn carriage) containing (periodically board) O (old) + N (new) => GOING (deporting)
  4. I + L (left) + GI (soldier) contained in LOCAL (nearby tavern) => ILLOGICAL (incoherent)
  5. MYST (popular first-person adventure game) + ERE (before) => MYSTERE
  6. QUID (pound) + AM (in the morning) => QUIDAM
  7. Contained in (of) aRUGula => RUG (thick pile)
  8. SIT containing (outside) HUT (shelter) => SHUT IT (told to keep quiet)
  9. A + VENUE (location for 22, perhaps across) => AVENUE (street)
  10. LEE (Civil War General) reversed (retreating) => EEL (fish)
  11. Homophone (they call me) SIR CUSS (profane knight) => CIRCUS (a public spectacle)
  12. VAREI (contortionist, I rave) containing (about) KA (another element = Cirque du Soleil show) VAREKAI
  13. XID (five hundred and eleven) contained in OVATION (tribute) minus V (replace five) => OXIDATION (rust)
  14. VIRTUOUS (to be honest) removing TUO (taking out backwards flip) => VIRUS (something that makes me ill)
  15. DRAYLION (clowning around with any lord, I) minus Y (wasted the first part of year) DRALION
  16. Contained in (direct connection between) OZARK...ANAheim after removing 'and' (bypassing connector) =>
Down
  1. NT (books of the Bible = New Testament) contained (preserved) in AI (robot's programming) => ANTI (against)
  2. JUNG (psychiatrist Carl) + LE (the French) => JUNGLE (bush)
  3. LALIBERTEON (intolerable acrobat) minus ON (drops on) => LALIBERTE (head of 22; Guy Laliberté)
  4. Anagram (juggling) eggs + AGUA (spanish water) => GAS GAUGE (showing energy level)
  5. DRUNK (sot) following PUNCH (counter) => PUNCH DRUNK (silly)
  6. GUM (chew) contained in LEE (provided to 20 in reply, i.e. EEL reversed) => LEGUME (protein)
  7. Homophone (sounds like) AXE'LL (a hatchet will) => AXLE (support a revolution)
  8. A + PL (record=LP about) + OM (sacred syllable) + B (Big top) => APLOMB (composed)
  9. Anagram (swirled) hole + rapids => SPHEROIDAL (round)
  10. I following L (large) + VAN (vehicle) contained in (amidst) GAZE (look) => GALVANIZE (shock)
  11. Anagram (destroyed) man's + suit => TSUNAMIS (natural disasters)
  12. AC (power) CORD (conduit) => ACCORD (conformity)
  13. Homophone (mentioned) ME AS MA (Anthony Hopkins' Psycho spoiler)=> MIASMA (it stinks) [apologies that this should be Anthony Perkins!]
  14. RE (note) + VERB (to echo, for example) => REVERB (&lit)
  15. Anagram (pumps) iron => RION swapping L for R (switching hands) => LION (Leo)
  16. ROME (roads heading to the same place) homophone (seem to be) => ROAM (wander aimlessly)