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Er, wait a moment... This grid and title both seem very familiar... (Puzzle inspired by this one by msh210.)

Across

1 Obamacare: abbr.
4 Taxi
7 Ethiopian capital, Addis _____
12 Father of Odin
13 2001 Will Smith movie
14 46th President of the US
15 Gave an excuse for
17 In a line matching the direction of (something)
18 Thick heavy weapon
19 Stop
21 Caper
23 Exist
24 Television reality game show: abbr.
27 Tapering medieval dagger
30 Jeddah-based professional football team, Al-____
31 Series of aerial attacks on English cities in WWII: 2 words
34 'To him', in French: 2 words
35 Dutch city
36 K-pop group ('Dynamite'): abbr.
37 Element with atomic number 24
38 Robotic humanoid, presenter of Channel 4's 2022 Alternative Christmas message
41 Japanese city
44 Dry
45 Monastery
48 Amino acid
50 Cook
51 Nevertheless
52 US requirement for operating large or heavy vehicles
53 George _____, English logician
54 Loudspeaker
55 Yes

Down

1 Banana species
2 Punctuation mark
3 Greek god of beekeeping
4 IATA code for Egypt's largest airport: abbr.
5 'Smart' chap?
6 Wait calmly
7 Belittle or degrade
8 Bodily fluid
9 Fuss
10 Scottish mountain
11 ___ Lee, movie director
16 Okra
20 Communist League of America founder, Marty _____
22 Cavaliers?: abbr.
24 The interrelated elements of two global powerhouse economies
25 Popular sandwich: abbr.
26 Entertainment business?
28 Grid-deduction puzzle genre
29 IATA code for Cherbourg airport: abbr.
30 'German', in Spanish
31 Friendly form of address in the English West Midlands
32 Computer key
33 UK equestrian sports regulator
37 Bodily fluid
39 _____ Crawford, US model and actress
40 Mononymous singer-songwriter
41 Plaster a roof
42 ____ Yaga, character of Slavic folklore
43 KAl(SO4)2·12 H2O
45 Duane and Gregg's group?: abbr.
46 Frat boy?
47 "Surprise!"
49 Cellular energy source: abbr.

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    $\begingroup$ Here's the Penpa+ grid I created for the previous puzzle if anyone wants a copy $\endgroup$
    – fljx
    Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 11:19
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @fljx - that's really helpful :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 11:33
  • $\begingroup$ Awesome. You didn't use 'bacchanal' though, aw... $\endgroup$
    – smci
    Commented Nov 22, 2023 at 22:15

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Final completed crossword:

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And based off the title, every single word begins with either an A, B or C!

In fact, as @DanielS noted below, the letters A, B and C only appear in the grid at the start of the words!


And answers to the clues:

Across:

1 Obamacare: abbr. ACA
4 Taxi CAB
7 Ethiopian capital, Addis _____ ABABA
12 Father of Odin BOR
13 2001 Will Smith movie ALI
14 46th President of the US BIDEN
15 Gave an excuse for ALIBIED
17 In a line matching the direction of (something) ALONG
18 Thick heavy weapon COSH
19 Stop CEASE
21 Caper ANTIC
23 Exist BE
24 Television reality game show: abbr. CBB
27 Tapering medieval dagger ANLACE
30 Jeddah-based professional football team, Al-____ AHLI
31 Series of aerial attacks on English cities in WWII: 2 words BAEDEKER BLITZ
34 'To him', in French: 2 words A LUI
35 Dutch city ARNHEM
36 K-pop group ('Dynamite'): abbr. BTS
37 Element with atomic number 24 CR (Chromium)
38 Robotic humanoid, presenter of Channel 4's 2022 Alternative Christmas message AMECA
41 Japanese city CHIBA
44 Dry ARID
45 Monastery ABBEY
48 Amino acid ALANINE
50 Cook BROIL
51 Nevertheless BUT
52 US requirement for operating large or heavy vehicles CDL
53 George _____, English logician BOOLE
54 Loudspeaker AMP
55 Yes AYE

Down:

1 Banana species ABACA
2 Punctuation mark COLON
3 Greek god of beekeeping ARISTAEUS
4 IATA code for Egypt's largest airport: abbr. CAI
5 'Smart' chap? ALEC
6 Wait calmly BIDE
7 Belittle or degrade ABASE
8 Bodily fluid BILE
9 Fuss ADO
10 Scottish mountain BEN
11 ___ Lee, movie director ANG
16 Okra BHINDI
20 Communist League of America founder, Marty _____ ABERN
22 Cavaliers?: abbr. CLE
24 The interrelated elements of two global powerhouse economies CHIMERICA
25 Popular sandwich: abbr. BLT
26 Entertainment business? BIZ
28 Grid-deduction puzzle genre AKARI
29 IATA code for Cherbourg airport: abbr. CER
30 'German', in Spanish ALEMAN
31 Friendly form of address in the English West Midlands BAB
32 Computer key ALT
33 UK equestrian sports regulator BHA
37 Bodily fluid CHYLE
39 _____ Crawford, US model and actress CINDY
40 Mononymous singer-songwriter ADELE
41 Plaster a roof CEIL
42 ____ Yaga, character of Slavic folklore BABA
43 KAl(SO4)2·12 H2O ALUM
45 Duane and Gregg's group?: abbr. ABB
46 Frat boy? BRO
47 "Surprise!" BOO
49 Cellular energy source: abbr. ATP

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    $\begingroup$ Concerning your remark at the end of the first spoiler block: Not only that! $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ @MOehm d'oh! Not sure how I missed that :P $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 14:01
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    $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil ...and furthermore the constraint is if and only if. $\endgroup$
    – Daniel S
    Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ This is the correct completed grid, and - as alluded to by Daniel above - you also won't spot any of these 'characters' outside their numbered cages :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 21:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv ooh nice extra touch, added! $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 22:07

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