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This is a straightforward crossword puzzle - no tricks.
The author referred to in 62-across is a famous playwright.
His nickname is the bard.
62-across is SHAKESPEAREAN.
The boxes A-L spell BOLD MEETINGS.
The final solution:
Bold meetings refers to the intersections where the bold (in the instructions) across and down clues intersect.
The answer to this is HEARTS.