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L.A. Times Daily May 16 2015

"Handsomest of all the women," in an 1855 epic MINNEHAHA
"Let Sleeping Vets Lie" author JAMESHERRIOT
"__ but known ... " HADI
'80s pop duo with an exclamation point in its name WHAM
1990 film that featured "Unchained Melody" on its soundtrack GHOST
410-year-old Siberian city TOMSK
Acting brother of Cuba Gooding Jr OMAR
Always prepared EVERREADY
Autobiography whose first chapter is "Nut Bush" ITINA
Back-to-back contests? DUELS
Baptizes, say WETS
Barfly SOT
Bibliography note IDEM
Bikini option HALTER
Blackened surface CHAR
Canadian territorial capital YELLOWKNIFE
Crowd in Berlin? DREI
Desperate letters SOS
Dict. spelling tag VAR
Didn't go off MISFIRED
Drill user, briefly DMD
Edit menu option REDO
Endoscope user, briefly ENT
Ever so VERY
Ever so slightly ATAD
Fertilization target OVUM
Film crew locales SETS
Four times duo OCTO
Genesis 6 creation ARK
Goes for flies SWATS
Grow together KNIT
Hippie phenomenon THESUMMEROFLOVE
How much freelance work is done ONSPEC
Indian title SAHIB
Job, metaphorically HAT
Large vessel VAT
Level, e.g TOOL
Life-of-the-party type RIOT
Like the ruins of Chichén Itzá MAYAN
Mineral whose name is Latin for "crumb" MICA
Modern mining targets DATABASES
More than cool RAD
Nutritional stat RDA
One-handed Norse god TYR
Overseas farewell ARRIVEDERCI
Overseas thanks DOMOARIGATO
Overseas vacation, perhaps TOUR
Patient remark? AAH
Psalm 23 comforter STAFF
Removed with finesse EASEDOUT
River inlet RIA
Scouts' accessories SASHES
Sol lead-in AERO
Some dict. entries ABBRS
South African-born Middle East diplomat EBAN
Sports bar array TVS
Sporty Golf GTI
Stitches SEWS
Subject of the biopic "I Saw the Light" HANKWILLIAMS
Take to excess ODON
Thimble Theatre name OYL
U Nu's country BURMA
What a "B" may mean BORON
__ crossing: Canadian sign warning ELK
__ de canard: duck feathers used to tie fishing flies CUL
__ ring ONION
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