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L.A. Times Daily May 26 2014

"If you want to leave a message, please wait for the __" TONE
"No lifeguard on duty" site, perhaps POOL
"Seinfeld" character who dreams up a coffee table book about coffee tables KRAMER
"Son of __!" AGUN
"The Merry Widow" composer Franz LEHAR
"__ Abner" LIL
"__ on a Grecian Urn" ODE
1975 Wimbledon winner Arthur ASHE
Actress Rogers MIMI
Alley in comics OOP
Anticipatory night EVE
Bandage often signed by friends CAST
Baton Rouge sch LSU
Batter's success BASEHIT
Becomes foolishly passionate (over) GOESGAGA
Bjorn Borg's org USTA
Broken mirror, to some OMEN
Butter and cream cheese, e.g SPREADS
Cantina fare TAMALES
Coat with a precious metal GILD
Crude carrier OILER
Crude from a well, slangily TEXASTEA
Evening TV viewing period PRIMETIME
Fictional sleuth Mr. __ MOTO
Handy bag TOTE
Hint of color TINGE
Hosp. personnel RNS
Isn't feeling up to snuff AILS
Itty-bitty biter GNAT
Jazzy Fitzgerald ELLA
Kid's response to "Who wants some?" ... and a hint to what's hidden in 17-, 33-, 41- and 61-Across MEME
Lawn burrower MOLE
Lead-in for school or season PRE
Letter-shaped beam IBAR
Like jackhammers NOISY
Like tall wedding cakes TIERED
Little League precursor TBALL
Love stories ROMANCES
Lyrical "before" ERE
Method WAY
Music licensing fee-collecting org ASCAP
Neighbor of Arg BOL
Newsy bit ITEM
Nourished FED
One may be sunnyside up EGG
Parent in the wings STAGEMOM
Pass-the-buck accusations BLAMEGAME
Piercing spot EAR
Ready to sire, as a retired racehorse ATSTUD
Reason for overtime TIE
Resort with trails SKIAREA
Rice-__ ARONI
River of Hades STYX
Rudely abrupt CURT
Scalp parasites LICE
Shrill barker YELPER
Sleep phase initials REM
Slip away from ELUDE
Snooty sort SNOB
Social blunder GAFFE
Speaks one's mind OPINES
Sunday rite MASS
Tears apart RENDS
Theater divider AISLE
Top NFL player ALLPRO
TV buying channel HSN
TV host Kelly RIPA
Type size PICA
Unreturnable serve ACE
Value system ETHIC
Water, to Juan AGUA
Winter bug FLU
Words on a banner for returning soldiers WELCOMEHOME
Writing assignment ESSAY
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