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USA Today Aug 24 2007

''Hogwash!'' ROT
''Rent-___'' (1987 film) ACOP
''The Hawk in the Rain'' poet Hughes TED
''Uh-Oh!'' cookie OREO
''___ right up!'' STEP
Aberdeen's river DEE
Acute anxieties ANGSTS
Bar preparation SALAD
Bicyclist's choices SPEEDS
Blockhead DOLT
By way of VIA
Can openers POPTOPS
Catch fish, in a primitive way SPEAR
Cell-nuclei substances DNAS
Corpulent OBESE
Cousin of a nerd or wimp TWERP
D-Day invasion town STLO
Defeat convincingly MAKEMINCEMEATOF
Defeat convincingly MOPTHEFLOORWITH
Defeat convincingly BEATTHETAROUTOF
Diminish ABATE
Draft status ONEA
Dredged matter SILT
Elevator innovator OTIS
End table item LAMP
Fashionable resorts SPAS
Fellow bluejackets SHIPMATES
First name in college coaching legends ARA
First name in cosmetics ESTEE
Florida gulf city TAMPA
Get off the fence OPT
Grow genial THAW
Hard-and-fast rules LAWS
Have down cold KNOW
Houston Colt .45, today ASTRO
It may run down a mountain SKISLOPE
It's kept by a keeper INN
Jersey word MOO
Just one of those things? THAT
Kid around JEST
Microbiologist's dish PETRI
Moisturizer ingredient ALOE
Music producer Brian ENO
Narrow inlet RIA
NASA affirmatives AOKS
Nonverbal welcome OPENARMS
Oscar-winning best film CRASH
Out in left field LOCO
Pained reactions OHS
Public order? ALE
Public places for walking PASEOS
Reflux EBB
Resist authority REBEL
RPM indicator TACH
Salon selection PERM
Shakespeare or Shaw character CLEOPATRA
Shell purchase ROADMAP
Shrinkage, to a retailer THEFT
Siamese ''Please?'' MEOW
Sibyl's deck TAROT
Single-masted sailer SLOOP
Some ESPN coverage NCAA
Somewhat moist DAMP
Sounds from a brood PEEPS
Soybean milk product TOFU
Star-crossed lover ROMEO
Stomp all over TROD
Strong cotton thread LISLE
Tear violently RIVE
They're good for tricks ACES
Thickening mixture ROUX
Tunisian seaport SFAX
West Yorkshire city LEEDS
What Carroll's walrus did it WEPT
When repeated, a guitar effect WAH
XKE, for one JAGUAR
___ Romeo ALFA
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