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USA Today Dec 31 2007

''Ben-___'' HUR
''Fernando'' or ''Gabriel'' starter SAN
''I ___ it all to my teammates!'' OWE
''If I ___ a Rich Man'' WERE
''Number one with a Coke,'' e.g. ORDER
''State Fair'' state IOWA
''That stings!'' OUCH
''The best is ___ to come!'' YET
''___ bodkins!'' ODS
AA candidate TOSSPOT
Adobe abode, perhaps CASA
Applied, as pressure EXERTED
Arctic wasteland TUNDRA
Assure, as a victory ICE
Big blow GALE
Black Sea arm AZOV
Blotter heading AKA
Booster rocket AGENA
Changer of skins into leather TANNER
Easy throw LOB
Edges out NIPS
Elegance STYLE
Emergency action system TRIAGE
Ex-U.N. chief U ___ THANT
Fast bite stop BURGERJOINT
Fast bite stop GREASYSPOON
Fast bite stop HOTDOGSTAND
Fast bite stop PIZZAPARLOR
Father of sci-fi VERNE
Flavor enhancer, briefly MSG
Follow the rules OBEY
Formal argument DEBATE
Founder of Bolshevism LENIN
Four-time Tony winner Caldwell ZOE
Gear tooth COG
Give off EXUDE
Green Mountain State citizen VERMONTER
Highland tongue ERSE
Letter opener? DEARSIR
Like one who can't get started fast enough OVEREAGER
Lincoln or Rockefeller CENTER
Location SITE
Memorable Peron EVA
Mexicali misters SENORES
Moth type LUNA
Needles or nettles RILES
Neptune moon SAO
Nose around PRY
Pantomime pastime CHARADES
Parisian season ETE
Peach or orange, e.g. HUE
Peter of ''Troy'' OTOOLE
Philosopher's self EGO
Plot outline SCENARIO
Political considerations TRENDS
Prairie home TEPEE
Praying figures ORANTS
Santa in California ANA
Schoolyard game TAG
Seek office RUN
Shaft of sunlight RAY
Shoreline sight ERN
Soap carrier TEEVEE
Some linemen, briefly RGS
Southpaw's stat ERA
Strut-and-fretter HAM
Suffix meaning ''follower'' ITE
Swank CHIC
There might be six SENSES
Tinkers with ADJUSTS
Verbal stamps of approval OKS
Violin or viola, briefly STR
Wallower's medium MUD
Wear down slowly CORRODE
Western author Bret HARTE
Word-lover's ref. book OED
___ Beta Kappa PHI
___ Drop Inn DEW
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