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USA Today Jul 01 2015

"About the author" pieces BIOS
"Ah, me!" ALAS
"Animal House" grps FRATS
"Once ___ a time . . ." UPON
"Otherwise . . ." IFNOT
"SNL" network NBC
"___ of Eden" EAST
Abbr. in a marathon time HRS
Airport overseer, briefly FAA
Always, to Poe EER
Anklebones TARSI
Arctic, for one OCEAN
Baby grand, e.g PIANO
Balaam's mount ASS
Balsa vessels RAFTS
Bank job HEIST
Baseball's DiMaggio JOE
Batik workers DYERS
Battery fluid ACID
Become extinct DIEOUT
Black-and-white whale ORCA
Certain exams ORALS
Come to the rescue AID
Cupid's boss SANTA
Daily delivery org USPS
Damon of films MATT
Dangerous element RADON
Defeat soundly (with "of") BEATTHEPANTSOFF
Dermatologist's concern CYST
Double-reed instruments OBOES
Drone, e.g BEE
Dutch genre painter Jan STEEN
Enjoy a banquet DINE
European language ERSE
Eyelashes CILIA
Fancy-schmancy POSH
Father of Balder ODIN
Figure on a fin ABE
Filled SATED
First to leave the blocks OFFTOAFINESTART
Flute player of old FIFER
Formally surrender CEDE
French national heroine JOANOFARC
Frequently, in poetry OFT
Go-___ KART
Goes quickly HIES
Gofers AIDES
Grace word BLESS
Greasy OILY
In doubt IFFY
Joe gets drunk regularly here COFFEEBAR
Kind of artist TATTOO
Kind of pollution SMOG
Lacking skill INEPT
Last name in architecture PEI
M-1, for one RIFLE
Man of La Mancha SENOR
Mature, as a mango RIPEN
Mischievous creature ELF
Nothing, to Nero NIHIL
Oolong, for one TEA
Orchestra locales PITS
Prepared fancily DIDUP
Rodeo needs ROPES
Samovar parts SPIGOTS
Shortened version, for short ABBR
Sign on a lavatory INUSE
Some Olympians, nowadays PROS
Sore spot, sometimes THROAT
Surfer's sobriquet, sometimes DUDE
Surprises for batters OFFSPEEDPITCHES
Terrestrial amphibian EFT
That is, in Latin IDEST
Try to find SEEKOUT
___ poor example SETA
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