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USA Today May 25 2016

"A ___ formality!" MERE
"Gladiator" setting ROME
"Moondance" singer knighted in 2016 VANMORRISON
"Rocket Man" singer knighted in 1998 ELTONJOHN
Annul, as a license REVOKE
Artful dodge RUSE
Band Aid organizer knighted in 1986 BOBGELDOF
Barely sufficient SCANT
Bean used in falafel FAVA
Became inedible WENTBAD
Bed support piece SLAT
Bieber, to a "Belieber" IDOL
Bride's accessory VEIL
Bruno Magli wares SHOES
Carnival feature RIDE
Cat who sang "Moonshadow" STEVENS
Chris of tennis fame EVERT
Circulation problem CLOT
Co. boss PRES
Conrad's "Lord ___" JIM
Dict. entry DEF
Distinctive air AURA
Diving bird GREBE
Door dings DENTS
Dr. Pavlov IVAN
Fastener with two nuts UBOLT
First name in late-night TV CONAN
Floored it SPED
Fowl enclosures COOPS
Garfield's gal pal ARLENE
Gave a thrashing to CANED
Golf course workers STARTERS
Good-for-nothing LOUSE
Harry's pal at Hogwarts RON
Hightail it FLEE
Hires, as a plane CHARTERS
In the thick of AMID
Insurance fraud crime, perhaps ARSON
Jacquard invention LOOM
Ladybug's prey APHID
Lamebrain LUNK
Lawn mower brand TORO
Led Zeppelin frontman knighted in 2009 ROBERTPLANT
Like a s'more GOOEY
Linda of Monicagate TRIPP
Longish dresses MIDIS
Lose steam ABATE
Lost-package inquiry TRACER
Lunar vehicle ROVER
Many mall rats TEENS
Monogram pt INIT
One third of a turkey STRIKE
Palmist, e.g SEER
Part of a stage set PROP
Partner of Barnes NOBLE
Parts of acts SCENES
Pipe bend ELL
Places for piercings LOBES
Prankster's balloon filler WATER
Reed section member OBOE
Rx items MEDS
Saws with the grain RIPS
See 30-Down TORE
Shamrock land, to poets ERIN
Soil additive LIME
Squalid SEAMY
Straphangers' buys, once TOKENS
Styptic stuff ALUM
Surpasser of Ty in the record books PETE
Terry item ROBE
Tests for srs SATS
Toga party sight KEG
Tree with winged fruits ELM
Unlock, to a bard OPE
Valley called "the Garden of France" LOIRE
Vichyssoise vegetable LEEK
Wilderness Road pioneer BOONE
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