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Universal Dec 01 2008

''According to the grapevine ...'' IHEAR
''Art of Love'' poet OVID
''Double Fantasy'' songstress ONO
''Good golly!'' EGAD
''I can hardly wait!'' OHBOY
''Jesus ___'' (Bible's shortest verse) WEPT
''King ___'' KONG
''More'' and ''lasting'' attachment EVER
1993 Nobelist Morrison TONI
4 x 100, e.g. RELAY
Absurdist art movement DADA
Ancient Canaanite deity BAAL
Animal that may be ''XING'' DEER
Ant assemblage ARMY
Argument flaws HOLES
Bad-tempered SURLY
Barracks no-show AWOL
Bassoon's little brother OBOE
Belgian songwriter Jacques BREL
Bird in hieroglyphics IBIS
Boldness CHEEK
Bone in a column VERTEBRA
Candidate's target VOTER
Casserole veggie PEA
Casual turndown NOPE
Chaser, perhaps BEER
Chicken-king link ALA
Chromosome carriers OVA
Clinton defense secretary COHEN
Clods OAFS
Cosmetics additive ALOE
Cubs' home WRIGLEY
Dawson of the NFL LEN
Difficult to miss OVERT
Diver Louganis GREG
End of the night DAWN
Fills roles CASTS
Finish the course? EAT
Foolish fellows SIMPS
Game with drawings LOTTO
Good and juicy RIPE
Grand Coulee, e.g. DAM
Hauled with a chain TOWED
Honest-to-goodness REAL
ID provider DNA
Infamous fiddler NERO
It may go right to the heart BLOODVESSEL
It's not always proper NOUN
Joint inflammation GOUT
Ladies' man LOTHARIO
Lifeless INERT
Mislead, slangily SNOW
Mr. Rogers FRED
Nail's cousin SCREW
Note taker's accessory, perhaps LEGALPAD
Part of a stable diet? OAT
Put forth reasons for or against ARGUE
Rushdie title adjective SATANIC
Schooner's spine KEEL
Sensitive subject, to some AGE
Service-station item TIRE
Shipwreck retriever SALVAGER
Siamese gathering? CATSHOW
Small bite MORSEL
Some black sheep EWES
Space attachment AERO
Sports showoff HOTDOG
Stationer's unit REAM
Stole material MINK
Tendencies BENTS
The Biggest Little City in the World RENO
The U.S., metaphorically MELTINGPOT
They take a beating KETTLEDRUMS
Word with ''water'' or ''fountain'' SODA
Zeus' wife HERA
___ and all (as is) WARTS
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