How many letters in the Answer?

Universal Mar 02 2009

''Aida'' backdrop NILE
''Chances ___ ...'' ARE
''Going ___, going ...'' ONCE
''If only that were true!'' IWISH
''Island of the Blue Dolphins'' author ODELL
''Tricky'' nickname DICK
''___ be a pleasure!'' ITLL
Animal shelter LAIR
Astronomical object PULSAR
Bit of thatching REED
Book-lined rooms, perhaps DENS
Bright thoughts IDEAS
Cashes in REDEEMS
Cat's-eye, e.g. GEM
Cattiness SPITE
Controversial 1990s sitcom ELLEN
Cutting instrument KNIFE
Delicate ballet position POINTE
Desert flora CACTI
Detect SEE
Director Reitman IVAN
Eero's wing ELL
Freak out GOAPE
George Jones song WILDIRISHROSE
Gives it to the judge RESTS
Grandparents' stories, e.g. LORE
Hilo garland LEI
Hinder DETER
Home for some skeletons CLOSET
ICU hookups IVS
Important historic times ERAS
Indeterminate amount ANY
It continually moves in the same direction TRADEWIND
It could be poison IVY
It has gobs of gobs FLEET
It makes quite a bang NITRO
It may be due EAST
James or Kett ETTA
Jerry and Adam WESTS
Kipling character KIM
Krazy critter KAT
Largest U.S. collection agcy. IRS
Late bloomer ASTER
Legendary Laker sportscaster Chick HEARN
Like two with love, in tennis TIED
Madre's sister TIA
Make a sweater KNIT
Minute Maid Park player ASTRO
Not .edu or .com ORG
Olympic event since 1900 EPEE
On top of, in poetry OER
One for the books? AUDIT
Opposite of SSW NNE
Playing one's part ONSTAGE
Poker holding, perhaps PAIR
Powerful ones ELITES
Queen Boleyn ANNE
Ruhr hub ESSEN
Set upon ASSAIL
Showed fright, in a way SHIED
Some coiffures PONYTAILS
Spanking locale KNEE
Spreads hay for drying TEDS
Sushi serving EELS
Teens may fake them IDS
The Donald's first IVANA
The Silver St. NEV
Their days are numbered? CPAS
Throw, as to a child TOSS
Time without end EON
Use a prie-dieu KNEEL
Vestige TRACE
Where leopards are spotted? SAFARI
White heron EGRET
___ and bounds METES
___ de Triomphe ARC
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