USA Today Crossword Answers - December 10, 2014

USA Today Crossword Answers - December 10, 2014

Clue

Answer

"Am ___ believe . . . ?"

ITO

"Can I get a word in?"

AHEM

"Dear" one, in a letter

SIR

"Hamlet" has five

ACTS

"Just doing my best"

ITRY

"La ___ Vita"

DOLCE

"Roses ___ red . . ."

ARE

"Star-Spangled Banner" preposition

OER

"Why, ___ be a pleasure!"

ITD

"___ just take a minute"

ITLL

Annual Nile events

FLOODS

Aroma, in Britain

ODOUR

Arrive, in a sense

MAKEIT

Atomizer output

MIST

Baylor, the NBA legend

ELGIN

Bench-clearing incident

SETTO

British singing sensation

ADELE

Buggy people?

AMISH

Cast out from the body

EGEST

Children's head pests

LICE

Church member's offering

TITHE

Clear, as a disk

ERASE

Cool, once

HEP

Cousin of -trix

ESS

Crab-walk

SIDLE

Culpable

ATFAULT

Dance lesson bit

STEP

Desert sight

OASIS

Disney mermaid

ARIEL

Dramatic scene

TABLEAU

Duel tool

EPEE

Ending passage in music

CODA

Engage in one-on-one combat, in a way

WRESTLE

English exam finale, often

ESSAY

Extraordinary brilliance

ECLAT

Far from sterile

GERMY

Farthest or highest (Abbr.)

ULT

Fasten

BIND

Fiesta fare

TACOS

Good thing to be on a basketball court

TALL

Gull-like bird

SKUA

Hard, crisp breads

RUSKS

In a raucous manner

ROWDILY

It's not butter

OLEO

Lady's companion, briefly

GENT

Lemony Snicket count

OLAF

Marketable

SELLABLE

Massage target

SCALP

Middle East language

ARABIC

Mine entrance

ADIT

Miss America, to some

IDEAL

Molten rock

MAGMA

Money in the bank, e.g

ASSET

Moo ___ pork (Chinese dish)

SHU

Nickname for Crowe or Brand

RUSS

Obstacles

SNAGS

Onetime ring king

ALI

Pickling liquid

BRINE

Place for bells in "Jingle Bells"

BOBTAILS

Place to get clothes clean of old

WASHINGTUB

Point of greatest despair

NADIR

Post-it message

NOTE

Rats desert it

SINKINGSHIP

Ride to the mountaintop

SKITOW

Salad go-with, often

BOWLOFSOUP

Salary limit

CAP

School of the future?

ROE

Shake things up

ROCKTHEBOAT

Shake, as a finger

WAG

Sixth sense, for short

ESP

Small songbird

WREN

Son of Jacob

ASHER

Staircase post

NEWEL

Suffix with "Rock"

ETTE

United Nations agcy

ILO

Wade through mud

SLOSH

Work units

ERGS

___-en-scene (stage setting)

MISE