USA Today Crossword Answers - December 24, 2014

USA Today Crossword Answers - December 24, 2014

Clue

Answer

"Beauty and the Beast" heroine

BELLE

"Pine Tar" George

BRETT

"So there you ___!"

ARE

"What ___ to be the problem?"

SEEMS

Alex Haley classic

ROOTS

Amos or Spelling

TORI

Anti-friction device

BALLBEARING

Approximately

ORSO

Artistic judgment

TASTE

Attack-trained military unit

STRIKEFORCE

Automotive pioneer

FORD

Barney's pal

FRED

Be under par, healthwise

AIL

Blood-drive contributor

DONOR

Children's story opener

ONCE

Christmas tree decoration

CANE

Climber's challenge

ALP

Clobbered, biblically

SMOTE

Colin Powell's service branch

ARMY

Epps of "House M.D."

OMAR

First, as a voyage

MAIDEN

Foot bottom

SOLE

Frat letter

BETA

Geographical regions

AREAS

Hammer and saw, for two

TOOLS

Has high regard for

RESPECTS

Having no light

DARK

He hit .420 in 1911

COBB

Hideo who pitched

NOMO

Highly energetic person

BALLOFFIRE

Hole in a Vegas machine

SLOT

Huck Finn carrier

RAFT

Hunter S. of literature

THOMPSON

Hydroxyl compound

ENOL

It's needed to row, row, row your boat

OAR

Jazz locale

UTAH

Jimmy played by Jack Nicholson

HOFFA

John Irving's "A Prayer for ___ Meany"

OWEN

John who might be anybody

DOE

Kitchen utensil

CORER

Laundry unit

LOAD

Legal order

DECREE

Like the wash cycle

SOAPY

Minor

TEEN

Mom-and-pop hotels

INNS

Mystery writing awards

EDGARS

Nonsense syllable of song

TRA

Nullify, as a law

STRIKEDOWN

Open, as a gift

UNWRAP

Parachutist's danger zone

TREETOPS

Pennant quest

RACE

Pitcher's grip improver

ROSIN

Pitchfork-shaped letter

PSI

Place of business

PREMISES

Prayer-ending word

AMEN

Put up a building

ERECT

Royce's collaborator

ROLLS

Scarlett's skirt type

HOOP

Shaver's gel alternative

FOAM

Silent assents

NODS

Singer Domino

FATS

Skip past

OMIT

Small songbird

WREN

Sound from the stadium crowd

ROAR

Sphere with a map

GLOBE

Strike a stance

POSE

Strong emotion

HATE

Swedish pop group

ABBA

Take to the cleaners

BILK

Tango quota

TWO

They cross the plate

SCORERS

They have heads and tails

COINS

Toots

BENDERS

Type of acid

BORIC

Use a flutter kick

SWIM

Vocal quality

TONE

___ Kong

HONG

___ Stanley Gardner

ERLE