Universal - May 3 2021

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Clues Answers
"American Idol" creator Fuller SIMON
"Immediately," in the O.R STAT
"Let me clarify ..." IMEAN
"Why should ___?" ICARE
... Deer or elk, in hunting season (hint: this puzzle's theme answers form a circular word chain) .. GAMEANIMAL
... Hotel amenity .. ROOMSERVICE
... Music-playing service? .. CALLWAITING
... Visiting relative or friend .. HOUSEGUEST
2, for one DIGIT
Alan of "Tower Heist" ALDA
Ambulance part SIREN
Arabian sultanate OMAN
Argument DISPUTE
Bering and Baltic SEAS
Black widow's structure WEB
Blinds piece SLAT
Change for a fifty TENS
Chocolaty sundae topping HOTFUDGE
Coffee shop amenity WIFI
Colorful story TALE
Crowd noise ROAR
Doctor-in-training RESIDENT
Enticement LURE
Epps in "Traffik" OMAR
Fancy fundraiser GALA
Funny couple? ENS
Gently encourage COAX
Historic chapters ERAS
Holiday door decoration WREATH
Home with a honeycomb HIVE
Hurdle for an MBA hopeful GMAT
Ice mass BERG
It settles on furniture DUST
It's red in Rouen ROUGE
Jazz phrase RIFF
Less cordial ICIER
Let in ADMIT
Lorna of English literature DOONE
Clues Answers
Luxury automaker whose model names end with X's ACURA
Meaningful hand movements GESTURES
Mineral in some supplements IRON
Nest egg option, briefly IRA
Not working IDLE
Office flunky GOFER
Only basic sense that ends with a vowel TASTE
Parcel (out) DOLE
Playful bite NIP
Prepare for a bout SPAR
Promises made at altars IDOS
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Dove RITA
Purposes AIMS
Rounded parts of hammers PEENS
Shoe store purchase PAIR
Ski resort named for a tree ASPEN
Smartphone symbol ICON
Snack that may contain M&Ms TRAILMIX
Special talent GIFT
Stares in wonder GAPES
Stick like glue ADHERE
Striped gem AGATE
Supermarket sections AISLES
Surname separator NEE
Talladega Superspeedway event RACE
The ___ State (Oklahoma) SOONER
Ticked off IRATE
Tossed in a chip, say ANTED
Turn left instead of right, perhaps ERR
Turned red, say? RIPENED
Uber offering RIDE
Unpleasant smell ODOR
Very popular, as an online video VIRAL
Well-matched EVEN
Well-traveled routes PATHS
___ Emhoff, Kamala Harris' stepdaughter ELLA
___ mater ALMA