Universal - Jul 25 2023

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Clues Answers
"Check this out!" PSST
"Have some food!" EAT
"Piece of cake!" EASY
"Scream" director Craven WES
"The Matrix" hero NEO
"The Sun ___ Rises" ALSO
"Time for a vacation!" LETSGETAWAY
"___ Martin" (2004-'22 show about a surgeon) DOC
"___ the night before ..." TWAS
4-Down evaluation ASSAY
Acquire GAIN
Beer or coffee BREW
Blast from the past OLDIE
Blue-green hue TEAL
Breeze (through) SAIL
Capital of Vietnam HANOI
Carbon monoxide's lack ODOR
Chipmunk's nut ACORN
Circular opening? SEMI
Come out on top WIN
Corn core COB
Crosby, Stills and Nash, e.g TRIO
Designer Cassini OLEG
Drag along HAUL
Drop that's shed TEAR
Dryer fuzz LINT
Face-to-face exams ORALS
Filly's father SIRE
First name in jeans LEVI
Flower with a bulb IRIS
Fruity bit of candy SKITTLE
Furry yard pest MOLE
Get wind of HEAR
Good beginning, or a hint to the initials of 20-, 24- or 42-Across FLYINGSTART
Hand over CEDE
Handwriting on the wall OMEN
High ___ (British meal) TEA
Islam's second-largest branch SHIA
Islamic greeting SALAAM
Clues Answers
It may be cracked or puffed WHEAT
It may be tipped HAT
It smells NOSE
Knees, e.g JOINTS
Light pieces of mail, or a bonus hint to this puzzle's theme AIRLETTERS
Like a pink steak RARE
Like Santa's cheeks ROSY
Load from a lode ORE
Lord's worker SERF
Mantel, for one SHELF
Mark for life SCAR
Nights before EVES
Norse god who oversees Valhalla ODIN
Paycheck deduction TAX
Peter, Paul or Mary SAINT
Planets and such ORBS
Plot again REMAP
Pop singer Amos TORI
Puts on DONS
Raw, or bland UNSEASONED
Recurring theme MOTIF
Running repeatedly INALOOP
She may say "nae" LASS
Spots on the face ACNE
Stan who co-created Spider-Man LEE
Sty cry OINK
Stylish CHIC
Super eager (to) DYING
Take up space EXIST
They're tapped KEGS
Toy grabbers at arcades CLAWS
Traditional music genre FOLK
Train track part RAIL
Unserious reason to travel JUSTFORKICKS
Upside-down sleepers BATS
What a stressed person may do on vacation BLOWOFFSTEAM
Woolly babies LAMBS
Zig or zag TURN
___ up (absorb) SOP