Letter Subtraction

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Can you name the answers to the hints, where each answer has the same letters (minus one) as the answer above it?

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Set 1
Country with capital La Paz (7) 
Wilde who starred on 'House M.D.' and in 'Cowboys & Aliens' (6) 
Middle-voice string instrument between the violin and cello (5) 
Small container, usually glass (4) 
Abbreviated word for 'bathroom' (3) 
TV weatherman Roker (2) 
The rapid transit system of Chicago (1) 
Set 2
A threatened penalty for disobeying a law (8) 
She played Rachel Green on 'Friends' (7) 
A country, or a community of people with shared culture, language, etc. (6) 
A negatively-charged ion (5) 
After a while, or the way an anonymous author signs a work (4) 
Former co-anchor at the 'Today' show and 'Dateline NBC' Curry (3) 
Indefinite article preceding a word starting with a vowel (2) 
The scarlet letter (1) 
Set 3
The earliest age of emancipation of minors in the U.S. (8) 
Luck; the chance happening of good or adverse events (7) 
Highest male voice in the modal register (British spelling) (6) 
Powder used in laser printers to form printed text and images on paper (5) 
Jonathan Larson-penned rock musical based on Puccini's 'La bohème' (4) 
The number of lords a-leaping in the popular Christmas song (3) 
Spanish word for 'in' or 'on' (2) 
Entertainment TV network on basic cable owned by NBCUniversal (1) 
Set 4
To prevent someone from doing something (8) 
Land relief; the vertical and horizontal dimension of land surface (7) 
Light-sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye (6) 
Feeling great anger (5) 
One of a series of rows or ranks rising one behind or above another, like seats in an amphitheatre (4) 
A long piece of cloth worn around the neck or shoulders (3) 
1986 Stephen King novel about a clown who preys on children (2) 
New York Times style magazine (1) 

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