Letter Subtraction: U.S. States

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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
State whose residents are known as 'Hoosiers' 
Native American, or a Cleveland pro baseball player 
The second-most populous country in the world 
Red Hot Chili Peppers song about the life and death of a poor southern girl: '_____ California' 
A loud, confused noise 
Nickname of Wales princess killed in car crash in 1997 
Roman numeral for '500' 
Capital of State at the Start: 
Set 2
State divided into only 3 counties (New Castle, Kent, & Sussex) 
'Downwind,' in nautical terminology 
Someone who directs or guides a group 
A person, usually of advanced age, valued for his wisdom who accordingly holds a particular position of responsibility in a group 
A desirous, sly, or knowing look 
Types of this fish include electric and moray 
'He,' in Spanish 
Roman numeral for '50' 
Capital of State at the Start: 
Set 3
State whose name means 'flat water,' after the Platte River that flows through it 
In Monopoly, they handle money exchanges for property purchases 
Shared surname of 'Community''s Troy and the Ewings' arch-rival family on 'Dallas' 
Trap for capturing animals 
To char, scorch, or burn the surface of with a hot instrument 
Continuous body of salt water covering most of the earth's surface 
Nickname for Oakland's MLB team 
U.S. President Chester Arthur's middle initial 
Capital of State at the Start: 
Set 4
Home state to 3 NHL, 2 NBA, and 2 MLB franchises 
One who apprehends 
One who possesses something 
Mostly small, brownish bird found from Alaska and Canada to Southern Argentina 
Fresh or novel 
2011 Madonna-penned romantic drama film starring Abbie Cornish, or nominative plural of 'I' 
Monthly American fashion magazine with current editor Stefano Tonchi 
Capital of State at the Start: 

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