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They're not lame at all. And yes, there is a way - no tricks necessary.
It upsets me to see posts about Ask being lame - they are far from it. I tried a very complex query the other day - Google wasn't even close in figuring out what I was looking for. Ask was spot on.
Spend some time on Ask, you'll see that finding what you're looking for is very simple.
They have the VERY useful inlink: operator that returns only pages that have your search terms in anchor text. But as far as I can see, there's no way to get a list of links no matter what the anchor element contains. That doesn't mean they don't know, because they clearly do -- their "ExpertRank" algorithm is very dependent on linking patterns to identify various web communites.
Whether this is any more lame than Google's partial display of just a few links is another thing. Both engines have algos that are very sensitive to link information - they don't want to enable reverse engineering.