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New York Times, Monday, December 19, 2016

Author:
Jason Mueller
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jason Mueller

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Mueller. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jason Mueller notes:
This puzzle's theme is actors who have played Santa Claus in movies. I looked through the entire IMDB list of actors who have played ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Who knew so many famous people played Santa? (Don't all raise your hands at once.) ED ASNER is my go-to — I adore "Elf" (people look ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1219 ( 24,513 )
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Monastery leader : ABBOT
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Everyone working in an office : STAFF
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Cousin ___ (Addams Family member) : ITT
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Pixar robot : WALLE
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Opposite of black-and-white : COLOR
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Gun rights org. : NRA
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Santa player in "The Man in the Santa Claus Suit" : FREDASTAIRE
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Highest roll of a die : SIX
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S.E.C. school near Atlanta, for short : UGA
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Explorer and Escalade, in brief : SUVS
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Nutmeg, for one : SPICE
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Something sent to Santa : LETTER
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Santa player in "The Polar Express" : TOMHANKS
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Magnetite and bauxite : ORES
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Temporary break : HIATUS
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"In that case ..." : IFSO
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Joe of "GoodFellas" : PESCI
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Bread box, for short? : ATM
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Cheerleader's cry : RAH
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Santa player in "Elf" : EDASNER
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Boston ___ Party : TEA
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Environmentalist's prefix : ECO
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Main artery : AORTA
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Not more than : MERE
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Moves like water around a drain : SWIRLS
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Big school dance : PROM
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Santa player in "The Santa Clause" : TIMALLEN
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Is : EXISTS
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Resident of Muscat : OMANI
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"Yeah, why not!" : OKAY
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Mincemeat ___ (Christmas staple) : PIE
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___ Tin Tin : RIN
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Santa player in "Miracle on 34th Street" : EDMUNDGWENN
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R.N.'s special touch : TLC
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River through Paris : SEINE
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Les ___-Unis : ETATS
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Match, as a bet : SEE
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Past or present : TENSE
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Like the settlers of Iceland : NORSE
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Horrific : AWFUL
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Flat-bottomed boat : BARGE
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Sheep sound : BLEAT
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Right jolly ___ elf (Santa) : OLD
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Little puzzle : TEASER
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Show on which John Candy and Eugene Levy got their starts : SCTV
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One of a series at a wedding reception : TOAST
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Boxer known as "The Greatest" : ALI
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Gift tag word : FOR
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Terry Gross's NPR program : FRESHAIR
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Imply : INSINUATE
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April fool player : TRICKSTER
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One of Benjamin Franklin's certainties : TAXES
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"Yeah, why not!" : SURE
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Boston footballer, for short : PAT
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Overly : TOO
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Zinger response : OHSNAP
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"Of ___ and Men" : MICE
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Like the population of Wyoming : SPARSE
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Fury : IRE
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Exact copy : FACSIMILE
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Neologism for an on-screen/off-screen relationship : SHOWMANCE
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Winter hrs. in New York : EST
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West who said "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted" : MAE
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At one's ___ convenience : EARLIEST
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Barbie or Ken : DOLL
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The year 2001 : MMI
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Fleming who created James Bond : IAN
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Peruse : READ
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Astronaut's tankful : OXYGEN
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Legal wrongs : TORTS
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Some of them are proper : NOUNS
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Javelin : SPEAR
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Some windshields have them : TINTS
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Taste or touch : SENSE
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Sitting spot for a child visiting Santa : KNEE
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"Look at Me, I'm Sandra ___" : DEE
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Max's opposite : MIN
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Intl. group that's the object of many mass protests : WTO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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