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New York Times, Friday, May 13, 2022

2003 film in which the title character exclaims "Son of a nutcracker!"

NOTE: This is the syndication date. The puzzle was published in the New York Times on Friday, April 8, 2022.
Author:
Caitlin Reid
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 36 Missing: {BJKQXYZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 14 for Ms. Reid.
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© 2022, The New York Times4/8/22 ( No. 26,449 )
Across
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Setting for "A Few Good Men," informally : GITMO
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Hang (around with) : PAL
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Frustrated outburst : GAH
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Nubian Museum locale : ASWAN
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"Gotcha," in a groovier era : IDIG
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Start to a logical conclusion : ERGO
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That's the spirit! : GHOST
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Revealed all : CAMECLEAN
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Tiny seeds of green fruits, technically : PEAS
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Expert problem solver : MATHLETE
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Sign of fall : SCORPIO
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Like refrigerators at night, sometimes : RAIDED
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Key element of opera seria : ARIA
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Subjects of Monet paintings "in Venice" and "at Lavacourt" : SUNSETS
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SeaWorld roller coaster ride : MANTA
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___ bar : TAPAS
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"Shameless" airer, for short : SHO
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This isn't what it looks like! : OPTICALILLUSION
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Jenny, for one : ASS
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Really, really fancy : CRAVE
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In and of itself : PERSE
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Boost someone's signal, in a way : RETWEET
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In and of itself? : META
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Go back to see again, maybe : REWIND
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Hardly worth mentioning : NOMINAL
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Biggest stars : ALISTERS
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A bunch of crock? : POTS
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Raw footage? : NUDESCENE
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Off the chain, say : LOOSE
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Ammonia has one : ODOR
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___ brilliant (diamond cut) : OVAL
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Musical based on a comic strip : ANNIE
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Mint : NEW
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Letters on some foundations : SPF
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Grand : REGAL
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___ order : GAG
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Ending with freak or fool : ISH
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Safety net? : TWOPOINTS
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GranTurismo maker : MASERATI
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At the ready : ONTAP
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Insta post : PIC
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Levine of pop music : ADAM
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Pacific Coast capital : LIMA
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Love of lucre : GREED
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5.5-point type size : AGATE
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Refined : HONED
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"Puh-lease!" : GETREAL
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Actress Tracee ___ Ross : ELLIS
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Woos with words : CHATSUP
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Nuclear unit nickname : SIS
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Where lavalava skirts are worn : SAMOA
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Shooting game : CRAPS
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Wanted one : OUTLAW
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Easily had : NAIVE
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Pique : SPLEEN
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Gives some stress : ACCENTS
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Fatal attraction? : SIRENSONG
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Popular leafy perennial : HOSTA
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Former center of Los Angeles : ONEAL
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Like Los Angeles's Griffith Observatory : ARTDECO
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Increment on a scale : SEMITONE
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Stage support : RISER
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Number 1, with "the" : TOP
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Was fueled by : RANON
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Escape : ELUDE
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Black ___ : WIDOW
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Toddler's eruption : MOLAR
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Makes purr, maybe : REVS
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Speak sharply : SNAP
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2003 film in which the title character exclaims "Son of a nutcracker!" : ELF
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Mononymous singer of "Alive," 2015 : SIA
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Sushi fish that's not served raw : EEL

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