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New York Times, Monday, May 14, 2018

1999 Brad Pitt movie hinted at by the beginnings of 17-, 21-, 39- and 52-Across

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 60 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Andrea Carla Michaels notes:
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© 2018, The New York Times5/14/18 ( No. 25,024 )

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Wolfish look : LEER
5
Lead-in to "di" or "da" in a Beatles song : OBLA
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Fowl raised for food : POULT
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Commedia dell'___ : ARTE
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Gas, oil or coal : FUEL
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Port St. ___, Fla. : LUCIE
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End of a drinking hose : BITEVALVE
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Rand McNally volume : ATLAS
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Diving gear : SCUBA
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Get going, as an old motorcycle or a new company : KICKSTART
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Spheres, in poetry : ORBS
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Angsty music genre : EMO
26
Rapper with the 1996 double-platinum album "Hard Core" : LILKIM
29
Handyman's inits. : DIY
31
What sirens do : WAIL
35
Enero begins it : ANO
36
Certain red dye : EOSIN
38
Having a high metallic sound : TINNY
39
Like some magazine perfume ads : SCRATCHANDSNIFF
42
Ill-tempered : SURLY
43
Borden milk's cow : ELSIE
44
6-3 or 7-6, e.g. : SET
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Cy Young Award winner Hershiser : OREL
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Faux ___ : PAS
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Tribal leaders : ELDERS
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Like non-Rx drugs : OTC
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Female friend of François : AMIE
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Party vessel with a ladle : PUNCHBOWL
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"There ___ to be a law!" : OUGHT
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Loud, as a crowd : AROAR
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1999 Brad Pitt movie hinted at by the beginnings of 17-, 21-, 39- and 52-Across : FIGHTCLUB
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Planet demoted to "dwarf planet" in 2006 : PLUTO
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Woman of the Haus : FRAU
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Fishes that may shock you : EELS
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Good ___ (repaired perfectly) : ASNEW
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Appear (to be) : SEEM
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Go bananas : SNAP
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Parts of science courses : LABS
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"Spamalot" creator Idle : ERIC
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Caesar's rebuke to Brutus : ETTU
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Nike competitor : REEBOK
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Birds ___ feather : OFA
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Gains muscle, with "up" : BULKS
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Blue jeans pioneer Strauss : LEVI
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Trump portrayer Baldwin : ALEC
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Blood fluid : PLASM
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Not just playing for fun : OUTTOWIN
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The N.C.A.A.'s Bruins : UCLA
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Word repeated before "pants on fire" : LIAR
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Word repeated while tapping a microphone : TEST
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Magazine of show business : VARIETY
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Code breaker : KEY
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Fellow who might be senior class president, for short : BMOC
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Rope in a Wild West show : LASSO
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Run up, as expenses : INCUR
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Peter of "The Maltese Falcon" : LORRE
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Uses a rotary phone : DIALS
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Bed-and-breakfasts : INNS
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Licorice flavoring : ANISE
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Derive by logic : INFER
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Alternatives to Ubers : LYFTS
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Mets' former ballpark : SHEA
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Poet whose work inspired "Cats" : TSELIOT
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Distribute, as resources : ALLOCATE
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Carpe ___ (seize the day: Lat.) : DIEM
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Banned pollutant, in brief : PCB
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Cards that may be "wild" in poker : DEUCES
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Lose on purpose : THROW
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Fish tank gunk : ALGAE
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"___ Was a Rollin' Stone" (Temptations hit) : PAPA
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Addresses that may be linked on the web : URLS
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Person, place or thing : NOUN
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Murders, mob-style : OFFS
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Hide a mike on : WIRE
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Campbell who sang "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" : GLEN
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Hawaiian dance : HULA
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Recipe measure: Abbr. : TBSP
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Vocalize on a kazoo : HUM

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