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New York Times, Thursday, January 10, 2019

Author:
Jeff Slutzky and Derek Bowman
Editor:
Will Shortz
River whose name comes entirely from the last eight letters of the alphabet
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Derek Bowman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Slutzky. This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Bowman.
Constructor notes:
JEFF SLUTZKY: I'm excited to be making my New York Times crossword debut; it's my first crossword anywhere! I first came up with this theme ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I read the revealing clue [Sacred text …] and filled in KORAN at first. The theme had to be KO RAN, as in "phrases with KO removed." A KO ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times1/10/19 ( No. 25,265 )
Across
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Italian scooter : VESPA
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Endurance : LEGS
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Glimpses : SPOTS
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Like a necktie near the end of a long workday, maybe : ASKEW
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Big name in cosmetics : AVON
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Another nickname for the Governator : ARNIE
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Bass group? : NSYNC
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Give stars to : RATE
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Prize that comes with 9 million kronor : NOBEL
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Kidnapper who gets arrested? : CAPTORINHAND
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Page listing : URL
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Once-over : EYE
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Soccer player Hamm : MIA
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Measure of purity : KARAT
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Win a one-on-one game against a Toronto hoops player? : BEATTHERAPTOR
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Army allowance : RATION
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Gun-shy : WARY
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Spiffy top : POLO
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Even up : ALIGN
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Partner of pieces : BITS
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Elates : SENDS
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Long time out? : COMA
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Not altogether : EACH
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Playwright Sean who wrote "The Plough and the Stars" : OCASEY
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"I don't want this house after all"? : KEEPITREALTOR
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Japanese box meal : BENTO
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Group of traffic cops, for short? : ATF
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___ economy : GIG
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E'en if : THO
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Synagogue singer with hokey humor? : CANTOROFCORN
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Pizazz : OOMPH
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"No problem at all!" : EASY
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Eastern European capital : SOFIA
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Hoffman who wrote "Steal This Book" : ABBIE
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What photocopiers do : SCAN
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Church chorus : AMENS
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Gave a pill, say : DOSED
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River whose name comes entirely from the last eight letters of the alphabet : STYX
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Sacred text ... or your reaction upon figuring out this puzzle's theme? : TORAH
Down
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Oklahoma's ___ Air Force Base : VANCE
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Attempt : ESSAY
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FaceTime alternative : SKYPE
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Confined, with "up" : PENT
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"You've got to be kidding me!" : AWCOMEON
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Mustang catcher : LARIAT
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"Dear ___ Hansen" (2017 Tony winner) : EVAN
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Dark kind of look : GOTH
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Some court wear : SNEAKERS
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Oh, what an actress! : SANDRA
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Tennis ___ : PRO
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Things in the backs of Macs : ONBUTTONS
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Theater seating info : TIER
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What bears do in the market : SELL
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"The Last Jedi" director Johnson : RIAN
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Not a single : NARY
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Show up : APPEAR
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Galoot : BIGAPE
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Prudent way to think : TWICE
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___ yoga : HATHA
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Like some shoppes : OLDE
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Optimistic : ROSY
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Billiards need : RACK
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It's a relief : ALOE
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Ticking dangers : TIMEBOMBS
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Margaret Thatcher, e.g., in her later years : BARONESS
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Derides : SCOFFSAT
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James who sang at the opening of the 1984 Summer Olympics : ETTA
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"Beetle Bailey" dog : OTTO
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Crept (along) : INCHED
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Need to speak : LARYNX
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Many an intern : GOFER
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Skater Slutskaya : IRINA
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Grind, in a way : GNASH
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Mr. with a "Wild Ride" at Disneyland : TOAD
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Drifter : HOBO
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Savoir-faire : TACT
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Anthem starter : OSAY
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Italy's Lake ___ : COMO
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Pizza delivery : PIE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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