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New York Times, Saturday, January 12, 2019

30-Down : Texas city on Route 66

Author:
Sam Trabucco
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QWX} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Trabucco.
Sam Trabucco notes:
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© 2019, The New York Times1/12/19 ( No. 25,267 )
Across
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Game players? : PEPBANDS
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Bob of "Home Again" : VILA
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Domineered : OVERBORE
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Genesis patriarch : JACOB
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Grammy-winning group whose name is an homage to the Monkees : GORILLAZ
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___ Reader's Encyclopedia (classic literary reference) : BENETS
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Squad on a slope : SKITEAM
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Best man for a wedding? : MRRIGHT
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Sixth of five? : ESP
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Nickname for Adrianus : ARIE
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Courtroom outburst : LIAR
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In-house service? : HOMECARE
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___ Croft, comic book heroine : LARA
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Perform extremely well, in sports lingo : PUTONACLINIC
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Hawaiian pizza topping : HAM
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Greta of "The Player" : SCACCHI
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Rattle holder : TOT
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Ironic exclamation of amazement : IMSPEECHLESS
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A scarf might cover it : NAPE
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Annual awards show since 1993 : THEESPYS
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"Shoot!" : DRAT
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First name in design : EERO
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Lotion abbr. : SPF
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Roman magistrate's attendants : LICTORS
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Cowboys or Vikings : NFCTEAM
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New York city west of Binghamton : ELMIRA
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Cubic ___ (synthetic gemstone) : ZIRCONIA
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Something that's secretive : GLAND
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"This is too much!" : ICOULDNT
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Single, say : SONG
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Tumults : TEMPESTS
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Collectible caps : POGS
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Call up : EVOKE
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Pass on : PERISH
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Genre for Oasis and Blur : BRITPOP
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Practiced : ABLE
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French Quarter city, familiarly : NOLA
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Ones who help people get their acts together? : DRAMACOACHES
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States, informally : SEZ
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Music's Milli ___ : VANILLI
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Uranus or Neptune : ICEGIANT
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Don Juan : LOTHARIO
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Part of a science journal : ABSTRACT
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"Seinfeld" nickname : JER
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Part of an equestrian's outfit : BREECHES
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Sports Illustrated named it #1 in its "100 Greatest Moments in Sports History" : MIRACLEONICE
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Stock owner : RANCHER
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Deliberate : MUSE
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"The list goes on" : ETCETERA
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Oratory obstacle : LISP
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Horses kick with them : HINDLEGS
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Texas city on Route 66 : AMARILLO
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1980s arcade game : MSPACMAN
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Kind of zoo : PETTING
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Cardiac contraction : SYSTOLE
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Whiles away : SPENDS
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Barely registering : FAINT
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Onetime California fort : ORD
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Judging by : FROM
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Medium bra spec : CCUP
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Some gym gear : MATS
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Face difficulty? : ZIT

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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