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New York Times, Friday, April 10, 2020

Speaker of the words "Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil," in Genesis

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 25 Missing: {JKQXZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 96 for Mr. Walden. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Notepad: When last month's American Crossword Puzzle Tournament was postponed on account of the coronavirus pandemic, two crossword enthusiasts, Kevin Der and Finn Vigeland, quickly set up an online event to take its place. Nearly 2,000 people took part from home. This is the final puzzle. The tournament's other puzzles remain available online at no cost.
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Major thanks to Kevin and Finn for putting together Crossword Tournament From Your Couch. It was really fun and a great honor to be ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times4/10/20 ( No. 25,721 )

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Across
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Word with cake or shop : COFFEE
7
Ones with something to prove? : THEOREMS
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"Baba ___" ("CSI: NY" theme) : ORILEY
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Greek : HELLENIC
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Time release? : PAROLE
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Shot in the back : EPIDURAL
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Pichelsteiner, pozole and pot-au-feu : STEWS
20
It can show you the way : MAP
21
Rush : SPATE
22
Nickname for Eric Cartwright on "Bonanza" : HOSS
23
Starbucks 12-ouncers : TALLS
25
Go a few rounds : SPAR
26
Material in doblones : ORO
27
Speaker of the words "Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil," in Genesis : SERPENT
29
Wanders around LAX or JFK? : TSA
30
Deterrent to squatting : WIFIPASSWORD
33
Rather impressionable? : SOFTISH
34
Sam who won at the Battle of San Jacinto : HOUSTON
38
Metaphorical source of the next generation of coders and researchers : STEMPIPELINE
40
Hoedown lass : GAL
43
Played from the tipoff, say : STARTED
44
Largest labor union in the U.S.: Abbr. : NEA
45
The Miners of Conference USA, informally : UTEP
47
"The ___ the theft, the sweeter the honey": Edmund Clarence Stedman : SLYER
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Company originally called Zimride : LYFT
49
With 6-Down, acute power of discernment : SHARP
51
___ Palmas, capital of Gran Canaria : LAS
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Back at the track : BETON
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Coming after : TOFOLLOW
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"Cut it out!" : NOMORE
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Big 12 college town : AMESIOWA
57
Flourishes : BLOOMS
58
Like 4x4 sudoku, typically : VERYEASY
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City in Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night" : CANNES
Down
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Series of crimes? : COPSHOWS
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Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex," for one : ORATORIO
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Sends in a huff : FIRESOFF
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Moves from the head to the mouth : FLOWS
5
Fish in the order Anguilliformes : EELS
6
See 49-Across : EYE
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Home to Blofeld's lair in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" : THEALPS
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Classic chairs with shield-shaped backs : HEPPLEWHITES
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Part of REO : ELI
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Part of REO : OLDS
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Avoids a service break? : REUPS
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Hanging on every word : ENRAPT
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Sporty Mazdas : MIATAS
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Cornea neighbor : SCLERA
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Pac-Man and the ghosts, in Pac-Man cereal : MARSHMALLOWS
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Collections dating back to the Han dynasty : TEASETS
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Nosy Parker : SNOOPER
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Hot rods? : SPITS
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Set straight : TRUED
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"___ all a blur" : ITS
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Broadband letters : DSL
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Any student at Acme Looniversity : TINYTOON
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Self-serving comment? : ONEFORME
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What ataxophobes crave : NEATNESS
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Extricate with leverage : PRYAWAY
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Name shared by the composers Holst and Mahler : GUSTAV
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In : ATHOME
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Certain autumn tourist, slangily : LEAFER
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Far from crisp, as text : PROSY
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Clunker car : LEMON
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Barre bend : PLIE
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Weapon on a cord : BOLA
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Mauna ___ : LOA
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Home of "The Monkees" on 1960s TV : NBC

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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