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Crossword

Across:

0. One letter replaced, I am your relative. (4 letters)

1. One letter replaced, I am a country. (3 letters)

4. One letter replaced, I am vehicles. (5 letters)

6. Two letters replaced, you call me. (4 letters)

7. One letter replaced, I start. (5 letters)

Down:

2. One letter replaced, I am a singer. (5 letters)

3. A Korean beer. (5 letters)

5. One letter replaced, I am a mammal. (5 letters)

8. One letter replaced, I am surjective. (4 letters)

9. One letter replaced, I am a bird. (4 letters)

IMPORTANT!:

The "words" are incomplete. Consider the oddity, and you'll see their complete version.

Subtle Hint:

The "words" are incomplete, as they are just prefixes of the complete versions.

Moderate Hint:

To be complete, they require suffixes, which are complete words themselves.

Decisive Hint:

The suffixes are already shown.

Very Decisive Hint:

Revelation 1:8, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:13.

Very² Decisive Hint:

Bravo!

Very³ Decisive Hint:

https://www.hitejinro.com/ (Not an advertisement, but one of the words is shown here.)

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  • $\begingroup$ Would suggest putting the number of letters beside each clue $\endgroup$
    – Shuri2060
    Sep 8 '20 at 20:21
  • $\begingroup$ An observation. Your hints appear to point towards rot13(gur ANGB cubargvp nycunorg. Nf fhpu, gurer ner frireny pbqrjbeqf juvpu ner nantenzf bs gur pyhrf bapr n yrggre unf orra gnxra njnl, r.t. 4. BFPNE = PNEF + B, 5. GNATB = TBNG + A, 7. QRYGN = YRNQ + G.) Is there any mileage in this or am I barking up the wrong tree altogether? $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Sep 12 '20 at 18:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv rot13(Vg unf fbzrguvat gb qb jvgu ANGB cubargvp pbqrf, ohg ol "njnl" V zrna punenpgre(f) zhfg or ercynprq, abg gnxra njnl.) $\endgroup$ Sep 12 '20 at 20:40
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Here is the completed crossword

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Clue Explanations

0. NADA, with one letter replaced, becomes NANA (or DADA), a relative.
1. UNA, with one letter replaced, becomes USA.
2. BISSO, with one letter replaced, becomes BASSO
3. TERRA is a Korean beer (see last very decisive hint)
4. KARTE, with one letter replaced, becomes KARTS
5. PANTA, with one letter replaced, becomes PANDA
6. SOXI, with two letters replaced, becomes TAXI (this one's a bit ambiguous but I think it's right).
7. SETTE, with one letter replaced, becomes SET TO (which requires breaking up the word, but was the closest thing I could find).
8. OKTO, with one letter replaced, becomes ONTO
9. NOVE, with one letter replaced, becomes DOVE

Why are these the answers

Each answer corresponds to the prefix of the NATO phonetic codename for the corresponding clue number where the number is the suffix of the codename. For example, the NATO phonetic codename for three is terrathree which is why answer 3 is TERRA.

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