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Lou Sabin
Lou Sabin

LETTER DROP AT THE ZOO

New York Times, Sunday, November 12, 1989

Author: Louis Sabin
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 77, Avg Word Len: 5.28, Missing: { J Q }, Scrabble score: 531 (avg 1.46)
Open Squares: 106, Cheaters: 16, FITB: 4, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 9
Lou Sabin has 108 pre-Shortz puzzles and 29 Shortz Era puzzles in our database.
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© 1989, The New York TimesNo. 14,614
Across Down
1. Square's properties : SIDES
6. Vexed : IRATE
11. Rockies crest : ARETE
16. Apartment dweller : TENANT
17. Of ships : NAVAL
18. Misogynist's attitude : SEXISM
20. Ocean-loving snake? : BOASWAINSMATE
22. Phantasm : SPECTER
24. Fall back : LAG
25. Form of currency : SCRIP
26. Meet the need : AVAIL
28. Squat, broad-mouthed jar : KORO
29. In the center : AMID
31. Dutch export : TULIP
33. Tattered : RAGGY
34. Silkworm : ERIA
35. Showed nerve : DARED
37. Hazard : PERIL
39. Make leather : TAN
40. Expresses joy : GRINS
41. Dinner course : ENTREE
43. Ford of "Can You Top This?" : SENATOR
45. Fanatic : ZEALOT
46. Escapees from Pandora's box : ILLS
48. Deck : TIER
49. Like Hume's tomes : DEEP
50. Framed ursine goatees? : VANDYKEBEARS
55. Stiffens : TENSESUP
59. Indonesian islands : AROES
60. CMXXXVI ÷ IX : CIV
61. Rope : STRAND
63. Balanced : SANE
64. "The ___ Sanction" : LOO
65. Reeking : FETID
67. Conference site: 1945 : YALTA
68. Put to the torch : LIT
69. Suffix with Boswell or Burns : IANA
71. Antarctic penguin : ADELIE
73. Through : VIA
74. Raccoon's cousin : COATI
76. Doubly stylish : DRESSIER
78. Pass for a sports-loving beast? : OXSEATTICKET
81. Be unresolved : PEND
82. Darn it! : DRAT
83. Roof section : EAVE
84. Icy dessert : SORBET
87. Poorly structured : MISMADE
90. Lost turgor : WILTED
94. Suit fabric : TWEED
95. Supermarket giveaway : BAG
96. Take to task : SCOLD
98. Show fear : COWER
99. ___'acte : ENTR
100. Lahore garb : SAREE
102. Alpine communication : YODEL
104. Initiate : TIRO
105. Role for Arnold Moss : LEAR
106. Appointment : TRYST
107. Pardon : REMIT
109. Sesame : TIL
110. Judge : ARBITER
112. Wilbur's fleabag? : THIRDRATHOTEL
116. Jacket part : SLEEVE
117. Acedia : ENNUI
118. Not as removed : NEARER
119. Chemical compound : ESTER
120. Cleric-poet : DONNE
121. Launderette machine : DRIER
1. Like Australia or Hispaniola : SEAGIRT
2. Electees : INS
3. Crows' cousins : DAWS
4. Stage : ENACT
5. Roil : STIRUP
6. Animate : INSPIRE
7. Zodiacal animal : RAM
8. Former capital of Myanmar : AVA
9. Siberian tribesman : TATAR
10. Londoner's lift : ELEVATOR
11. Give homework : ASSIGN
12. Comeback : REPLY
13. Devon river : EXE
14. Stock-market simians? : TICKERAPES
15. Portuguese resort : ESTORIL
16. Unanimously : TOAMAN
19. Fine-wooled sheep : MERINO
20. Dashing fellow : BLADE
21. Ohio city : NILES
23. Prepare turkey : ROAST
27. Shirley Temple's first husband : AGAR
30. Mock : DERIDE
32. Spot or mark, in Madrid : PINTA
36. Fleur-___ : DELYS
38. Prides' dens : LAIRS
40. Turns right : GEES
42. Fraternal fellow : ELK
44. Short-tempered : TESTY
45. Fictional castle : ZENDA
47. Withdrew : SECEDED
49. Having teeth : DENTATE
50. True : VALID
51. Bellowing : AROAR
52. Nary a soul : NOONE
53. Bad dog : BITER
54. Satanic : EVIL
55. Sly's "Rocky" co-star : TALIA
56. Philippine palm : SALAK
57. Splice : UNITE
58. ___ jury : PETIT
62. Critic's blessing : RAVE
65. Dim : FAINT
66. Certain couturier's creations : DIORS
70. Herpetological fruit? : ASPBERRIES
72. S.A.T.'s : EXAMS
74. Municipal : CIVIC
75. Large American cat : OCELOT
77. Morsel for a chickadee : SEED
79. Actor Keach : STACY
80. Marble : TAW
82. Codified : DIGESTED
84. Commemorative slab : STELA
85. Baseball group : OWNERS
86. Altar-lights site : RETABLE
87. William's joint ruler : MARY
88. All-out : DOORDIE
89. Church official : ELDER
91. Tizzy : TWITTER
92. More spooky : EERIER
93. Waggish : DROLL
95. Shoemaking specialist : BARRER
97. Require : DEMAND
100. Allen or Lawrence : STEVE
101. Race: Comb. form : ETHNO
103. Measure of capacity : LITER
108. Bangkok native : THAI
111. Eastern observance : TET
113. Boniface's domain : INN
114. Emulate Slaney : RUN
115. Mine line : ORE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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