Acrostic Solution for Sunday, November 22, 2020

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(DAVID ALLEN) SIBLEY, WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BIRD — Birds have no teeth. Food can be broken up a little by the bill, but most of the work of crushing food is performed by the very muscular gizzard. ... [A] Wild Turkey can crush whole walnuts..., and the Surf Scoter can crush... clams.

Full quote

Birds have no teeth. Food can be broken up a little by the bill, but most of the work of crushing food is performed by the very muscular gizzard. Food is stored in the crop, an expandable pouch at the front of the body, and then passes through the proventriculus into the gizzard. There, powerful muscles squeeze and grind the food. The gizzard is remarkably strong; for example, a Wild Turkey can crush whole walnuts in its gizzard, and the Surf Scoter can crush small clams.

Clues and answers

A.Willie Dixon blues song recorded by Howlin' Wolf and CreamSPOONFUL
B.Distasteful, nasty or unpleasant, informallyICKY
C.Susan ____, four-time Iditarod winnerBUTCHER
D.Like keto or paleo, dietwise (hyph.)LOWCARB
E.Neighborhood next to Corona in QueensELMHURST
F.Thanksgiving side dishYAMS
G.Bipedal dragon with wingsWYVERN
H.Opening on a ship's deckHATCH
I.Firmly affixed to a menu? (2 wds.)ALDENTE
J.Dessert on the diminutive sideTARTLET
K.Cooking show from Japan (2 wds.)IRONCHEF
L.Thanksgiving, for oneTHURSDAY
M.Method of cooking involving vacuum-sealing and immersing in hot water (2 wds.)SOUSVIDE
N.Ethologist Konrad who studied geeseLORENZ
O.City on the Bosporus StraitISTANBUL
P.Entrepreneur portrayed in the 2016 biopic "The Founder"KROC
Q.Avoid using, spurn, forgoESCHEW
R.One-sided contestTHRASHING
S.Granular pasta bitsORZO
T.Decline to take part in (2 wds.)BEGOFF
U.Shape of macaroniELBOW
V.Artist who killed his subjects before painting themAUDUBON
W.Overexposed to light, perhapsBLEACHED
X.Postprandial Thanksgiving declaration (2 wds.)IMSTUFFED
Y.Player with a 2019 N.B.A. Championship ringRAPTOR
Z.One might hit a snareDRUMSTICK
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