Acrostic Solution for Sunday, April 21, 2013

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

OLIVIA GENTILE, LIFE LIST — The closer you get to the equator, the birdier it gets:... tiny... Panama,... just north of the equator, has almost a thousand bird species, more than have been recorded in all of North America; Peru... has a whopping eighteen hundred.

Clues and answers

A.Group to which grasshoppers and crickets belongORTHOPTERA
B.Created an empty nest, say (2 wds.)LEFTHOME
C.Provide a good environment for developingINCUBATE
D.Went the way of the passenger pigeonVANISHED
E.High-albedo Antarctic feature (2 wds.)ICESHEET
F.New Agey; Ayn Rand or Ronald Reagan, by birthAQUARIAN
G.Forest in full foliageGREENWOOD
H.Spanish grass sometimes woven into sandalsESPARTO
I.Whippoorwill, for oneNIGHTJAR
J.FemurTHIGHBONE
K.Featherbrain, dodoIGNORAMUS
L.Business traveler's carry-onLAPTOP
M.Sky father's counterpart (2 wds.)EARTHMOTHER
N.Where fluffing and folding may be observedLAUNDERETTE
O.Line connecting points equal in temperatureISOTHERM
P.Had a notion of; took a shine toFANCIED
Q.Fungus hosted by a plantENDOPHYTE
R.Ammo banned for waterfowl hunting since 1991 (2 wds.)LEADSHOT
S.Extinct marine giantICHTHYOSAUR
T.Use up heedlesslySQUANDER
U.Easy riders down a stream; yams, cassavas, etc.TUBERS
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