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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
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Square's properties : SIDES
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Vexed : IRATE
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Rockies crest : ARETE
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Apartment dweller : TENANT
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Of ships : NAVAL
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Misogynist's attitude : SEXISM
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Ocean-loving snake? : BOASWAINSMATE
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Phantasm : SPECTER
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Fall back : LAG
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Form of currency : SCRIP
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Meet the need : AVAIL
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Squat, broad-mouthed jar : KORO
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In the center : AMID
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Dutch export : TULIP
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Tattered : RAGGY
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Silkworm : ERIA
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Showed nerve : DARED
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Hazard : PERIL
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Make leather : TAN
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Expresses joy : GRINS
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Dinner course : ENTREE
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Ford of "Can You Top This?" : SENATOR
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Fanatic : ZEALOT
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Escapees from Pandora's box : ILLS
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Deck : TIER
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Like Hume's tomes : DEEP
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Framed ursine goatees? : VANDYKEBEARS
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Stiffens : TENSESUP
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Indonesian islands : AROES
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CMXXXVI ÷ IX : CIV
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Rope : STRAND
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Balanced : SANE
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"The ___ Sanction" : LOO
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Reeking : FETID
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Conference site: 1945 : YALTA
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Put to the torch : LIT
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Suffix with Boswell or Burns : IANA
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Antarctic penguin : ADELIE
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Through : VIA
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Raccoon's cousin : COATI
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Doubly stylish : DRESSIER
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Pass for a sports-loving beast? : OXSEATTICKET
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Be unresolved : PEND
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Darn it! : DRAT
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Roof section : EAVE
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Icy dessert : SORBET
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Poorly structured : MISMADE
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Lost turgor : WILTED
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Suit fabric : TWEED
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Supermarket giveaway : BAG
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Take to task : SCOLD
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Show fear : COWER
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___'acte : ENTR
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Lahore garb : SAREE
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Alpine communication : YODEL
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Initiate : TIRO
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Role for Arnold Moss : LEAR
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Appointment : TRYST
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Pardon : REMIT
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Sesame : TIL
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Judge : ARBITER
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Wilbur's fleabag? : THIRDRATHOTEL
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Jacket part : SLEEVE
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Acedia : ENNUI
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Not as removed : NEARER
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Chemical compound : ESTER
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Cleric-poet : DONNE
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Launderette machine : DRIER
Down
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Like Australia or Hispaniola : SEAGIRT
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Electees : INS
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Crows' cousins : DAWS
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Stage : ENACT
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Roil : STIRUP
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Animate : INSPIRE
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Zodiacal animal : RAM
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Former capital of Myanmar : AVA
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Siberian tribesman : TATAR
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Londoner's lift : ELEVATOR
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Give homework : ASSIGN
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Comeback : REPLY
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Devon river : EXE
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Stock-market simians? : TICKERAPES
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Portuguese resort : ESTORIL
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Unanimously : TOAMAN
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Fine-wooled sheep : MERINO
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Dashing fellow : BLADE
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Ohio city : NILES
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Prepare turkey : ROAST
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Shirley Temple's first husband : AGAR
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Mock : DERIDE
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Spot or mark, in Madrid : PINTA
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Fleur-___ : DELYS
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Prides' dens : LAIRS
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Turns right : GEES
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Fraternal fellow : ELK
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Short-tempered : TESTY
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Fictional castle : ZENDA
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Withdrew : SECEDED
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Having teeth : DENTATE
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True : VALID
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Bellowing : AROAR
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Nary a soul : NOONE
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Bad dog : BITER
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Satanic : EVIL
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Sly's "Rocky" co-star : TALIA
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Philippine palm : SALAK
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Splice : UNITE
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___ jury : PETIT
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Critic's blessing : RAVE
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Dim : FAINT
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Certain couturier's creations : DIORS
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Herpetological fruit? : ASPBERRIES
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S.A.T.'s : EXAMS
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Municipal : CIVIC
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Large American cat : OCELOT
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Morsel for a chickadee : SEED
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Actor Keach : STACY
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Marble : TAW
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Codified : DIGESTED
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Commemorative slab : STELA
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Baseball group : OWNERS
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Altar-lights site : RETABLE
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William's joint ruler : MARY
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All-out : DOORDIE
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Church official : ELDER
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Tizzy : TWITTER
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More spooky : EERIER
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Waggish : DROLL
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Shoemaking specialist : BARRER
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Require : DEMAND
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Allen or Lawrence : STEVE
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Race: Comb. form : ETHNO
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Measure of capacity : LITER
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Bangkok native : THAI
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Eastern observance : TET
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Boniface's domain : INN
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Emulate Slaney : RUN
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Mine line : ORE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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