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Jordan S. Lasher
Jordan S. Lasher

EXOTIC AVIARY

New York Times, Sunday, December 7, 1980

Author: Jordan S. Lasher
Editor: Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 134, Blocks: 74, Avg Word Len: 5.48, Missing: { J Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 575 (avg 1.57)
Open Squares: 128, Cheaters: 12, FITB: 19, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 13
Jordan S. Lasher has 60 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1980, The New York TimesNo. 11,352
Across Down
1. Plaster painting surface : GESSO
6. Air-rifle ammo : BBS
9. NBC's parent : RCA
12. Far from being a birdbrain : SMART
17. Tiny interstice : AREOLA
19. Breakfast dish : OATMEAL
21. Harold Robbins or Robin Cook : AUTHOR
23. Love song : BALLAD
24. Woodcock : WHISTLINGSNIPE
26. Loon's relative : SLAVONIANGREBE
28. Used a strop : HONED
29. Subatomic particle : MUON
30. "Step ___!" : ONIT
31. Black cuckoos : ANIS
32. River to Gorki : OKA
33. Snug as a bug in ___ : ARUG
34. Sources of peat : BOGS
35. Sojourns : BIDES
36. Complex silicates : MICAS
38. Portend : BETOKEN
40. Protozoan : MONAD
41. Buster Brown's dog : TIGE
42. Henley team : OARS
43. "Frozen rope," in baseball : LINER
44. Paparazzo's meal ticket : CAMERA
46. Visits unexpectedly : POPSIN
49. Worked in a colliery : MINED
50. Buildings in Boston and Boise : CAPITOLS
52. A Green Mountain Boy : ALLEN
53. Roast meat serving : KABOB
54. Tourn. round : SEMIS
55. Dine : SUP
56. Porta ___, Roma : PIA
57. Cousin of a plover : LILYTROTTER
59. Physician's org. : AMA
60. Bird: Comb. form : AVI
61. Siamese fighting fish : BETTA
62. Sister of Calliope : ERATO
63. ___ bird (bobolink) : SKUNK
65. Nestlings' appendages : WINGLETS
67. Queeg's ship : CAINE
68. Snap : COOKIE
69. Tired : AWEARY
70. Crusty : CAKED
71. "Amscray!" : SHOO
72. Actor Devine : ANDY
73. ___ bird (ostrich) : CAMEL
74. Durable yellow fabric : NANKEEN
78. Matchmaker in Anatevka : YENTE
80. Cotton packer : BALER
81. Dribble or gush : FLOW
83. Author Seton : ANYA
84. The birds ___ the bees : AND
85. Khachaturian : ARAM
86. Quay : PIER
87. Très ___ : BIEN
88. Angler's basket : CREEL
91. Feathered chatterer : BABBLINGTHRUSH
95. Anhima; kamichi : HORNEDSCREAMER
97. ___ Avon (Anthony Eden) : EARLOF
99. ___ line (conform) : TOETHE
100. B-52's place : AIRBASE
101. Without adulteration : PURELY
102. "Les ___ Mousquetaires" : TROIS
103. Perched : SAT
104. ___ Jeanne d'Arc : STE
105. Fraught : LADEN
1. M.C.'s "gift" : GAB
2. Obliteration : ERASURE
3. Turn traitor : SELLOUT
4. Large white gannet : SOLANGOOSE
5. Oslo monarch : OLAV
6. Making a grand salaam : BOWING
7. Members of a certain worldwide religion : BAHAIS
8. Tour of duty : STINT
9. Taught an old dog new tricks : RETRAINED
10. Desk or wall piece : CALENDAR
11. Made excuses : ALIBIED
12. Slump : SAG
13. Mawkish sentimentality : MUSH
14. Physics abbr. : ATNO
15. Razorbill's kin : RHINOCEROSAUK
16. Home of some Jayhawkers : TOPEKA
18. Hubble-bubble : ADO
20. S O S is one : MSG
22. "___ a rose is she": Coleridge : REDAS
25. Famous Fed : NESS
27. Day bisectors : NOONS
29. Shelley's "Queen ___" : MAB
34. City on the Aar : BERN
35. Giant petrel or osprey : BONEBREAKER
36. Benzell and Sheraton : MIMIS
37. "___ Ideas," 1951 song : IGET
39. Malayan sarong : KAIN
40. North Dakota city : MINOT
41. Animal with a snout : TAPIR
43. "Shores of Tripoli" site : LIBYA
44. Bit part for a star : CAMEO
45. They reune : ALUMNI
46. Fleshy fruit : PAPAW
47. Newton-John : OLIVIA
48. Button quail's look-alike : PLAINWANDERER
49. Brewery supply : MALTS
50. ___ nuit (tonight, in Tours) : CETTE
51. "And God ___ unto Israel . . . ": Gen. 46:2 : SPAKE
53. Sea gull, for short : KITTY
54. Remain in force : STAND
57. Quite cautious : LEERY
58. Bay window : ORIEL
61. Cutter : BLADE
63. Posthaste : SOON
64. Down Under kingfisher : KOOKABURRA
66. Bloke : GENT
67. A soft cheese : CAMEMBERT
68. Tobacco wad : CHAW
70. Reggio ___, Italian seaport : CALABRIA
71. Contemptuous sound : SNORT
73. Bolivar's birthplace : CARACAS
75. On Alcatraz, e.g. : ENISLED
76. Mask feature : EYEHOLE
77. Masefield heroine : NAN
78. The Courageous, e.g. : YACHT
79. Plant firmly : ENROOT
80. Eleanor, to F.D.R. : BABS
81. New York's ___ (police) : FINEST
82. Cruelty personified : LEGREE
86. Lightweight cottons : PIMAS
89. Within: Comb. form : ENTO
90. City on Utah Lake : LEHI
92. R.P.I. room : LAB
93. With it : HEP
94. Actor Julia : RAUL
96. ___ Prés, Flemish composer : DES
98. Island of Denmark : FYN

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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