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Jordan S. Lasher
Jordan S. Lasher

EXOTIC AVIARY

New York Times, Sunday, December 7, 1980

63-Across : ___ bird (bobolink)

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
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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
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Bird: Comb. form : AVI
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Siamese fighting fish : BETTA
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Sister of Calliope : ERATO
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___ bird (bobolink) : SKUNK
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Nestlings' appendages : WINGLETS
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Queeg's ship : CAINE
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Snap : COOKIE
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Tired : AWEARY
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Crusty : CAKED
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"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
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Author Seton : ANYA
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The birds ___ the bees : AND
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Khachaturian : ARAM
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Quay : PIER
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Très ___ : BIEN
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Angler's basket : CREEL
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Feathered chatterer : BABBLINGTHRUSH
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Anhima; kamichi : HORNEDSCREAMER
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___ Avon (Anthony Eden) : EARLOF
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___ line (conform) : TOETHE
100
B-52's place : AIRBASE
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Without adulteration : PURELY
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"Les ___ Mousquetaires" : TROIS
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Perched : SAT
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___ Jeanne d'Arc : STE
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Fraught : LADEN
Down
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M.C.'s "gift" : GAB
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Obliteration : ERASURE
3
Turn traitor : SELLOUT
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Large white gannet : SOLANGOOSE
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Oslo monarch : OLAV
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Making a grand salaam : BOWING
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Members of a certain worldwide religion : BAHAIS
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Tour of duty : STINT
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Taught an old dog new tricks : RETRAINED
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Desk or wall piece : CALENDAR
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Made excuses : ALIBIED
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Slump : SAG
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Mawkish sentimentality : MUSH
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Physics abbr. : ATNO
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Razorbill's kin : RHINOCEROSAUK
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Home of some Jayhawkers : TOPEKA
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Hubble-bubble : ADO
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S O S is one : MSG
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"___ a rose is she": Coleridge : REDAS
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Famous Fed : NESS
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Day bisectors : NOONS
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Shelley's "Queen ___" : MAB
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City on the Aar : BERN
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Giant petrel or osprey : BONEBREAKER
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Benzell and Sheraton : MIMIS
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"___ Ideas," 1951 song : IGET
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Malayan sarong : KAIN
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North Dakota city : MINOT
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Animal with a snout : TAPIR
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"Shores of Tripoli" site : LIBYA
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Bit part for a star : CAMEO
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They reune : ALUMNI
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Fleshy fruit : PAPAW
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Newton-John : OLIVIA
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Button quail's look-alike : PLAINWANDERER
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Brewery supply : MALTS
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___ nuit (tonight, in Tours) : CETTE
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"And God ___ unto Israel ... ": Gen. 46:2 : SPAKE
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Sea gull, for short : KITTY
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Remain in force : STAND
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Quite cautious : LEERY
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Bay window : ORIEL
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Cutter : BLADE
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Posthaste : SOON
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Down Under kingfisher : KOOKABURRA
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Bloke : GENT
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A soft cheese : CAMEMBERT
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Tobacco wad : CHAW
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Reggio ___, Italian seaport : CALABRIA
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Contemptuous sound : SNORT
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Bolivar's birthplace : CARACAS
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On Alcatraz, e.g. : ENISLED
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Mask feature : EYEHOLE
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Masefield heroine : NAN
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The Courageous, e.g. : YACHT
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Plant firmly : ENROOT
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Eleanor, to F.D.R. : BABS
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New York's ___ (police) : FINEST
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Cruelty personified : LEGREE
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Lightweight cottons : PIMAS
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Within: Comb. form : ENTO
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City on Utah Lake : LEHI
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R.P.I. room : LAB
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With it : HEP
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Actor Julia : RAUL
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___ Prés, Flemish composer : DES
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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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