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BIRD BOTCHING

New York Times, Sunday, March 1, 1987

Author:
William S. McIlrath
Editor:
Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 86, Avg Word Len: 5.07, Missing: { Q X Z }, Scrabble score: 536 (avg 1.51)
Open Squares: 120, Cheaters: 15, FITB: 8, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 5
William S. McIlrath has 19 pre-Shortz puzzles in our database.
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© 1987, The New York TimesNo. 13,627
Across
1
Jalopy : CRATE
6
Chess moves : JUMPS
11
Comb. of tones : CHD
14
Bid : OFFER
19
Home for an eyas : AERIE
20
Don's January : ENERO
21
Hudson contemporary : REO
22
Try out : PROVE
23
Capistrano copper? : SWALLOWTAIL
25
Good Scout became an ogler? : EAGLEEYED
27
Flag : TIRE
28
Check : REIN
29
Divided land : GERMANY
30
Cenozoic, e.g. : ERA
31
Lallygags : IDLES
32
Jazzy septet? : HEPTAD
33
Discordant : AJAR
37
Cortege : RETINUE
39
Moats : FOSSES
40
Stout : ALE
41
Newman slip? : CARDINALSIN
44
Dallied : TOYED
46
Prospect : SCENE
48
Title a shogun had : TYCOON
49
Fomented : BREWED
50
Stoke-on-Trent product : SPODE
51
Neighbor of a Laotian : THAI
52
Ballerina Shearer : MOIRA
53
"___ Tomorrow," 1959 song : TIL
54
Diviner : ORACLE
56
World Series pitcher: 1948 : SAIN
57
Business abbr. : LTD
60
Ancient : OLD
61
Sobriquet for a mimic suffering stage fright? : CHICKENLITTLE
64
Hawaiian timber tree : KOA
65
Volsteader's opponent : WET
66
Seed scars : HILA
67
Eluvium : DEBRIS
68
Decline : EBB
69
Asian wild sheep : URIAL
71
Coffin's "Poems for ___ With Wings" : ASON
72
Money in Ankara : LIRAS
74
Valuable fur : MARTEN
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Muffle : DEADEN
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Salvo : BURST
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Holmlike : OAKEN
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Model widgeon? : SITTINGDUCK
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Jacutinga, e.g. : ORE
84
Heavyweight champ: 1962-64 : LISTON
85
Awns : ARISTAE
89
Former Algerian rulers : DEYS
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Athos, at times : FENCER
92
Liberal : AMPLE
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Columnist Kupcinet : IRV
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Soughs : MURMURS
97
Nickname for Haydn : PAPA
98
Grenoble girlfriend : AMIE
99
Anser's away, my boys! : GONEGOOSE
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Dupe at the bar? : STOOLPIGEON
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Visionary : IDEAL
106
Toils : NET
107
Pledged sacredly : SWORE
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Rebel : ARISE
109
Distrustful : LEERY
110
Compass dir. : SSE
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Reliable : SOLID
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Electromagnetic-wave amplifier : LASER
Down
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Bottle for vinegar, salt, etc. : CASTER
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Play the electrician : REWIRE
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Biblical docking site : ARARAT
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Favus : TILE
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Grig : EEL
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Bespangled, in a way : JEWELED
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Loosen : UNTIE
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Wherewithal : MEANS
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Sawlike: Prefix : PRI
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Helios : SOL
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"___ this petty pace . . . ": Macbeth : CREEPSIN
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Inspirit : HEARTEN
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Tenets : DOGMAS
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Airy : OPEN
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Valkyries' leader : FREYA
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Actor in "The Pajama Game" : FOY
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Conductor Queler : EVE
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Ryder of comics : RED
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Cleanup matter for Hercules : ORDURE
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Young man : LAD
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Plaster of paris : GESSO
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Fatuous : INANE
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Completely: Comb. form : HOLO
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Baby Gould's nannies? : JAYWALKERS
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Nautical term : ALEE
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Foxx from St. Louis : REDD
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Frosted : ICED
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Easy : FACILE
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It's above Cayuga's waters : ITHACA
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Helen Hayes's home : NYACK
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Threefold : TRINE
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Above, to Key : OER
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Barrel spigot : SPILE
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Winter Garden flop? : COLDTURKEY
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Seethes : BOILS
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Lay in : STOW
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Quaver : TRILL
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Of morning : MATIN
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Buckeye : OHIAN
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Kind of play : END
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Like Samson : STRONG
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Go ___ for (support) : TOBAT
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Small flounder : DABS
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___ Lung, Chinese emperor: 18th century : CHIEN
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Adman's attention-getter : LEADIN
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"Brand" playwright : IBSEN
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Map abbr. : RTE
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Singer-actress Arnaz : LUCIE
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Nettles : IRKS
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Humor : MOOD
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Swiss waterway : AARE
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Separate : DISCRETE
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Diminutive suffixes : ETTES
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Suffix with comment : ATOR
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Coarse fabric : BURLAP
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Cavities : SINUSES
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Spotted : DAPPLED
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Detroit recalls : LEMONS
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"His ___ forever . . . ": Cowley : TIMEIS
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Melodic : ARIOSE
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Shim, e.g. : EVENER
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Calumniate : SMEAR
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To's opposite : FRO
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" . . . rusting in ___ of tears": F. Thompson : APOOL
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Soprano Te Kanawa is one : MAORI
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Frightful : UGLY
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Pearl Mosque site : AGRA
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"___ Blas" : GIL
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Parabasis : ODE
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Formerly named : NEE
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Draft initials : SSS
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Brace : TWO
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Suffix with deferent : IAL

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 8 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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