Acrostic Solution for Sunday, January 7, 2007

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(RICHARD) DAWKINS, THE SELFISH GENE — Chaucer could not hold a conversation with a modern Englishman, even though they are linked to each other by an unbroken chain of... Englishmen. Language evolves... at a rate... orders of magnitude faster than genetic evolution.

Clues and answers

A.Giving no quarter (hyph.)DOGEATDOG
B.Lacking any sort of modest covering (2 wds.)AUNATUREL
D.Article of apparel in "A Visit From St. Nicholas"KERCHIEF
E.Received according to a certain codeINHERITED
F.Spy who posed as a Dutch schoolteacher in 1776 (2 wds.)NATHANHALE
G.Easy mark for a sponge or a con artist (2 wds.)SOFTTOUCH
H.Poet who wrote "Half a league, half a league, / Half a league onward"TENNYSON
I.Greek goddess associated with magic and the underworldHECATE
J.Continental America's smallest country (2 wds.)ELSALVADOR
K.Cowardly braggart of commedia dell'arteSCARAMOUCHE
L.At an early stageEMBRYONIC
M.Conflicted in an oxymoronic way (hyph.)LOVEHATE
N.Windy, in a wayFLATULENT
O.Site of a tide-turning battle in the Korean WarINCHON
P.Slightly blueSUGGESTIVE
Q.Baseball's all-time leader in total bases (2 wds.)HANKAARON
R.Nice play; smart plan (2 wds.)GOODMOVE
S.City founded, per legend, by Malcolm IIIEDINBURGH
T."Bright" invention first displayed by Nikola Tesla at the 1893 World's Fair (2 wds.)NEONLIGHT
U.External forces collectively affecting an organismENVIRONMENT
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