Acrostic Solution for Sunday, October 10, 2021

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(THOMAS) KING, THE INCONVENIENT INDIAN — Native history is... akin to a fossil hunt in which we find a skull in... Idaho, a thigh bone on the Montana plains, a tooth... in Virginia, and... assuming... all... are from the same animal, we guess at the size and shape of the beast.

Full quote

As a series of artifacts, Native history is somewhat akin to a fossil hunt in which we find a skull in Almo, Idaho, a thigh bone on the Montana plains, a tooth near the site of Powhatan's village in Virginia, and then, assuming that all the parts are from the same animal, we guess at the size and shape of the beast.

Clues and answers

A.Room where Puebloan rites are performedKIVA
B.Call home?INHABIT
C.Passing remark? (2 wds.)NOTHANKS
D.Cheerful, easygoing, friendlyGENIAL
E.Tentative explanationsTHEORIES
F.Antiwar orator fictionalized in a Longfellow "song"HIAWATHA
G.Spin delivered on cue?ENGLISH
H.Catch-22, stalemateIMPASSE
I.Colony centered in Mexico City (2 wds.)NEWSPAIN
J.Author Willa who wrote "O Pioneers!"CATHER
K.Unfriendly, distant, aloofOFFISH
L.Smallest member of a famous trioNINA
M.Feudal fealty; subordinate stateVASSALAGE
N.Singer/actor who played Mingo on 1960s TV (2 wds.)EDAMES
O.Linguistic source for "chocolate" and "tomato"NAHUATL
P.State named for people driven out of itIOWA
Q.Monarch who awarded Walter Raleigh a royal charter for exploration (1584)ELIZABETH
R.Pre-Columbian ax, adz or arrowhead, e.g.NEOLITH
S.Pompous, petty tyrant (2 wds.)TINGOD
T.Like most residents of NunavutINUIT
U.Joseph Conrad novel about an Italian seaman in South AmericaNOSTROMO
V.Scattered over a large areaDIFFUSE
W.Locale for Panama or SeattleISTHMUS
X.Study of a body's constructionANATOMY
Y.Upper part of a regionNORTHLAND
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