Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 4, 2022

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(JO) MARCHANT, DECODING THE HEAVENS -- By Homer's time... bronze was... melted down and used again and again over generations. A dagger... might become beads or a bangle, then be sold and recycled into a cooking pot..., then reincarnated as a chariot wheel... or a spearhead.

Full quote

By Homer's time, around the eighth century BC, Greek civilisation was pulling itself out of the darkness, with the rediscovery of old skills and the rise of city states such as Athens and Sparta. By this time craftsmen had worked out how to add carbon to iron to make steel, which is much harder than wrought iron. But bronze was still prized — objects made of it were never discarded, but melted down and used again and again over generations. A dagger that lost its point might become beads or a bangle, then be sold and recycled into a cooking pot or a bedstead suitable for a royal household, then reincarnated as a chariot wheel or a statue, a knife, an axe or a spearhead.

Clues and answers

A.Device with moving parts; means to an endMECHANISM
B.Greek island, site of a wrecked ship carrying an ancient orreryANTIKYTHERA
C.Utilizes good hops in hoopsREBOUNDS
D.Tool for forcing an openingCROWBAR
E.Guessing game with a stick figureHANGMAN
F.Mixed, as the articles in this puzzle's quoteALLOYED
G.Tyros, novices, greenhornsNEWBIES
H.Salty things you may break intoTEARS
I.What a comedy duo's foil should beDEADPAN
J.Epithet of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (2 wds.)ELCID
K.Lawn game for lobbersCORNHOLE
L.Sheer fabric for an evening gownORGANZA
M.Nerd, wimp, dork, poindexter DWEEB
N.Heyday for some forgers? (2 wds.)IRONAGE
O.Indian greeting said with a bow and hands pressed togetherNAMASTE
P.Inspector with a dog named BrainGADGET
Q.Spot good for a paleontologist, not so much for a mastodon (2 wds.)TARPIT
R.Days of the week or Disney dwarfsHEBDOMAD
S.Urged, prodded, spurred, goaded (2 wds.)EGGEDON
T.Nice sweatshirt for a drizzly dayHOODIE
U.Not kidding around, seriousEARNEST
V.Beating like a smitten lover's heartATHROB
W.Alternative spelling; mutationVARIANT
X.Kind of cake named for an English townECCLES
Y.Faultfinder who gets on your nervesNOODGE
Z.Tuscan province or its capitalSIENA
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