Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 6, 2009

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


MELANIE MITCHELL, COMPLEXITY — Galileo did not have the sophisticated experimental devices we have today: he... timed the swinging of a pendulum by counting his heartbeats and... measured the effects of gravity by dropping objects off the... tower of Pisa.

Clues and answers

A.TV secret agent resourceful with a Swiss Army knifeMACGYVER
B.Sir Arthur Stanley ___, astrophysicist who explicated general relativityEDDINGTON
C.Responsibility of a gafferLIGHTING
D.Figure of speech exemplified by "Hello darkness, my old friend"APOSTROPHE
E.Cry from Incitatus to CaligulaNEIGH
F.Product with the slogan "There's an app for that"IPHONE
G.Welsh festival of poetry and songEISTEDDFOD
H.Do something to promote evolution?MUTATE
I.Native of MoscowIDAHOAN
J.Ill-fated lover of mythTHISBE
K.Signs of neglect or disuseCOBWEBS
L.Cocky, flamboyant expertHOTSHOT
M.Lamb given to ruminating, sayESSAYIST
N.Court official who may call out (2 wds.)LINEJUDGE
O.Memory bank malfunctionLAPSE
P.Wearing a hoodlike capCOIFFED
Q.Elocute, spoutORATE
R.Shakespearean character who was "from his mother's womb untimely ripp'd"MACDUFF
S.Utensils of a tinny sortPEWTER
T.Turned the bow toward the windLUFFED
U.Peak known to locals as ChomolungmaEVEREST
V.Yellowish in hueXANTHIC
W.Wall climber (2 wds.)IVYVINE
X.Where oxen walk along a canalTOWPATH
Y.South American shrub whose leaves are brewed for a hot beverage drunk from a gourd (2 wds.)YERBAMATE
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