Acrostic Solution for Sunday, February 14, 2021

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

CRAIG CONLEY, ONE-LETTER WORDS — X marks the spot on a pirate’s map where treasure is buried. ... [T]he archetype of a mad scientist is Dr. X. ... X is a power of magnification, an axis on a graph, and a female chromosome. ... X is a kiss at the end of a love letter.

Full quote

X marks the spot on a pirate's map where treasure is buried. It's a hobo symbol meaning handouts are available. X tells you where to sign your name on a contract, and it's also an illiterate person's signature. X indicates a choice on a voting ballot and a cross-stitch of thread. Mysterious people may be named Madame X, and the archetype of a mad scientist is Dr. X. X is an incorrect answer on a test, and it's a rating for an adult movie. X is a power of magnification, an axis on a graph, and a female chromosome. It is a multiplication operator, a letter of the alphabet, and an arbitrary point in time. X is a kiss at the end of a love letter.

Clues and answers

A.Hardest part of a problemCRUX
B.Kind of line with crossbuck warningsRAILROAD
C.Sawhorse-shaped structure (hyph.)AFRAME
D.English form of a Cartesian given (2 wds.)ITHINK
E.Seekers of One-Eyed Willy's fortune in a Steven Spielberg storyGOONIES
F.One of 200-odd Bach choral worksCANTATA
G.Make up for, counterbalanceOFFSET
H.Drama depicting three dead souls (2 wds.)NOEXIT
I.Bit of toroidal candy invented by the poet Hart Crane's father (2 wds.)LIFESAVER
J.Equivalent of F (2 wds.)ESHARP
K.The place in the lyric "there's a place you can go," in a 1978 hit songYMCA
L.Beat by use of deceitOUTFOX
M.Pedagogical flop of the 1960s (2 wds.)NEWMATH
N.Mole's activityESPIONAGE
O.Symbol for wavelengthLAMBDA
P.Free (from), as an obligationEXEMPT
Q.Word before table or SquareTIMES
R.What's meant by "asante" in Swahili or "mahalo" in HawaiianTHANKS
S.One aim of boldnessEMPHASIS
T.Steamy but not hard-core, say (hyph.)RRATED
U.World Series champs of 1906, 1917 and 2005 (2 wds.)WHITESOX
V.National anthem whose original lyrics were in French (2 wds.)OCANADA
W.Strings usually incorporating crossesROSARIES
X.Measure of a lens's refractive strengthDIOPTER
Y.Penelope ____, "Wayne's World" directorSPHEERIS
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