Acrostic Solution for Sunday, April 10, 2022

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

CYNTHIA BARNETT, RAIN: A (NATURAL AND CULTURAL) HISTORY--As air moves away from the equator it cools and sinks, creating... dry bands around the globe at the subtropics... in two belts, one above and one below the equator. I like to think of the subtropics as Mother Earth's bikini.

Full quote

As air moves away from the equator it cools and sinks, creating two dry bands around the globe at the subtropics. These are home to many of the great deserts, from North Africa's Sahara to America's Mojave. Meteorologists commonly describe the subtropical climates as a belt, not a particularly helpful image because they wrap around the planet in two belts, one above and one below the equator. I like to think of the subtropics as Mother Earth's bikini.

Clues and answers

A.Warm wind of the Pacific NorthwestCHINOOK
B.Observatory long associated with the University of ChicagoYERKES
C.Item very rarely combined with others on the table? (2 wds.)NOBLEGAS
D.Mermen of mythTRITONS
E.Stand up to scrutiny; something sieves can't do (2 wds.)HOLDWATER
F.Line connecting pressure pointsISOBAR
G.Infrastructural fluid conduitAQUEDUCT
H.TributaryBRANCH
I.____ harp (musical instrument played by the wind)AEOLIAN
J.The deepest depth (2 wds.)ROCKBOTTOM
K.Desert home to the Arabian oryxNEGEV
L.Period of decline (2 wds.)EBBTIDE
M.Signal to get a drinkTHIRST
N.Left on a plane; skipped work (2 wds.)TOOKOFF
O.Feeder of the North SeaRHINE
P.Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, e.g., approximatelyANTIPODES
Q.Cartographic detailINSET
R.Having only one leg?NONSTOP
S.Overrun, swampedAWASH
T.Martha & the Vandellas top 10 hit of 1963 (2 wds.)HEATWAVE
U.Common site for a canalISTHMUS
V.Exercise for analytical gardeners (2 wds.)SOILTEST
W.River through Umbria and RomeTIBER
X.On a slant; abdominal muscleOBLIQUE
Y.Device used to track stormsRADAR
Z.Arizona city with the lowest annual precipitation in the contiguous United StatesYUMA
This acrostic © 2022, The New York Times.   XWord Info © 2007-2022, Jim Horne.