Acrostic Solution for Sunday, April 25, 2021

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

RICHARD POWERS, THE OVERSTORY — [T]rees under attack pump out insecticides to save their lives. ... [T]rees a little way off, untouched by the invading swarms, ramp up their own defenses... . The... trees... are signaling. They're linked together in an airborne network... .

Full quote

The trees under attack pump out insecticides to save their lives. That much is uncontroversial. But something else in the data makes her flesh pucker: trees a little way off, untouched by the invading swarms, ramp up their own defenses when their neighbor is attacked. Something alerts them. They get wind of the disaster, and they prepare. She controls for everything she can, and the results are always the same. Only one conclusion makes any sense: The wounded trees send out alarms that other trees smell. Her maples are signaling. They're linked together in an airborne network, sharing an immune system ...

Clues and answers

A.Four-legged events on a trackRELAYS
B."That's hardly surprising" (2 wds.)ITFIGURES
C.Hoary joke, story or riddleCHESTNUT
D.Author of the collection "Twice-Told Tales"HAWTHORNE
E.Singer named for an African kingdomASHANTI
F.Tract set aside as a wildernessRESERVE
G.Monthly subtitled "The Magazine of Maine" (2 wds.)DOWNEAST
H.Hatchling of a showy fowlPEACHICK
I.Let one's views be knownOPINE
J.Saturated roots in a grove (2 wds.)WETFEET
K.Marketplace founded by Pierre OmidyarEBAY
L.Song on the flip side of "Paperback Writer"RAIN
M.Conscious and perceptiveSENTIENT
N.DoodadTHINGUM
O.Gerard Manley ____ (poet who wrote "Binsey Poplars")HOPKINS
P.Assistance for senior citizensELDERCARE
Q.Tarred fiber used for caulkingOAKUM
R.Like leaves or marbleVEINED
S.Nimrod with rhotacism (2 wds.)ELMERFUDD
T.Painter of "The Rainbow Landscape"RUBENS
U.Wise and insightfulSAPIENT
V.Presage the cry of "Timber!"TOTTER
W.Novel character born in a workhouse (2 wds.)OLIVERTWIST
X."____ wood cannot be carved" (Confucius)ROTTEN
Y.Branched wonder of Norse mythologyYGGDRASIL
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