Acrostic Solution for Sunday, April 29, 2018

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(MARY) BEARD, LAUGHTER IN ANCIENT ROME — Unlike the barking of dogs, the grunting of pigs, or the croaking of frogs — which different languages render in... different ways... — laughter in almost all... languages... is rendered as... some variant on ha ha, hee hee, or tee hee.

Full quote

Unlike the barking of dogs, the grunting of pigs, or the croaking of frogs — which different languages render in bewilderingly different ways ("oink oink," says the Anglo-American pig, "röf röf röf" or "uí uí" the Hungarian, "soch soch" the Welsh) — laughter in almost all world languages, and in entirely different linguistic families, is rendered as (or includes within its repertoire) some variant on ha ha, hee hee, or tee hee.

Clues and answers

A.High Sierra browserBIGHORN
B.Wax rhapsodic, gushEFFUSE
C.Counterpart to "or" in heraldryARGENT
D.Enjoy unfettered freedom (2 wds.)RUNWILD
E.Casual affair, flingDALLIANCE
F.Parrot with a brush-tipped tongueLORIKEET
G.Soft blanket with a geometric patternAFGHAN
H.Site of the olecranon processULNA
I.An empty one won't do muchGESTURE
J.Baseball, in slangHORSEHIDE
K.Targets of star searchesTALENTS
L.Spur, prod, goad (2 wds.)EGGON
M.Barack Obama's Secret Service code nameRENEGADE
N.Something gotten up in umbrageIRISH
O.Counteract, void, nullifyNEGATE
P.Colorful aquarium denizenANGELFISH
Q.Empty seat's "occupant" (hyph.)NOSHOW
R.Fruit cooked with sugar and spiceCOMPOTE
S.Writer who first called New York "Gotham"IRVING
T.Debunked deep-space mediumETHER
U.Craft on display in the Sistine Chapel (2 wds.)NOAHSARK
V.Three sheets to the wind, blottoTRASHED
W.Disreputable in an attractive wayRAFFISH
X.Sending out sour notes (hyph.)OFFKEY
Y.Star quality?MAGNITUDE
Z.Latin for "thus"; old Greek for "work"ERGO
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