Acrostic Solution for Sunday, May 12, 2019

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(AMY) SUTHERLAND, WHAT SHAMU TAUGHT (ME ABOUT LIFE, LOVE, AND MARRIAGE) — We touchy-feely Homo sapiens assume all creatures great and small would like a pat on the head, a hug, even a big kiss. ... For many animals, to be embraced is to be devoured. ... They have to learn a behavior we take for granted.

Full quote

We touchy-feely Homo sapiens assume all creatures great and small would like a pat on the head, a hug, even a big kiss. Just because we'd love to throw our arms around an orangutan, a sea lion, or a baby panda doesn't mean the orangutan, sea lion, or baby panda is going to like it or even abide it. For many animals, to be embraced is to be devoured. Animals can learn to be touched by humans, but that's the point: They have to learn a behavior we take for granted.

Clues and answers

A.Pacify, comfortSOOTHE
B.What total eclipse viewers are engulfed inUMBRA
C.Join (2 wds.); commuting headache (hyph.)TIEUP
D.Hero of PhiladelphiaHOAGIE
E.Changed with the timesEVOLVED
F.Motherly role for Mia FarrowROSEMARY
G.Performer in a cage (2 wds.)LIONTAMER
H.Four things that Vishnu hasARMS
I.Striped, termite-eating marsupialNUMBAT
J.Maze designer of mythDAEDALUS
K.Corset-stiffening materialWHALEBONE
L.Allergic rhinitis (2 wds.)HAYFEVER
M.What "xoxo" may expressAFFECTION
N.Slight adjustmentTWEAK
O.Collie or KomondorSHEEPDOG
P.Built like a sumo wrestlerHEAVYSET
Q.Firm and slightly chewy (2 wds.)ALDENTE
R.Food favored by monarchsMILKWEED
S.Minor thing in astronomy?URSA
T.Features of corals and cuttlefishTENTACLES
U.Precious, darlingADORABLE
V.A bit tense, fearful or anxiousUNEASY
W.Sprig of parsley or slice of lime, e.g.GARNISH
X.Long, narrow ridgeHOGBACK
Y.One of four professions in a John le Carré titleTAILOR
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