Acrostic Solution for Sunday, May 9, 2021

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

SARAH B(LAFFER) HRDY, MOTHERS AND OTHERS — [H]unter-gatherers... are known for being fiercely egalitarian and going to great lengths to downplay competition and forestall ruptures in the social fabric,... shunning... those who behave in stingy, boastful, or antisocial ways.

Full quote

[H]unter-gatherers almost everywhere are known for being fiercely egalitarian and going to great lengths to downplay competition and forestall ruptures in the social fabric, for reflexively shunning, humiliating, even ostracizing or executing those who behave in stingy, boastful, or antisocial ways.

Clues and answers

A.Musical center of attentionSOLOIST
B.Jocasta's daughter and granddaughterANTIGONE
C.Unload a white elephant, sayREGIFT
D.Fancy term for a collector of teddy bearsARCTOPHILE
E.Idyllic, calm and blissfulHALCYON
F.Something a sprinter may be out ofBREATH
G.Caroline ____, discoverer of eight cometsHERSCHEL
H.Leave in a hurry; chase away (2 wds.)RUNOFF
I.Pleasing to the ear, harmoniousDULCET
J.Sunny side of a circular symbolYANG
K.Matriarch on "The Simpsons"MARGE
L.Ma Barker or Belle Starr, e.g.OUTLAW
M.Yank-based team activity (3 wds.)TUGOFWAR
N.Unwarranted prideHUBRIS
O.Something a big head may be on (2 wds.)EGOTRIP
P.Grammy-nominated Kesha album of 2017RAINBOW
Q.Rebuff, snub, affrontSLIGHT
R.Connected by deep rootsANCESTRAL
S.Workaday span (3 wds.)NINETOFIVE
T.Capital of Australia's Northern TerritoryDARWIN
U.Headstrong, unyieldingOBSTINATE
V.Psychological or physical strainTENSION
W.Sybarite, pleasure seekerHEDONIST
X.Noted W.W. II bomber named for its pilot's mom (2 wds.)ENOLAGAY
Y.Position on a scale, statusRANKING
Z.Spot where a passing impulse may occurSYNAPSE
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