Acrostic Solution for Sunday, June 25, 2006

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


SIMON SINGH, FERMAT'S ENIGMA - India and Arabia... replaced the... Greek symbols and... Roman numerals with the counting system that has now been universally adopted. ... Try multiplying CLV by DCI and you will appreciate the significance of the breakthrough.

Clues and answers

A.Computer whose heyday has passed (2 wds.)SLIDERULE
B.What a lemniscate representsINFINITY
C.Geometrical curiosity seen in the art of M. C. Escher (2 wds.)MOBIUSSTRIP
D.Tile total in a Scrabble set (2 wds.)ONEHUNDRED
E.Movement in pedagogy mocked by Tom Lehrer (2 wds.)NEWMATH
F.Character penny-wise but pound-foolish?SHYLOCK
G.With H., proponent of the equation F = ma (2 wds.)ISAAC
I.Pictorially plottedGRAPHED
J.Progress; clearanceHEADWAY
L.Like the Ahmes arithmetic scroll in the British MuseumEGYPTIAN
M.Illegitimate act of subtraction?ROBBERY
N.Typical tabletop brainteaser piecesMATCHSTICKS
O.Instructive maximAPOTHEGM
P.Student gone AWOLTRUANT
Q.Octet + sestetSONNET
R.Ovate; concise; crypticELLIPTICAL
S.Behaving badly; a bit risqueNAUGHTY
T.The deriving of general truths from specific factsINDUCTION
U.Where many dates may be observedGRAVEYARD
V.Ductile; pliant; easily influencedMALLEABLE
W.Stored in a repository, as documents or computer filesARCHIVED
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