Acrostic Solution for Sunday, July 22, 2018

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(LUCY) COOKE, THE TRUTH ABOUT ANIMALS — The various... three-toed sloths... sport medieval haircuts and immovable smiles. ... Of the four species, the largest of the bunch is the marvelously maned Bradypus torquatus, which looks uncannily like a coconut with a mullet.

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The various Bradypus, or three-toed, sloths have both three fingers and three toes. They sport medieval haircuts and immovable smiles. They are slightly smaller than their two-fingered cousin — about the size of a domestic cat under their shaggy, mottled gray and brown fur — and less cranky but significantly more cryptic. Of the four species, the largest of the bunch is the marvelously maned Bradypus torquatus, which looks uncannily like a coconut with a mullet.

Clues and answers

A.Thought processCOGNITION
B.Vanilla plants and their kinORCHIDS
C.Isolated and vulnerable (4 wds.)OUTONALIMB
D.Orange fruit with an edible rindKUMQUAT
E.1956 #1 album with the opening track "Rip It Up"ELVIS
F.Shortbread cookie sold by Girl ScoutsTREFOIL
G.The Big Rock Candy Mountain, to hobosHEAVEN
H.Alloy of silver and goldELECTRUM
I.One of Cyprus's two official languagesTURKISH
J.California city or county, home of a University of California campusRIVERSIDE
K.End result, final consequenceUPSHOT
L.Bearer of North America, per native mythTURTLE
M.Rootlike anchor for some aquatic lifeHOLDFAST
N.Forte of the sorcerer Albus DumbledoreALCHEMY
O.Skill displayed by funambulistsBALANCE
P.Smell-relatedOLFACTORY
Q.Vain, futile, to no availUSELESS
R.Proposed particle that travels faster than lightTACHYON
S.Brand of vodka made in SwedenABSOLUT
T.Gareth or Gawain, to King ArthurNEPHEW
U.Common site for a canalISTHMUS
V.Where to find a crow's-nest or a staffMASTHEAD
W.Publicly stated, swornAVOWED
X.Roughly shaped; dull-witted and lethargicLUMPISH
Y."Guess that'll show you!" (2 wds.)SOTHERE
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