Acrostic Solution for Sunday, August 2, 2020

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(PHIL) COUSINEAU, THE PAINTED WORD — The English language is studded with terrific group nouns... a crash of rhinoceros, a parliament of owls, a skulk of foxes,... a zeal of zebras.... [C]oinages include... a couch of video game players, and a cuddle of homecoming queens.

Full quote

The English language is studded with terrific group nouns, which faintly echo the terminology of animals include a crash of rhinoceros, a parliament of owls, a skulk of foxes, a skein of geese, a zeal of zebras; human ones include an oversight of academics, a trove of libraries, an essence of existentialists, a discord of experts, a conjunction of grammarians, a banner of knights, a drift of lecturers, a lapsus of linguists, a logorrhea of lexicographers, an abomination of monks, a walk of peripatetics, a gloss of philologists, a brood of researchers, a scrum of philosophers, and a bliss of unicorns. Recent coinages include a sandlot of Little Leaguers, a couch of video game players, and a cuddle of homecoming queens.

Clues and answers

A.Statue of Helios erected in the third century B.C.COLOSSUS
B.Area of seasonal depletion (2 wds.)OZONEHOLE
C.Analyzed in detail; finished a long tripUNPACKED
D.Law enforcer originally called a "shire-reeve"SHERIFF
E.Symbol standing for a conceptIDEOGRAM
F.Example of peerless excellenceNONESUCH
G.Goal that ties the scoreEQUALIZER
H.Members of bevies, skeins or murdersAVIFAUNA
I.Item in many a golf bagUMBRELLA
J.Rum Tum Tugger, for oneTOMCAT
K.Variety of poker with a split pot (hyph.)HIGHLOW
L.By virtue of one's position (2 wds.)EXOFFICIO
M.NightingalePHILOMEL
N.Soothed, eased, alleviatedASSUAGED
O.Earliest stage of developmentINFANCY
P.Pest, gadfly, nudnikNUISANCE
Q.Topic covered every 10 minutes on many news radio stationsTRAFFIC
R.Held in thrall, as by a bookENGROSSED
S.No-win situationDEADLOCK
T.Rollers in a prairie-crossing trainWAGONS
U.Argonaut who drowned out the sirens' song with his lyreORPHEUS
V.Competiton for windjammersREGATTA
W.Subject of Roger Kahn's "The Boys of Summer"DODGERS
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