Acrostic Solution for Sunday, September 13, 2020

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

AINISSA RAMIREZ, (THE) ALCHEMY OF US — Our ancestors slept differently. ... [T]hey'd wake up after midnight and stay up for... an hour or so. ... These distinct doses of slumber were known as "first sleep" and "second sleep," and this was the customary way of catching z's.

Full quote

Our ancestors slept differently. They didn't sleep longer. They didn't sleep better. What they did do was sleep in a manner that wouldn't really be recognizable to us today. Before the Industrial Revolution, our ancestors slept at night in two separate intervals. If we looked back, we would see them retiring for the evening around 9 or 10 p.m. and sleep for three and a half hours. Then, unceremoniously, they'd wake up after midnight and stay up for about an hour or so. When they grew tired again, they would return to bed and doze off for another three and a half. These distinct doses of slumber were known as "first sleep" and "second sleep," and this was the customary way of catching z's.

Clues and answers

A.Moving aimlesslyADRIFT
B.Seemingly insoluble snag, stumbling blockIMPASSE
C.Go out for a bit (2 wds.)NODOFF
D.Rock band named for a demonINCUBUS
E.Schoolyard fixture (2 wds.)SWINGSET
F.Indicators of inattentionSNORES
G.Mountaineering achievementASCENT
H.Lord Voldemort's surname at birthRIDDLE
I.Crocheted blanket or throwAFGHAN
J.God of dreamsMORPHEUS
K.Guessing game for kids (2 wds.)ISPY
L.Queens area popular with surfersROCKAWAY
M.Music played during intermissionENTRACTE
N.Mentally beat, ready to hit the hayZONKED
O.Flower abundant in an underworld meadowASPHODEL
P.Block for many a moonlighter (2 wds.)LATESHIFT
Q.Produced, as an artisan's waresCRAFTED
R.Poem at the center of a 1957 obscenity trialHOWL
S.Mirthful sister of the Graces Thalia and AglaiaEUPHROSYNE
T.Twin or double, perhapsMATTRESS
U.Transmissible result of fatigueYAWN
V.Christmas Eve seafood dish traditional in the South (2 wds.)OYSTERSTEW
W.Spare bed; special magazine featureFOLDOUT
X.Precursor to revolution, sometimesUNREST
Y.Acted as an informantSNITCHED
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