ACROSTIC — Today’s passage combines one of my favorite subjects, cryptozoology, with something else — mathematics. It’s from a book by David Berlinski called “A Tour of the Calculus,” and not a book by David Berlin called “Ski Tour of the Calculus.” I wasn’t thinking; David Berlinski is a well-known writer of philosophical books like this one, about math and science, and he’s also infamous for arguing against the theory of evolution.
I thought this was a decent challenge, mainly because the mathematical notion in the passage is something I haven’t thought about, and the verbiage was sort of overblown to me as a result. This was a case where I relied heavily on the clues, which weren’t of insurmountable difficulty.
I actually knew THEOSOPHY because it’s been advertised on the subway my whole life, and BIGFOOT, REUNIFY, LOITER, ETHER, ODETS, UFOS and KRISHNA off the bat. I was able to disqualify “sapphire” in favor of the other purple jewel, and BIGFOOT with a couple of hints.
I had no idea about EREWHON; it can be no coincidence that Team Cox/Rathvon chose a Samuel Butler book here since he and Charles Darwin had a fractious relationship (that figures in this novel). I did love the “2” touch and the clue for COYOTE, which made me think of Homer Simpson tripping on insanity peppers, if you don’t mind me getting really highbrow.
What did you think?