# WSJ Contest — Friday, September 17, 2021

Grid: 20 minutes; meta: 1 more

### Mike Shenk’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Aftermath” — Conrad’s review.

This week we’re told: The answer to this week’s contest crossword is a six-letter math term. There are six long theme entries:

• [17a: Its role is keeping a check on medical research]: ETHICSCOMMITTEE
• [22a: Police, quaintly]: BOYSINBLUE
• [34a: It’s celebrated seven Sundays after Easter]: PENTECOST
• [43a: Try]: PROSECUTE
• [52a: “That was only a rhetorical question”]: DONTANSWER
• [60a: Pablo Escobar and his kind]: NARCOTERRORISTS

WSJ Contest – 09.17.21 – Solution

The title and final across entry (TRIG) indicated that each of the six themers contained one of the six trigonometry functions, with the subsequent letters forming a math term:

• ETHICSC(O)MMITTEE: Cosecant
• BOYSIN(B)LUE: Sine
• PENTECOS(T): Cosine
• PROSEC(U)TE: Secant
• DONTAN(S)WER: Tangent
• NARCOT(E)RRORISTS: Cotangent

The letters following each trigonometry abbreviation spell OBTUSE, our meta solution. We’ll end with this classic by Sam Cooke.

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### 4 Responses to WSJ Contest — Friday, September 17, 2021

1. Seth says:

Easiest one from Mike in a while I thought! Figured out the trick after the first themer, figured out the answer after the third. Then again, I’m a physics teacher so I use trig a lot…

2. David Roll says:

Each of these six is a ratio–thus RATIOS seems to be an appropriate answer

3. Harry says:

FWIW, “obtuse” is not a math term, it is just an adjective. “Obtuse angle” is.

• Scott says:

I’m okay with OBTUSE.