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### 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**

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:

- ETHI
**CSC(O)**MMITTEE: Cosecant - BOY
**SIN(B)**LUE: Sine - PENTE
**COS(T)**: Cosine - PRO
**SEC(U)**TE: Secant - DON
**TAN(S)**WER: Tangent - NAR
**COT(E)**RRORISTS: Cotangent

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

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…

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

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

I’m okay with OBTUSE.