WSJ Contest — Friday, September 17, 2021

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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
WSJ Contest – 09.17.21 – Solution

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:

  • 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.

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