Ten-Minute Sabbatical

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

Dec 1, 2018
The Scientist Staff
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Note: The answer grid will include every letter of the alphabet.
by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

I’m just a lazy person. I do what I want to do and that wasn’t worth doing.

—Physicist Donna Strickland, of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, speaking with The Star about why she never applied to become a full professor. She finally did after winning a Nobel Prize in Physics in October, and received tenure later that month. (October 5)

It’s getting harder and harder to make new ideas, and the economy is more or less compensating for that. The only way we’ve been able to roughly maintain growth is to throw more and more scientists at it.

Stanford University and MIT economists, writing in a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research about a decades-long decline in innovation and research productivity across several industries (October 23)  



ACROSS
  • 1. Palm whose leaves are used to make Panama hats
  • 5. Perimeter of a lagoon, perhaps
  • 9. Present at birth
  • 10. Carbon’s sextet
  • 11. Liquid component of blood
  • 12. Brief message from an aviarist?
  • 14. Long-leggers often rendered in origami
  • 16. “Dephlogisticated air,” to Joseph Priestley
  • 19. Earthy pigment used in cave paintings
  • 21. Behaviorist whose name rings a bell?
  • 24. Wattled beast in the Chinese zodiac
  • 25. Domestic pest or freshwater fish
  • 26. Exemplar of extinction
  • 27. Fleet and graceful runners
DOWN
  • 1. With 17-Down, author of My Life with the Chimpanzees (2 wds.)
  • 2. Leg bone that’s Latin for “little pan”
  • 3. With 22-Down, author of Journey to the Center of the Earth (2 wds.)
  • 4. Aspen or cottonwood
  • 6. Get worn by time and weather
  • 7. Aquascaper’s venue (2 wds.)
  • 8. Outer layer of the cerebrum
  • 13. Not inherent, as characteristics
  • 15. Long-leggers, possibly snowy
  • 17. See 1-Down
  • 18. Flowering shrub whose name is from the Greek for “coil”
  • 20. What’s blue in a squid
  • 22. See 3-Down
  • 23. Some resistance to engineers


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