Puzzle #38 featured six theme answers, all of which closely related to a word that, in another sense, is an animal sound:
SLIPPERY ELM (used medicinally for its bark)
JOAN RIVERS (she was a hoot, as the clue alluded to)
GUANTANAMO (a bay)
JACK DORSEY (Twitter CEO)
MILES DAVIS (he played the trumpet)
LEO SPACEMAN (a quack)
The clues were chock full of animals, and six of them began with the names of animals that can make the above sounds: Hound (which can also bay), Owl, Wolf (which can probably also bark), Lark, Elephant, Duck. And whereas it would be typical for me to have you go back to the grid to spell something out, this time I didn’t – the animal names themselves spelled out howled, which was a fitting meta answer.
Up next is puzzle #39, “A Résumé for Sue Ream.”
The answer to the metapuzzle is something that may be involved in the tort of conversion. Don’t worry, the puzzle is not about obscure law stuff. Here‘s the Wikipedia article on conversion, in case you have never heard of the term. But you don’t need to know anything about law to solve the puzzle.
Submit your answer using the contact form by Monday, December 9 at 11 p.m. Pacific Time. I’ll post the solution, and a new puzzle, next Tuesday.