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Friday, December 11, 2015
Constructor: Barry C. Silk
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
Word of the Day: FOOD WEB (28A: System of what eats what) —
A food web (or food cycle) is the natural interconnection of food chains and generally a graphical representation (usually an image) of what-eats-what in an ecological community. Another name for food web is a consumer-resource system. Ecologists can broadly lump all life forms into one of two categories called trophic levels: 1) the autotrophs, and 2) the heterotrophs. To maintain their bodies, grow, develop, and to reproduce, autotrophs produce organic matter from inorganic substances, including both minerals and gases such as carbon dioxide. These chemical reactions require energy, which mainly comes from the sun and largely by photosynthesis, although a very small amount comes from hydrothermal vents and hot springs. A gradient exists between trophic levels running from complete autotrophs that obtain their sole source of carbon from the atmosphere, to mixotrophs (such as carnivorous plants) that are autotrophic organisms that partially obtain organic matter from sources other than the atmosphere, and complete heterotrophs that must feed to obtain organic matter. The linkages in a food web illustrate the feeding pathways, such as where heterotrophs obtain organic matter by feeding on autotrophs and other heterotrophs. The food web is a simplified illustration of the various methods of feeding that links an ecosystem into a unified system of exchange. There are different kinds of feeding relations that can be roughly divided into herbivory, carnivory, scavenging and parasitism. Some of the organic matter eaten by heterotrophs, such as sugars, provides energy. Autotrophs and heterotrophs come in all sizes, from microscopic to many tonnes - from cyanobacteria to giant redwoods, and from viruses and bdellovibrio to blue whales. (wikipedia)
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SPAM FILTER). I sort of knew that a "FOLDER" wasn't a service, but I thought maybe by some stretch it could be. And it sure fit. It was the answer I managed to cobble together from very few answers I had after my first pass at the NW: MRES, FEN, and REST were all I could put in with certainty. From that: SPAM FOLDER! Sometimes, 80% accuracy is sufficient to get things going. Once I got out of the NW, it wasn't too tough to get through the middle and into the SE, where, with the exception of the toughish SEEK ASYLUM (56A: Try to escape a tyrant), things were a little easier-going. That left the NE and SW corners, both of which looked like potential disasters. Something about their shape and sequesteredness suggested they could easily become dead ends.
I'm off to the deep northeast today, so my next write-up will come to you from a cabin in the woods. Literally. Gonna write and read and drink coffee and sleep and not much else. Leaving very very early, and so ... to bed.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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