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(26 Down) NOUN cynic 1. One who believes people are insincere and motivated by self-interest. 2. A sneering sarcastic person. Synonym: faultfinder. The word derives from the proper noun Cynic, a member of an ancient Greek philosophical group who believed that virtue is the only good and that self-control is the means to achieve virtue.
(49 Down) NOUN bee Besides the flying insect that we are familiar with, in the United States, a bee can refer to a social gathering to carry out some communal task, or to hold competitions for entertainment. In colonial times, quilting bees and barn raisings were common gatherings to accomplish a task. Spelling bees are still quite popular in contemporary culture, as school children vie for prizes and awards in a competition to become the top speller. (Word origin is unknown.)
Did You Know? (59 Down) Alan Jackson is a singer and songwriter who was one of the top country music stars of the 1990s. Jackson's debut album Here in the Real World, 1989, was a hit, along with several subsequent recordings. In a Wikipedia article it is written that Jackson has sold over 40 million albums. He remains a favorite of traditional country music fans.
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