Spring Equinox at Stonehenge photo by Josh Gurner
An equinox occurs twice a year (around 20 March and 22 September), when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth's equator. The term equinox can also be used in a broader sense, meaning the date when such a passage happens. The name "equinox" is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, night and day are about equal length. ~ Wikipedia
Puzzle by Raymond C. Young / Edited by Will Shortz
FOUR (25A. Minimum number of times each letter of the alphabet appears in this puzzle’s solution) appears to be the raison d'être of this Wednesday crossword.
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