Once you note the propensity for Americans to choose candidates who would also fit into the dictionary, and then that many of them also chose wives with the same characteristic – well, Sanders v Clinton is easily resolved, and the clannishness of the Roosevelts is very obvious indeed.
MAIDEN NAMES of American FIRST LADIES: Laura BUSH (nee WELCH), Barbara BUSH (nee PIERCE), Eleanor CARTER (nee SMITH), Betty FORD (nee BLOOMER) and Lou HOOVER (nee HENRY). Eleanor ROOSEVELT did not need to change her name of marrying FDR.
1 RETAMA; a mater (rev.)
11 ELUDIBLE; Lu in edible
12 E-LA-MI; I’m ale (all rev.); FirM
13 SPEEDY; y deeps (all rev.)
14 RIG; 2 mngs.
17 HEINOUS; he I nous; to force way into = PIERCE
18 HYPO; hidden; much-married monarch = HENRY
19 ESPRESSO; E + press in so
21 ZINGS; z(on)ings
23 ASTER; (E)aster; IndiA
24 MAORI; a in I ROM (all rev.)
25 DITSY; it’s in DY
27 ADVANCED; v in a danced; RossinI
28 ETAS; sate (rev.); SalaD
29 SEEPAGE; see page
32 ALU; (v)alu(e)
33 AMULET; ule in amt; TyrE
34 AT IT; a tit
35 ICTIC; Ct in II c; LondoN
36 SCARCELY; cel in scary
37 RHONCHI; r h on Ch I
1 REFT; ref t
2 TURNIP; anag. in tip; run off once = WELCH
3 ADD-ON; a + d in don
4 MISDOER; do in miser
5 BLESS; b(rain)less
6 LEER; lee r; AustraliaN
7 OLYMPIAN; o’ l + pi in anag; initial letter = BLOOMER
8 MARION; mari on
9 EMITS; (P)e(r)mits
10 RIGHT SIDE; anag.
15 WESSI; w(0)es + is (rev.); DramA
16 GUSLAS; gu slas(h)
17 HEADCHAIR; he ADC hair; IteM
20 RESTRAIN; rest + I in ran; ExecutivE
22 GREGO; GR ego
24 MAESTRI; anag. – e
26 TENUTO; ten + anag; StumpingS
29 SULCI; l in Cu in is (all rev.); skilful worker = SMITH
30 PLACE; PL ace
31 STYE; anag. – l & lit.
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