The Elderberries by Corey Pandolph and Phil Frank and Joe Troise for September 26, 2021
The Professor: Hmm... a six-letter word meaning "to credit a person or a cause." First letter "i". General: Impute! Professor: Here's a tough one: five-letter word meaning "Pecksniffian". Evelyn: That's from Dickens! It means phony! Professor: Perfect. Evelyn: Dusty! We're helping the professor compete online in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament! Professor: Quick! I need a six-letter word meaning "oily, slick, smarmy or slippery..." Dusty: Vinnie!! Evelyn: Dusty! That was spiteful, rude, and... Professor: Hey... wait!! It fits!