Acrostic Solution for Sunday, June 28, 2015

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(KAREN) ARMSTRONG, FIELDS OF BLOOD -- The Sumerians had no word for priest: aristocrats who were also the city's bureaucrats, poets, and astronomers officiated at the city cult. This was only fitting, since for them all activity -- ... especially politics -- was holy.

Clues and answers

A.Loss of language facultiesAPHASIA
B.Modify for more current useRETROFIT
C.1980 Summer Olympics hostMOSCOW
D.Activate, in a way (2 wds.)SWITCHON
E.Mechanical attendance counterTURNSTILE
F.Like the music of Brahms or ChopinROMANTIC
G.Chest or urn containing bonesOSSUARY
H.Bird related to a treecreeperNUTHATCH
I.Cause of woe to Northeastern forests (2 wds.)GYPSYMOTH
J.Meant to be amusingFACETIOUS
K.Horn-blowing archangel of IslamISRAFIL
L.Figures used by Ptolemy to describe orbitsEPICYCLES
M.Notable author of weird fictionLOVECRAFT
N.Glistening bead on a spider webDEWDROP
O.Tool employed in "Moneyball"STATISTICS
P.Seafood dish that is part of Andy Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans II" (2 wds.)OYSTERSTEW
Q.Not drawn with mechanical aidFREEHAND
R.Pas de deux participantBALLERINA
S.Racially discriminatory; above reproach (hyph.)LILYWHITE
T.Software giant based in the Bay AreaORACLE
U.The Big Ten's Buckeyes (2 wds.)OHIOSTATE
V.Standoffish, detached, aloofDISTANT
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