Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 14, 2014

by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

Quote

A(RTHUR) C(ONAN) DOYLE, (THE ADVENTURE OF) THE MUSGRAVE RITUAL — Although... methodical... [he] keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper, and his unanswered correspondence transfixed by a jack-knife into the very center of his wooden mantelpiece.

Clues and answers

A.First and worst among adversariesARCHFOE
B.Director of a crewCOXSWAIN
C.British form of "Phooey!" (2 wds.)DASHIT
D.Cloud, fog, muddy, perplexOBFUSCATE
E.Encouraging cry to foxhoundsYOICKS
F.RelaxLOOSEN
G.Given some improvement or magnificationENHANCED
H.Onetime game craze with falling figuresTETRIS
I.Jazz Age term for a drug addictHOPHEAD
J.Items on which deposit may be paidEMPTIES
K.Impressively grandMAJESTIC
L.Like the loser of a medieval contestUNHORSED
M.Detective whose name literally means "fair-haired"SHERLOCK
N.Go see a therapist, say (2 wds.)GETHELP
O.Notable player of the quote's subjectRATHBONE
P.Chopper named for a tribeAPACHE
Q.Made to seem the bad guyVILIFIED
R.Whimsical or odd sortECCENTRIC
S.Kept a sub going?RENEWED
T.First small suggestions of comprehensionINKLINGS
U."Charge of the Light Brigade" poetTENNYSON
V.In no position to lie (2 wds.)UNDEROATH
W.A little something preprandialAPERITIF
X.Battle of ___, 1571 naval engagement that was a setback for Ottoman TurksLEPANTO
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