Acrostic Solution for Sunday, January 14, 2001

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(BILL) BRYSON: THE MOTHER TONGUE — The average English speaker confronted with agglomerations of letters like tchst, sthm, and tchph would ... conclude that they were ... unpronounceable. Yet we use them every day in the words matchstick, asthma, and catchphrase.

Clues and answers

A.Source of revenue for an ecclesiasticBENEFICE
B.Faint star with a diameter about half that of the sun (2 wds.)REDDWARF
C.National Park since 1890YOSEMITE
D.Hippocrates or Galen, e.g.SURGEON
F.Lucubratory sort (2 wds.)NIGHTOWL
G."How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a ___ child!" ("King Lear")THANKLESS
I.Unsuccessful; failing to make a donation (hyph.)EMPTYHANDED
J.Bottle holding six liters of champagneMETHUSELAH
L.Ugly customer, goonTHUG
M.Admirable feat in cricket (2 wds.)HATTRICK
N.Shield bearing a coat of armsESCUTCHEON
O.Engage in illegal business activitiesRACKETEER
P.Medium's medium, ostensiblyTELEPATHY
Q.Bird whose eggs are incubated by males at night and females by dayOSTRICH
R.Vending place for mass-market publicationsNEWSSTAND
S.Lively peasant dance introduced in the court of Louis XIVGAVOTTE
T.Moody; perpendicular (hyph.)UPANDDOWN
U.Blues singer known for her treatment of "Stormy Weather" (2 wds.)ETHELWATERS
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