Acrostic Solution for Sunday, January 25, 2009

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


STEVE MARTIN, BORN STANDING UP — My most persistent memory of stand-up is of my mouth being in the present and my mind being in the future: the mouth speaking the line... while the mind [is] observing,... analyzing, worrying, and then deciding... what to say next.

Clues and answers

A.Structure or contrivance in its entiretySHEBANG
B.Undermining force in the housing industryTERMITE
C.Lead-up to checkmateENDGAME
D.Footprint; survivorVESTIGE
E.Occasion for a Snellen chart (2 wds.)EYETEST
F.Attempt to find a fugitiveMANHUNT
G.Assembly first convened in A.D. 930ALTHING
H.Prominent feature of rap lyricsRHYMING
I.Sculpture in front of Columbia University's Philosophy Hall, with "The"THINKER
J.Boris Karloff's role in "The Mummy"IMHOTEP
K.Book covering a Sinai-to-Moab journeyNUMBERS
L.Grinding one's teeth in one's sleepBRUXISM
M.Of a town; townsmanOPPIDAN
N.Edible part of ginger, e.g.RHIZOME
O.How Leander swam to HeroNIGHTLY
P.Job that evolved from "shire reeve"SHERIFF
Q.Grass grown mainly for fodderTIMOTHY
R.Soil condition favorable to azaleasACIDITY
S."Shouldn't be a problem" (2 wds.)NOSWEAT
T.Sadistic "Little Shop of Horrors" figureDENTIST
U.Complete lack of senseINANITY
V.Like hay in the song "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" (hyph.)NEWMOWN
W.Just what you need when you don't expect itGODSEND
X.Like a gag that bombsUNFUNNY
Y.Curly contestants for Best in ShowPOODLES
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