Acrostic Solution for Sunday, January 29, 2012

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(LEWIS) CARROLL, ALICE('S ADVENTURES) IN WONDERLAND — She had never seen such a curious croquet ground...; it was all ridges and furrows; the balls were live hedgehogs, the mallets live flamingoes, and... soldiers had to double themselves up... on hands and feet, to make the arches.

Clues and answers

A.English county home to the River DeeCHESHIRE
B.Like a pen nameASSUMED
C."Why is a raven like a writing-desk?," e.g.RIDDLE
D.Knockabout behavior (2 wds.)ROUGHSTUFF
E.Sort of bellowed and whistled, with a kind of sneeze in the middleOUTGRABE
F.Site of ongoing cryptozoological inquiry (2 wds.)LOCHNESS
G.Actor Charles who said "I have a face that would stop a sundial"LAUGHTON
H.Going new places, seeing new things, etc.ADVENTURES
I.Spot-checking rule? (2 wds.)LEASHLAW
J.Measurer of sharpness (2 wds.)IQTEST
K.Eight-by-eight settingCHESSBOARD
L."But four young Oysters hurried up, / All ___ for the treat" ("The Walrus and the Carpenter")EAGER
M.Tale in which Sir Wilfred weds RowenaIVANHOE
N.Refuse to be found after Christmas?NEEDLES
O.Car, in slangWHEELS
P.Resembling a celebrated wall-sitterOVIFORM
Q.Confection that may be crunchyNOUGAT
R.Antagonist of the Queen of HeartsDUCHESS
S.Taken to a higher planeELEVATED
T.1950 crime film with shifting points of viewRASHOMON
U.Surname of the girl who inspired the subject of this puzzleLIDDELL
V.After a long wait (2 wds.)ATLAST
W.Benvolio, to Lord MontagueNEPHEW
X.Label on the neck of a potable's bottle (2 wds.)DRINKME
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