Acrostic Solution for Sunday, January 30, 2011

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(STEPHEN) SONDHEIM, FINISHING THE HAT — There are plenty of fresh rhymes still to be found. The problem is one of appropriateness: The situation has to justify the rhyme. I once rhymed "let Papa sit" with "opposite"... because I had a scene involving... a dinner table.

Clues and answers

A.Edna Ferber's Cotton Blossom, for oneSHOWBOAT
B.In the style of the fabled "fat lady"OPERATIC
C.Comic play with many openings and closings (2 wds.)NOISESOFF
D.Like Scotch eggs and hush puppies (hyph.)DEEPFRIED
E.W. S. Gilbert's pair for "a lot o' news"HYPOTENUSE
F.Olympian whose goal is touchingEPEEIST
G.Pitched with accuracy (2 wds.)INTUNE
H.1920s moaner billed as "Mother of the Blues" (2 wds.)MARAINEY
I.Type of which Betty Boop was a caricatureFLAPPER
J.Proportioned like a determined climber of song (hyph.)ITSYBITSY
K.Epitome of condensationNUTSHELL
L.Keep playing with no regard for the scoreIMPROVISE
M.Be the wrong kind of boosterSHOPLIFT
N.Really big pan? (2 wds.)HATCHETJOB
O.Components of an eighty-eightIVORIES
P.Someone just starting to learn the ropesNEOPHYTE
Q.Lender of theatrical dazzleGLITTER
R.Lovett's culinary co-conspiratorTODD
S.Something that may fall in a dramatic momentHUSH
T.Admission; delightENTRANCE
U.Surname of the pop musician BeckHANSEN
V.Country band that recorded "Mountain Music"ALABAMA
W.Satirist who paired "try an' hide" with "cyanide" (2 wds.)TOMLEHRER
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