Acrostic Solution for Sunday, January 9, 2005

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(NORRIE) EPSTEIN, (THE) FRIENDLY SHAKESPEARE — Baconists would look at... [Shakespeare's] passages backward, upside down, and diagonally, inventing elaborate Latin acrostics, skipping every five letters or every third word — it didn't really matter, as the system was... arbitrary.

Clues and answers

A.Tamora, over the Goths, in "Titus Andronicus"EMPRESS
B.Structure in "Pericles" for the reception of the king, princess, lords, etc.PAVILION
C.Mob's cudgels in "Coriolanus"STAVES
D.Romeo's foe and Juliet's cousinTYBALT
E.Site of Kronborg Castle, near CopenhagenELSINORE
F.Teller of a tale "full of sound and fury"IDIOT
G. An eye-giver for a witchy recipeNEWT
H.Baptista, eventually, to Petruchio, in "The Taming of the Shrew" (hyph.)FATHERINLAW
I.Simple, like the shepherd in "The Winter's Tale"RUSTIC
J.Princess Katharine's queenly mother in "Henry V"ISABEL
K.Eternal, as Brutus's farewell to CassiusEVERLASTING
L.Home to Prince FortinbrasNORWAY
M.Extra-hot part of summer (2 wds.)DOGDAYS
N.Wars of the Roses factionLANCASTER
O."A fellow of infinite jest," to HamletYORICK
P.Zodiac constituentsSTARS
Q.Sport of Elizabethan aristocratsHAWKING
R.Comedy set in the Forest of Arden (4 wds.)ASYOULIKEIT
S.Ignoble, base and scurvy rascalKNAVE
T.Son of King Henry VIEDWARD
U.Like the hands of Lady Macbeth?SPOTTED
V.Uplifting explosive device?PETARD
W.Goneril, of King Lear's daughters (hyph.)ELDESTBORN
X.Royal agent, as Chatillon in "King John"AMBASSADOR
Y.Master Burbage, who originated the role of OthelloRICHARD
Z.Setting for "Antony and Cleopatra"EGYPT
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