Acrostic Solution for Sunday, October 14, 2018

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(GARY) BELSKY (AND NEIL FINE), ON THE ORIGINS OF SPORTS — [W]hat is now a home run was at first a foul. ... [T]he regular playing area — ... in Hoboken, New Jersey — abutted the Hudson River. When balls were hit out of bounds, they landed in the water. ..., so irretrievable shots were discouraged.

Full quote

That's right, what is now a home run was at first a foul. The reason is purely situational: the regular playing area — Elysian Fields, located in Hoboken, New Jersey — abutted the Hudson River. When balls were hit out of bounds, they landed in the water. Balls were expensive, so irretrievable shots were discouraged.

Clues and answers

A.First member of a certain "700 Club" (2 wds.)BABERUTH
B.Pitcher with a big mouthEWER
C.Tread heavily; building supplyLUMBER
D.Mood-altering neurotransmitterSEROTONIN
E.Garments with some giveKNITWEAR
F.30 things between basesYARDS
G.Like a goon or yahooOAFISH
H.____ Island (former name of Long Island)NASSAU
I.Tool for digging in the dirtTROWEL
J.Speedy delivery from "the hill"HEATER
K.Hour at which the end is nearELEVENTH
L.Party to a labor contractOWNER
M.Showing a lack of polish (hyph.)ROUGHHEWN
N.Saluting the flag, e.g., to Jehovah's WitnessesIDOLATRY
O.Take the lead (2 wds.)GOAHEAD
P."Field of Dreams" localeIOWA
Q.Traditionally vegetarian fighterNINJA
R.Rows of stitchesSUTURES
S.How to throw a javelinOVERHAND
T.Task for a Labrador or NewfieFETCHING
U.Evidencing physical exertionSWEATY
V.Major-league affiliate of the Lehigh Valley IronPigsPHILLIES
W.Went in a circle aroundORBITED
X.Intensify, as effortsREDOUBLE
Y.Act of stealingTHEFT
Z.Sign of carpenter ants, seeminglySAWDUST
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