Acrostic Solution for Sunday, October 15, 2006

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


UMBERTO ECO, THE NAME OF THE ROSE — A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands... so the librarian protects the books... against nature... and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.

Clues and answers

A.Like a manuscript in an in-boxUNREAD
B.Microscopic arachnidMITE
C.Someone immersed in religionBAPTIST
E.Character like Compeyson in "Great Expectations"RAKE
F.1965 John Fowles novel set on the island of Phraxos (2 wds.)THEMAGUS
G.Three-folded sheet of eight leavesOCTAVO
H.Output of David Sedaris, Susan Sontag or George OrwellESSAYS
I.Series of literary study guides in pamphlet form (2 wds., no space)CLIFFSNOTES
K.Entrance or starting point, as of a new careerTHRESHOLD
L.Nutty partier sketched by John TennielHATTER
M.Cultural creed or characterETHOS
N.Odist whose name is an anagram of Word ANERUDA
O."When the gods wish to punish us they ___ our prayers" (Wilde)ANSWER
P.Maverick, dropout, lonerMISFIT
Q.Decadent; sterile; exhaustedEFFETE
R.Not currently connectedOFFLINE
S.Reaction to a Grand GuignolFRIGHT
T.Reappearance of an ancestral typeTHROWBACK
U.Site of an Ernest Hemingway estateHAVANA
V.Poet who wrote "Burnt Norton" (1936)ELIOT
W.Satirical penner of "Gargantua and Pantagruel"RABELAIS
X.Play unfolding in Grover's Corners (2 wds.)OURTOWN
Y.Chekhov's Olga, Masha and Irina, e.g.SISTERS
Z.Handy manual, from the GreekENCHIRIDION
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