Acrostic Solution for Sunday, October 20, 2013

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


SARAH BAKEWELL, HOW TO LIVE — The observer is as unreliable as the observed.... To try to understand the world is like grasping a cloud of gas, or a liquid, using hands that are themselves made of gas or water, so that they dissolve as you close them.

Clues and answers

A.Beginning you may go back to (2 wds.)SQUAREONE
B.Literally, "seeing for oneself"AUTOPSY
C.Swedish turnip by another nameRUTABAGA
D.Written pledge that a thing is trueAFFIDAVIT
E.Walter White's alter ego on "Breaking Bad"HEISENBERG
F.Supplies for mall SantasBEARDS
G.Keeping you coming back for moreADDICTIVE
H.Disciplined way of getting your kicks?KARATE
I.Hold spellboundENTHRALL
K.Hartford or New Haven historic district (2 wds.)ELMSTREET
L.Scotland Yard inspector in Holmes talesLESTRADE
M.Annual host team in the N.F.L.'s Thanksgiving ClassicLIONS
N.Nonstop freight trains; conspicuously talented peopleHOTSHOTS
O.Knocked unconscious (2 wds.)OUTCOLD
P.Aid in preventing leaksWASHER
Q.Stem-to-stern, head-to-toeTHOROUGH
R.Protectors of dogs from cold and wetOVERSHOES
S.Unseen for ages (hyph.)LONGLOST
T.Bold, unblushingIMMODEST
U.Without pinning things downVAGUELY
V.Specialty of Michel de Montaigne, who is the biographical subject of this puzzle's sourceESSAYS
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