Acrostic Solution for Sunday, October 26, 2008

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(PATRICIA) PEARSON, (A BRIEF) HISTORY OF ANXIETY — I would prefer not to be afraid of phone bills,... black bears, climate change,... heights,... flying, the prospect that the supervolcano underlying Yosemite... will erupt and kill us..., and... that the car I'm driving will simply explode.

Clues and answers

A.Locale of snakes in a 2006 thrillerPLANE
B.Sinister sort of doppelganger (2 wds.)EVILTWIN
C.Poise in the face of adversityAPLOMB
D.Board game released in 1957 as La Conquete du MondeRISK
E.Frankenstein's creatorSHELLEY
F.Render helpless by sheer forceOVERWHELM
G.Painting by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), featuring a Word I., with "The"NIGHTMARE
H.Monster with an eagle's head and a horse's bodyHIPPOGRIFF
I.Demon that preys on the unconsciousINCUBUS
J.Winner of a 2002 Bram Stoker Award for lifetime achievement (2 wds.)STEPHENKING
K.Leaving the psyche shakenTRAUMATIC
L.Brubeck group that played "Schizophrenic Scherzo"OCTET
M.Given a pretty good scareRATTLED
N.Like a scaredy-catYELLOW
O.Geek, weirdo, crackpot, flakeODDBALL
P.Spooky; horrible; extremeFRIGHTFUL
Q.Perpetually beset with worries (hyph.)ANGSTRIDDEN
R.Ancient burial groundNECROPOLIS
S.One fearful of strangers or foreignersXENOPHOBE
T.Mythical figure who rose and fellICARUS
U.Accessory for a pirate costumeEYEPATCH
V.Account not to be believed (2 wds.)TALLTALE
W.Language from which "golem" comesYIDDISH
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