Acrostic Solution for Sunday, October 28, 2018

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

CHRISTIE WILCOX, VENOMOUS — Snakes have fangs. Lionfish have spines. Jellyfish have stinging cells. Male platypuses have spurs. ... Platypuses are really awfully, terribly venomous. ... I've heard, being stung by a platypus is a life-changing experience... .

Full quote

Snakes have fangs. Lionfish have spines. Jellyfish have stinging cells. Male platypuses have spurs.

Platypuses are really, awfully, terribly venomous. From what I've heard, being stung by a platypus is a life-changing epxerience, as any deeply traumatic event shapes who you are.

Clues and answers

A.Sour fruit (2 wds.)CRABAPPLE
B.Giver of the St. Crispin's Day speech (2 wds.)HENRYV
C."Tear down this wall!" urgerREAGAN
D.Before you can say Jack Robinson (3 wds.)INAJIFFY
E.Lazy, indolent, unmotivatedSHIFTLESS
F.Touches base before moving on (2 wds.)TAGSUP
G.Not much given to self-controlIMPULSIVE
H.Roundish but not spherical (hyph.)EGGSHAPED
I.In a haphazard, hit-or-miss way (hyph.)WILLYNILLY
J.Devoid of competenceINCAPABLE
K.What a card goes forLAUGHS
L.Capital of the Equality StateCHEYENNE
M.Sedimentary rock that's a source of fuel (2 wds.)OILSHALE
N.Ill-tempered wife of Socrates XANTHIPPE
O.Feudal tenantsVASSALS
P.So simple a child can do it (hyph.)EASYPEASY
Q.Unreal, as an imagined land (hyph.)NEVERNEVER
R.Disgusting; major military actionOFFENSIVE
S."Spoon River Anthology" poetMASTERS
T.Eruption; tantrumOUTBURST
U.Facing long oddsUNLIKELY
V.Reacting less quickly than usualSLUGGISH
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