Acrostic Solution for Sunday, October 7, 2001

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS — The oldest letter is "O," unchanged in shape since its adoption in the Phoenician alphabet... The newest letters added to... English... are "j" and "v," which are of post-Shakespearean use. Formerly they were... variants of "i" and "u."

Clues and answers

A.Square-cut printing type without serifs or hairlinesGOTHIC
B.Manuscript written in a form of majusculeUNCIAL
C.Archetype in PlatonismIDEA
D.Paper made from groundwoodNEWSPRINT
E.Handy writing accessoryNOTEPAD
F.Formal or didactic communicationEPISTLE
G.Be grudging in giving or usingSTINT
H.Paper bundlesSHEAVES
I.Home of the tale-telling wife in ChaucerBATH
J.Runic set of characters used by druidsOGHAM
K.Printing process of transferring impressionsOFFSET
L.A, B and C, for instanceKEYS
M.The study of pronunciationORTHOEPY
N.Language of the national epic "Kalevala"FINNISH
O.Fragment carried to the top of a new columnWIDOW
P.Written with embellishmentsORNATE
Q.Express in other wordsRESTATE
R.Dull, as writingLEADEN
S.Articulated, as "th"DENTAL
T.Anthology or omnibusREADER
U.Size of folio about two feet highELEPHANT
V.Style of type suggesting scriptCURSIVE
W."... as you did command, I did repel his letters" speakerOPHELIA
X.German-born pioneer paper manufacturer in the American colonies (1644-1708)RITTENHOUSE
Y.Character written partially below a line, like "g" or "y"DESCENDER
Z.Mogul emperor (1592-1666) who sponsored the calligrapher Amanat Khan (2 wds.)SHAHJAHAN
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