Acrostic Solution for Sunday, November 30, 2014

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


RACHEL HERZ, THAT'S DISGUSTING — Lobsters... were considered aquatic vermin... by European colonists... . This sea pestilence, which littered the shores of New England, was used as fish bait and fertilizer... . Excessive serving of this "junk" food led slaves... to rebel... .

Clues and answers

A.Action without conscious intentREFLEX
B.Free from germsASEPTIC
C.Drink choice for Hannibal LecterCHIANTI
D.Mix it up verbally (2 wds.)HAVEWORDS
E.Toss, as a playerEJECT
F.Scum of the earth; slimeballLOWLIFE
G.He described life as "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short"HOBBES
H.What a haruspex reads to foretell the futureENTRAILS
I.Suffused with a distinctive smellREDOLENT
J.Minced oath like "'Sblood!"ZOUNDS
K.Backdrop for "West Side Story" or "Rent"TENEMENTS
L.Shockingly grim and ghastlyHORRIFIC
M.Unfavorably disposed, loathAVERSE
N.Incense burner swung in churchTHURIBLE
O."For Esmé -- With Love and ___" (Salinger story)SQUALOR
P.Prophesy; excellent, informallyDIVINE
Q.Overrun, as with bugsINFESTED
R.Target for some muckrakingSWEATSHOP
S.What makes hair or quills stand on endGOOSEFLESH
T.Get ready for bed or a saunaUNDRESS
U.Pilates exercise done prone, with rocking (2 wds.)SWANDIVE
V.Period when pterosaurs first appearedTRIASSIC
W.Awful, nasty, repulsiveICKY
X.Sky-high, like seats far from the actionNOSEBLEED
Y.Boolean logic devicesGATES
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