Acrostic Solution for Sunday, November 6, 2022

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


MOLLY IVINS, YOU GOT TO DANCE (WITH THEM WHAT BRUNG YOU)--I think government is a tool, like a hammer. You can use a hammer to build or... to destroy... . It is the purposes to which it is put and the skill with which it is used that determine whether the hammer’s work is good or bad.

Clues and answers

A.Quadrennial event for American votersMIDTERMS
B.Influential 1960s folk singerODETTA
C.Soon-to-be ex-official (2 wds.)LAMEDUCK
D.Exponent's inverse, in mathLOGARITHM
E.Tetragrammaton-based theonymYAHWEH
F.Vexatious, like a pain in the neckIRKSOME
G.Caustic, mean-spirited wordsVITRIOL
H.Given to mischiefIMPISH
I.Part of Chicago once under Bugs Moran's control (2 wds.)NORTHSIDE
J.Take turns as either a lefty or a righty (hyph.)SWITCHHIT
K.Surname of Li'l Abner and, eventually, Daisy MaeYOKUM
L.One for whom the future appears brightOPTIMIST
M.Playgoer's guideUSHER
N.Jazz musician called "the founding father of the modern drum set" (2 wds.)GENEKRUPA
O.Trump with more brainpowerOUTWIT
P.Banquet ritual; cooked goose?TOAST
Q.Deliver a backhanded compliment, say (2 wds.)THROWSHADE
R.____ Award, prize for gender-exploring fiction; apart from thatOTHERWISE
S.Bring down from a high placeDETHRONE
T."Speaking Truth to Power" autobiographer, 1997 (2 wds.)ANITAHILL
U.Mogul, tycoon, one-percenterNABOB
V.Classic gluten-free cereal that floatsCHEERIOS
W.Demonstrated zest and relishENTHUSED
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