Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 12, 2004

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


NPR, WAIT, WAIT… DON'T TELL ME! — [A]... contortionist... experienced a rubber man's worst nightmare... — his... foot got stuck behind his neck. ...[H]is circus pals ignored his cries for help because they thought he was joking. ... [He] had "...pins and needles for ages afterwards."

Clues and answers

A.Businesslike, utilitarian (hyph.)NONONSENSE
B.City named for a poet, formerly a summer residence for czarsPUSHKIN
C.Building housing Germany's parliamentREICHSTAG
D.Loss in accounting (hyph.)WRITEOFF
E.Man in a pointed hatARCHBISHOP
F.Dye used in the wrappings of some Egyptian mummiesINDIGO
G.Flirt with disaster (2 wds.)TEMPTFATE
H.Point of significant changeWATERSHED
I.Secretary of state under TrumanACHESON
J.Where the Isle of Man lies (2 wds.)IRISHSEA
K.Indeed, without questionTRULY
L.Vacation spot for city folk (2 wds.)DUDERANCH
M.Where J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis taughtOXFORD
N."A ___ is someone better looking than you are" (Gore Vidal)NARCISSIST
O.Establish contact (2 wds.)TOUCHBASE
P.1999 film set in Iraq (2 wds.)THREEKINGS
Q.Having natural gifts or a steady provision of fundsENDOWED
R.The crust and upper mantle of the earthLITHOSPHERE
S.Weapon of modern science fictionLIGHTSABER
T.Lottery jackpotMEGABUCKS
U."Fear of Fifty" memoirist, 1994 (2 wds.)ERICAJONG
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