Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 14, 2014

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


A(RTHUR) C(ONAN) DOYLE, (THE ADVENTURE OF) THE MUSGRAVE RITUAL — Although... methodical... [he] keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper, and his unanswered correspondence transfixed by a jack-knife into the very center of his wooden mantelpiece.

Clues and answers

A.First and worst among adversariesARCHFOE
B.Director of a crewCOXSWAIN
C.British form of "Phooey!" (2 wds.)DASHIT
D.Cloud, fog, muddy, perplexOBFUSCATE
E.Encouraging cry to foxhoundsYOICKS
G.Given some improvement or magnificationENHANCED
H.Onetime game craze with falling figuresTETRIS
I.Jazz Age term for a drug addictHOPHEAD
J.Items on which deposit may be paidEMPTIES
K.Impressively grandMAJESTIC
L.Like the loser of a medieval contestUNHORSED
M.Detective whose name literally means "fair-haired"SHERLOCK
N.Go see a therapist, say (2 wds.)GETHELP
O.Notable player of the quote's subjectRATHBONE
P.Chopper named for a tribeAPACHE
Q.Made to seem the bad guyVILIFIED
R.Whimsical or odd sortECCENTRIC
S.Kept a sub going?RENEWED
T.First small suggestions of comprehensionINKLINGS
U."Charge of the Light Brigade" poetTENNYSON
V.In no position to lie (2 wds.)UNDEROATH
W.A little something preprandialAPERITIF
X.Battle of ___, 1571 naval engagement that was a setback for Ottoman TurksLEPANTO
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