Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 18, 2022

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(CHARLES) DARWIN, ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES -- There is grandeur in this view of life... that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the... law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and... wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

Clues and answers

A.The opposite of freezeDEFROST
B.Start of a liturgical yearADVENT
C.Landing spot for a holiday flightROOFTOP
D.What a hearth is forWARMTH
E.Hanger-on in winterICICLE
F.Christmas, in many landsNAVIDAD
G.Where it's cold, per a Frank Loesser songOUTSIDE
H.Ingredient for Answer Y.NUTMEG
I.Day of drummers drummingTWELFTH
J.SacredHALLOWED
K.Language invented by TolkienELVISH
L.Candy canes, stars, globes, etc.ORNAMENTS
M.Gift decorationRIBBON
N.Kind of skates (hyph.)INLINE
O.Angel who appeared to MuhammadGABRIEL
P.Prophet on the Sistine Chapel ceilingISAIAH
Q.Guiding light in a Yuletide songNOSE
R.Poet who wrote "The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus" (2 wds.)OGDENNASH
S.Year-end holiday in a sitcomFESTIVUS
T.What's in a Christmas gooseSTUFFING
U.Story with a moralPARABLE
V.Pine, hemlock, spruce or hollyEVERGREEN
W.Point of entry once a year CHIMNEY
X.What a mall Santa's beard might beITCHY
Y."Tom and Jerry" by another nameEGGNOG
Z.Amount a storm might depositSNOWFALL
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