Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 19, 2010

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

PATRICIA MORRISROE, WIDE AWAKE — Clement C. Moore['s]... narrator actually sees Santa while his sleeping children... are rewarded with visions of candied fruit. The inherent message was that sleep didn't pay, so on Christmas Eve I'd keep a vigil at my... window.

Clues and answers

A.Typical giver of a gift signed "from St. Nick" PARENT
B.Descriptive of Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind"ANTIWAR
C.Said with a wink and a nodTACIT
D.Wearing a winter coatRIMED
E.Things you can count on?INTEGERS
F.Yak, gab, gossip (hyph.)CHINWAG
G.Somebody who's up instead of outINSOMNIAC
H.Insect pests covered with dense, woolly waxADELGIDS
I.Occasion for pole dancing (2 wds.)MAYDAY
J.Like mouflons or urialsOVINE
K.Leader of a swift team ...RUDOLPH
L.... and that leader's descriptor (hyph.)REDNOSED
M.Line from the garment industryINSEAM
N.Seasonal means of getting clearanceSNOWPLOW
O.Prove wrong, as an assertionREFUTE
P.Go a bit too far on a stageOVERACT
Q.Player of St. Nick in a 2003 Will Ferrell film (2 wds.)EDASNER
R.Contents of a letter to Mr. Claus (2 wds.)WISHLIST
S.Affect deeply; enlist by forceIMPRESS
T.Something in the shape of a triangleDELTA
U.Ballet jump with fluttery footworkENTRECHAT
V.On the go, or off the injured listACTIVE
W.Item hanging from the neck of a "zebra"WHISTLE
X.Likely besmirchers of Kris KringleASHES
Y.Aperture with a limited range of viewKEYHOLE
Z.Like some seasonal toymakersELFISH
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