Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 23, 2018

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

ROBERT MACFARLANE, THE OLD WAYS — The foot is a document of motion, inscribed by repeated action. Babies from those first foetal footfalls, the kneading of sole against womb-wall have already creased their soles by the time they emerge into the world.

Full quote

The ball carries non-intersecting ripples. The whole foot is a document of motion, inscribed by repeated action. Babies - from those first foetal footfalls, the kneading of sole against womb-wall, turning themselves like astronauts in black space - have already creased their soles by the time they emerge into the world.

Clues and answers

A.UncompromisingRIGID
B.Plenty, and then someOODLES
C.Bouquet garni bit (2 wds.)BAYLEAF
D.Crafty site on the webETSY
E.Occasions for ridiculeROASTS
F.Where Oedipus was kingTHEBES
G.Who quipped "I like restraint, if it doesn't go too far" (2 wds.)MAEWEST
H.Easy to befriendAFFABLE
I.Billina in the Oz books, e.g.CHICKEN
J.Complement for a rugby teamFIFTEEN
K.Vehicle whose etymology reveals an ironyAMBULANCE
L.Micro-organism with a wheel-like ring of ciliaROTIFER
M.A few new pointers, perhapsLITTER
N.Ones conducting a small raid? (2 wds.)ARMYANTS
O.Spinal column's developmental formNOTOCHORD
P."Relapse" and "Recovery" artistEMINEM
Q.1982 Sydney Pollack comedyTOOTSIE
R.The only living Canaanite languageHEBREW
S.Did some relief work?EMBOSSED
T.Typewriter on which Cormac McCarthy wrote novelsOLIVETTI
U.Humble dwelling (hyph.)LEANTO
V.Earnest but often naïve reformer (hyph.)DOGOODER
W.Shaped with judicious cuttingWHITTLED
X.Subject of a shaggy dog story?AFGHAN
Y.Pioneer in search enginesYAHOO
Z.Boost at a mall, saySHOPLIFT
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