Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 24, 2006

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

DAVID SEDARIS, HOLIDAYS ON ICE — Christmas Eve... was a day of nonstop action... . It was the rowdiest crowd I have ever seen, and we were short on elves... . It was us against them. ... My Santa and I had them on the lap, off the lap in forty-five seconds flat.

Clues and answers

A.Offer as a giftDONATE
B.After a seeming eternity (2 wds.)ATLAST
C.Sugarcoat; superficialityVARNISH
D.Garlanded with green plantsIVIED
E.Consequence of malfunctioning machineryDOWNTIME
F.Tasmania, Chihuahua, Punjab and othersSTATES
G.Lifestyle magazine first published in 1970ESSENCE
H.Nymph chased by Apollo and turned into a treeDAPHNE
I.Overflowing, inundatedAWASH
J.Like an angel's halo or a light displayRADIANT
K.Tagging along behind (2 wds.)INTOW
L."I break for ___ pie" (official Pennsylvania bumper sticker)SHOOFLY
M.Oddjob, to GoldfingerHENCHMAN
N.Supervised, had charge ofOVERSAW
O.Religious service held in December celebrating fellowship and charity (2 wds.)LOVEFEAST
P.Listing in a shopping listITEM
Q.Dancer's partnerDASHER
R.Lingering effect from Krakatoa depicted in Munch's "The Scream"AFTERGLOW
S.Red-berried evergreens with wood suitable for bow-makingYEWS
T.Like some evergreens, to extend their freshness or reduce their risk of catching fireSPRAYED
U.Costume, rigOUTFIT
V."Easy!" (2 wds.)NOSWEAT
W.HumbugIMPOSTOR
X.Songbird that often flocks with bramblingsCHAFFINCH
Y.Something to mark on a calendarEVENT
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