Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 26, 2004

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


TED GIOIA, THE IMPERFECT ART (Reflections on Jazz and Modern Culture) — We should... be thankful for second-rate art. The poorest practitioners of a... craft are often, like clumsy magicians or awkward liars, more revealing than their betters. The... neophyte... magnifies the flaws of a whole generation.

Clues and answers

A.Remain completely dryTEETOTAL
B.Peak in the Bernese Alps, first ascended in 1858EIGER
C.Recast for less sophisticated minds (2 wds.)DUMBDOWN
D.Scottish range that separates the Highlands from the Lowlands, with "the"GRAMPIANS
E.People like P. G. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster (2 wds.)IDLERICH
F.Excess of telephone traffic or incoming dataOVERFLOW
G.Gilbert and Sullivan operetta in which a fairy marries a mortalIOLANTHE
H.Country that sent its first female athletes to an Olympics in 2004AFGHANISTAN
I.Expression of insouciance (hyph.)TRALA
J.Native wit (2 wds.)HORSESENSE
K.Somewhere back in the stream of timeERSTWHILE
L.How one goes streaking by (3 wds.)INTHERAW
M.Form of government in QatarMONARCHY
N.Joking nickname for a person seemingly learnedPROFESSOR
O.Classic brokerage acquired by Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1987 (3 wds.)EFHUTTON
P.Quill feathers on the wings of a birdREMIGES
Q.Ruffle or flounce on a garmentFURBELOW
R.Power to produce the desired result, as of medicineEFFICACY
S.Southernmost point of North Carolina (2 wds.)CAPEFEAR
T.Group of noodle users (2 wds.)THINKTANK
U.Trunk carrierAORTA
V.TV sensation of January 1977ROOTS
W.Mother's whistler?TEAKETTLE
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