Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 30, 2001

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


THOMAS MANN, THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN — Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce... a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.

Clues and answers

A.Coming at the end of a seriesTERMINAL
B.Plant whose stems and leaves die after each season's growthHERB
C.More than occasionallyOFTEN
D.Sentry's woeMONOTONY
E.Once moreAFRESH
F.Claude Monet's "Impression: ___"SUNRISE
G.Growth abundant during the Carboniferous PeriodMOSS
H.No longer dormantAWAKE
I."Belle of the ___" (1934 Mae West film)NINETIES
J.What's signified by both hands pointing upNOON
K.Fleeting, fugaciousTRANSIENT
L.Slight break in pronunciation between adjacent vowels, as in "so old"HIATUS
M.Quondam, ci-devantERSTWHILE
N.Hotel that hosted Coolidge's inaugural ballMAYFLOWER
O.Season of prayer and penitence, for someADVENT
P.Container for trickling sandGLASS
Q.Happening now (2 wds.)INPROGRESS
R.Indication of antiquityCOBWEBS
S.Temporary state of mindMOOD
T.Mechanical model of the solar systemORRERY
U.Engage in aggiornamentoUPDATE
V.Dogwatch (2 wds.)NIGHTSHIFT
W.Point at which a ball drops in a squareTWELVE
X."Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her ___ surprise!" (Wallace Stevens)ANNUAL
Y.Form of jazz or theaterIMPROV
Z.Modern, just originatedNEOTERIC
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