Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 30, 2012

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


DIANNE HALES, LA BELLA LINGUA — In... workshops..., I paddled through Italian's treacherous tenses…. I struggled to corral its impish pronouns, which flit from the front to the back of sentences, disappear entirely, or latch on to verbs like fleas to a cat's ear.

Clues and answers

A."Sh" or "wr," in phoneticsDIGRAPH
B.Venus, to the BabyloniansISHTAR
C.Voice recital performance (2 wds.)ARTSONG
D.Appointing your grandmother to office for the good of the party, per Ambrose BierceNEPOTISM
E."Jefferson in Paris" star (2 wds.)NICKNOLTE
F.___ de l'escalier (retort thought of too late)ESPRIT
G.Minim on a staff, two crotchets in length (2 wds.)HALFNOTE
H.Attorney general after RenoASHCROFT
I.Top-grossing film of 1970, written by a Yale classics professor (2 wds.)LOVESTORY
J.Famous photo taken by an Apollo astronautEARTHRISE
K.Landing area for long jumpers (2 wds.)SANDPIT
L.Network targeting womenLIFETIME
M.If all the pieces fall into place (2 wds.)ATBEST
N.Leonardo da Vinci or Ludwig van Beethoven, e.g.BACHELOR
O.Subdivisions of a geologic periodEPOCHS
P.Anticipate; try to find (2 wds.)LOOKFOR
Q.Tool used to make small incisionsLANCET
R.Snow boots for walking, to the French (hyph.)APRESSKI
S.El Dorado or Shangri-La, e.g. (2 wds.)LOSTWORLD
T.Shimmer with different colorsIRIDESCE
U.Brenda Starr or Lois Lane sortNEWSHOUND
V.Entertainer in a hanamachiGEISHA
W.Libel or slander, by definitionUNTRUTH
X.When Juliet drinks the potion (2 wds.)ACTFOUR
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