Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 31, 2000

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(URSULA) LE GUIN, (THE) LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS — Legends of prediction are common throughout the whole Household of Man. Gods speak, spirits speak, computers speak. Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith.

Clues and answers

A.Werewolf (hyph.)LOUPGAROU
B.Apt quotation at the start of a bookEPIGRAPH
C.John Gardner novel told from a monster's point of viewGRENDEL
D.Investigation into "close encounters"UFOLOGY
E.Technique of laying paint on thicklyIMPASTO
F.French astrologer who wrote "Centuries"NOSTRADAMUS
G.Lazybones or late riser (hyph.)LIEABED
H."Vertically challenged," for "short," e.g.EUPHEMISM
I.Possibly paranormal powerFORESIGHT
J.Becoming more liquid when stirred or shaken, as ketchupTHIXOTROPIC
K.Trademark for a kicked beanbag (2 wds.)HACKYSACK
L."It is ___ only that reveals us to ourselves" (Wilde)ART
M.Frequent and uncontrollable desire for sleepNARCOLEPSY
N.One pursued amorously by ApolloDAPHNE
O.Ignominy induced by shameful conductOPPROBRIUM
P.William Forsythe role in "Dick Tracy"FLATTOP
Q.German inventor (1858-1913), eponym of an engineDIESEL
R.Mineral of which Canada was once the world's leading producerASBESTOS
S.Golem's modern descendantsROBOTS
T.Dog with a foxlike headKEESHOND
U.Boat-shaped bone in the wristNAVICULAR
V.Whole destruction of the environmentECOCIDE
W.Muslim who rejects the Sunna's authoritySHIITE
X.Form of protest (hyph.)SITDOWN
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