Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 9, 2018

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

PETER TURCHI, A MUSE AND A MAZE — Every piece of writing is a... puzzle. This is true not only of a complex satirical novel but also of a... sonnet,... a love letter, and an email to a colleague about a problem at work. ... Should we start with a joke? A quotation?

Full quote

Every piece of writing is a kind of puzzle. This is true not only of a complex satirical novel but also of a Shakespearean sonnet, an autobiographical essay, a play or screenplay, a love letter, and an email to a colleague about a problem at work. Whom do we address? With what tone? How should we begin? What do we want the reader to think or feel or understand? Is it best to be direct or indirect, sincere or disarming? Should we start with a joke? A quotation?

Clues and answers

A.Loud and deeply mournfulPLANGENT
B.Author of "Middlemarch"ELIOT
C.Mississippi county seat named for a variety of treeTUPELO
D.Final, ultimateEVENTUAL
E.Corkscrew-shaped pastaROTINI
F.Bit of lumber that, oddly, measures 1½" x 3½" (hyph.)TWOBYFOUR
G.Ability to comprehendUPTAKE
H.Income from book salesROYALTIES
I.Pirate ship; one of the Edsel modelsCORSAIR
J.Loud nocturnal predator (2 wds.)HOOTOWL
K.Blows up or plays upINFLATES
L.Ready to eat a large portion of crowABJECT
M.Parisian schoolgirl of fictionMADELINE
N.Good enough to employUSABLE
O.Begin on a journey (2 wds.)SETFORTH
P.Heartily praise, rave aboutEXTOL
Q.Left speechless with wonderAWESTRUCK
R.Provincial home to Bluenosers (2 wds.)NOVASCOTIA
S.Setting for some taxidermy specimensDIORAMA
T.Lose sleep over a decision, maybeAGONIZE
U.Event stemming from "bad luck," literallyMISHAP
V.Statement made publiclyAVOWAL
W.Title figure played by Paul Muni in 1937's Best PictureZOLA
X."____ speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart" (William Jennings Bryan)ELOQUENT
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