Acrostic Solution for Sunday, February 10, 2002

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(NANCY) MITFORD, THE PURSUIT OF LOVE — [We] are as happy as married people can be. ...Yet when I consider my life, day by day, hour by hour, it seems to be... a series of pinpricks. Nannies, cooks, the... drudgery of house-keeping, the nerve-racking noise... of small children.

Clues and answers

A.Hope-giving reply to a wooerMAYBE
B.Lyricist for "Girl Crazy" and "Funny Face" (2 wds.)IRAGERSHWIN
C.Valentino persona (2 wds.)THESHEIK
D.1959 heartthrob who sang "Tiger"FABIAN
E.For example, "Take my wife -- please!" (hyph.)ONELINER
F.Ivanhoe's unrequited lover in Scott's novelREBECCA
G.Cary's co-star in "That Touch of Mink"DORIS
H.Mate chosen to make a good impression (2 wds.)TROPHYWIFE
I.Romantic misbehavior (hyph.)HANKYPANKY
J.Particularly arousableEROGENOUS
K.Having multiple husbandsPOLYANDRY
L.Husband who stayed away too longULYSSES
M.Essential element of love, per Otis ReddingRESPECT
N.Modern-day parent of sorts (2 wds.)SOCCERMOM
O.Author of the 1982 story "The Beloved"UPDIKE
P.Feverishly amorousIMPASSIONED
Q.Give me some music: music, moody food / Of us that ___ in love (Antony and Cleopatra)TRADE
R.Currently unattached, not seeking romance (3 wds.)ONTHESHELF
S.Scandinavian goddess of love and fertilityFREYA
T.German term of endearmentLIEBCHEN
U.Classic lover of the wrong womanOEDIPUS
V.Type unlikely to make a pleasant spouseVIRAGO
W.State of perfect blissEDEN
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