Acrostic Solution for Sunday, February 26, 2012

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(JEANNE) DARST, FICTION RUINED MY FAMILY — As a kid I was absolutely terrified of cliches. My father forbade them. If you said, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink," my father would go ballistic.... Mom violated this rule about every five seconds.

Clues and answers

A.Sleeping with the fishesDEAD
B.Clumsy as an ox (2 wds.)ALLTHUMBS
C.Fair and square; on the buttonRIGHT
D.Hair-trigger temper (2 wds.)SHORTFUSE
E.Vanishing point? (2 wds.)THINAIR
F.Much ado about nothingFUSS
G.Vantage high above the daily grind (2 wds.)IVORYTOWER
H.Bee's knees, something else (2 wds.)CATSMEOW
I.Neck and neck, even-stevenTIED
J.On a bad losing streak (hyph.)ICECOLD
K.Marching to a different drummerOFFBEAT
L.When there's not a moment to spare (3 wds.)NICKOFTIME
M.Take to the cleanersROUT
N.Akin to apples and oranges or night and dayUNALIKE
O.What star-crossed lovers are (hyph.)ILLFATED
P.Keyed up; on tenterhooksNERVOUS
Q.A piece of cake (3 wds.)EASYASABC
R."There's no place like home" speakerDOROTHY
S.Enough to make your skin crawlMACABRE
T.Fair maid or strapping ladYOUTH
U.Seen in the limelight time and againFAMOUS
V.Good at being palsy-walsyAMIABLE
W.Seized the moment (2 wds.)MADEHAY
X.With no why or whereforeIDLY
Y.Busy bee, eager beaver, pistol (2 wds.)LIVEWIRE
Z.Teamed up to do a hard day's workYOKED
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