Acrostic Solution for Sunday, February 8, 2015

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(PATRICIA S.) CHURCHLAND, TOUCHING A NERVE — I find joy in commonplace mental events, such as a many-factored decision that I have mulled over for days coming to consciousness one morning as I stand in a hot shower. My brain has settled into a choice... . Yay brain!

Clues and answers

A.With winds rotating around a center of low pressureCYCLONIC
B.Game with a home baseHOPSCOTCH
D.Just as soon; insteadRATHER
E.What reaps, threshes and winnowsCOMBINE
F.Lacking manual dexterity (hyph.)HAMFISTED
G.From one of the Golden Triangle landsLAOTIAN
H.Feature of a big beltASTEROID
I.Number named by chemist Alfred EinhornNOVOCAINE
J.Pistol, live wire, fireball, go-getterDYNAMO
K.What draft horses may work inTANDEM
L.Apt to make a soccer ref raise a flagOFFSIDE
M.Far from dexterous, all thumbsUNHANDY
N.Where readers may turn for laughsCOMICS
O.Brand associated with CupCakes and Ding DongsHOSTESS
P."In individuals, ___ is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule": NietzscheINSANITY
Q.Section of a rocket or guided missile (2 wds.)NOSECONE
R.One who may work on a lifeless horseGYMNAST
S.Deviation from the norm; oddityANOMALY
T.Eponym of the N.H.L. trophy for best defensemanNORRIS
U.Green, according to idiomENVIOUS
V.Old TV theme song with the lyric "Rollin', rollin', rollin'"RAWHIDE
W.Whom the police inspector Javert pursuesVALJEAN
X.Social snobELITIST
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