Acrostic Solution for Sunday, February 9, 2014

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(ANNE) CARSON, EROS: THE BITTERSWEET — Human beings were originally... two people joined together as one perfect sphere... but Zeus chopped each of them in two. As a result, says Aristophanes, "each of us is perpetually hunting for the matching half of himself."

Clues and answers

A.Unexpected diamond delivery?CHANGEUP
B.Consequential pick of ParisAPHRODITE
C.Concession of a winnerREMATCH
D.Links between various storiesSTAIRS
E.Clumsy, klutzyOAFISH
F.Unlikely to produce lintNAPLESS
G.Place extra weight onEMPHASIZE
H.Limit in times of scarcityRATION
I.Island where H1 runsOAHU
J.What particular individuals do?SPECIFY
K.Many a monthly check writerTENANT
L.Contender showing promiseHOPEFUL
M.Let out a belchERUCT
N.Helpful skill in the games Fictionary and Liar's DiceBLUFFING
O."A word to be found only in the dictionary of fools," per NapoleonIMPOSSIBLE
P.Switch between optionsTOGGLE
Q.Carrier of an afternoon service (2 wds.)TEATRAY
R.Singer with the 1969 debut album "Empty Sky" (2 wds.)ELTONJOHN
S.Crew, by another nameROWING
T.Hot dog (hyph.)SHOWOFF
U.Pilot's spot; zone of expertiseWHEELHOUSE
W.Made unreadable by third partiesENCRYPTED
X.Follower of a lifesaving clueTHESEUS
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