Acrostic Solution for Sunday, March 18, 2018

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(STEVEN) PINKER, THE LANGUAGE INSTINCT — Maven, shmaven! Kibbitzers and nudniks is more like it. ... Most of the prescriptive rules of... language mavens... are bits of folklore that originated for screwball reasons... years ago and have perpetuated themselves ever since.

Full quote

To whom I say: Maven, shmaven! Kibbitzers and nudniks is more like it. For here are the remarkable facts. Most of the prescriptive rules of the language mavens make no sense on any level. They are bits of folklore that originated for screwball reasons several hundred years ago and have perpetuated themselves ever since.

Clues and answers

A.Game for the preverbal setPEEKABOO
B.Minute, hour or dayINTERVAL
C.Place for a reporter or editor to work (2 wds.)NEWSDESK
D.Maynard G. ____, 1960s sitcom role for Bob DenverKREBS
E.Adapt to new conditionsEVOLVE
F.Something illegal to run (2 wds.)REDLIGHT
G.Nave crosser in a cathedralTRANSEPT
H.Candidate for an office or titleHOPEFUL
I.Push off, set outEMBARK
J.1996 John Sayles film set in Texas (2 wds.)LONESTAR
K.Brokenhearted stateANGUISH
L.Mathematician's fascinationNUMBERS
M.Howler, blunder, faux pasGAFFE
N.Lacking in experience or knowledgeUNVERSED
O.Mountainous region of ancient Greece whose name now means any area of peace and simplicityARCADIA
P.Italian dessert offeringGELATO
Q.Author of "Howards End" (3 wds.)EMFORSTER
R.Soviet paper of record from 1917 to 1991IZVESTIA
S.AnonymousNAMELESS
T.Beach, shoreSEASIDE
U.Abiding by the ninth part of the Scout LawTHRIFTY
V.Comedy on the flyIMPROV
W.1940 novel about the crimes of Bigger Thomas (2 wds.)NATIVESON
X.Record of historical eventsCHRONICLE
Y.Chinese practice associated with yin and yangTAOISM
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