Acrostic Solution for Sunday, March 24, 2013

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(ANNE) FADIMAN, AT LARGE AND AT SMALL — The first canto of Pale Fire contains, within its... compass, the words torquated, stillicide, shagbark, vermiculated, preterist, iridule, and lemniscate. Nabokov collected rare words, just as he collected rare butterflies.

Clues and answers

A.Vocabulary, to a walking dictionaryFORTE
B.Nonnumerical key on a phoneASTERISK
C.Refractory, as a childDIFFICULT
E.Neither terrific nor terribleMEDIOCRE
F."One with jointed feet"ARTHROPOD
G.Like a typical workday (hyph.)NINETOFIVE
H.Star of 1927's "The Jazz Singer" (2 wds.)ALJOLSON
I.Monster hit with a Vincent Price sprechgesangTHRILLER
J.Cookie-cutter suburb started in 1947 LEVITTOWN
K.Got enlarged by a gradual buildupACCRETED
L.Site of an unusual passage (2 wds.)REDSEA
M.Beer holder; angry cur, e.g.GROWLER
N.Disrupter of the 1989 World SeriesEARTHQUAKE
O.Off in foreign climesABROAD
P.Unrivaled person or thingNONESUCH
Q.Lenticular object of Summer GamesDISCUS
R.Having no rational basisABSURD
S.Science of maneuvering military forcesTACTICS
T.Like a couple of babies in "H.M.S. Pinafore"SWITCHED
U.Tyrannosaur of the insect worldMANTIS
W.Diagnostic procedure (2 wds.)LABTEST
X."Wheel of Fortune" elements; prose and poetryLETTERS
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