Acrostic Solution for Sunday, March 25, 2001

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(ROBERT) KAPLAN: THE NOTHING THAT IS — The Sumerians wrote by pressing... the tip of a hollow reed into wet clay tablets, which were then preserved by baking. Masses of these... survive from those... remote days;... computer punchcards [from] the [Sixties] largely do not.

Clues and answers

A.German composer who wrote for Lotte Lenya (2 wds.)KURTWEILL
B.Winner of the U.S. Women's Open in 1980 (2 wds.)AMYALCOTT
C.Spectacle of August 12 or thereaboutsPERSEIDS
D.Crucial and revealing experiment (2 wds.)LITMUSTEST
E.Alternative to rammed earthADOBE
F.Author of 1783's best-selling "Blue-Backed Speller" (2 wds.)NOAHWEBSTER
G.University of Maryland team, informallyTERPS
H.Revenge-driven lover in a Bronte novelHEATHCLIFF
I.Houdini (2 wds.)ERICHWEISS
J.Historic city on the Volkhov River that once rivaled MoscowNOVGOROD
K.Subject of King TheodoricOSTROGOTH
L.Middle Ages minstrel of FranceTROUVERE
M.One who sees the future in animal entrailsHARUSPEX
N.Notable features of MarsICECAPS
O.Character type often portrayed by Woody AllenNEBBISH
P.Trainer and tutor in the homeGOVERNESS
Q.Figurative use of wordsTROPE
R.Author of "84, Charing Cross Road" (2 wds.)HELENEHANFF
S.Frequent painter of Helga Testorf (2 wds.)ANDREWWYETH
T.1969 so-called "concept album" or 1975 filmTOMMY
U.The 13th or 15th, to old RomansIDES
V.What an Acrostic diagram will probably never haveSYMMETRY
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