Acrostic Solution for Sunday, March 31, 2019

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(FRANCINE) PROSE, READING LIKE A WRITER — I still have my old copy of Sophocles, ... covered with... notes... written in my... neat schoolgirl print. ... [H]andwriting that you know was... yours but... now seems only dimly familiar can inspire a confrontation with the mystery of time.

Full quote

Lear and Oedipus Rex. I still have my old copy of Sophocles, heavily underlined, covered with sweet, embarrassing notes-to-self ("irony?" "recognition of fate?") written in my rounded, heartbreakingly neat schoolgirl print. Like seeing a photograph of yourself as a child, encountering handwriting that you know was once yours but that now seems only dimly familiar can inspire a confrontation with the
mystery of time.

Clues and answers

A.Contingency plan; legal requirementPROVISION
B.Where a pound is made to be 8.75 grams (2 wds.)ROYALMINT
C.Defeat in a battle of brainsOUTWIT
D.Marriott-owned hotel brandSHERATON
E.Slav, Inuit, Kurd, or Goth, e.g.ETHNONYM
F.Art employed by DemosthenesRHETORIC
G.Who wrote "Etiquette requires the presumption of good until the contrary is proved" (2 wds.)EMILYPOST
H.Marzipan sine qua nonALMONDS
I.Two contrasting partsDICHOTOMY
J.Dance exhibition involving blades (2 wds.)ICESHOW
K.Job for young Ben FranklinNEWSBOY
L.Develop prior to deliveryGESTATE
M.Site where compactors and bulldozers workLANDFILL
N.What makes fish swim and spiders spinINSTINCT
O.1948 Bogart/Bacall classic (2 wds.)KEYLARGO
P.Pixielike; petite and puckishELFIN
Q.Tangent-ending adverbANYWAY
R.Friendly greeting to an astronomer? (2 wds.)WHATSUP
S.Swiftness, fleetness, speedRAPIDITY
T.Caterpillar so named for the way it walksINCHWORM
U.Inventor of a "wizard camera" in 1912 fiction (2 wds.)TOMSWIFT
V.Far from boring, action-packedEVENTFUL
W.Animal drawn prehistorically in France's Chauvet CaveRHINOCEROS
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