Acrostic Solution for Sunday, March 4, 2007

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

ALASTAIR REID, SELECTED PROSE (AND POETRY) — Scratch a poet and you will find... a word-player, a puzzler, a palindromist, a punster, someone bedazzled by language and addicted to... those occasional felicities that Cyril Connolly called "unbreakable toys for the mind."

Clues and answers

A.Set of playthings for a logophileALPHABET
B.Letter with a specific genderLANDLADY
C.Desert or ditchABANDON
D.Collection of lines and directionsSCRIPT
E.Unable to tell A from B, say (2 wds.)TONEDEAF
F.Signal from the scorer not to rushANDANTE
G.LoomIMPEND
H.Site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient WorldRHODES
I.Homophone of Answer HROADS
J.Trypsin or pepsinENZYME
K.Breaking a codeILLEGAL
L.Washington, Jefferson and Kennedy, e.g., but not Lincoln or BushDACTYLS
M.Entertainer's line of workSHOWBIZ
N.Passage leading to a drum (2 wds.)EARCANAL
O.Wit and/or bawdry with the pattern aabbaLIMERICK
P.Like an orbit not exactly roundECCENTRIC
Q.Game on which Pictionary is basedCHARADES
R.Nail on the foot of a kiteTALON
S.With Answer T, Shaw's learner of "plain" speaking?ELIZA
T.See SDOOLITTLE
U.Bit of exercise, whichever way you look at it (hyph.)PULLUP
V.SkiffROWBOAT
W.Not sharp (3 wds.)OUTOFFOCUS
X.Alignment of the sun, moon and earth, e.g.SYZYGY
Y.What Ambrose Bierce referred to as "Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull"ERUDITION
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