Acrostic Solution for Sunday, April 1, 2018

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(MOIRA) MARSH, PRACTICALLY JOKING — Practical jokes are intended to cause people discomfort but not necessarily distress... . Whether... the effects of a... joke go too far to be considered amusing is a judgment made by the audience each time a joke is enacted... .

Full quote

Practical jokes are intended to cause people discomfort but not necessarily distress, embarrassment but not necessarily humiliation, chagrin but not necessarily mortification. Some jokes do cause distress or humiliation, but these are not necessary results. Whether or not the effects of a practical joke go too far to be considered amusing is a judgment made by the audience each time a joke is enacted or retold.

Clues and answers

A.Beatles song that begins "Jo Jo was a man who thought he was a loner" (2 wds.)GETBACK
B.Michael Frayn's 1982 farcical play-within-a-play play (2 wds.)NOISESOFF
C.Misery induced by a prankster's powderITCHING
D.Product of Heinz or Hunt'sKETCHUP
E.Violent expression of feeling OUTBURST
F.Author of "Ulysses" and "Finnegans Wake" (2 wds.)JAMESJOYCE
G.Subject of a Himalayan hoaxYETI
H.Kind of monkey wrench a fool might be sent for (hyph.)LEFTHANDED
I.Musician for whom a genus of underground velvet spiders is named (2 wds.)LOUREED
J.Submitter of a mailed-in ballotABSENTEE
K.Pencil-and-paper word/knowledge game using a 5x5 gridCATEGORIES
L.How "many a true word is spoken" (2 wds.)INJEST
M.Exaggerated, as in melodramaTHEATRIC
N.Faceful in slapstick comedy (2 wds.)CUSTARDPIE
O.Tonsil-like blobs blamed for nasal speechADENOIDS
P.Deemed unacceptable; blocked at the rim, as a basketballREJECTED
Q.Skit performed without wordsPANTOMIME
R.Past the worst, coasting to the finish (2 wds.)HOMEFREE
S.Scoundrel who shall remain nameless (hyph.)SOANDSO
T.Showing anger, embarrassment or the result of exertion (hyph.)REDFACED
U.Colleague; fraternize (with)ASSOCIATE
V.Action for both Neil Armstrong and Michael JacksonMOONWALK
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