Acrostic Solution for Sunday, April 12, 2020

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

ANNE LAMOTT, BIRD BY BIRD — Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. ... It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the... storm, but singing can change the... spirits of the people who are together on that ship.

Clues and answers

A.Pronounce the beginning of "hair" but not "heir," sayASPIRATE
B.The telling of a taleNARRATION
C.Calculation after accounting for tare (2 wds.)NETWEIGHT
D.Hidden tracks on DVDs, e.g. (2 wds.)EASTEREGGS
E.Independent sort, maverick (2 wds.)LONEWOLF
F.Do a pre-auction jobAPPRAISE
G.Uncanny ability that can backfire (2 wds.)MIDASTOUCH
H.Absent-minded, clueless (3 wds.)OUTTOLUNCH
I.Periods of adversity (2 wds.)TOUGHTIMES
J.First-rate (hyph.)TOPFLIGHT
K.The road most taken (2 wds.)BEATENPATH
L.Doubled over with hilarity (2 wds.)INSTITCHES
M.Open-bodied car that seats twoROADSTER
N.Dad-blastedDOGGONE
O.Success for a leadoff batter (2 wds.)BASEHIT
P.Deep itchYEARNING
Q.Thinly settled rural area, in slangBOONIES
R.Focuses of designers of home furnishingsINTERIORS
S.Law force with a base in AustinRANGERS
T.Poet who wrote "'Hope' is the thing with feathers"DICKINSON
This acrostic © 2020, The New York Times.   XWord Info © 2007-2021, Jim Horne.