Acrostic Solution for Sunday, April 3, 2005

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(DON) MARQUIS, (THE) ALMOST PERFECT STATE — Seen from the middle arch of the [Brooklyn] bridge at twilight, New York with its girdle of shifting waters and its drift of purple cloud and its quick pulsations of unstable light is a miracle of splendor and beauty.

Clues and answers

A.Explanation for a magician's trick, maybeMIRRORS
B.Kid played by Carl Switzer in the "Our Gang" seriesALFALFA
C.Sun with a low surface temperature (2 wds.)REDSTAR
D.Certain Benny Goodman ensembleQUINTET
E.What field theories strive to beUNIFIED
F. Symptom of prurigoITCHING
G.Occasion for missing school (2 wds.)SNOWDAY
H.President Hamid Karzai, for oneAFGHANI
I.Fowl whose name derives from an Italian cityLEGHORN
J.Level, as adversaries (2 wds.)MOWDOWN
K.Another name for Beelzebub (2 wds.)OLDNICK
L.Comic who played Freddie the FreeloaderSKELTON
M.Fundamental doctrine of ChristianityTRINITY
N.Triceps-firming activityPUSHUPS
O.Dormant volcano near Arequipa, Peru ELMISTI
P.Launcher of the Sundance Film FestivalREDFORD
Q.A bit like a popinjayFOPPISH
R.Order in a Thai restaurant (2 wds.)EGGROLL
S.Cheese-producing town of Somerset, EnglandCHEDDAR
T. Leave; deduct (2 wds.)TAKEOFF
U.Five o'clock shadowSTUBBLE
V.Spiky flower resembling an artichokeTHISTLE
W."We do not lay on any soul a burden except to the extent of its ___" (The Koran)ABILITY
X.Amount of money starting a cheerleader's cheer (2 wds.)TWOBITS
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