Acrostic Solution for Sunday, May 17, 2015

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(CHRIS) HADFIELD, AN ASTRONAUT'S GUIDE (TO LIFE ON EARTH) — It's almost comical that astronauts are stereotyped as daredevils and cowboys. As a rule, we're highly methodical and detail-oriented. Our passion isn't for thrills but for the grindstone, and pressing our noses to it.

Clues and answers

A.Cooks up; openings in NASAHATCHES
B."In the Mood" or "At the Hop," metricallyANAPEST
C.File of records about a subjectDOSSIER
D.Capricious, changing opinions easilyFLIGHTY
E.Unfit for public exposureINDECENT
F.Exasperation in facial form (2 wds.)EYEROLL
G.Where some long journeys startLAUNCHPAD
H.What Eris is the goddess ofDISCORD
I.The land down under?ATLANTIS
J.Conrad novel; name of the starship in "Alien"NOSTROMO
K.Put to shameABASHED
L.Effects of solar eclipses on the earthSHADOWS
M.Cheese named for a Prussian townTILSIT
N.Lead-in to rocket or virusRETRO
O.Victims of the Walrus and the Carpenter, in a Lewis Carroll poemOYSTERS
P.Being neither sharp nor flat NATURAL
Q.Flavoring used in sambucaANISE
R.Student of seemingly out-of-this-world stuffUFOLOGIST
S.Native of the planet EarthTERRAN
T.Land from above (2 wds.)SETDOWN
U."Go jump in a lake!" (2 wds.)GETLOST
V.Region whose capital is PerugiaUMBRIA
W.Stager of concerts, operas and other public entertainmentsIMPRESARIO
X.Sidekick in some sci-fi talesDROID
Y.Become balanced, stable or smooth (2 wds.)EVENOUT
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