Acrostic Solution for Sunday, May 18, 2003

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


ADAM GOPNIK, A PURIM STORY — Old, Henny Youngman-style jokes... apparently circulate permanently in the lower grades of New York schools, like Mercury space-program debris circulating in... orbit. ... "Waiter, what's this fly doing in my soup!" "The backstroke."

Clues and answers

A.Comic strip created by Bob MontanaARCHIE
B.Third-longest river in Europe (after the Volga and the Danube)DNIEPER
C.Device deployed in a wreck (2 wds.)AIRBAG
D."Tamburlaine the Great" playwrightMARLOWE
E.New Mexico's Shakespeare, today (2 wds.)GHOSTTOWN
F.Not in good humor; slightly ill (3 wds.)OUTOFSORTS
G."It's a sin in ___ to land a soft punch" (Alf Landon)POLITICS
H.Virtually even (hyph.)NECKANDNECK
I.Well under way (3 wds.)INFULLSWING
J.Wet blanket, party pooperKILLJOY
K.Ornate cupboard or clothespressARMOIRE
L.Capital in which Kim Il Sung Stadium is locatedPYONGYANG
M.Cornfield-to-condominium trend (2 wds.)URBANSPRAWL
N.Blot on the psychological landscape?RORSCHACH
O.Too ready to share a confidenceINDISCREET
P.Cutter of sugar caneMACHETE
Q.Protean plaything (2 wds.)SILLYPUTTY
R.Play in which Ferdinand falls in love (2 wds.)THETEMPEST
S."Sure thing" (hyph.)OKEYDOKEY
T.Extracts the juice fromREAMS
U.Actor who told interviewers "Just call me a nice, clean-cut Mongolian boy" (2 wds.)YULBRYNNER
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