Acrostic Solution for Sunday, May 19, 2013

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(ALICE) MUNRO, THE PROGRESS OF LOVE — Hatred is always a sin, my mother told me.... One drop... in your soul will spread and discolor everything like a drop of black ink in white milk. I was struck by that and meant to try it, but knew I shouldn't waste the milk.

Clues and answers

A.Belief of a yogi or GnosticMYSTICISM
B.Based on custom rather than documentationUNWRITTEN
C.Gave assent without saying soNODDED
D.Consider from a new angleRETHINK
E.Times of yore (2 wds.)OLDENDAYS
F.Taunts and boasts between rival players (2 wds.)TRASHTALK
G.Without there being a close second (2 wds.)HANDSDOWN
H.Furry red monster with a falsetto voiceELMO
I.Let go (hyph.)PINKSLIP
J.Tool for a geological outing (2 wds.)ROCKHAMMER
K.Displaying not much acumenOBTUSE
L.Way to a man's stomachGULLET
M.Instruction on a billREMIT
N.One determined not to miss out (2 wds.)EARLYBIRD
O.Apt anagram of "winter's O" (2 wds.)SNOWTIRE
P.Kind of ball game with few strikeouts (hyph.)SLOWPITCH
Q.Crude storage unit (2 wds.)OILTANK
R.What has an eye, a shank, a bend and a barbFISHHOOK
S.Save-it-for-me planLAYAWAY
T.Where karate originatedOKINAWA
U.Legal force or soundnessVALIDITY
V.Rebuke at a betrayal (3 wds.)ETTUBRUTE
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