Acrostic Solution for Sunday, May 23, 2021

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

MICHAEL KELLY, REMINISCENCES — Mozart... was a remarkably small man,... thin and pale, with a profusion of fine fair hair, of which he was rather vain. ... He was... fond of punch,... also fond of billiards... . Many... a game... I played with him, but always came off second best.

Full quote

He was a remarkably small man, very thin and pale, with a profusion of fine fair hair, of which he was rather vain. He gave .me a cordial invitation to his house, of which I availed myself, and passed a great part of my time there. He always received me with kindness and hospitality. He was remarkably fond of punch, of which beverage I have seen him take copious draughts. He was also fond of billiards, and had an excellent billiard table in his house. Many and many a game have I played with him, but always came off second best.

Clues and answers

A.Golden canine of South America (2 wds.)MANEDWOLF
B.Mischievous, like a pranksterIMPISH
C.One with a crown or gold medalCHAMPION
D.Assignment for one learning the ropes (2 wds.)HALFHITCH
E.Inspiration like a divine breath of airAFFLATUS
F.Heading for three o'clock?EASTWARD
G.Sweetheart, mistress, inamorataLADYLOVE
H.Edible with fuzzy brown skin and green fleshKIWIFRUIT
I.Agents on the insideENZYMES
J.Far from refined, as Three Stooges humorLOWBROW
K.Involuntary research subjects (2 wds.)LABRATS
L.Brand of guitars and ampsYAMAHA
M.River whose delta includes the Camargue regionRHONE
N.Doug ____, husband of Kamala HarrisEMHOFF
O.Pitches in late innings of a lopsided contest (2 wds.)MOPSUP
P.Parley of South AfricansINDABA
Q.About 0.0018 percent of the earth's atmosphereNEON
R.The tenor quoted in this puzzle, for oneIRISHMAN
S.Manifest omission?STOWAWAY
T.Big red dog created by author/cartoonist Norman BridwellCLIFFORD
U.Inspiration for some poetsERATO
V.Female spirit of fountains, springs and brooksNAIAD
W.Site of seaside changesCABANA
X.Spin imparted to a shotENGLISH
Y.Peter ____, "Amadeus" dramatistSHAFFER
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