Acrostic Solution for Sunday, June 21, 2020

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(ROBERT R.) PROVINE, CURIOUS BEHAVIOR — Emperor Nero..., an avid actor and student of... theater, ... brought his own personal cheering section in the form of five thousand Roman soldiers to applaud his performances, for which the wise judges always awarded first prize.

Clues and answers

A.Applicator in many a dressing room (2 wds.)POWDERPUFF
B.Take cost-saving measures; scale backRETRENCH
C.Topic of introspectionONESELF
D.Term with a crude or uncouth qualityVULGARISM
E.So-called "Queen of Heaven" in ancient BabylonISHTAR
F.Seek to impress, in a way (hyph.)NAMEDROP
G.David Lynch's debut feature-length filmERASERHEAD
H.Herb used in pho and salsaCILANTRO
I.Off-the-cuff, impromptuUNSCRIPTED
J.Barbed sally, clever comebackRIPOSTE
K."Exit the King" playwrightIONESCO
L."That colossal wreck" in a Shelley sonnetOZYMANDIAS
M.Plain-spoken, mincing no wordsUPFRONT
N.Action sequence in "The Princess Bride" (2 wds.)SWORDFIGHT
O."Cave" in the Senate long agoBEWARE
P.Oscar winner who was once mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.EASTWOOD
Q.Deliver a long speech, bloviate (2 wds.)HOLDFORTH
R.Aristophanes or Euripides, e.g.ATHENIAN
S.Dematerialize, cease to existVANISH
T.Bandleader who composed "It Had to Be You" (2 wds.)ISHAMJONES
U.More than compensate forOUTWEIGH
V.Like light that's gone through a prismREFRACTED
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