Acrostic Solution for Sunday, July 11, 2004

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


ALAN BENNETT, WRITING HOME — [Kafka's] writing is that of someone whose... life was spent in apartments, with lifts, stairwells, muffled voices behind closed doors, and sounds through walls. Put him in a... detached villa and he'd never have written a word.

Clues and answers

A.Triple Crown winner of 1978AFFIRMED
B.Polaris, to navigatorsLODESTAR
C.Affecting a down-home sort of modesty (hyph.)AWSHUCKS
D.Get a firm grip on; finalize (2 wds.)NAILDOWN
E.Noisy and portentous Irish apparitionsBANSHEES
F.King of England known as "Ironside" (2 wds.)EDMUNDII
G.Where an anchor may be seenNEWSCAST
H.Seven and eleven, in crapsNATURALS
I.A black cat or a broken mirror, e.g. (2 wds.)EVILOMEN
J.Spiff up, make dapperTITIVATE
K.Divisions on an analog clockTWELFTHS
L.Retract; disengageWITHDRAW
M.Old World shorebird with colored legsREDSHANK
N."___ is the heaviest of all oppressions" (Victor Hugo)IDLENESS
O. Mislead; emit (2 wds.)THROWOFF
P.Unreasonably high; pompousINFLATED
Q.Right-handed pitcher, jocularlyNORTHPAW
R.Be successful in life (2 wds.)GOPLACES
S.Tower with a board attached (2 wds.)HIGHDIVE
T.Dixie, before the Civil War (2 wds.)OLDSOUTH
U.African capital named for a U.S. presidentMONROVIA
V.Certain New Testament writingsEPISTLES
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