Acrostic Solution for Sunday, July 19, 2009

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(QUENTIN) CRISP, MANNERS FROM HEAVEN — Euphemisms are not... useless verbiage. ..; they are like secret agents on a delicate mission, they must airily pass by a stinking mess with barely... a nod of the head. ... Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.

Clues and answers

A.Deficient, politically correctlyCHALLENGED
B.Space not really descriptive of its functionRESTROOM
C.Taking frankness a bit too far, maybeIMPOLITE
D.Endearment on the sugary sideSWEETIE
E.Someone not likely to owe a sin taxPURITAN
F.Fashion item popularized by Mary QuantMINISKIRT
G.Event for those not at home (2 wds.)AWAYGAME
H.Mealy-mouthed and prudish (hyph.)NICENELLY
I.John Quincy Adams and George W. Bush, for exampleNAMESAKES
J.The path to nourishment?ESOPHAGUS
K.Type of teaser on "Concentration"REBUS
L.Rather disreputableSHADY
M.Executed without a mechanical aidFREEHAND
N.The exercise of self-controlRESTRAINT
O.What is defined by the Supreme Court's "Miller test"OBSCENITY
P.Scene of clamor and chaosMADHOUSE
Q.Attitude of hauteur (2 wds.)HIGHHORSE
R.Author of "How to Behave Though a Debutante" (2 wds.)EMILYPOST
S.Get around on your own powerAMBULATE
T.Like a whale's leg bonesVESTIGIAL
U.What Nicolas Sarkozy calls the United States (hyph.)ETATSUNIS
V."Right?" (Fr., 2 wds., hyph.)NESTCEPAS
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