Acrostic Solution for Sunday, July 20, 2008

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(NEAL) STEPHENSON, CRYPTONOMICON — There was a time when places like... Oxford and Cambridge existed... to train ministers, and their job was... to say something thought-provoking several times a week. They were the retail outlets of the profession of philosophy.

Clues and answers

A.One way to reach a conclusionSYLLOGISM
B.Everything (2 wds.)THEWORKS
C.Composer of "Three Pieces in the Shape of a Pear" (2 wds.)ERIKSATIE
D.Classic slapstick comedy scene (2 wds.)PIEFIGHT
E.Mental midget (hyph.)HALFWIT
F.One who has untied a knot (hyph.)EXHUSBAND
G.The land down underNETHERWORLD
H.What ballplayers hit after gamesSHOWERS
I.Collapsible item invented by Antoine Gibus (2 wds.)OPERAHAT
J."Dryad of the trees," to KeatsNIGHTINGALE
K.Writers' blocks?CHAPTERS
L.Changer of stationsREMOTE
N.The opposite of verbosePITHY
O.The opposite of verboseTERSE
P.Affected by too many catchesOVERFISHED
Q.Connection, link, tieNEXUS
R.Cushioned furniture for one's dogsOTTOMAN
S.River and city of Saskatchewan (2 wds.)MOOSEJAW
T.What a think tank is meant to doIDEATE
U.Last-minute reluctance or timidity (2 wds.)COLDFEET
V.One like Micawber or PanglossOPTIMIST
W.1940 novel about Bigger Thomas's travails (2 wds.)NATIVESON
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