Acrostic Solution for Sunday, July 7, 2019

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(BARBARA W.) TUCHMAN, THE MARCH OF FOLLY — Wooden-headedness, the source of self-deception,... plays a remarkably large role in government. It consists in assessing a situation in terms of preconceived... notions... while not allowing oneself to be deflected by the facts.

Full quote

Wooden-headedness, the source of self-deception, is a factor that plays a remarkably large role in government. It consists in assessing a situation in terms of preconceived fixed notions while ignoring or rejecting any contrary signs. It is acting according to wish while not allowing oneself to be dictated by the facts.

Clues and answers

A.Superficial glamour of little real worthTINSEL
B.Like the latest news (hyph.)UPTODATE
C.Go in reverse gear? (hyph.)CROSSDRESS
D.Equipment for whale huntersHARPOONS
E.Having a certain attractivenessMAGNETIC
F.At ease, pleasant, friendlyAFFABLE
G.Idiomatically famous motherNECESSITY
H.Divider that sags slightly in the middle (2 wds.)TENNISNET
I.Set of new locksHAIRPIECE
J.Made weak and ineffectiveENFEEBLED
K.Companions in a military hallMESSMATES
L.A thorough yielding to natural impulsesABANDON
M.Polite word of declinationREGRETS
N.City called the "Queen of the West" by LongfellowCINCINNATI
O.Show-offy sorts (2 wds.)HOTDOGS
P.Using plastic, perhaps (2 wds.)ONCREDIT
Q.High-toned?FALSETTO
R.Developed to full and lovely potentialFLOWERED
S.Cartoon character with a brother named Castor (2 wds.)OLIVEOYL
T.Troubadour's output (2 wds.)LOVESONGS
U.Means of salvation in a crisisLIFELINE
V."We don't have to mention his name" (3 wds.)YOUKNOWWHO
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