Acrostic Solution for Sunday, July 8, 2018

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

CULLEN MURPHY, CARTOON COUNTY — To get a comic strip off the ground you needed syndicate backing. ... And they had rules. You... couldn't show a navel, even on children... Mort Walker began retaliating by... adding crates of navel oranges into the story line.

Full quote

To get a comic strip off the ground you needed syndicate backing. Sometimes the syndicates owned the strip in whole or in part. And they had rules. You could draw a girl in a bikini but you couldn't show a navel, even on children, and for years the bullpen took an X-acto knife to the offending squiggles, until Mort Walker began retaliating by drawing extra navels on his characters and gratuitously adding crates of navel oranges into the story line.

Clues and answers

A.Like a blacked-out dialogue balloonCENSORED
B.What X may stand forUNKNOWN
C.Went through an eveningLEVELED
D.What writing in cursive is becoming (2 wds.)LOSTART
E.Opinion in print or sketchEDITORIAL
F.Music you don't likeNOISE
G.LegendaryMYTHIC
H.Cancellation; ruinUNDOING
I.People with lots of pheomelaninREDHEADS
J.Activity done on a small hillPITCHING
K.Peaceful and happy, as days of yoreHALCYON
L.The lighter side?YANG
M.Instrument heard in "A Hard Day's Night"COWBELL
N.College matchup of services (hyph.) ARMYNAVY
O.Internet browser commandREFRESH
P.Height of a regulation basketball rim (2 wds.)TENFEET
Q.Tone taken by W.W. II G.I.s? (2 wds.)OLIVEDRAB
R.Holmes who sang the bluesODETTA
S.Bean, noodle, gourdNOGGIN
T.Icon for online shoppersCART
U.Bonus features of a DVD reissueOUTTAKES
V.One from the African Great Lakes regionUGANDAN
W.Items it's impolite to double-dipNACHOS
X.Like some titmice and puffinsTUFTED
Y.Hanna-Barbera character who lives in a park (2 wds.)YOGIBEAR
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