Acrostic Solution for Sunday, August 19, 2018

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

ROGER EBERT, AWAKE IN THE DARK — We need to feel above comedy. ... Buddy Hackett told me he turned down big bucks in Vegas rather than play a room where the stage was higher than the audience. "They won't laugh unless they're looking down at you," he explained.

Full quote

We need to feel above comedy. Drama needs to feel above us. Gates of Heaven was so finely balanced between comedy and drama that the altitude of the seats determined the reaction of the audience members. Was he serious? l couldn't tell. Years later, Buddy Hackett told me he turned down big bucks in Vegas rather than play a room where the stage was higher than the audience. "They won't laugh unless they're looking down at you," he explained.

Clues and answers

A.Addiction for DostoyevskyROULETTE
B.Seasoned pro (2 wds.)OLDHAND
C.Caught sight of brieflyGLIMPSED
D.Coordinated set of threadsENSEMBLE
E.Made crudely, without finesse (hyph.)ROUGHHEWN
F.Catchphrase for Steve Martin (2 wds.)EXCUSEME
G.Go from one watering hole to the nextBARHOP
H.Grammy-winning parody of 1984 (2 wds.)EATIT
I.Actress who portrayed Jackie Robinson's wife in "The Jackie Robinson Story" (2 wds.)RUBYDEE
J.A little shakyTENUOUS
K.Fearsome aunt in stories by P. G. WodehouseAGATHA
L.Protector of consumersWATCHDOG
M."But on another subject ..."ANYHOW
N.Nixon's sparring partner in a 1959 "kitchen debate"KHRUSHCHEV
O.Wood so dense it will sink in waterEBONY
P.Think of oneself, in a wayIDENTIFY
Q.One of the two in "Tea for Two"NANETTE
R.Large tangle of greeneryTHICKET
S.Old variety show with a "joke fence" (2 wds.)HEEHAW
T.Raised, lofty; superiorELEVATED
U.Precious, cute, adorableDARLING
V.Work whose name means "collection of flowers"ANTHOLOGY
W.Mariposa Grove specimenREDWOOD
X."We rappers is role models — we rap, we don't think" rapper (2 wds.)KANYEWEST
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