Acrostic Solution for Sunday, August 5, 2007

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


ELLEN GOODMAN, CLOSE TO HOME — I am a member of a... minority group, a kind of urban lost tribe who insist, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, on the sanctity of being on time. ... [U]nfortunately, we never seem to have appointments with each other.

Clues and answers

A.Joe Blow or John DoeEVERYMAN
B.Wobble back and forth before coming to restLIBRATE
C.Montparnasse setting (2 wds.)LEFTBANK
D.Typical wait duration?ETERNITY
E.Title character of a 1925 musical comedyNANETTE
F.Split the bill (2 wds.)GODUTCH
G.Home province for the RaptorsONTARIO
H.Person whose job can be a grind?OPTICIAN
I.Spread out, scatteredDIFFUSE
J.Belonging to a certain secret societyMASONIC
K.Not active at the momentABEYANT
L.One dispensing favors to the familyNEPOTIST
M.Rake over the coals (2 wds.)CHEWOUT
N.Casanova, Don Juan, RomeoLOTHARIO
O.Shaped like an eggOVIFORM
Q.One half of a filmmaking duo (2 wds.)ETHANCOEN
R.Item in a digitabulist's collectionTHIMBLE
S.Scoring strategy or violation, in sportsOFFENSE
T.State flower of MissouriHAWTHORN
U.Explain on paper too elaborately; cover with wordsOVERWRITE
V.Invention not easily improved uponMOUSETRAP
W.Rapper with a 2002 Oscar for Best SongEMINEM
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