Acrostic Solution for Sunday, August 9, 2015

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


HELEN MACDONALD, H IS FOR HAWK — Goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they're the birdwatchers' dark grail.

Clues and answers

A.Item destroyed by the Wicked Witch of the WestHOURGLASS
B.Admission in print of human fallibilityERRATUM
C.A blight on the landscapeLITTER
D.Destination of an unhappy patron?ELSEWHERE
E.2013 film with a Billings-to-Lincoln road tripNEBRASKA
F.In a state of confusionMUDDLED
G.All of a suddenABRUPTLY
H.Like fingers before some important announcementsCROSSED
I.Plant that floats in still pondsDUCKWEED
J.Standard dashboard featureODOMETER
K.Lost breadthNARROWED
L.First name associated with a fiveABRAHAM
M.Plods, grinds, drudges, strainsLABORS
N.Atypical par 3'sDOGLEGS
O.What Brits call a "tower block" (hyph.)HIGHRISE
P.What the unflappable have in their veins (2 wds.)ICEWATER
Q.Constantly nagging, in prefeminist daysSHREWISH
R.Effect at the start of the Beatles' "I Feel Fine"FEEDBACK
S.Workplace that disregards union membership (2 wds.)OPENSHOP
T.Inappropriate appropriatingROBBERY
U.Navy beansHARICOTS
V.Wearing a hangdog look, perhapsABASHED
W.Like winds in the middle latitudesWESTERLY
X.Not in earnestKIDDING
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