Acrostic Solution for Sunday, September 1, 2019

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(DELIA) OWENS, WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING — Marsh is a space of light, where grass grows in water, and water flows into the sky. ... [T]rue swamp crawls into low-lying bogs... in clammy forests. Swamp water is still and dark, having swallowed the light in its muddy throat.

Full quote

Marsh is not swamp. Marsh is a space of light, where grass grows in water, and water flows into the sky. Slow-moving creeks wander, carrying the orb of the sun with them to the sea, and long-legged birds lift with unexpected grace — as though not built to fly — against the roar of a thousand snow geese.

Then within the marsh, here and there, true swamp crawls into low-lying bogs, hidden in clammy forests. Swamp water is still and dark, having swallowed the light in its muddy throat

Clues and answers

A.Spirited vigor; sexual allureOOMPH
B.Saturated areaWETLAND
C.Organisms and their environs as a unitECOSYSTEM
D."Ask me later" (2 wds.)NOTNOW
E.Leading character of Sophocles?SIGMA
F.Baby blue-eyes and black-eyed SusansWILDFLOWERS
G.Good — or bad — roster to be on (2 wds.)HITLIST
H.Austrian physicist who studied shock waves (2 wds.)ERNSTMACH
I.Motley; unkempt; hastily assembledRAGTAG
J.Us, to Klaatu and GortEARTHLINGS
K.Warning akin to "Heads up!" (2 wds.)THINKFAST
L.Ridiculous blunderHOWLER
M.1981 hit for the Oak Ridge BoysELVIRA
N.Tree whose limbs are a symbol of mourningCYPRESS
O.Full of branchesRAMOSE
P.Curt, perhaps rudely soABRUPT
Q.Trees whose bark gives us salicinWILLOWS
R.Like fingers and much information nowadaysDIGITAL
S.Comment at a cringeworthy momentAWKWARD
T.Atypically smallDWARFISH
U.Suit in a tarot deckSWORDS
V.À la modeSTYLISH
W.Dorsally crested reptileIGUANA
X.J. K. Rowling's wizard and "magizoologist" ____ ScamanderNEWT
Y.Athlete who hangs around bars a lot?GYMNAST
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