Acrostic Solution for Sunday, September 16, 2018

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(JODIE) ARCHER (AND MATTHEW L. JOCKERS), THE BESTSELLER CODE — [A] now ex-CEO of one of the major... publishing houses..., when asked to predict a title for a... megahit, replied "Lincoln's Doctor's Dog." The combination of a beloved president,... health, and America's favorite pet could never fail.

Full quote

There is a famous anecdote about a now ex-CEO of one of the major New York publishing houses who, when asked to predict a title for a definite megahit, replied "Lincoln's Doctor's Dog." The combination of a beloved president, our obsession and paranoia concerning health, and America's favorite pet could never fail.

Clues and answers

A.Stone-faced neighbor of TheodoreABRAHAM
B.Program of diet or exerciseREGIMEN
C.Part-spaniel mixed breedCOCKAPOO
D.Square, upright, levelHONEST
E.Acrostic puzzle quotation, e.g.EXCERPT
F.Ann whose novels were popular in the 1790sRADCLIFFE
G.Drive lasting a long timeTELETHON
H."____'s Gift" (Saul Bellow Pulitzer-winning novel)HUMBOLDT
I.Gushing, over the topEFFUSIVE
J.Meant sincerely; genuine (2 wds.)BONAFIDE
K.Specter, ghost, phantomEIDOLON
L.Force aboard a ship after druggingSHANGHAI
M.Selecting, as for a positionTAPPING
N.Include among the last few choices for a prizeSHORTLIST
O."The Bridges of Madison County" directorEASTWOOD
P.Given high praiseLAUDED
Q.Casanova, Don Juan, RomeoLOTHARIO
R.Perfect embodimentEPITOME
S.S.A.S.E. contents, for many a budding authorREJECTION
T.Sloppy, lax; cavalierCARELESS
U.What goes above the lipOVERFLOW
V.Renaissance polymath sometimes credited with inventing the helicopter, parachute and tank (2 wds.)DAVINCI
W.Chapter-closing addendumENDNOTE
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