Acrostic Solution for Sunday, September 25, 2011

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

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(JENNIFER) OUELLETTE, (THE) CALCULUS DIARIES — Archimedes... was the quintessential math nerd. ... Plutarch tells how... [his] servants had to forcibly bathe their preoccupied master, who would sketch geometrical figures in... the oils that anointed his naked body after bath time.

Clues and answers

A.Not particularly tailored (hyph.)OFFTHERACK
B.Facial feature of Bert the MuppetUNIBROW
C.Have a helping of crow (2 wds.)EATDIRT
D.Book with columns of writingLEDGER
E.Rotten, horrid, odious, vileLOATHSOME
F."___ the monumental. Shun the Epic" (Hemingway)ESCHEW
G.Old ballroom dance in duple meter (hyph.)TWOSTEP
H.Prince Myshkin, to Dostoyevsky (2 wds.)THEIDIOT
I.All; from A to Z (2 wds.)EVERYBIT
J.Work apt to be in the public domainCLASSIC
K.Hampshire College siteAMHERST
L.Best-selling book series concerned with the end of the world (2 wds.)LEFTBEHIND
M.Prime minister after BrownCAMERON
N.Particle first observed in 1968 (2 wds.)UPQUARK
O.Gave in to despair (2 wds.)LOSTHEART
P.Single, informallyUNHITCHED
Q.Impale on a rod for sorting, as a piece of paperSPINDLE
R."Illegitimi non carborundum," e.g. (2 wds.)DOGLATIN
S.Where Penelope awaited her husband's returnITHACA
T.Joy and sorrow, or heaven and hellANTITHESES
U.Postgame treatment from a trainerRUBDOWN
V.Sailor under Captain AhabISHMAEL
W.Coarse; simple and naturalEARTHY
X.The farthest thing from a flop (2 wds.)SMASHHIT
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