Acrostic Solution for Sunday, September 26, 2021

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

ARIKA OKRENT, HIGHLY IRREGULAR — There are... maybe... twenty vowels in English... . There's a as in cat or father, e as in be or bed, i as in sir or big, o as in soap or look, and u as in sum or true. ... [I]f you come from New York or... Texas, these... will work differently... .

Full quote

There are twelve or sixteen or maybe even twenty vowels in English, depending on your dialect. There's a as in cat or father, e as in be or bed, i as in sir or big, o as in soap or look, and u as in sum or true. We haven't even gotten to the vowel sounds in house or time or say. And if you come from New York or Scotland or Texas, these descriptions will work differently for you.

Clues and answers

A.Long-fingered lemur native to Madagascar; "Yes!" (hyph.)AYEAYE
B.Transport to Disneyland's Tom Sawyer IslandRAFT
C.Having the greatest possible resistanceIMMUNE
D.Poet who wrote "Touch has a memory"KEATS
E.Exercise some self-denialABSTAIN
F.Fish-eating raptorOSPREY
G.Club with the motto "Serving the Children of the World"KIWANIS
H.Walter Mosley sleuth Ezekiel Porterhouse ____RAWLINS
I.Near-Earth asteroid visited in 2000EROS
J.Extraneous and distracting dataNOISE
K.Butterfly-shaped glandTHYROID
L.School whose N.C.A.A. teams are the PrideHOFSTRA
M.Opposite of an exodusINFLUX
N.Attic residentsGREEKS
O.Walk or run quicklyHOTFOOT
P.Licentious, ungovernedLAWLESS
Q.Start of an era (2 wds.)YEARONE
R.Bonfire greatly upsizedINFERNO
S.Amphibian commentRIBBIT
T.Second or third draft of a manuscriptREWRITE
U.ParrotsECHOES
V.Modern map subjectGENOME
W.Inner ear chamber with otolithsUTRICLE
X.Bad course of moral conduct (2 wds.)LOWROAD
Y.Bay State locale of Phillips AcademyANDOVER
Z.Equilateral quadrilateralRHOMBUS
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