Acrostic Solution for Sunday, September 27, 2020

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


(AMBROSE) BIERCE, THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY — LEXICOGRAPHER... A pestilent fellow who, under the pretense of recording some particular stage in the development of a language, does what he can to arrest its growth, stiffen its flexibility and mechanize its methods.

Clues and answers

A."The first and direst of all disasters," per the author of this puzzle's quoteBIRTH
B.Area near homeINFIELD
D.Go to a state you leftREGRESS
E."The seat of misgovernment"CAPITAL
F.Towering figure?EIFFEL
G.Crackerjack, A-one (hyph.)TOPNOTCH
H.Gooey kind of sundae (2 wds.)HOTFUDGE
I.One who has seceded from a union (hyph.) EXWIFE
J.Place for a bathysphere (2 wds.)DEEPSEA
K."Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull"ERUDITION
L.Romantic ideal of the tortured artist (2 wds.)VANGOGH
M.Causes of planetary cratersIMPACTS
N.Entertainment in dark times (2 wds.)LATESHOW
O."An erroneous appraisement" (hyph.)SELFESTEEM
P.Descriptor of a modern menu (hyph.)DROPDOWN
R.Sentences around an excerpt, sayCONTEXT
S.Did the job of Mr. Chips in "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"TAUGHT
T.Visibly moved (2 wds.)INTEARS
U."No better"OTHERWISE
V.Mississippi city on the MississippiNATCHEZ
W."In bad company"ALONE
X.On a break from work or playRESTING
Y."A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointments"YEAR
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