Acrostic Solution for Sunday, September 3, 2017

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

BRENDA MILLER, INCANTATIONS — The best present I ever received as a girl was the Magic 8 Ball: every day I asked it a question,... then I turned it over so the answer floated up with sharp clarity from the murk: It depends, No, All signs point to yes.

Full quote

This predilection for the mystic has been with me ever since I was a child. The best present I ever received as a girl was the Magic 8 Ball: every day I asked it a question, my hands sweaty on the black orb; then I turned it over so the answer floated up with sharp clarity from the murk: It depends, No, All signs point to yes. I found such limited and simple answers liberating rather than confining.

Clues and answers

A.Site of mock naval battlesBATHTUB
B.Invalidated by taking backREVOKED
C.Tarot figure wearing a starry crownEMPRESS
D.Result of a makeover (2 wds.)NEWLOOK
E.Reasons for product markdownsDEFECTS
F.Give notice to, inform, tellAPPRISE
G.Enigmatic auraMYSTIQUE
H.Divination book using hexagrams (2 wds.)ICHING
I.What you have in the palm of your handLIFELINE
J.Freedom of action or choiceLATITUDE
K.Stuff considered arcane or secretESOTERY
L.Put the brakes onRETARD
M.Irresponsibly playfulIMPISH
N.A remote locale, the boondocksNOWHERE
O.De Niro's opposite in "Analyze This"CRYSTAL
P.Burning with intensityARDENT
Q.Shortcomings, drawbacks, flawsNEGATIVES
R.Debased or grossly inferior imitationTRAVESTY
S.Cousin of "shalom" and "ciao"ALOHA
T.Effectively opposed or baffledTHWARTED
U.Moments of lucidityINSIGHTS
V.Something for which people may standOVATION
W.Executed perfectlyNAILED
X.Film format or motel chain (2 wds.)SUPER
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