09.28.08 -- Vanity -- the Acrostic

“All is Vanity“ by C. Allan Gilbert
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
ACROSTIC, Puzzle by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon, edited by Will Shortz
Today’s quotation is by Margaret Halsey (1910-1997), an American writer. Her 1938 best-selling book With Malice Towards Some grew from her experiences in the United Kingdom where she lived for a short time. The New York Times compared her as a writer Dorothy Parker and H. L. Mencken.
The Quotation: HUMILITY IS NOT MY FORTE (and) WHENEVER I DWELL FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME ON MY OWN SHORTCOMINGS, THEY (gradually) BEGIN TO SEEM MILD, HARMLESS, RATHER ENGAGING LITTLE THINGS, NOT AT ALL LIKE THE STARING DEFECTS IN OTHER PEOPLE’S CHARACTERS.
The author’s name and the title of the work: (Margaret) HALSEY “WITH MALICE TOWARD SOME”
The defined words: HERSHEY (A. Town whose main street is Chocolate Avenue); ALIGHT (B. Settle down; burning); LEGLIFTS (C. Exercises for developing six-pack abs [2 wds.]); SAMSON (D. Biblical riddler and lion slayer); ENLIST (E. Secure for some cause); YEMEN (F. Country on the Red Sea); WHETSTONE (G. Accessory for slicers and dicers); INLOVE (H. Head over heels, maybe [2 wds.]); THERMOS (I. Dewar flask for domestic use); HITCH (J. Thumb; term of service); MERINO (K. Breed of sheep yielding fine wool); ADAGIO (L. Slow section of a pas de deux); LORGNETTE (M. Handled glasses); IRTYSH (N. Chief tributary of Siberia’s Ob River); CALYPSO (O. Jacques Cousteau’s research vessel); ERICKNIGHT (P. Author who created Lassie [2 wds.]); TWELFTH (Q. Final grade); OROGENY (R. Process of building mountains); WORSHIP (S. Idolize, put on a pedestal); AMBLING (T. At a leisurely gait, on a stroll); REGIMENT (U. Group under a colonel’s command); DULCET (V. Mellifluous, euphonious); STIFLE (W. Put a lid on; choke); ONDRAFT (X. Served from a keg [2 wds.]); MANTRA (Y. “Om mani padme hum,” for one); ELEMENT (Z. Honda crossover S.U.V.).
Anyone you know?
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2 comments:

Leon said...

Great write-up, really liked the links to Mantra and Lorgnette.

Lots of army related answers: hitch regiment draft enlist.

F/Y/I: The author of the quote from 07.20.08 -- Cryptology -- the Acrostic, Neal Stephenson, is now #1 on the NYT Fiction Best Seller list.

driftwood said...

Anyone else have STARING figured out and go for DAGGERS to follow...? It backed me up!