Sunday, June 1, 2014
ACROSTIC, Puzzle by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
Edited by Will Shortz
This Sunday’s acrostic draws a quotation from “Quite Enough Of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff” by Calvin Trillin.
Don’t believe it. There can never be enough of Calvin Trillin. He has become a literary treasure over the past four decades, during which he has bestowed on readers his inimitably droll philosophy of life.
From a lifetime of poking subtle and often savage fun at the times of our lives in the New Yorker magazine and one-man off-Broadway shows, Mr. Trillin has chosen what he considers the best of his work and translated it into segments that lend themselves to be read aloud to friends as well as savored alone in a quiet room. ~ The Washington Times
The quotation: I WAS NEVER ABLE TO CONVINCE THE MATHEMATICS TEACHER THAT MANY OF MY ANSWERS WERE MEANT IRONICALLY. ALSO, I HAD TROUBLE WITH … “PI R SQUARED.” … YEARS AGO … TEXAS … PASSED A RESOLUTION TO CHANGE PI TO AN EVEN THREE. … I WAS FOR IT.
The title of the work: QUITE ENOUGH OF CALVIN TRILLIN
The defined words:
A. Flag carrier of Australia, QANTAS
B. Italian man’s name meaning “color of the earth”, UMBERTO
C. Appeal to, beg, IMPLORE
D. Ad or vignette to pique interest, TEASER
E. Like the power to which a zenzizenzizenzic is raised, EIGHTH
F. A ride on the gravy train (2 wds.), EASY MONEY
G. Produced or grown locally, NATIVE
H. When National Nut Day occurs, OCTOBER
I. Intended for high-end buyers, UPSCALE
J. Study of a sexologist, GHOSTS
K. What Kornfeld Kounty residents were on (2 wds.), "HEE HAW”
L. Best in a Wild West setting, OUTDRAW
M. Fragrant funnel-shaped flower, FREESIA
N. Reliable source of income (2 wds.), CASH COW
O. What an Indie might be (2 wds.), ART FILM
P. Skinny, LOWDOWN
Q. A, C, D and E, among others, VITAMINS
R. Ballpark, figure-wise, INEXACT
S. Specially targeted markets, NICHES
T. Nobelist born Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, TERESA
U. Crawler in Escher’s “Mobius Srip II” (2 wds.), RED ANT
V. Source of the line “They shall beat their swords into plowshares”, ISAIAH
W. One having a single pitch, LEAN-TO
X. Quadrennial compensation (2 wds.), LEAP YEAR
Y. Flip, INVERT
Z. Worker with a seal, NOTARY
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