Acrostic Solution for Sunday, January 15, 2023

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(BILLIE) HOLIDAY, LADY SINGS THE BLUES--[Louis Armstrong's] recording of ‘West End Blues’... used to gas me. It was the first time I ever heard anybody sing without using any words. I didn't know he was singing whatever came into his head when he forgot the lyrics.

Full quote

A victrola was a big deal in those days, and there weren't any parlors around that had one except Alice's. I spent many a wonderful hour there listening to Pops and Bessie. I remember Pops' recording of "West End Blues" and how it used to gas me. It was the first time I ever heard anybody sing without using any words. I didn't know he was singing whatever came into his head when he forgot the lyrics.

Clues and answers

A.Like opera and classical music, by reputeHIGHBROW
B.Socially excluded sortOUTSIDER
C.With Answer G., tenor sax player nicknamed "Pres"LESTER
D.Old keyboard composition, in partIVORY
E.Siphoned away (2 wds.)DREWOFF
F.Something Bono and Pink have in common with EminemASTHMA
G.See Clue C.YOUNG
H.Scoop, skinny, dope; rottenLOWDOWN
I.Clarinetist on a pop version of "Summertime" in 1936 (2 wds.)ARTIESHAW
J.Suppliers of unwanted possessions?DEMONS
K.2008 campaign slogan (3 wds.)YESWECAN
L.Section in which a lot of bowing occursSTRINGS
M.Near one end of the spectrum, visiblyINDIGO
N.Side hustle option for nine-to-fivers (2 wds.)NIGHTSHIFT
O.Sweet-smelling decorative bloomGARDENIA
P.Dubious, for a deal; tree-lined, for a laneSHADY
Q.Moved, as by kindness; slightly madTOUCHED
R.Producer of chart-toppersHITMAKER
S.Wax rhapsodic, gushENTHUSE
T.Largest member of the ukulele familyBARITONE
U.Garnish for a gin martini, maybe (2 wds.)LIMETWIST
V.Reveal, exposeUNCOVER
W.Envelope-pushing qualityEDGINESS
X.Playground apparatus for a jazz combo to play on? (2 wds.)SWINGSET
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