Acrostic Solution for Sunday, December 15, 2013

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon


LINDA RONSTADT, SIMPLE DREAMS — When I bend my ear to a singer's performance, I often try to track who... influenced him or her. For instance, I can hear Nat King Cole in early Ray Charles, Lefty Frizzell in early Merle Haggard,... Fats Domino in Randy Newman.

Clues and answers

A.Tedious list; series of alternating invocations and responses in churchLITANY
B.A teetotaler being named Boozer, sayIRONY
C.Riddle that shaped music?NELSON
D.Bloom used medicinally by AztecsDAHLIA
E.Bubble-blowing crooner of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," in a 1937 "Our Gang" episodeALFALFA
F.Guy who directed "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"RITCHIE
G.Too high or low, pitchwise (hyph.)OFFKEY
H.Feat associated with batteries (hyph.)NOHITTER
I.One pursuing an uninhibited lifestyleSWINGER
J.Sound simulated by timpaniTHUNDER
K.Players of five notes in a 1977 Spielberg filmALIENS
L.Oversupply's oppositeDEARTH
M.Imbued with pitchTARRED
N.Group inspired by the doo-wop hit "Get a Job" (3 wds.)SHANANA
O.Troops for seizing and holding groundINFANTRY
P.Imitation that's not flatteringMOCKERY
Q.Port once plagued by corsairsPENZANCE
R.Drop delivering some reliefLOZENGE
S.Role in ice hockey or the MafiaENFORCER
T.Rural and folksy, as cooking or music (hyph.)DOWNHOME
U.Chorus linesREFRAIN
V.Use for Chopin's "Minute Waltz," per Victor Borge (2 wds.)EGGTIMER
W.Ascap but not BMI, for exampleACRONYM
X.Parakeet's skillMIMICRY
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