Acrostic Solution for Sunday, June 23, 2019

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

JOHN POWELL, WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC — We try to make sense... of everything... including music. ... We find it pleasant if our expectations are frustrated occasionally, but we don't expect to be wildly donkey... like the way you didn't expect the word "donkey" just then.

Full quote

We try to make sense out of everything we experience — including music.

When we hear a new piece, we use the large mental library of music we have already heard to give us some context, and we unconsciously construct a set of expectations — we predict that the tune will rise or fall, get louder or softer — and we are often right. We find it pleasant if our expectations are frustrated occasionally, but we don't expect to be wildly donkey. Rather like the way you didn't expect the word "donkey" just then.

Clues and answers

A.Lighthearted display of wit and cleverness (2 wds.)JEUDESPRIT
B.Got the better of by ingenuityOUTFOXED
C.At a drastic discount (hyph.)HALFPRICE
D.Where Boston Marathoners run up Heartbreak HillNEWTON
E.Exclamation meant to elicit gaspsPRESTO
F.Princess-turned-swan of balletODETTE
G.Piccadilly Circus locale (2 wds.)WESTEND
H.Set of 12 Debussy piecesETUDES
I.Restrained, mellow, laid-back (hyph.)LOWKEY
J.Sorrowful song; moan and groanLAMENT
K.Something often worn at a concert or amusement parkWRISTBAND
L.Woodstock's last performerHENDRIX
M.Display of ennuiYAWN
N.1958 novelty hit for the Coasters (2 wds.)YAKETYYAK
O."Eleanor Rigby" string ensembleOCTET
P.Aim of a gadfly or trollUPSETTING
Q.Criminal's oppositeLAWFUL
R.Charge of which Lenny Bruce was convictedOBSCENITY
S.Composer of the opera buffa "Falstaff"VERDI
T.Like some dancers and petsEXOTIC
U.What's picked by Chris Thile or Sam BushMANDOLIN
V.Bad, for the superstitiousUNLUCKY
W."I don't care what you think!" (2 wds.)SOTHERE
X.Be on the same wavelengthIDENTIFY
Y.Birthplace of Herbie Hancock, Lou Rawls and Benny GoodmanCHICAGO
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