Musical genre for Ladysmith Black Mambazo / TUE 7-16-13 / 1980s All-Star catcher Tony / Like NBA's Jason Collins notably / Gold Digger rapper West / Instagram upload informally / Antipoverty agcy
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Constructor: Joel Fagliano
Relative difficulty: Medium (slightly tougher, maybe)
THEME: PROs and CONs — three pairs of words where one word has PRO- prefix and the other CON-. Clues for both words in each pair are identical.
- 30A: PROTRACTOR / 42A: CONTRACTOR [One might be seen around a construction site]
- 17A: PROFESS / 18A: CONFESS [Claim openly]
- 56A: PROTEST / 59A: CONTEST [Fight back against]
Word of the Day: Ladysmith Black Mambazo (1A: Musical genre for Ladysmith Black Mambazo => AFROPOP) —
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a male choral group from South Africa that sings in the vocal styles of isicathamiya andmbube. They rose to worldwide prominence as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his album, Graceland, and have won multiple awards, including three Grammy Awards. They were formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1960 and later became one of South Africa's most prolific recording artists, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc honors. The group has now become a mobile academy, teaching people about South Africa and its culture. (wikipedia)
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OH, STOP IT!" and BEESWAX (64A: Business, slangily). The GAY clue is very fresh (47A: Like the N.B.A.'s Jason Collins)—Collins came out earlier this year—the first NBA player and one of the first *male* professional athletes in the country to do so.
AFROPOP right out of the box, but made some mistakes on the Downs—namely, FOUL for FORE (2D: Cry after a bad swing), and OUT for OFF (4D: Out of whack) (yeah, that was a Really dumb mistake), and finally PSALM for PAEAN (5D: Song of praise). Three initial mistakes in the NW alone. Things were mostly smoother from there on out, though I could not get my brain to accept PROTRACTOR as an acceptable answer to [One might be seen around a construction site]. I just know protractors only as implements in geometry class. So I had to jump blindly into the NE corner, rather than building on existing fill (which is the way I proceed whenever possible, esp. w/ early-week puzzles). Wrote in DNA for RNA (57D: Genetic material) and needed most of the crosses for CATTAIL (63A: Marsh plant), but otherwise it was pretty easy, pretty clean, and very entertaining (fill-wise).