publication date: Sunday, December 25, 2016 (part of Winter 2017)

category: Music

clue: This pianist and member of jazz royalty did mean a thing, and did have that swing.

explanation: Ellington's most famous songs included "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." The phrase "jazz royalty" was a play on his nickname Duke. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Joanna Woods, and Jesse King


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