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Mostly Musical Mini

Mostly Musical Mini 28

Words:  24

Average Length:  4.67

Welcome to the antepenultimate MMM.  I’ve decided to start something different with my mid-week puzzles after I’ve reached 30 of these, so stay tuned for further news.

“Spanning the globe,” to quote the old Wide World of Sports intro, this week’s MMM includes musicians from the US, England, Scotland, and Russia, and song titles from Japan and the Middle East, with a nod to Brazil as well.  If you solve it, you can enjoy the “thrill of victory”; fortunately, you can reveal any answers that stump you and thus avoid the “agony of defeat.”

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Themed

Themeless 40

Words:  70

Average Length:  5.46

I constructed this puzzle while on vacation in Peru touring Machu Picchu (picture above) and other Inca sites, which accounts for the two seeds (20 and 56 Across, with 3 Down thrown in for good measure).  If you ever have the opportunity, go!  Peru is a diverse, beautiful, welcoming country, and the Inca sites barely scratch the surface of what to see.  Plus, the food is outstanding!

If you’re interested in reading my write-up of the trip and seeing some photos, please visit my travel blog, PuffinlessTravel.wordpress.com.  I’m working on updating the home page to have links to locations, but if I haven’t done so when you visit, please scroll down to the bottom of the home page and click on the “2”.

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Puny but Punny

Words: 8

Average Length: 4

I woke up one morning a few weeks ago with half of this puzzle already in my head.  Perhaps I should have stayed asleep?

If you forgive me after solving this, please come back tomorrow for a themeless that I promise is 100% free of Dad jokes.

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Mostly Musical Mini

Mostly Musical Mini 27

Words: 24

Average Length: 4.50

I’m back from Portugal – you know what that means (Portuguese content will be featured in upcoming posts, so study up) – and back at ya’ with a musical mini spanning decades and genres. Enjoy, and come back Sunday for a themeless workout.

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Mostly Musical Mini

Mostly Musical Mini 26

Words: 17

Average Length: 4.94

Where can you solve a puzzle with some Shakespeare, classical music, classic rock, and disco, all in 3 minutes or so? Right here, right now!

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Themed

They Could Be Verse

Hamish the Highland Cow, the most Scottish photo I have; we can pretend the farmer’s name is Angus (see 37 Down)

Words:  76

Average Length:  4.82

I’ve read a lot of poetry this year; some of you might say “too much” after solving today’s grid.   That’s the excuse for the theme of this puzzle:  the almost certainly misguided idea to merge movie titles and poetry terms and clue them with verses that illustrate the terms.  For those of you who weren’t English majors, the terms are defined below. 

  • Anapest:  A meter of two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable
  • Couplet:  Two lines of verse, often in the same meter and normally rhyming, that form a unit
  • Dactyl:  A meter of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables
  • Iamb:  A meter of one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable
  • Stanza:  A grouping of lines (often, but not necessarily, four) in a standalone unit within a poem

I promise Wednesday’s MMM will be rhyme-free!

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Mostly Musical Mini

Mostly Musical Mini 25

Words: 19

Average Length:  4.63

Lots of blues in today’s MMM, including a featured cross between a legendary blues guitar player/singer and a legendary blues singer, with some Southern rock blues, country blues, and blue-eyed soul added for good measure.

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Themeless

Themeless 39

Gondolas with Isola San Giorgio Maggiore in the background (see clue for 55 Across, “It’s seen in Italy”)

Words:  70

Average Length:  5.46

This one started with the clue/answer pair at 18 Across.  23 Down went in shortly thereafter, and it’s one of my favorite clue/answer pairs in any of my puzzles, if you’ll excuse the self-pat on the back. 

51 Down’s clue (“Altamira or Lascaux, e.g.”) references something on my bucket list that I’ll never be able to fulfill.  I’m fascinated by anthropology and archeology, and the ancient art in these locations could illustrate the dictionary definition of “evocative.”  Alas, they’re closed to the public, so I’ll have to content myself with listening to the second track on The Royal Scam (link here), where Steely Dan captures a bit of the magic.

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Mostly Musical Mini

Mostly Musical Mini 24

Words: 20

Average Length: 5.13

This week’s MMM may be a bit more challenging than usual.  I worked in a French composer many of you probably haven’t heard of, who wrote what I think is the most beautiful flute sonata of the 20th century.  In addition, I was forced into 6 Down, who’s a not-very-well-known rapper and thus gets a perhaps less-than-helpful alternative clue after the music-related one.

Here’s a link to the flute sonata, which is filled with sinuous, gorgeous lines and delightfully dissonant harmonies.

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Garden-Variety Names

Words:  79 (16×15 grid)

Average Length:  5.06

Toasting the Welsh Mens’ Choir (see 18 Across) with a glass of bitter. The performance and the beer were both excellent.

Housekeeping note: the clue to 70 Across should read “One who might assist in the birth of a 64 Across.” Thanks to Sommersmith for pointing out the need for an edit – and be sure to check out his puzzles over at Crosshare.org; they’re excellent!

I think this is one of the easier puzzles I’ve ever constructed. It’s a straightforward themed puzzle clued at a Monday/Tuesday level.  There are a lot of proper names, but they’re all reasonably well-known.  Enjoy the respite:  next Sunday’s grid will be a tough themeless.  First, though, come back Wednesday for MMM 24.

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