Mostly Musical Mini

Mostly Musical Mini 3

Words:  18

Average Length:  5.00

Difficulty:  Not bad if you know your musical farms

My trusty but intonation-challenged soprano sax (always blame the equipment)

If there are any soprano sax players out there – or bandmates of soprano sax players – you know what I mean by the clue on 6 Down.  I’ve got a wonderful Yamaha soprano sax which requires embouchurial gymnastics to keep the low notes from being sharp and the high notes from being flat.  But the horn has a rich, almost oboe-like tone, so I put up with it.  Besides, every other soprano sax I’ve tried has its own intonation challenges.

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Themeless 28

Words:  70

Average Length:  5.43

Difficulty:  You’ll exercise some neurons.  They’ll thank you.

Dog and tree (see 55 Down). The squirrel escaped. Again.

The seed for this one was 17 Across, which I listened to a couple of months ago for the first time since it was released back in 1979.  I do not greatly regret the 43-year gap and will probably listen to Blood on the Tracks a few dozen times before I listen to 17 Across again.  But it is 15 letters long, and it does allow a cutesy pairing with 56 Across (mascot for a candy I hold in similar regard to 17 Across).

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