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Themed

Gregor Samosa Was Banned by the Health Department

Words:  72

Average Length:  5.00

Difficulty:  A beach read, but on a somewhat windy day

Beach (Cape Cod). Add book. Read.

I’m fascinated by the weekly “By the Book” column in the New York Times.  If you don’t know it, every week a guest author responds to several questions about favorites, preferences, organization of their book collections, etc.  One of the questions is something like “If you could invite any 3 authors, living or dead, to a dinner party, who would they be and why?”

Why stop at 3, I thought, and why not make a puzzle about it?  Even better, why not have the theme entries be the most appropriate dishes for each author to bring?  (The party morphed into a potluck.)

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Mostly Musical Mini

Mostly Musical Mini 7

Words:  16

Average Length:  5.13

Difficulty:  Chopsticks-level

Aerosmith, Steely Dan, and Ricky Martin, all packed inside a 7×7 grid.  Enjoy!

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Mostly Musical Mini

Mostly Musical Mini 2

Words:  18 (7×7)

Average Length:  5.00

Difficulty:  Für Elise-like

Max hiding in front of our piano

I’m not sure whether these will become a regular mid-week addition, but here’s the second in a possibly extended series of musical minis.  This one is considerably easier than the one last week and features cameos from Ravel, two Bachs, the Andrews Sisters, Katy Perry, and the Grateful Dead, among others.

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Holiday Themed

Cupid Is as Cupid Does

Words:  79 (16×15 grid)

Average Length:  4.96

Difficulty:  Like a fine romance – mostly easy with a few bumps along the way

Me and my valentine, Amsterdam (2019)

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ll let Ella Fitzgerald (1 Across) take it from here with her fantastic version of “My Funny Valentine,” available here.

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Set List

Set List 3:   Springsteen/Bryan Adams/Bee Gees/Springsteen/Katy Perry

Words:  74

Average Length:  4.95

Difficulty:  Mostly easy listening with an occasional #9 chord

Two years ago today, I was on the Celebrity Constellation – decorated with the requisite statue of gorilla holding a fish – on my way from Dubai to Singapore.

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After several months, here’s another Set List puzzle.  (The first two are available here and here.) As the note says, assume these musicians are playing a concert together (Bruce gets two songs because he’s Bruce, after all).  Bruce starts it off, Bryan Adams continues, and the songs run into each other.  Your job is to figure out the set list.  Please enjoy, share, etc.  Next up (1/9) will be a tough themeless.

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Holiday Themed

My New Year’s Wish for You

Words:  78

Average Length:  4.74

Difficulty:  In inverse proportion to 2021 …

Here’s to you!

… that is, assuming your 2021 was as challenging as most people’s.  This grid shouldn’t put up too much of a battle:  I didn’t want to make it difficult to uncover my New Year’s wish for y’all.  So solve the puzzle, share it, enjoy your New Year’s celebration if that’s your thing, and come back next week (Jan. 2!) for the inaugural puzzle of 2022 (a “Set List” puzzle where you have to figure out the song titles in a concert of musicians who might not ordinarily play together). 

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Holiday Themed

Sweet Puzzle, Dude

Words:  76

Average Length:  4.92

Difficulty:  2 out of 5

Analog clock (see 57 Down), Heidelberg Castle

…  is what I hope you’ll say after solving this puzzle.  If you have any extra Reese’s peanut butter cups, send them my way. 

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Themed

Recording Artists

Words:  76

Average Length:  4.92

Difficulty:  2.5 out of 5 (easy fill and challenging theme answers)

Impressionist (see 20A) photo through the window of a Strasbourg bistro

This puzzle dares to answer the question, “What happens when great painters hear great songs?”  Please enjoy and share.  Next up (10/17) will be a Goofy Themeless.

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