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Mini Puny but Punny

Puny but Punny 4

Words: 10

Average Length: 4.80

More Wednesday silliness. This one might be a bit more difficult than my other PBP puzzles, but with extra challenge comes extra humor, I hope.

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Housesitting

Words:  74

Average Length: 4.65

Picture above: a house (not mine). It’s Hacienda La Compañia in Ecuador, and it’s gorgeous inside and out.

My quite limited artistic abilities are on display in this grid; if nothing else, the title should tell you what the black shape in the middle is.  There’s a small amount of less-than-ideal fill necessitated by the constraints of the theme, so please accept my apologies in advance.  I hope the phenomenally realistic grid design makes up for that.

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Mini Puny but Punny

Puny but Punny 3

Words: 8

Average Length: 4.0

Another bite-sized package of silly puns.  I’m particularly proud/ashamed of 4 Down.

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Mini Puny but Punny

Puny but Punny 2

Here’s a fun-sized grab bag of shameless (shameful?) puns.  If you like it, please share the puzzle with your friends. If not, please share it with your enemies.

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Herd Mentality

Words: 73 (16×15)

Average Length: 5.42

Time for a medium-difficulty themed puzzle relating to some of our fellow fauna.  If you don’t know the song in the clue for 19A, give it a listen.  It’s one of my favorites:  a John Prine classic best known from Bonnie Raitt’s spectacular cover, , it focuses with dry-eyed sensitivity on a woman who’s tired of her life and longing for something or someone better.

Pictured above: Max, part of my 52 Across

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Mostly Musical Mini

Mostly Musical Mini 30

Words:  16

Average Length:  4.88

This is the last MMM, for a while at least.  I’m going to start a new series of midi puzzles after New Year’s.  To wrap up the MMMs, I included a pun I’ve been kicking around for months and have finally decided to inflict upon you (10 Across) as well as a nod (4 Down) to the greatest music mockumentary ever, “This Is Spinal Tap” (narrowly edging “A Mighty Wind”).

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Mostly Musical Mini

Mostly Musical Mini 29

Words:  20

Average Length: 5.00

If two great Russian composers, two legendary British musical artists, two creative heavyweights of R&B, and a beloved talk show host made a puzzle, this would be it. I’ve saved them the trouble of getting together, which is good because the majority of them are no longer with us.

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Music with Scales

Words:  67 (14×15)

Average Length:  5.07

I’ve been toying with the idea for this theme for a while.  When I finally decided to flesh it out, I realized it needed a non-standard grid size to preserve symmetry, which accounts for the fact that the grid looks like it’s lost weight.  (Your humble constructor certainly hasn’t, having recently returned from Portugal, where food and wine are cherished: see the picture above of cod with roasted potatoes and onions, gleefully consumed at Restaurant Pinoquio, Lisbon.) 

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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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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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