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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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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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Mostly Musical Mini 23

Words:  20

Average Length:  5.20

Some pop, metal, a Broadway show, reggae, Latin dance, and a religious instrument for your listening/solving pleasure.  Please enjoy!

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Mostly Musical Mini 22

Words:  24

Average Length:  4.67

White Rabbit (see clue for 8 Across) is perhaps the best psychedelic rock song ever.  Using imagery from Alice in Wonderland and a structure reminiscent of Ravel’s Bolero – including a mesmerizing drum part and a slow, steady crescendo – the song captures the spirit of late ‘60s San Francisco in a bit more than two minutes.  Here’s a link.

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Celebrating Democracy

This has nothing to do with the puzzle, but having just returned from the Galapagos, I had to post a picture of a Blue-Footed Booby

This is a straightforward themed puzzle celebrating the United Nations International Day of Democracy, which is September 15. Enjoy, and vote!!!

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Music That Moves You

Super-stylish headgear and an additional clue to 30 Down

Words:  74

Average Length:  5.03

Here’s a relatively easy puzzle with a literal title.  As you’ll see from the picture, I’ve got new JeffsPuzzles.com head wear – the older caps bore an unfortunate color resemblance to a cap supporting he-who-must-not-be-named-but-should-soon-be-in-prison – which, in addition to serving as a bonus clue to 30 Down, is the apex of nerd chic.  Email me at jeffspuzzles@gmail.com if you’d like me to send you one ABSOLUTELY FREE!

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Mostly Musical Mini 20

Words:  24

Average Length:  4.83

Despite my cluing it as an elementary school instrument, there is some wonderful classical music composed for 15 Across.  Here’s a link to Vivaldi’s [15 Across] Concerto in C (RV 443).  The first movement (Allegro) is full of virtuosic fireworks, the second movement (Largo) is hauntingly beautiful, and the third movement (Allegro Molto) is even more technically impressive than the first.  I hope you enjoy both the puzzle and the music!

Technical note: due to an oversight and laziness on my part, when you solve the puzzle online, print it, or open it in AcrossLite, the title will say 19, not 20. I promise it’s a brand-new puzzle.

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Mostly Musical Mini 19

Words:  24

Average Length:  4.67

By chance, this grid includes answers/clues related to two shows that, to virtually the entire Earth, are the height of musical theatre – but, to me, are fatally ill-conceived.  The first, 8 Across, has terrific music but an outrageous plot.  The second, Rent (see clue for 3 Down), has even better music but struck me as whiny.  Having said that, (1) Jonathan Larson was a genius, and his early death was tragic, and (2) I’ve never seen 3 Down, so it may be the whininess carries through from the original.

I will take every opportunity to mention The [16 Down] Empire in my puzzles.  They were (until their breakup in April 2022) a group of stellar Australian musicians who wrote infectious songs and played an exhilarating mix of rock, jazz, Latin, reggae, music hall, and any other musical genre you can think of.  If you don’t know them, start with their second album, “Two Shoes,“ which is in my top 5 most-played of all time.  You’re welcome.

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Forecasts in Four Four Time

Words:  79 (15×16 grid)

Average Length:  4.96

The southern tip of the Andes in Tierra del Fuego (see 34 Across)

To quote the endlessly quotable Bob Dylan, “you don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows.”  (“Subterranean Homesick Blues”).  A musical meteorologist will do just fine, as this puzzle reveals.

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