puzzle — 8:03; meta — DNF (Matt)
Final Muller Music Meta of the year, and I’m stumped so far (not to mention that I haven’t yet taken a stab at the mega-meta, so someone enlighten me in comments on that). CORRECTION! There’s one more puzzle coming on New Year’s Eve, so DON’T reveal the mega-meta here if you’ve already gotten it.
There are ten clues in the grid that reference (semi)-famous songs and carry a parenthetical describing which of the title’s “Road Trips” we’re talking about, and which song on that road trip’s mix tape (or whatever you kids use now instead of mix tapes):
That’s LULLABY, CHAINS, TAKE IT EASY and BIG CITY for Trip 1;
UPTOWN and HOT DOG for Trip 2;
And HOTEL YORBA, IKO IKO, MOVIN’ OUT and DOCTOR WU for Trip 3.
What band do these ten songs point to? I have no idea. I’ve tried:
***checking the lyrics of the songs for roads/streets.
***taking the first letter of each word in the songs
***I noticed that BALL is backwards in LULLABY, and that CHAINS is the next song, so Ball and CHAIN connection? But nothing
***checking for anything interesting in the lengths of the entries, but no pattern emerges
***looking for clues in the grid, but there’s so much theme I can’t believe there’d be anything.
Plus a bunch of other less likely tries that proved their less-likelihood.
Alright, so I’m stumped for the third time this year. Someone tell me in comments what’s what! For the record, my wild-ass guess was Pearl Jam (because “Ten” songs are mentioned).