Season 5, Episode 1 of the Muller Music Meta is here, so let’s get to it. For the inaugural puzzle of this year, our title is “Music Services” and we’re looking for a hit album from 1973. The five longest entries in the grid are:
16-A [Hozier smash hit of 2013] = TAKE ME TO CHURCH. Good song.
29-A [Iron Maiden single whose cover art featured a controversial cartoon of Maggie Thatcher being stabbed] = SANCTUARY. I might remember this one.
36-A [#14 on Rolling Stone’s list of greatest albums of all time] = ABBEY ROAD.
46-A [Trippy CSN song with the line “Now I’m standing on the grave of a soldier that died in 1799”] = CATHEDRAL. Don’t think I know it.
60-A [Self-titled and only album from Chris Cornell’s band after Soundgarden] = TEMPLE OF THE DOG.
CHURCH, SANCTUARY, ABBEY, CATHEDRAL, and TEMPLE? Gotta be Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy. found by 300+ solvers just before deadline.
Nice easy opener to the year, with four big corners shouldering the five theme entries nicely. I liked ECUADOR and SENEGAL, symmetrical — oh, wait, the symmetrical CHAPEL / OF LOVE is in fact a sixth theme entry. This guy is sneaky. 4.05 stars.
As I bring up frequently, I went 13-for-13 on Season 4 of the Muller Meta and plan to do it again this year. Anyone else want to point to the upper deck for 2016? Talk a big game in comments! “It’s not bragging if you’ve done it.”
302 correct answers this week – a new MMMM record. I think it could be broken next month, though.
And I plan on stumping you this year. At least once!
unlikely, my friend
make that 306 correct…found a few submissions with obvious typos
Excellent way to start the year! Chapel of love split symmetrically was a nice touch. Looking forward to more. Thanks Pete!
Thanks for being gentle for my first attempt at the MMMM. I’m looking forward to the future puzzles.
Next month (and the one after) will be pretty gentle…