Season 5, Episode 4 of the Muller Music Meta, and I’m glidin’ like Eric Heiden: 4 for 4, baby! Let’s see what happened.
We’re looking for a well-known band, and the theme entries don’t seem helpful at first glance:
19-A [“Who Can It Be Now?” band] = MEN AT WORK. The music of my youth.
33-A [Early Beatles tune] = IT WON’T BE LONG. Unfamiliar to me. More familiar as part of the chorus to the beautiful Neil Young song “One of These Days”.
48-A [Group named for its tallest member] = FLEETWOOD MAC.
68/76-A [With 76-Across, Beach Boys classic] = DON’T WORRY, BABY.
First thing you notice is that the word TWO is ensconced in each of these four entries; second thing, and appropriately for Masters weekend, is that each of those four TWOs sits underneath a PAR in the grid. 2 under par is of course an eagle, making THE EAGLES our contest answer.
Here’s an old man hitting an eagle (also a hole-in-one) today someplace in Georgia:
This is a clever idea, though a bit of the shine comes off it if you realize it had been done last year by husband-and wife pair Jeff Chen and Jill Denny, who won my Crossword of the Month for it. But duplicate themes happen all the time, so we judge this puzzle on its merits: 4.30 stars. And it still took me 15 minutes to get the meta!
So I’m 4-for-4 in 2016, and you might be as well. Come on Pete, toughen these puppies up! We can take it!
Still unstumped and maybe unstumpable? We’ll find out here next month. Oh, and look: at a final glance I realize that he’s got GOLF at 1-a! Sporting lad!