meta — 15 minutes
After last month’s failure, time for me to start a new MMMM streak! Let’s see what we’ve got: Pete asks us to find a well-known rock band, and our theme entries appear to be:
17-A [Possible cause of sleep deprivation] = CRYING BABY. Wah!
25-A [2015 documentary about record-setting parachute jumper Nick Piantanida] = ANGRY SKY. Unfamiliar to me but interesting letters and intuitive.
37-A [Fabric frequently found on lead singers] = DISTRESSED DENIM. If it were just called “stressed denim” then both words would reverse to other words.
48-A [Way past the surface] = DOWN DEEP.
60-A [Argillite variety (or a British reggae band)] = BLACK SLATE.
First thing I noticed is that the first words seem to have some kind of emotion commonality: CRYING could mean “sad,” ANGRY is “mad,” distressed is…”Bad?” Not really. And then the -ad idea completely falls apart with DOWN (also “sad?”) and BLACK (?). OK, so that’s not it.
How about the title, “Colour My World”? That’s the great Chicago songlet, so Pete’s probably not implying anything with the British spelling of “color.”
Aha, though — there it is. BABY, SKY, DENIM, DEEP, and SLATE are all shades of blue. So this has to be part of it, of course. What are some bands with “blue” in their name? Blues Traveler? Doesn’t make much sense with the themers. Same with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Blue Oyster Cult? Hmm, not much there.
Then I realized the first part of each theme entry had to be key as well, since I think there were more familiar options besides ANGRY SKY for “sky” and BLACK SLATE for “slate.” So that emotionality (?) commonality has to come into play…and there it is: the contest answer is THE MOODY BLUES, since the first word of each theme entry suggests a kind of mood, and the second a kind of blue.
Pretty fun, and nice to have an easier one after last month’s spirit-crusher (though not too easy — just 150 solvers have it right on Sunday afternoon). 4.15 stars.